Thursday, July 16, 2009



JULY 17, 2009

EXODUS 11:10—12:14
Although Moses and Aaron performed various wonders in Pharaoh's
presence, the LORD made Pharaoh obstinate, and he would not let the
children of Israel leave his land. The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in
the land of Egypt, "This month shall stand at the head of your
calendar; you shall reckon it the first month of the year. Tell the
whole community of Israel: On the tenth of this month every one of
your families must procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each
household. If a family is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join
the nearest household in procuring one and shall share in the lamb in
proportion to the number of persons who partake of it. The lamb must
be a year-old male and without blemish. You may take it from either
the sheep or the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of
this month, and then, with the whole assembly of Israel present, it
shall be slaughtered during the evening twilight. They shall take some
of its blood and apply it to the two doorposts and the lintel of every
house in which they partake of the lamb. That same night they shall
eat its roasted flesh with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. It shall
not be eaten raw or boiled, but roasted whole, with its head and
shanks and inner organs. None of it must be kept beyond the next
morning; whatever is left over in the morning shall be burned up.
"This is how you are to eat it: with your loins girt, sandals on your
feet and your staff in hand, you shall eat like those who are in
flight. It is the Passover of the LORD. For on this same night I will
go through Egypt, striking down every first born of the land, both man
and beast, and executing judgment on all the gods of Egypt—I, the
LORD! But the blood will mark the houses where you are. Seeing the
blood, I will pass over you; thus, when I strike the land of Egypt, no
destructive blow will come upon you. "This day shall be a memorial
feast for you, which all your generations shall celebrate with
pilgrimage to the LORD, as a perpetual institution."

MATTHEW 12:1-8
Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath. His disciples
were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them. When
the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, "See, your disciples are
doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath." He said to them, "Have
you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry,
how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering, which
neither he nor his companions but only the priests could lawfully eat?
Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests
serving in the temple violate the sabbath and are innocent? I say to
you, something greater than the temple is here. If you knew what this
meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned
these innocent men. For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath."

It's consoling to note that Jesus is practical. He just states the
obvious to his critics who look down on actions that violate Jewish
law. In this case, the disciples of Jesus were caught picking grain
from the fields so that they could eat. Their timing was less than
ideal because it was the Sabbath when physical labor is not allowed.
They did this because they were hungry. They didn't mean to go against
church teachings.

Thus in instances like these, Jesus comes to our defense. If on a
certain Sunday, we feel compelled to look after a sick relative, it
should not mean we will be condemned for not attending Mass. If we
find ourselves injured, our failure to participate in outreach
projects should not be taken against us.

However, this does not mean we should not take seriously our
traditions. We should practice our faith with the intent to do good.
We should always make the effort to develop our moral upbringing,
whether through Bible study, by simply learning new songs, or by
improving the relationships we have. We should be flexible enough to
bend but not to break.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the special intentions:
- Kath Umali
- Mariano Montemayor
… for the healing of:
- Lynne Frohmiller
- K and family
- Darrell
- Mr. Ely Lara
- Ernie
… for the speedy recovery and healing of:
- Tessa
- Bp Jose
- Jay Ar
- Nerisse
… for the emotional and spiritual healing, strength and wisdom of the
Dapo family
… for the safety of the people of Albay, affected by the eruption of
Mayon Volcano
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Sr. Pilar Santos, OP
- Edgar Gan Yiu
- George Bautista
- Arch. Antonio D. Maliwat, Sr.
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
- Jeanne Doherty
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Filadelfo Inocentes Jr.
- Birthday: Dr. Lucio Tan
- Prayer Intention: Steven Chan
- In Memoriam (+): Ricardo Valencia
… 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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