Monday, June 29, 2009
TUESDAY 13TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, FIRST MARTYRS OF THE CHURCH OF ROME
TUESDAY 13TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
As dawn was breaking, the angels urged Lot on, saying, "On your way!
Take with you your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you
will be swept away in the punishment of Sodom." When he hesitated, the
men, by the LORD's mercy, seized his hand and the hands of his wife
and his two daughters and led them to safety outside the city. As soon
as they had been brought outside, he was told: "Flee for your life!
Don't look back or stop anywhere on the Plain. Get off to the hills at
once, or you will be swept away." "Oh, no, my lord!" Lot replied, "You
have already thought enough of your servant to do me the great
kindness of intervening to save my life. But I cannot flee to the
hills to keep the disaster from overtaking me, and so I shall die.
Look, this town ahead is near enough to escape to. It's only a small
place. Let me flee there–it's a small place, is it not?– that my life
may be saved." "Well, then," he replied, "I will also grant you the
favor you now ask. I will not overthrow the town you speak of. Hurry,
escape there! I cannot do anything until you arrive there." That is
why the town is called Zoar. The sun was just rising over the earth as
Lot arrived in Zoar; at the same time the LORD rained down sulphurous
fire upon Sodom and Gomorrah from the LORD out of heaven. He overthrew
those cities and the whole Plain, together with the inhabitants of the
cities and the produce of the soil. But Lot's wife looked back, and
she was turned into a pillar of salt. Early the next morning Abraham
went to the place where he had stood in the LORD's presence. As he
looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and the whole region of the
Plain, he saw dense smoke over the land rising like fumes from a
furnace. Thus it came to pass: when God destroyed the Cities of the
Plain, he was mindful of Abraham by sending Lot away from the upheaval
by which God overthrew the cities where Lot had been living.
As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a
violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped
by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, "Lord,
save us! We are perishing!" He said to them, "Why are you terrified, O
you of little faith?" Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea,
and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, "What sort of
man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?"
The image of the violent storm is very important in the Gospel. All of
us have experienced a disappointment, a depression, a crisis or
sudden, unexpected tragedy in life. This, perhaps, is the violent
storm in our life. And when this happens, we don't know what to do. We
lose direction in our lives. We are lost! And the only one who can
calm this storm is Jesus. But many times we don't believe he can
actually "calm" our worries and problems. And Christ tells us "Where
is your courage? How little faith you have!"
When we stop putting Christ in the center of our lives, we start to
lose faith, and start to lose hope. We collapse and the "waves" of
death surround us. Remember that all these events are subject to
Christ. All forces obey the Lord! Let us turn to him at all times, and
he will surely be our Savior!
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Juvy Ong
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- Ester Marcelo
… for the special intentions: San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for the personal intentions: Pauline
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Peter Paul Fainsan
- Birthday: Tessie Ching
- Wedding Anniversary: Robin & Angel Roque
- In Memoriam: Ime Ponteres
… for the healing and peace of all families
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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