Thursday, July 01, 2010
FRIDAY 13TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR II
FRIDAY 13TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR II
AMOS 8:4-6, 9-12
Listen to this, you who crush the needy and reduce the oppressed to
nothing, you who say, 'When will New Moon be over so that we can sell
our corn, and Sabbath, so that we can market our wheat? Then, we can
make the bushel-measure smaller and the shekel-weight bigger, by
fraudulently tampering with the scales. We can buy up the weak for
silver and the poor for a pair of sandals, and even get a price for
the sweepings of the wheat.' 'On that Day- declares the Lord Yahweh- I
shall make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad
daylight. I shall turn your festivals into mourning and all your
singing into lamentation; I shall make you all wear sacking round your
waists and have all your heads shaved. I shall make it like the
mourning for an only child, and it will end like the bitterest of
days. 'The days are coming- declares the Lord Yahweh- when I shall
send a famine on the country, not hunger for food, not thirst for
water, but famine for hearing Yahweh's word. People will stagger from
sea to sea, will wander from the north to the east, searching for
Yahweh's word, but will not find it.
As Jesus was walking on from there he saw a man named Matthew sitting
at the tax office, and he said to him, 'Follow me.' And he got up and
followed him. Now while he was at table in the house it happened that
a number of tax collectors and sinners came to sit at the table with
Jesus and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his
disciples, 'Why does your master eat with tax collectors and sinners?'
When he heard this he replied, 'It is not the healthy who need the
doctor, but the sick. Go and learn the meaning of the words: Mercy is
what pleases me, not sacrifice. And indeed I came to call not the
upright, but sinners.'
It is written that the hearts of people holds their real intentions
and purposes. It is the center of man's internal life, the core of his
desires and violent passion, the place of his conscience (New American
Bible concordance). Who can see through it except the word of God:
"like a double edged sword that cuts through it and exposes the depths
of our soul" (Heb 4: 12).
Jesus came to save us from our fallen nature and wants to lead us to
what God had originally intended. Yet we often question the pure
intent of God's ways which is not man's ways. Through our own
standards of what is just and righteous and our pious pretensions,
this has limited the work of God's word in our lives. We have kept it
instead of lovingly making the effort to reach out even to those whom
we consider as unclean, bringing the gospel to them so that they may
know of God's saving grace through Jesus and participating in his
Have we allowed God's word to penetrate our inner most core? Do we
realize that we too need to be healed or do we resist and become
hardened by our own pride?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Diana Luna
…for good health of
- Bernard Baui, Remee R. Veloso, Arian Yu, Luisita Guerrero, Chit
Vizcarra, Roxannel Lapus, Choi D. Flores
- Nikolai V. Cortez
- Aydin V. Cortez
- Karl V. Cortez
- Maureen V. Cortez
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- J. E. S.
- Jesus A III
- Angela S
- Norma M
- Henie S
- Toni GA
- Tony A
- Maria Teresa R
- Sheldon V
- Aristides and Angela
- Jack and Mary Ann
- Paul and Judy
- John and Rica
- Kristine and Sheldon
- Med Villanueva
… for the safe journey of the Villanueva family
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Sy Tun
- Asilda Guanzon
- William Guanzon
Eternal rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her.
May she and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: John B. Del Carmen
- Birthday: Jeny Jane Y. Tiu
- Birthday: Aida Capati
- In Memoriam (+): Beatrice Lim Le Hun Co (Dec 23,1928-Jul 2, 2007)+
… for world peace and reconciliation.
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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