Wednesday, July 15, 2009
THURSDAY 15TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
THURSDAY 15TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Moses, hearing the voice of the LORD from the burning bush, said to
him, "When I go to the children of Israel and say to them, `The God of
your fathers has sent me to you,' if they ask me, `What is his name?'
what am I to tell them?" God replied, "I am who am." Then he added,
"This is what you shall tell the children of Israel: I AM sent me to
you." God spoke further to Moses, "Thus shall you say to the children
of Israel: The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the
God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. "This is my name
forever; this my title for all generations. "Go and assemble the
elders of Israel, and tell them: The LORD, the God of your fathers,
the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has appeared to me and said: I
am concerned about you and about the way you are being treated in
Egypt; so I have decided to lead you up out of the misery of Egypt
into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites,
Hivites, and Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey. "Thus they
will heed your message. Then you and the elders of Israel shall go to
the king of Egypt and say to him: "The LORD, the God of the Hebrews,
has sent us word. Permit us, then, to go a three-days' journey in the
desert, that we may offer sacrifice to the LORD, our God. "Yet I know
that the king of Egypt will not allow you to go unless he is forced. I
will stretch out my hand, therefore, and smite Egypt by doing all
kinds of wondrous deeds there. After that he will send you away."
Jesus said: "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I
will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am
meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For
my yoke is easy, and my burden light."
The cross of Christ certainly is difficult from a natural perspective,
but from a supernatural perspective, we never carry it alone. Every
person must carry a cross of difficulties and sufferings. If we take
up Christ's cross, he carries most of the weight and gives us himself
and his promise of eternal life as well. All the saints testify that
the path of holiness is difficult, but that the love of God more than
compensates. He truly does give rest for our souls, and he does
lighten the burden.
Jesus came to suffer for us, to bear our sins, and to win our
redemption. He uses every method possible to seek our conversion. He
used his divine power only for the good of others, even those who
opposed him. He is patient and merciful, and constantly offers us his
help to be faithful to his Father's will. It can indeed be very
difficult for us to follow his example in dealing with other people.
We certainly cannot do it on our own.
Let us go to him, as he has invited us, to be guided by his example
and strengthened by his grace. Let us learn from Jesus to love as he
loved, and always to act with the greatest purity of intention in our
dealings with others. Let us thank Jesus today for his love and his
unflagging desire to bring us to salvation. Let us thank him for the
gift of his grace that upholds us and helps us to have the peace, hope
and joy in our hearts that lighten the cross of our daily difficulties
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the special intentions:
- Margie R. Ponce de Leon and Haydee Ilagan
- Med Villanueva
- Kath Umali
… for the healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- Sophia Gonzalez
- Ester Marcelo
- Richy Ozoa
- Kate Lotilla and Liann Laurelis
- Germaine Button
- Jim Surtees
- Berta Miranda
- Sr. Sarah Cathleen
- Sr. Barbara Lynn
- Betty Nieves
- K and family
- Mr. Ely Lara
… for the speedy recovery and healing of: Tessa
… for the emotional and spiritual healing, strength and wisdom of the
… for the safety of the people of Albay, affected by the eruption of
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Glenda Valteau and Arturo Gatti
- Cirlio and Consolacion Punsalan
- Sr. Pilar Santos, OP
- Edgar Gan Yiu
- George Bautista
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: Charlene Blanche Yu
- Birthday: Arnel Hernandez
- Wedding Anniversary: Sheryl & Peter Lim III
- In Memoriam (+): Geronimo Z. Velasco (Oct 6, 1927-Jul;y 16, 2007)+
- In Memoriam (+): Lim Giok Chat (1906-1987)
- In Memoriam (+): Alfredo C. Torres
… 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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