Tuesday, July 07, 2009



JULY 8, 2009

GENESIS 41:55-57; 42:5-7A, 17-24A
When hunger came to be felt throughout the land of Egypt and the
people cried to Pharaoh for bread, Pharaoh directed all the Egyptians
to go to Joseph and do whatever he told them. When the famine had
spread throughout the land, Joseph opened all the cities that had
grain and rationed it to the Egyptians, since the famine had gripped
the land of Egypt. In fact, all the world came to Joseph to obtain
rations of grain, for famine had gripped the whole world. The sons of
Israel were among those who came to procure rations. It was Joseph, as
governor of the country, who dispensed the rations to all the people.
When Joseph's brothers came and knelt down before him with their faces
to the ground, he recognized them as soon as he saw them. But Joseph
concealed his own identity from them and spoke sternly to them. With
that, he locked them up in the guardhouse for three days. On the third
day Joseph said to his brothers: "Do this, and you shall live; for I
am a God-fearing man. If you have been honest, only one of your
brothers need be confined in this prison, while the rest of you may go
and take home provisions for your starving families. But you must come
back to me with your youngest brother. Your words will thus be
verified, and you will not die." To this they agreed. To one another,
however, they said: "Alas, we are being punished because of our
brother. We saw the anguish of his heart when he pleaded with us, yet
we paid no heed; that is why this anguish has now come upon us."
Reuben broke in, "Did I not tell you not to do wrong to the boy? But
you would not listen! Now comes the reckoning for his blood." The
brothers did not know, of course, that Joseph understood what they
said, since he spoke with them through an interpreter. But turning
away from them, he wept.

MATTHEW 10:1-7
Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over
unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every
illness. The names of the Twelve Apostles are these: first, Simon
called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and
his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the tax
collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus; Simon the
Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus. Jesus sent out these
Twelve after instructing them thus, "Do not go into pagan territory or
enter a Samaritan town. Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of
Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: `The Kingdom of heaven is
at hand.'"

Biblical archeology reveals Amenemhat III's preparation for the flood
and famine and storage of grain about Joseph's time. God gifted Joseph
with wisdom and foresight to bring about these events and save the
people from the seven-year famine that ravaged Egypt and nearby areas.
Joseph had ordered a fifth of the harvest of Egypt in the seven years
of plenty kept in some 3,000 chambers at a time without computers,
email, cell phones, satellite imaging, 5-day weather forecasts, and
modern post-harvest technology.

Such a wondrous thing to be favored by God as Joseph was – his ability
to interpret dreams helped him save thousands, perhaps millions, from
hunger and hardship. God does these things via the people he sends to
remind us of His providence. He chose seemingly ordinary men of
different persuasions to be His Apostles and like Joseph they did
mighty deeds for mankind.

We, too, should do good deeds for God. Though what we may hope to do
may not be comparable to the grand deeds of Joseph and the Apostles,
God will see in our hearts the love behind our actions. He will judge
as mighty all deeds done with great love for Him.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Fr. Peter Chuang, SJ
- Eva
- Doug Jones
- Candice Rice
- Kitty
- Herman
- Elizabeth Mah
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- Shiappee
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Ester Marcelo
… for the special intentions:
- Kathie Teh
- Josheil Dapo
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Alexis Arguello, Shannon
Brand, Michael, Farrah, Karen Brown, Ed, Catherine Appell. 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.
- In Memoriam (+): Carmen Lazaro
… 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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