Wednesday, July 08, 2009
THURSDAY 14TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, AUGUSTINE ZHAO RONG & COMPANIONS, MARTYRS, CHINESE MARTYRS
THURSDAY 14TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
GENESIS 44:18-21, 23B-29; 45:1-5
Judah approached Joseph and said: "I beg you, my lord, let your
servant speak earnestly to my lord, and do not become angry with your
servant, for you are the equal of Pharaoh. My lord asked your
servants, `Have you a father, or another brother?' So we said to my
lord, `We have an aged father, and a young brother, the child of his
old age. This one's full brother is dead, and since he is the only one
by that mother who is left, his father dotes on him.' Then you told
your servants, `Bring him down to me that my eyes may look on him.
Unless your youngest brother comes back with you, you shall not come
into my presence again.' When we returned to your servant our father,
we reported to him the words of my lord. "Later, our father told us to
come back and buy some food for the family. So we reminded him, `We
cannot go down there; only if our youngest brother is with us can we
go, for we may not see the man if our youngest brother is not with
us.' Then your servant our father said to us, `As you know, my wife
bore me two sons. One of them, however, disappeared, and I had to
conclude that he must have been torn to pieces by wild beasts; I have
not seen him since. If you now take this one away from me, too, and
some disaster befalls him, you will send my white head down to the
nether world in grief.'" Joseph could no longer control himself in the
presence of all his attendants, so he cried out, "Have everyone
withdraw from me!" Thus no one else was about when he made himself
known to his brothers. But his sobs were so loud that the Egyptians
heard him, and so the news reached Pharaoh's palace. "I am Joseph," he
said to his brothers. "Is my father still in good health?" But his
brothers could give him no answer, so dumbfounded were they at him.
"Come closer to me," he told his brothers. When they had done so, he
said: "I am your brother Joseph, whom you once sold into Egypt. But
now do not be distressed, and do not reproach yourselves for having
sold me here. It was really for the sake of saving lives that God sent
me here ahead of you."
Jesus said to his Apostles: "As you go, make this proclamation: `The
Kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse
the lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without
cost you are to give. Do not take gold or silver or copper for your
belts; no sack for the journey, or a second tunic, or sandals, or
walking stick. The laborer deserves his keep. Whatever town or village
you enter, look for a worthy person in it, and stay there until you
leave. As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy,
let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you.
Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words– go outside that
house or town and shake the dust from your feet. Amen, I say to you,
it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the
day of judgment than for that town."
Surely the disciples in today's Gospel must have felt unequal to the
task that Jesus was giving them. We are told nothing about their inner
feelings, but the Gospel accounts of the disciples during Jesus'
ministry usually reveal them to be all too human in their responses.
They were confused and slow to get the point. This occasion may have
been just like all the others. However we learn later that they did
indeed go on their journey, casting out devils and healing lepers,
returning with joy and amazement at the power of God that had been
manifested through them.
Can we all identify with such feelings? Perhaps we have all
experienced what it is like to be intimidated by the tasks we have to
do. When we are expected to bear witness to the Gospel or share in the
sufferings of others, do we sometimes feel that we have nothing to
give? Yet this sense of personal inadequacy may be just the right
starting point for us and the place where God needs us to be in order
for him to use us in His work, for His power can work in us and
through us. The healing, the witness, the authority over sin and evil
— these come from God alone.
Let us ask Jesus to give us the words to say, and the courage to say
them, and to live his life in such a way that his love may be brought
to a world that does not know him but needs him so much.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Ester Marcelo
… for the special intentions:
- Kathie Teh
- Josheil Dapo
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Kate Lotilla
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Ilion de la Cruz
- Birthday: Fr. Ricky Lalana S.J.
- Birthday: Lydia Yacas
- Wedding Anniversary: Junn & Marianella Agbayani
… 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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