Friday, July 17, 2009



JULY 18, 2009

EXODUS 12:37-42
The children of Israel set out from Rameses for Succoth, about six
hundred thousand men on foot, not counting the little ones. A crowd of
mixed ancestry also went up with them, besides their livestock, very
numerous flocks and herds. Since the dough they had brought out of
Egypt was not leavened, they baked it into unleavened loaves. They had
rushed out of Egypt and had no opportunity even to prepare food for
the journey. The time the children of Israel had stayed in Egypt was
four hundred and thirty years. At the end of four hundred and thirty
years, all the hosts of the LORD left the land of Egypt on this very
date. This was a night of vigil for the LORD, as he led them out of
the land of Egypt; so on this same night all the children of Israel
must keep a vigil for the LORD throughout their generations.

MATTHEW 12:14-21
The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus to put him to
death. When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place. Many
people followed him, and he cured them all, but he warned them not to
make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through
Isaiah the prophet: Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved
in whom I delight; I shall place my Spirit upon him, and he will
proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not contend or cry out, nor
will anyone hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not
break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice
to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope.

Jesus came to save the world and spread the Good News. Why then is he
trying to hide? Once again, he is just following his Father's plan. It
was not yet time for the full manifestation of his divinity, nor for a
full confrontation with his enemies. While he was burning with love
for humanity and wanted all to be saved and to know and love the
Father, he also exercised discretion in carrying out that mission.

Tempering zeal with prudence is not easy. We can spoil God's plan both
by being too timid, not doing enough and also by being naive or daring
and precipitating a confrontation. We need to ask the Holy Spirit for
the gift of counsel and the virtue of prudence in order to be
effective messengers for Jesus.

The most effective evangelizers are those who follow Jesus' example.
Meekness and humility, modesty and prudence, truth and justice,
generous self-giving and sacrifice, obedience to the Father — these
are virtues that go against the grain of our fallen human nature. And
yet, there are plenty of examples of people who dedicate their lives
to doing good in the face of opposition, criticism, and even false
accusations. They let nothing stop them, because they are not worried
about themselves. They are dedicated to fulfilling God's plan, in His
time, on His terms.

Let us make every effort to follow Jesus' example of dedication and
generosity, of patience and persistence in the face of difficulty, of
turning the other cheek and forgetting about ourselves in order to do
the Father's will. The standard that Jesus sets for us is high, but
with the Holy Spirit's power, we can do marvels and become effective
instruments in spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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:
- Darrell
- Mr. Ely Lara
- Ernie
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- Shiappee
- Ester Marcelo
- Richy Ozoa
… for the speedy recovery and healing of:
- Bp Jose
- Lynne Frohmiller
- 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
- Edgar Gan Yiu
- Jeanne Doherty
- George Bautista
- Arch. Antonio D. Maliwat, Sr.
- Sr. Pilar Santos, OP
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: Dr. Salud Bagalso
- In Memoriam (+): Lorena P. de Uy
… 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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