Sunday, July 19, 2009
MONDAY 16TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, APOLLINARIS, BISHOP, MARTYR
MONDAY 16TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
When it was reported to the king of Egypt that the people had fled,
Pharaoh and his servants changed their minds about them. They
exclaimed, "What have we done! Why, we have released Israel from our
service!" So Pharaoh made his chariots ready and mustered his
soldiers– six hundred first-class chariots and all the other chariots
of Egypt, with warriors on them all. So obstinate had the Lord made
Pharaoh that he pursued the children of Israel even while they were
marching away in triumph. The Egyptians, then, pursued them; Pharaoh's
whole army, his horses, chariots and charioteers, caught up with them
as they lay encamped by the sea, at Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-
zephon. Pharaoh was already near when the children of Israel looked up
and saw that the Egyptians were on the march in pursuit of them. In
great fright they cried out to the Lord. And they complained to Moses,
"Were there no burial places in Egypt that you had to bring us out
here to die in the desert? Why did you do this to us? Why did you
bring us out of Egypt? Did we not tell you this in Egypt, when we
said, `Leave us alone. Let us serve the Egyptians'? Far better for us
to be the slaves of the Egyptians than to die in the desert." But
Moses answered the people, "Fear not! Stand your ground, and you will
see the victory the Lord will win for you today. These Egyptians whom
you see today you will never see again. The Lord himself will fight
for you; you have only to keep still." Then the Lord said to Moses,
"Why are you crying out to me? Tell the children of Israel to go
forward. And you, lift up your staff and, with hand outstretched over
the sea, split the sea in two, that the children of Israel may pass
through it on dry land. But I will make the Egyptians so obstinate
that they will go in after them. Then I will receive glory through
Pharaoh and all his army, his chariots and charioteers. The Egyptians
shall know that I am the Lord, when I receive glory through Pharaoh
and his chariots and charioteers."
Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, "Teacher, we wish to
see a sign from you." He said to them in reply, "An evil and
unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it
except the sign of Jonah the prophet. Just as Jonah was in the belly
of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in
the heart of the earth three days and three nights. At the judgment,
the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it,
because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and there is
something greater than Jonah here. At the judgment the queen of the
south will arise with this generation and condemn it, because she came
from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is
something greater than Solomon here."
In today's Gospel we see the scribes and the Pharisees asking Jesus
for a sign. The relationship of the scribes and Pharisees with Jesus
is uni-directional. They demand that he perform a sign if he wishes to
be found worthy of their esteem, but they have already closed their
hearts to any possible openness toward him.
Pride makes impossible demands on others and will not be satisfied
until these impossible demands are met. Thus pride is never satisfied.
It is the cause of division, resentment and bitterness in
relationships. Rather than make demands on Jesus, we need to make
demands on ourselves. We need to make demands that we grow in
humility, selflessness and authentic love in imitation of Jesus.
True self-giving love begins with repentance. When we repent, we
acknowledge the person of God who is worthy of all my love. We feel
remorse for having loved him so little or for having offended Him who
is all love. Love-filled remorse implies a bending of our will
affectionately toward the other. This is a form of self-giving love
that we can all achieve at any moment of our lives. It is always
within our power.
Let us strive to strengthen the habit of self-giving love within us.
We can always practice a penitent sorrow for having offended God who
is all love. If we get into the habit of practicing contrition of
heart as soon as we realize that we have made a mistake, it will help
us to grow in grace and self-giving love.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the special intentions: Mariano Montemayor
… for the healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Mylene Lingad
- Ester Marcelo
- Richy Ozoa
- Shaider Ilagan
- Monica Oral
- Gillian Ponce de Leon
… for the speedy recovery and healing of:
- Bp Jose
- Jay Ar
- Rolando Antonio
… for the safety of the people of Sri Lanka, those affected by unrest
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Arch. Antonio D. Maliwat, Sr.
- Sr. Pilar Santos, OP
- Ernie Rodriguez
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: Lara Victoria P. Chuaunsu
- Birthday: Muchit Mejia Villasor
- In Memoriam (+): Yan Chin Bee
… 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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