Thursday, August 16, 2007


Friday 19th Week in Ordinary Time

August 17, 2007
Friday 19th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

JOSHUA 24:1-13
Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned
the elders, leaders, judges and officials of Israel, and they
presented themselves before God. Joshua said to all the people, "This
is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: `Long ago your forefathers,
including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the
River and worshiped other gods. But I took your father Abraham from
the land beyond the River and led him throughout Canaan and gave him
many descendants. I gave him Isaac, and to Isaac I gave Jacob and
Esau. I assigned the hill country of Seir to Esau, but Jacob and his
sons went down to Egypt. "`Then I sent Moses and Aaron, and I
afflicted the Egyptians by what I did there, and I brought you out.
When I brought your fathers out of Egypt, you came to the sea, and the
Egyptians pursued them with chariots and horsemen as far as the Red
Sea. But they cried to the LORD for help, and he put darkness between
you and the Egyptians; he brought the sea over them and covered them.
You saw with your own eyes what I did to the Egyptians. Then you lived
in the desert for a long time. "`I brought you to the land of the
Amorites who lived east of the Jordan. They fought against you, but I
gave them into your hands. I destroyed them from before you, and you
took possession of their land. When Balak son of Zippor, the king of
Moab, prepared to fight against Israel, he sent for Balaam son of Beor
to put a curse on you. But I would not listen to Balaam, so he blessed
you again and again, and I delivered you out of his hand. "`Then you
crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho. The citizens of Jericho fought
against you, as did also the Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites,
Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites, but I gave them into
your hands. I sent the hornet ahead of you, which drove them out
before you--also the two Amorite kings. You did not do it with your
own sword and bow. So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and
cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards
and olive groves that you did not plant.'

MATTHEW 19:3-12
Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, "Is it lawful for
a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?" "Haven't you
read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator `made them male
and female,' and said, `For this reason a man will leave his father
and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one
flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has
joined together, let man not separate." "Why then," they asked, "did
Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and
send her away?" Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your
wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the
beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for
marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery."
The disciples said to him, "If this is the situation between a husband
and wife, it is better not to marry." Jesus replied, "Not everyone can
accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For some
are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way
by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of
heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it."

Jesus laid down his life so that we may live forever. If we could fix
in our minds that all God's actions manifest his love, then maybe we
could come to a better understanding of his laws, even difficult ones
like the one about divorce in the Gospel.

If we are convinced that everything that God does is out of love, then
we can see that his laws are not meant to subdue us. His laws are not
an affliction. Of course, life is never simple or easy.

But how we approach it is important. We cannot afford to tire of
hearing about God's love for us. If we are attentive, we will see that
every scripture reading ultimately comes down to the same thing,
namely that God loves us and asks us for our love in return.

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Donna
- Damaso Guevara
- Clarise Welch, Charlie Castro, Delly David, Julie Manzon, Glenda
Bisco, Abelino Gutual
- Ernesto, Feliciana, Dennis, Aileen
- Dodo
... 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
- Jasmin
- Henilyn
- Pauline
... In Thanksgiving:
- Manzon Family, Barayoga Family, Escamilla Family, Vergara Family,
Bisco Family, Castro Family, De Castro Family, Welch Family, Domingo
Barayoga Jr., Cesy & Benjie
- 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
- Lilia
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: David S. Lim
- Birthday: Esperanza Lee
- Birthday: Norma B. Villegas
- Wedding Anniversary: John & Annabel Braganza
- Wedding Anniversary: Stewart & Susan Chongson
- In Memoriam (+): Vincente C. Aquino
... 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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