Friday, July 20, 2007


Saturday 15th Week in Ordinary Time

July 21, 2007
Saturday 15th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

EXODUS 12:37-42
The children of Israel set out from Rameses for Succoth, about six
hundred thousand men on foot, not counting the little ones. A crowd of
mixed ancestry also went up with them, besides their livestock, very
numerous flocks and herds. Since the dough they had brought out of
Egypt was not leavened, they baked it into unleavened loaves. They had
rushed out of Egypt and had no opportunity even to prepare food for
the journey. The time the children of Israel had stayed in Egypt was
four hundred and thirty years. At the end of four hundred and thirty
years, all the hosts of the LORD left the land of Egypt on this very
date. This was a night of vigil for the LORD, as he led them out of
the land of Egypt; so on this same night all the children of Israel
must keep a vigil for the LORD throughout their generations.

MATTHEW 12:14-21
The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus to put him to
death. When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place. Many
people followed him, and he cured them all, but he warned them not to
make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through
Isaiah the prophet: Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved
in whom I delight; I shall place my Spirit upon him, and he will
proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not contend or cry out, nor
will anyone hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not
break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice
to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.

In today's Gospel, Matthew uses a prophecy of Isaiah to sum up the
work of Jesus. Let us see how wonderfully Jesus satisfied this
forecast of Isaiah. He will tell the nations what justice is. Jesus
came to bring people justice. The Greeks defined justice as giving to
God and to people that which is their due. Jesus showed people how to
live in such a way that both God and people receive their proper place
in our lives. He showed us how to behave both towards God and people.
He will not strive, nor cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in
the streets.

We know all about the quarrels of conflicting parties, in which each
tries to shout the other down. We know all about the oppositions of
politicians especially during the election campaign. In Jesus there is
the quiet strong serenity of one who seeks to conquer by love and not
by strife of words. He will not break the crushed reed nor quench the
smoking wick.

The most precious thing about Jesus is the fact that he is not the
great discourager, but the great encourager. The prophecy of Isaiah
ends with these words: "In him the Gentiles will hope." With Jesus
there came into the world the invitation, not to just one nation but
to all people, to share in and to accept the love of God. In Jesus,
God was reaching out to everyone with the offer of his love. As
baptized Christians, Jesus has not only offered us his love, but
sirowered his love upon us in so many different ways. It would be the
height of ingratitude on our part not to make a return of love.

We pray ...
.. for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
.. for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Lilian K
- Dodo
- Ely
- Myra
- Rosebel Saavedra - Asprer
.. Birthday: Fr. Vic Payuyo, CM
.. for the personal intentions of:
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Guevara Family
.. for the eternal repose of the souls of:
- Geronimo Z. Velasco
- Rolando J. de Veas
- Oliver P. Ramirez
Eternal rest grant unto them and perpetual light shine upon them.
all the dearly departed rest in peace.
.. for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- In Memoriam (+): Yan Chin Bee
.. for world peace and reconciliation.

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!

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