Sunday, July 22, 2007


Monday 16th Week in Ordinary Time

July 23, 2007
Monday 16th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

EXODUS 14:5-18
When it was reported to the king of Egypt that the people had fled,
Pharaoh and his servants changed their minds about them. They
exclaimed, "What have we done! Why, we have released Israel from our
service!" So Pharaoh made his chariots ready and mustered his
soldiers- six hundred first-class chariots and all the other chariots
of Egypt, with warriors on them all. So obstinate had the Lord made
Pharaoh that he pursued the children of Israel even while they were
marching away in triumph. The Egyptians, then, pursued them; Pharaoh's
whole army, his horses, chariots and charioteers, caught up with them
as they lay encamped by the sea, at Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-
zephon. Pharaoh was already near when the children of Israel looked up
and saw that the Egyptians were on the march in pursuit of them. In
great fright they cried out to the Lord. And they complained to Moses,
"Were there no burial places in Egypt that you had to bring us out
here to die in the desert? Why did you do this to us? Why did you
bring us out of Egypt? Did we not tell you this in Egypt, when we
said, 'Leave us alone. Let us serve the Egyptians'? Far better for us
to be the slaves of the Egyptians than to die in the desert." But
Moses answered the people, "Fear not! Stand your ground, and you will
see the victory the Lord will win for you today. These Egyptians whom
you see today you will never see again. The Lord himself will fight
for you; you have only to keep still." Then the Lord said to Moses,
"Why are you crying out to me? Tell the children of Israel to go
forward. And you, lift up your staff and, with hand outstretched over
the sea, split the sea in two, that the children of Israel may pass
through it on dry land. But I will make the Egyptians so obstinate
that they will go in after them. Then I will receive glory through
Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots and charioteers. The Egyptians
shall know that I am the Lord, when I receive glory through Pharaoh
and his chariots and charioteers."

MATTHEW 12:38-42
Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, "Teacher, we wish to
see a sign from you." He said to them in reply, "An evil and
unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it
except the sign of Jonah the prophet. Just as Jonah was in the belly
of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in
the heart of the earth three days and three nights. At the judgment,
the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it,
because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and there is
something greater than Jonah here. At the judgment the queen of the
south will arise with this generation and condemn it, because she came
from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is
something greater than Solomon here."

Jonah was kept for three days in a sort of death, then he was saved by
God and sent to preach conversion to Nineveh.

This is the only sign which God wants to give. The sign of God is the
death of Jesus and his resurrection, the conversion and salvation of
nations. This in short is the Paschal Mystery.

Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, was a symbol of a sinful city filled
with pride and corruption. Jesus compares it to the Pharisees, who
think themselves righteous and are self-satisfied.

God is still offering this sign of salvation to all people, to all
those who have not yet heard His call. But are we capable of
recognizing it? We ask God for signs. He gives us signs, but we are
unable to recognize them. We would like the signs to be according to
our own ideas, signs which correspond to our outlook and desires. And
yet the world and history are filled with signs from God. God is at
work in the world. The Pascal Mystery continues to be worked out here
below. God sends out signals to us. But since his signals are not
dazzling, we often pass them by without seeing them.

As we worship God today, let us ask the Lord to give us new eyes that
we may be able to read his signs in the event of everyday life.

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Rosebel Saavedra - Asprer
- Dodo
- Ely
... healings for Helen, Cecelia, BE, Ken, Ann, Chris
... for the personal intentions of:
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Guevara Family
... for the eternal repose of the soul of Geronimo Z. Velasco. Eternal
rest grant unto him and perpetual light shine upon him. May he and
all the dearly departed rest in peace.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Anna Marie Lucas
- Wedding Anniversary: Ben & Net Ong
- In Memoriam (+): Jose Maristela (1916 -1978)
- In Memoriam (+): Julian T. Uy Jr.
- In Memoriam: John Joseph B. Tanjeco
... 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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