Sunday, July 12, 2009



JULY 13, 2009

EXODUS 1:8-14, 22
A new king, who knew nothing of Joseph, came to power in Egypt. He
said to his subjects, "Look how numerous and powerful the people of
the children of Israel are growing, more so than we ourselves! Come,
let us deal shrewdly with them to stop their increase; otherwise, in
time of war they too may join our enemies to fight against us, and so
leave our country." Accordingly, taskmasters were set over the
children of Israel to oppress them with forced labor. Thus they had to
build for Pharaoh the supply cities of Pithom and Raamses. Yet the
more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread. The
Egyptians, then, dreaded the children of Israel and reduced them to
cruel slavery, making life bitter for them with hard work in mortar
and brick and all kinds of fieldwork–the whole cruel fate of slaves.
Pharaoh then commanded all his subjects, "Throw into the river every
boy that is born to the Hebrews, but you may let all the girls live."

MATTHEW 10:34—11:1
Jesus said to his Apostles: "Do not think that I have come to bring
peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword.
For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against
her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one's
enemies will be those of his household. "Whoever loves father or
mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or
daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take
up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds
his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will
find it. "Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me
receives the one who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is
a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and whoever receives a
righteous man because he is righteous will receive a righteous man's
reward. And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these
little ones to drink because he is a disciple– amen, I say to you, he
will surely not lose his reward." When Jesus finished giving these
commands to his Twelve disciples, he went away from that place to
teach and to preach in their towns.

Today, Jesus reminds us that being a Christian is not always easy, fun
and feel-good; it is difficult and demanding. Jesus tells us to take
up the cross and follow him, and that means being unabashed witnesses
to the truth of the Gospel both in actions and in words, even though
that truth will not always be popular. We need to be ready to be
"signs of contradiction" and face misunderstanding, rejection, and
even persecution.

Since we know that God can reward us both here and in eternal life, we
should be eager to make sacrifices to serve him. The greatest reward
that he can give us is the gift of himself. He is not inviting us to
serve him out of unhealthy self-interest. On the contrary, he is
inviting us to lose ourselves in order to find him, and finding him
will make us truly happy.

We will find true happiness only when we give ourselves completely to
Jesus, even if it means taking up the cross and following Jesus. As
true disciples of Jesus, we should be ready to put everything on the
line to do God's will, knowing that the reward for giving ourselves to
God is much greater than anything that we could ever lose in this

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the special intentions:
- 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
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Margie R. Ponce de Leon and Haydee Ilagan
- Med Villanueva
… for the healing of:
- Fr. Philip Tran
- Lynne Frohmiller
- Jeanne Doherty
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- Shiappee
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Ester Marcelo
- Richy Ozoa
- Kate Lotilla and Liann Laurelis
- Germaine Button
- Jim Surtees
- Berta Miranda
- Sr. Sarah Cathleen and Sr. Barbara Lynn
- Betty Nieves
… for the emotional and spiritual healing of the Dapo family
… Birthday: Elaine
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Bob Frohmiller
- Domingo Barayoga Sr., Lourdes Barayoga & Charlie Castro
- Glenda Valteau and Arturo Gatti
- Cirlio and Consolacion Punsalan
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: Johnny O. Sy
- Birthday: Esther G. Gacutan
- Birthday: Anna Lou Enrile
- Birthday: Dida G. Fernandez
- In Memoriam (+): Clement L. Gan (1945-1994)+
… for the healing and peace of all families
… 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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