Wednesday, July 01, 2009



JULY 2, 2009

GENESIS 22:1-19
Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!" "Here I
am," he replied. Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac,
whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as
a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about." Early
the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with
him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood
for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him
about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the
distance. He said to his servants, "Stay here with the donkey while I
and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back
to you." Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on
his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the
two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father
Abraham, "Father?" "Yes, my son?" Abraham replied. "The fire and wood
are here," Isaac said, "but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"
Abraham answered, "God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt
offering, my son." And the two of them went on together. When they
reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there
and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on
the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took
the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the LORD called out to him
from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied. "Do not lay
a hand on the boy," he said. "Do not do anything to him. Now I know
that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son,
your only son." Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram
caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it
as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place
The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, "On the mountain of
the LORD it will be provided." The angel of the LORD called to Abraham
from heaven a second time and said, "I swear by myself, declares the
LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son,
your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as
numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your
descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and
through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because
you have obeyed me." Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they
set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.

Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. Some
men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their
faith, he said to the paralytic, "Take heart, son; your sins are
forgiven." At this, some of the teachers of the law said to
themselves, "This fellow is blaspheming!" Knowing their thoughts,
Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which
is easier: to say, `Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, `Get up and
walk'? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on
earth to forgive sins...." Then he said to the paralytic, "Get up,
take your mat and go home." And the man got up and went home. When the
crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who
had given such authority to men.

When Jesus instantaneously healed the paralytic, the crowd praised him
not only for the healing but also for his authority to heal. People
had a similar reaction after the Sermon on the Mount. The crowds were
spellbound over his teachings. This is because he taught with divine
authority unlike the scribes who had no such power.

The paralytic and the scribes were not perfect. The scribes, however,
did not accept Jesus and his power to heal. Instead, they considered
Jesus' action as blasphemy. Nevertheless, Jesus healed the paralytic,
without condition.

By healing the paralytic, Jesus emphasized his authority to forgive
sins. As his followers, we are called to accept this authority from
him so that our sins may be forgiven and we can be healed. We would
then be on our way to finding true peace and happiness.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Meiyin
- Juvy Ong
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- Shiappee
- Ester Marcelo
- Lisa
- Mary Abajon
- Cory Aquino
… for the special intentions: San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for the personal intentions:
- Pauline
- Veronica Yap
- Hernane B. Suede
- Lina Magcamit
… for the strength and healing of Arnold Cabatingan
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Jonathan Gaw
- Birthday: Aida Capati
- In Memoriam (+): Beatrice Lim Le Hun Co Chan (Dec 23,1928-Jul 2,
… 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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