Monday, August 03, 2009
TUESDAY 18TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, JOHN MARY VIANNEY, PRIEST
TUESDAY 18TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses on the pretext of the marriage he
had contracted with a Cushite woman. They complained, "Is it through
Moses alone that the LORD speaks? Does he not speak through us also?"
And the LORD heard this. Now, Moses himself was by far the meekest man
on the face of the earth. So at once the LORD said to Moses and Aaron
and Miriam, "Come out, you three, to the meeting tent." And the three
of them went. Then the LORD came down in the column of cloud, and
standing at the entrance of the tent, called Aaron and Miriam. When
both came forward, he said, "Now listen to the words of the LORD:
Should there be a prophet among you, in visions will I reveal myself
to him, in dreams will I speak to him; not so with my servant Moses!
Throughout my house he bears my trust: face to face I speak to him;
plainly and not in riddles. The presence of the LORD he beholds. Why,
then, did you not fear to speak against my servant Moses?" So angry
was the LORD against them that when he departed, and the cloud
withdrew from the tent, there was Miriam, a snow-white leper! When
Aaron turned and saw her a leper, he said to Moses, "Ah, my lord!
Please do not charge us with the sin that we have foolishly committed!
Let her not thus be like the stillborn babe that comes forth from its
mother's womb with its flesh half consumed." Then Moses cried to the
LORD, "Please, not this! Pray, heal her!"
Jesus made the disciples get into a boat and precede him to the other
side of the sea, while he dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he
went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening he was
there alone. Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was
being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. During
the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them, walking on the
sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were
terrified. "It is a ghost," they said, and they cried out in fear. At
once Jesus spoke to them, "Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid."
Peter said to him in reply, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to
you on the water." He said, "Come." Peter got out of the boat and
began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong
the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried
out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and
caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why did you
doubt?" After they got into the boat, the wind died down. Those who
were in the boat did him homage, saying, "Truly, you are the Son of
God." After making the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret. When
the men of that place recognized him, they sent word to all the
surrounding country. People brought to him all those who were sick and
begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as
many as touched it were healed.
What stains us is not something from the outside, but what dwells
inside our hearts. From our inner being comes judgment, hatred, greed,
lust, immoral desires and wants as with love, generosity and
compassion. This applies especially to leaders. If the leaders are
blind, morally and spiritually not upright or think only of
themselves, the followers will be lead astray.
Unclean thoughts, words and actions destroy the image of God in us.
God's image is one of love and holiness. God's plan for us cannot be
fulfilled once this image in us becomes tarnished, destroyed or
mutilated. A leader needs to lead by good example, otherwise the
followers will find it difficult to obey or accept the teachings of
that leader. How many times have leaders brought scandals upon
themselves due to their blindness and irresponsibility? Let us pray
for our leaders, that they grow in love, honesty and compassion.
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
- Francis Torres
- Ester Marcelo
- Richy Ozoa
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Corazon C. Aquino
- Nestor Sevilla
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: Olivia A. Ferry
- In Memoriam (+): Trinidad Tarun Guingab
… 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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