Friday, July 10, 2009



JULY 11, 2009

GENESIS 49:29-32; 50:15-26A
Jacob gave his sons this charge: "Since I am about to be taken to my
people, bury me with my fathers in the cave that lies in the field of
Ephron the Hittite, the cave in the field of Machpelah, facing on
Mamre, in the land of Canaan, the field that Abraham bought from
Ephron the Hittite for a burial ground. There Abraham and his wife
Sarah are buried, and so are Isaac and his wife Rebekah, and there,
too, I buried Leah– the field and the cave in it that had been
purchased from the Hittites." Now that their father was dead, Joseph's
brothers became fearful and thought, "Suppose Joseph has been nursing
a grudge against us and now plans to pay us back in full for all the
wrong we did him!" So they approached Joseph and said: "Before your
father died, he gave us these instructions: `You shall say to Joseph,
Jacob begs you to forgive the criminal wrongdoing of your brothers,
who treated you so cruelly.' Please, therefore, forgive the crime that
we, the servants of your father's God, committed." When they spoke
these words to him, Joseph broke into tears. Then his brothers
proceeded to fling themselves down before him and said, "Let us be
your slaves!" But Joseph replied to them: "Have no fear. Can I take
the place of God? Even though you meant harm to me, God meant it for
good, to achieve his present end, the survival of many people.
Therefore have no fear. I will provide for you and for your children."
By thus speaking kindly to them, he reassured them. Joseph remained in
Egypt, together with his father's family. He lived a hundred and ten
years. He saw Ephraim's children to the third generation, and the
children of Manasseh's son Machir were also born on Joseph's knees.
Joseph said to his brothers: "I am about to die. God will surely take
care of you and lead you out of this land to the land that he promised
on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob." Then, putting the sons of Israel
under oath, he continued, "When God thus takes care of you, you must
bring my bones up with you from this place." Joseph died at the age of
a hundred and ten.

MATTHEW 10:24-33
Jesus said to his Apostles: "No disciple is above his teacher, no
slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become
like his teacher, for the slave that he become like his master. If
they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more
those of his household! "Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing
is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be
known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you
hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of
those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of
the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. Are not two
sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the
ground without your Father's knowledge. Even all the hairs of your
head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many
sparrows. Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will
acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before
others, I will deny before my heavenly Father."

Jesus' opponents called him a devil. Either ignorance or hardness of
heart prevented them from seeing the good in Jesus. Jesus warns us
that his followers will be reviled, just as he was denounced. So, it
is no surprise that those who follow Jesus are attacked for their
beliefs. Christ's followers are labeled "backward" or "intolerant"
because of their steadfastness to moral truths.

It would be good today to ask ourselves which bad vices need to be
weeded from our lives. So many times, temptation arises and challenges
our faith. We sometimes give in on the excuse we don't want to show
disrespect or we don't want to make waves. Jesus did not tell us to be
tolerant of all things. Rather, he implored: "Go and make disciples of
all nations."

Do we keep silent when we should be speaking up against what is
morally wrong? We sometimes wish that Christianity would be an easy
religion to follow, forgetting that Jesus did not have an easy time
himself. So let us stop grumbling and instead pray for the grace and
strength to be daring in witnessing for Jesus.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the special intentions:
- 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: Marciana Chong Muñoz
- Birthday: Lal Manalo
- Birthday: Paolo Sevilla
- Birthday: Marina de Guzman
- Wedding Anniversary: Edmund and Millie Dy
… 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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