Monday, August 06, 2007


Tuesday 18th Week in Ordinary Time

August 7, 2007
Tuesday 18th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

NUMBERS 12:1-13
Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses on the pretext of the marriage he
had contracted with a Cushite woman. They complained, "Is it through
Moses alone that the LORD speaks? Does he not speak through us also?"
And the LORD heard this. Now, Moses himself was by far the meekest man
on the face of the earth. So at once the LORD said to Moses and Aaron
and Miriam, "Come out, you three, to the meeting tent." And the three
of them went. Then the LORD came down in the column of cloud, and
standing at the entrance of the tent, called Aaron and Miriam. When
both came forward, he said, "Now listen to the words of the LORD:
Should there be a prophet among you, in visions will I reveal myself
to him, in dreams will I speak to him; not so with my servant Moses!
Throughout my house he bears my trust: face to face I speak to him;
plainly and not in riddles. The presence of the LORD he beholds. Why,
then, did you not fear to speak against my servant Moses?" So angry
was the LORD against them that when he departed, and the cloud
withdrew from the tent, there was Miriam, a snow-white leper! When
Aaron turned and saw her a leper, he said to Moses, "Ah, my lord!
Please do not charge us with the sin that we have foolishly committed!
Let her not thus be like the stillborn babe that comes forth from its
mother's womb with its flesh half consumed." Then Moses cried to the
LORD, "Please, not this! Pray, heal her!"

MATTHEW 14:22-36
Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other
side of the sea, while he dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he
went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was
there alone. Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was
being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. During
the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them, walking on the
sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were
terrified. "It is a ghost," they said, and they cried out in fear. At
once Jesus spoke to them, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid."
Peter said to him in reply, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to
you on the water." He said, "Come." Peter got out of the boat and
began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong
the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried
out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and
caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you
doubt?" After they got into the boat, the wind died down. Those who
were in the boat did him homage, saying, "Truly, you are the Son of
God." After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret. When
the men of that place recognized him, they sent word to all the
surrounding country. People brought to him all those who were sick and
begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as
many as touched it were healed.

Two people walked on water in the New Testament, Jesus and Peter. It
is true that Peter quickly lost heart and began to sink into the
Galilean Sea. But initially he had much more faith and trust than all
the others apostles. He had enough trust in Jesus to get out of the
boat and do the impossible, even if only for a few seconds. The other
apostles are the classic worriers. They didn't know what to think.

It is unfortunate that Peter is remembered in this story as the person
of little faith because he faltered after he had walked on the water a
few steps away from the boat. We should remember him instead, as the
person who was able to overcome his worry. He was the one who could
evaluate the situation with sufficient clarity to decide to do
something about it, to discover if it was indeed Jesus. He decided to
take the risk of doing the impossible and leaping into the unknown.

Faith and trust are great antidotes for worry. People of faith decide
that the situation is beyond their control and then throw themselves
upon the mercy of God and into divine adventures. Such a faith in
won't remove all our difficulties. But it will give us the strength we
need to cope with them.

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Eufrocina Navarro
- Marina Delfin and Fr John
- Ms. Norlie N. David
- Charlie Castro, Delly David, Julie Manzon, Glenda Bisco,
Abelino Gutual
- Myra
... Thanksgiving for:
- Jane Guillermo
- Balangit family
- Pauline and kids
- Manzon Family, Barayoga Family, Escamilla Family, Vergara
Family, Bisco Family, Castro Family, De Castro Family
... for the personal intentions of:
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Guevara Family
- Veronica Yap
- Julie, Noc and Chibu
- Gailey and Tinky
- Jasmin
- Matet Rey
- Julie and Glenn Manzon, Domingo Barayoga Jr., Churchill
Barayoga, Ashley Joy Barayoga, Julie, Noc and Chibu
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Maximo Guevara
- Augustin Uy
- Cristanta Buena Balilla, Pedro Peña Balilla, Dalmacio E.
- Domingo Barayoga, Sr, Lourdes Barayoga, Allan Escamilla
Eternal rest grant unto them and perpetual light shine upon them. May
they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
... In Memoriam: Remedios P. Balilla
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Corazon Alma de Leon
- Birthday: Mr. & Mrs. Celso de los Angeles, Jr.
- Birthday: Rosalinda H. V.
- Health and Thanksgiving:Daling S. Rodriguez
- In Memoriam (+): Sy Biao
... 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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