Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Thursday 19th Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial, St. Rock (Roque), healder
Thursday 19th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
JOSHUA 3:7-10A, 11, 13-17
The LORD said to Joshua, "Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight
of all Israel, that they may know I am with you, as I was with Moses.
Now command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant to come to a
halt in the Jordan when you reach the edge of the waters." So Joshua
said to the children of Israel, "Come here and listen to the words of
the LORD, your God. This is how you will know that there is a living
God in your midst, who at your approach will dispossess the
Canaanites. The ark of the covenant of the LORD of the whole earth
will precede you into the Jordan. When the soles of the feet of the
priests carrying the ark of the LORD, the Lord of the whole earth,
touch the water of the Jordan, it will cease to flow; for the water
flowing down from upstream will halt in a solid bank." The people
struck their tents to cross the Jordan, with the priests carrying the
ark of the covenant ahead of them. No sooner had these priestly
bearers of the ark waded into the waters at the edge of the Jordan,
which overflows all its banks during the entire season of the harvest,
than the waters flowing from upstream halted, backing up in a solid
mass for a very great distance indeed, from Adam, a city in the
direction of Zarethan; while those flowing downstream toward the Salt
Sea of the Arabah disappeared entirely. Thus the people crossed over
opposite Jericho. While all Israel crossed over on dry ground, the
priests carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD remained
motionless on dry ground in the bed of the Jordan until the whole
nation had completed the passage.
Peter approached Jesus and asked him, "Lord, if my brother sins
against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?"
Jesus answered, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven
times. That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who
decided to settle accounts with his servants. When he began the
accounting, a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge
amount. Since he had no way of paying it back, his master ordered him
to be sold, along with his wife, his children, and all his property,
in payment of the debt. At that, the servant fell down, did him
homage, and said, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in
full.' Moved with compassion the master of that servant let him go and
forgave him the loan. When that servant had left, he found one of his
fellow servants who owed him a much smaller amount. He seized him and
started to choke him, demanding, 'Pay back what you owe.' Falling to
his knees, his fellow servant begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I
will pay you back.' But he refused. Instead, he had the fellow servant
put in prison until he paid back the debt. Now when his fellow
servants saw what had happened, they were deeply disturbed, and went
to their master and reported the whole affair. His master summoned him
and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt
because you begged me to. Should you not have had pity on your fellow
servant, as I had pity on you?' Then in anger his master handed him
over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt. So will
my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother
from his heart." When Jesus finished these words, he left Galilee and
went to the district of Judea across the Jordan.
Loving our enemies does not mean feeling fond of them or pretending
that they are not people who've hurt us. Loving and forgiving our
enemies mean to hope that they may be healed and cured, and to will
It was in this spirit that saints like Stephen and Thomas More were
able to forgive their executioners. It was in this spirit that Jesus
himself prayed on the cross, "Father, forgive them, for they do not
know what they are doing."
There is no love of God without love of neighbor and there is no
forgiveness from God without forgiveness of our neighbor. Such mutual
love and forgiveness in our families, at work, in all our
associations, is the greatest assurance of God's forgiveness, as well
as of happiness and understanding between friends, in families and in
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara
- Clarise Welch, Charlie Castro, Delly David, Julie Manzon,
Glenda Bisco, Abelino Gutual
- Ernesto, Feliciana, Dennis, Aileen
... for the personal intentions of:
- Julie and Glenn Manzon, Domingo Barayoga Jr., Churchill
Barayoga, Ashley Joy Barayoga
- Chibu, Trinna, Tinky, Gailey, Noc
- Jose Rigor, Rogelio, Nerissa and Maria Fatima
... In Thanksgiving:
- Manzon Family, Barayoga Family, Escamilla Family, Vergara
Family, Bisco Family, Castro Family, De Castro Family, Welch Family,
Domingo Barayoga Jr., Cesy & Bnejie
- Marina, Dinah and Jao
- Bonsol family
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Candido, Maria, Isidora, Alipio, Jovita, Alfonso, Alfonsa
- Domingo Barayoga Sr., Lourdes Barayoga, Allan Escamilla
- Maria, Candido, Alipio, Alfonso, Alfonsa, Jovita, Isidora
Eternal rest grant unto them and may 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: Asuncion Fausto
- Birthday: Luisa V. Bulaong
- Thanksgiving: Joseph & Lily Ong
- Thanksgiving: Lally de la Cruz
- In Memoriam (+): Gotao, Rufina Uano (1901 - 1991)
- In Memoriam (+): Potenciana Tee
... 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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