Monday, July 23, 2007
Tuesday 16th Week in Ordinary Time
Tuesday 16th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the
LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry
land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea
on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
The Egyptians pursued them, and all Pharaoh's horses and chariots and
horsemen followed them into the sea. During the last watch of the
night the LORD looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the
Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He made the wheels of their
chariots come off so that they had difficulty driving. And the
Egyptians said, "Let's get away from the Israelites! The LORD is
fighting for them against Egypt." Then the LORD said to Moses,
"Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back
over the Egyptians and their chariots and horsemen." Moses stretched
out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea went back to its
place. The Egyptians were fleeing toward it, and the LORD swept them
into the sea. The water flowed back and covered the chariots and
horsemen--the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites
into the sea. Not one of them survived. But the Israelites went
through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and
on their left. That day the LORD saved Israel from the hands of the
Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. And
when the Israelites saw the great power the LORD displayed against the
Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and
in Moses his servant. Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to
the LORD: "I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. The
horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea.
While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers
stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, "Your mother
and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you." He
replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" Pointing
to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For
whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister
There is in today's Gospel a great and practical truth. It may very
well be that a person finds himself closer to people who are not
related to him than he does to his own relatives. The deepest
relationship of life is not merely a blood relationship. It is the
relationship of mind to mind and heart to heart. It is when people
have common aims, common principles, common interests and a common
goal in life that they become really and truly related.
Now let us remember the definition of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom
of God is a society upon earth where God's will is as perfectly done
as it is in heaven. It was Jesus' supreme quality that He, of all
people, alone succeeded in fully achieving that identity of His will
and the will of God. Therefore, all those whose aim in life is to make
God's will their will, are the true relatives of Jesus. We speak of
all people being the sons and daughters of God. In one very real and
very precious sense that is true because God loves saint and sinner.
But it is when a person puts his will in line with God's will, that a
real relationship begins. This is the only way to true and lasting
happiness in this life.
When we refuse to accept God's will, we bring upon ourselves nothing
but pain and trouble of heart. But when we look up to God and say: "Do
with me as you wish", then there is the way to joy.
Jesus is a demanding master, for he will share a person's heart with
nothing and with no one. Love is necessarily exclusive. We can only
love one person at a time and serve one Master at a time. That is
hard, but there is this great wonder. When we give ourselves
absolutely to Christ, we become one of the family of God.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... 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: Cherry Dano Samson
... 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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