Wednesday, July 22, 2009



JULY 23, 2009

EXODUS 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20B
In the third month after their departure from the land of Egypt, on
its first day, the children of Israel came to the desert of Sinai.
After the journey from Rephidim to the desert of Sinai, they pitched
camp. While Israel was encamped here in front of the mountain, the
LORD told Moses, "I am coming to you in a dense cloud, so that when
the people hear me speaking with you, they may always have faith in
you also." When Moses, then, had reported to the LORD the response of
the people, the LORD added, "Go to the people and have them sanctify
themselves today and tomorrow. Make them wash their garments and be
ready for the third day; for on the third day the LORD will come down
on Mount Sinai before the eyes of all the people." On the morning of
the third day there were peals of thunder and lightning, and a heavy
cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all
the people in the camp trembled. But Moses led the people out of the
camp to meet God, and they stationed themselves at the foot of the
mountain. Mount Sinai was all wrapped in smoke, for the LORD came down
upon it in fire. The smoke rose from it as though from a furnace, and
the whole mountain trembled violently. The trumpet blast grew louder
and louder, while Moses was speaking and God answering him with
thunder. When the LORD came down to the top of Mount Sinai, he
summoned Moses to the top of the mountain.

MATTHEW 13:10-17
The disciples approached Jesus and said, "Why do you speak to the
crowd in parables?" He said to them in reply, "Because knowledge of
the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to
them it has not been granted. To anyone who has, more will be given
and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will
be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because they
look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand. Isaiah's
prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: You shall indeed hear but
not understand, you shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the
heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have
closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their
ears and understand with their hearts and be converted and I heal
them. "But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears,
because they hear. Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous
people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what
you hear but did not hear it."

Do we sincerely try to know God, to improve our spiritual lives and
our response to God's grace and love? God always offers help to us but
we must respond. We cannot envy the person who is spiritual when we do
nothing ourselves. God created this earth and placed us on it as among
the many signs of his goodness and abundant love.

Everywhere we see the power of God's creating hand, such as the sky,
the clouds that bring rain, the beauty of the grass and of flowers and
trees that protect and support us. When we look at the sky at night,
do we see only stars or do we recognize a sample of God's infinite
power and wisdom? When we see a flower, do we just see the color or do
we also admire God's infinite love and wisdom in creating such a
variety of colors and shapes of flowers? When we see other people, do
we look upon them as other pilgrims journeying through life or as
people created in the image of God and journeying towards their
eternal home?

God has given us the power to look beyond this world to the eternal
home that He prepares for us. It is wrong to say that God gives His
truth to some and withholds it from others. His love and desire are
the same for all. God wants all people to come to know Him. How do we
respond to His call?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the special intentions:
- Jennette
- Marlon Llamas
- Dapo family
- Net
… for the healing of:
- Benjamin Abarado
- Melba Dayata
- Cory Aquino
- Francis Torres
- Shiappee
- Ester Marcelo
- Richy Ozoa
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Regina Mondoñedo
- Birthday: Lita Z. Villanueva
- Birthday: Msgr. Jaime L. Mora
… 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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