Friday, August 03, 2007


Memorial, St. John Marie Vianney, priest

August 4, 2007
Memorial, St. John Marie Vianney, priest
Saturday 17th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

LEVITICUS 25:1, 8-17
The LORD said to Moses on Mount Sinai, "Seven weeks of years shall you
count-seven times seven years- so that the seven cycles amount to
forty-nine years. Then, on the tenth day of the seventh month, let the
trumpet resound; on this, the Day of Atonement, the trumpet blast
shall re-echo throughout your land. This fiftieth year you shall make
sacred by proclaiming liberty in the land for all its inhabitants. It
shall be a jubilee for you, when every one of you shall return to his
own property, every one to his own family estate. In this fiftieth
year, your year of jubilee, you shall not sow, nor shall you reap the
after growth or pick the grapes from the untrimmed vines. Since this
is the jubilee, which shall be sacred for you, you may not eat of its
produce, except as taken directly from the field. "In this year of
jubilee, then, every one of you shall return to his own property.
Therefore, when you sell any land to your neighbor or buy any from
him, do not deal unfairly. On the basis of the number of years since
the last jubilee shall you purchase the land from your neighbor; and
so also, on the basis of the number of years for crops, shall he sell
it to you. When the years are many, the price shall be so much the
more; when the years are few, the price shall be so much the less. For
it is really the number of crops that he sells you. Do not deal
unfairly, then; but stand in fear of your God. I, the LORD, am your

MATTHEW 14:1-12
Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus and said to his
servants, "This man is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the
dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him." Now Herod had
arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of
Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, for John had said to him,
"It is not lawful for you to have her." Although he wanted to kill
him, he feared the people, for they regarded him as a prophet. But at
a birthday celebration for Herod, the daughter of Herodias performed a
dance before the guests and delighted Herod so much that he swore to
give her whatever she might ask for. Prompted by her mother, she said,
"Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist." The king was
distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests who were present,
he ordered that it be given, and he had John beheaded in the prison.
His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who took
it to her mother. His disciples came and took away the corpse and
buried him; and they went and told Jesus.

Every 50 years, the Israelites observed a year of jubilee. It was not
only a celebration but also a profession of faith. In a jubilee year,
fields were not sown with seed, land that had been sold was restored
to its original owner, and slaves were set free. These observances
were an expression of the people's belief that the land and the people
of Israel belonged to God alone. Only God has the right of absolute

In the Gospel we see that Herod disregarded all these observances. He
violated God's absolute dominion not only by his blatant murder of
John the Baptist but also by his supposing that he was free of God's
law. Murder was Herod's response to John's reminder that he was
subject to God's dominion regarding his relationship with his
brother's wife.

Every Mass is a jubilee year within the span of a few minutes. The
Mass is fundamentally an act of thanksgiving through Christ to the
Father, proclaiming that all life and all gifts come from him. No one
has an absolute right over life or property, only God.

The truth that all life and all gifts come from God is to be more than
a motive of thanks and praise offered to God. It must be a guiding
principle of our lives.

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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