Thursday, August 02, 2007



AUGUST 3, 2007

LEVITICUS 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34B-37
The LORD said to Moses, "These are the festivals of the LORD which
you shall celebrate at their proper time with a sacred assembly. The
Passover of the LORD falls on the fourteenth day of the first month,
at the evening twilight. The fifteenth day of this month is the
LORD's feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you shall eat
unleavened bread. On the first of these days you shall hold a sacred
assembly and do no sort of work. On each of the seven days you shall
offer an oblation to the LORD. Then on the seventh day you shall
again hold a sacred assembly and do no sort of work." The LORD said
to Moses, "Speak to the children of Israel and tell them: When you
come into the land which I am giving you, and reap your harvest, you
shall bring a sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the
priest, who shall wave the sheaf before the LORD that it may be
acceptable for you. On the day after the sabbath the priest shall do
this. "Beginning with the day after the sabbath, the day on which
you bring the wave-offering sheaf, you shall count seven full weeks,
and then on the day after the seventh week, the fiftieth day, you
shall present the new cereal offering to the LORD. "The tenth of
this seventh month is the Day of Atonement, when you shall hold a
sacred assembly and mortify yourselves and offer an oblation to the
LORD. "The fifteenth day of this seventh month is the LORD's feast
of Booths, which shall continue for seven days. On the first day
there shall be a sacred assembly, and you shall do no sort of work.
For seven days you shall offer an oblation to the LORD, and on the
eighth day you shall again hold a sacred assembly and offer an
oblation to the LORD. On that solemn closing you shall do no sort of
work. "These, therefore, are the festivals of the LORD on which you
shall proclaim a sacred assembly, and offer as an oblation to the
LORD burnt offerings and cereal offerings, sacrifices and libations,
as prescribed for each day."

MATTHEW 13:54-58
Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their
synagogue. They were astonished and said, "Where did this man get
such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter's son? Is not
his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and
Judas? Are not his sisters all with us? Where did this man get all
this?" And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "A
prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his
own house." And he did not work many mighty deeds there because of
their lack of faith.

One of the most common failures of being human is that we tend to
take things and people for granted, especially if they have become
very familiar to us. One time when Jesus returned to his hometown of
Nazareth, he stood up to preach on the sabbath in the synagogue. He
met with resistance because he failed to manifest any mark of
distinction. The people did not complain that his message was
shallow; actually they were amazed at what he said. Their objection
was based on the fact that he was too familiar to them. They could
not accept this hometown boy turned prophet. They knew him as the
village carpenter, the son of Mary, a woman they had seen coming and
going like all the other women in the area.

As Christians, we have heard the Gospels many times. We have become
so familiar with the parables and miracles of Jesus that we run the
risk of failing to appreciate them. Perhaps many Catholics put more
faith in the words of authors, media commentators or television ads,
than they do in the word of Christ.

We have a good friend in Jesus. This same Jesus says to each one of
us: "Come to me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and
I will refresh you." May our faith make us realize that we have a
treasure in the Eucharist, for there waiting for us under the
sacramental veils is Jesus, our true friend.

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Julie Manzon, Glenda Bisco, Delly David, Charlie Castro
- Jose Rigor, Feliciana, Dennis, Aileen and her father
- Smartie
- Ernesto
- Tom Diokno
- Dodo
... In Thanksgiving:
- Jane Guillermo
- Manzon Family, Barayoga Family, Castro Family, De Castro
Family, Bisco Family
- Balangit family
... for the personal intentions of:
- Glenn Manzon, Jerico Ureta, Jennifer Dumalaon, ESChoir Abu
- Maria Fatima
- NG and R
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Guevara Family
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Sis. Jasmin Jongo
- Ligorio Bulay
- Maximo Guevara
Eternal rest grant unto them and perpetual light shine upon them. May
they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Bishop Gabriel V. Reyes DD
- Birthday: Joaquin Cunanan Jr.
- Wedding Anniversary: Letty/Edgardo Margarejo
- In Memoriam (+): Feliciano T. Lao
... 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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