Sunday, August 02, 2009



AUGUST 3, 2009

NUMBERS 11:4B-15
The children of Israel lamented, "Would that we had meat for food! We
remember the fish we used to eat without cost in Egypt, and the
cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now
we are famished; we see nothing before us but this manna." Manna was
like coriander seed and had the color of resin. When they had gone
about and gathered it up, the people would grind it between millstones
or pound it in a mortar, then cook it in a pot and make it into
loaves, which tasted like cakes made with oil. At night, when the dew
fell upon the camp, the manna also fell. When Moses heard the people,
family after family, crying at the entrance of their tents, so that
the LORD became very angry, he was grieved. "Why do you treat your
servant so badly?" Moses asked the LORD. "Why are you so displeased
with me that you burden me with all this people? Was it I who
conceived all this people? Or was it I who gave them birth, that you
tell me to carry them at my bosom, like a foster father carrying an
infant, to the land you have promised under oath to their fathers?
Where can I get meat to give to all this people? For they are crying
to me, `Give us meat for our food.' I cannot carry all this people by
myself, for they are too heavy for me. If this is the way you will
deal with me, then please do me the favor of killing me at once, so
that I need no longer face this distress."

MATTHEW 14:13-21
When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a
boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and
followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the
vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their
sick. When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said,
"This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds
so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves." He
said to them, "There is no need for them to go away; give them some
food yourselves." But they said to him, "Five loaves and two fish are
all we have here." Then he said, "Bring them here to me," and he
ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves
and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing,
broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave
them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked
up the fragments left over– twelve wicker baskets full. Those who ate
were about five thousand men, not counting women and children.

In today's Gospel, Jesus offers us food for our souls, and the food he
offers us is himself. "I am the bread which came down from heaven; if
anyone eats of this bread he will live forever and the bread which I
shall give for the life of the world is my flesh." Jesus offers us the
food of forgiveness and healing. Because he has given his life on the
cross, we can know our sins are forgiven and need no longer have power
over us.

Through the Spirit, Jesus brings new life to our hearts a share in his
risen and victorious life. We taste of the food he offers us when we
meet him in prayer, read his word in the scripture, and above all when
we receive his Body and Blood in the Eucharist. This is the food that
brings us eternal life as we look forward to the time when we shall
eat at the messianic banquet in heaven.

Let us always keep in mind that Jesus has compassion on us. He is the
bread of life that can feed all people. Let us ask him today to fill
us with his life as we receive him in word and sacrament so that we
may be ready for eternal life in the kingdom of heaven.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the special intentions: Pauline
… for the strength and healing of:
- Michael Velasco
- Lynne Frohmiller
- Cristina Daland
- Tony
- Tessa
- KK
- Francis Torres
- Shiappee
- Ester Marcelo
- Richy Ozoa
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Justice Emilio A. Gancayco
- Corazon C. Aquino
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: Amelia Dimaculangan
- Birthday: Joaquin Cunanan Jr.
- Birthday: Bishop Gabriel Reyes, D.D.
- Birthday: David C. Montecillo
- Thanksgiving: Aurora N. Gonzales - Good Health
- Wedding Anniversary: Ed & Letty Margarejo
- In Memoriam (+): Feliciano T. Lao
… 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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