Sunday, August 12, 2007
Monday 19th Week in Ordinary Time
Monday 19th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
Moses said to the people: "And now, Israel, what does the LORD, your
God, ask of you but to fear the LORD, your God, and follow his ways
exactly, to love and serve the LORD, your God, with all your heart and
all your soul, to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD which
I enjoin on you today for your own good? Think! The heavens, even the
highest heavens, belong to the LORD, your God, as well as the earth
and everything on it. Yet in his love for your fathers the LORD was so
attached to them as to choose you, their descendants, in preference to
all other peoples, as indeed he has now done. Circumcise your hearts,
therefore, and be no longer stiff-necked. For the LORD, your God, is
the God of gods, the LORD of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome,
who has no favorites, accepts no bribes; who executes justice for the
orphan and the widow, and befriends the alien, feeding and clothing
him. So you too must befriend the alien, for you were once aliens
yourselves in the land of Egypt. The LORD, your God, shall you fear,
and him shall you serve; hold fast to him and swear by his name. He is
your glory, he, your God, who has done for you those great and
terrible things which your own eyes have seen. Your ancestors went
down to Egypt seventy strong, and now the LORD, your God, has made you
as numerous as the stars of the sky."
As Jesus and his disciples were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to
them, "The Son of Man is to be handed over to men, and they will kill
him, and he will be raised on the third day." And they were
overwhelmed with grief. When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of
the temple tax approached Peter and said, "Does not your teacher pay
the temple tax?" "Yes," he said. When he came into the house, before
he had time to speak, Jesus asked him, "What is your opinion, Simon?
>From whom do the kings of the earth take tolls or census tax? From
their subjects or from foreigners?" When he said, "From foreigners,"
Jesus said to him, "Then the subjects are exempt. But that we may not
offend them, go to the sea, drop in a hook, and take the first fish
that comes up. Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth twice the
temple tax. Give that to them for me and for you."
When Peter was asked whether Jesus would pay the temple tax, he did
not hesitate to answer with a very definite "yes". Jesus, however,
took the occasion to teach an important lesson about himself and the
temple. He said that kings do not take tax from their own sons, and he
thereby implied that he was not a subject of God, but God's own son.
Only gradually did the earliest Christians grow in the realization of
the full extent of this truth. Jesus is the unique Son of God, equally
divine with him, notwithstanding appearances to the contrary. Jesus'
humanity was the new temple wherein dwelt the fullness of divinity. We
have been given a share in what Jesus is. We, too, are temples of
Just as we must appreciate the identity of Jesus we should also
appreciate our own. We are the living temples of God, more precious to
him than any building could ever be. Each one of us is more precious
to God than even the Jerusalem temple. His life and love are within
us, since we are his children; we have become sons and daughters of
God in and through his own son Jesus Christ. Because we are his
temples, God does not exact tribute from us, only our free response of
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Clarise Welch, Charlie Castro, Delly David, Julie Manzon,
Glenda Bisco, Linda Manzon, Abelino Gutual
- Kat Vidanes
- Benjamin Reyes
- Ma. Theresa R. Tuliao
- Tyrone Baun
- Cesar Gomez
- Louie, Loy, Lita, Aileen, Dennis
- Marge, Ann, Ken, Ann of IL, Helen, Cecelia, Ken
... for the personal intentions of:
- Ashley Joy Barayoga, Julie and Glenn Manzon, Domingo Barayoga
Jr., Churchill Barayoga, Mary Ann Castro
- Marlon Llamas
- Camille Torres
- Guevara Family
- Nona, Nerissa, Rogelio, Cheryl
... In Thanksgiving:
- Mr. & Mrs. Ivan & Cheng Welch, Manzon Family, Barayoga
Family,Escamilla Family, Vergara Family, Bisco Family, Castro Family,
De Castro Family
- Jose Rigor, Feliciana, Ernesto and Maria Fatima
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Domingo Barayoga, Sr, Lourdes Barayoga, Allan Escamilla
- Ms. Arceli Dominique Pasague, Ligaya Agnote, Rosario
Malagueno, Regina M. Lopez
- Rafael Lalana
- Marciana Guevara
- Ricardo King
- Charlie Cheng
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.
- In Memoriam (+): Chung Chut
... 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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