Thursday, July 09, 2009



JULY 10, 2009

GENESIS 46:1-7, 28-30
Israel set out with all that was his. When he arrived at Beer-sheba,
he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. There God,
speaking to Israel in a vision by night, called, "Jacob! Jacob!" He
answered, "Here I am." Then he said: "I am God, the God of your
father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make
you a great nation. Not only will I go down to Egypt with you; I will
also bring you back here, after Joseph has closed your eyes." So Jacob
departed from Beer-sheba, and the sons of Israel put their father and
their wives and children on the wagons that Pharaoh had sent for his
transport. They took with them their livestock and the possessions
they had acquired in the land of Canaan. Thus Jacob and all his
descendants migrated to Egypt. His sons and his grandsons, his
daughters and his granddaughters– all his descendants–he took with him
to Egypt. Israel had sent Judah ahead to Joseph, so that he might meet
him in Goshen. On his arrival in the region of Goshen, Joseph hitched
the horses to his chariot and rode to meet his father Israel in
Goshen. As soon as Joseph saw him, he flung himself on his neck and
wept a long time in his arms. And Israel said to Joseph, "At last I
can die, now that I have seen for myself that Joseph is still alive."

MATTHEW 10:16-23
Jesus said to his Apostles: "Behold, I am sending you like sheep in
the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves. But
beware of men, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you
in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings
for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans. When they hand
you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to
say. You will be given at that moment what you are to say. For it will
not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through
you. Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his
child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to
death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever
endures to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town,
flee to another. Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of
Israel before the Son of Man comes."

How can we be "shrewd as serpents and simple as doves?" These two
creature analogies seem to contradict each other. Snakes are cunning
and slithery by nature. Doves connote peace, meekness, and humility.

Perhaps, Jesus is instructing us to not be too much of a pushover. At
the same time, we shouldn't push back too hard either. There's a
certain balance of serene and stealthy attitudes that we should adopt.
We can be sweet and gentle, yet we shouldn't allow ourselves to be
taken advantage of and unwittingly abused.

It's always good advice to keep praying for the grace to be what Jesus
wants us to be. As we go through life, it's a continuous struggle to
be courageous but considerate. The key is to imitate Christ. We can
learn from his example of being perfectly patient yet persuasive and

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- Shiappee
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Ester Marcelo
… for the special intentions:
- Kathie Teh
- Lina Magcamit
- Josheil Dapo
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Kate Lotilla
- Margie R. Ponce de Leon
- Glenn & Julie Manzon
- Glenn Dale & John Dale Manzon
- Mary Castro & Family
- Sandra Vergara
- Estelita Escamilla
- Glenda Bisco
- Ma. Fe Castro
- Churchill Barayoga
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Domingo Barayoga Sr., Lourdes
Barayoga & Charlie Castro. 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: Annavi Guilatco
- Birthday: Louis Keh
- Birthday: Enrique-Jaime Castillo
- Birthday: Josefina N. Tandiama
- Birthday: Vicente Khu
- Wedding Anniversary: Alberto & Josephine Gaviola
… 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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