Saturday, July 03, 2010
14TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – C
14TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – C
Rejoice with Jerusalem, be glad for her, all you who love her!
Rejoice, rejoice with her, all you who mourned her! So that you may be
suckled and satisfied from her consoling breast, so that you may drink
deep with delight from her generous nipple. For Yahweh says this:
Look, I am going to send peace flowing over her like a river, and like
a stream in spate the glory of the nations. You will be suckled,
carried on her hip and fondled in her lap. As a mother comforts a
child, so I shall comfort you; you will be comforted in Jerusalem. At
the sight your heart will rejoice, and your limbs regain vigour like
the grass. To his servants Yahweh will reveal his hand, but to his
enemies his fury.
But as for me, it is out of the question that I should boast at all,
except of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world
has been crucified to me, and I to the world. It is not being
circumcised or uncircumcised that matters; but what matters is a new
creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this as their rule and to
the Israel of God. After this, let no one trouble me; I carry branded
on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be
with your spirit, my brothers. Amen.
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them out
ahead of him in pairs, to all the towns and places he himself would be
visiting. And he said to them, 'The harvest is rich but the labourers
are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send labourers to do his
harvesting. Start off now, but look, I am sending you out like lambs
among wolves. Take no purse with you, no haversack, no sandals. Salute
no one on the road. Whatever house you enter, let your first words be,
"Peace to this house!" And if a man of peace lives there, your peace
will go and rest on him; if not, it will come back to you. Stay in the
same house, taking what food and drink they have to offer, for the
labourer deserves his wages; do not move from house to house. Whenever
you go into a town where they make you welcome, eat what is put before
you. Cure those in it who are sick, and say, "The kingdom of God is
very near to you."
Traveling in the time of Jesus was both dangerous and difficult. Roads
were not paved. Street lights were nonexistent. Bandits waited for the
next victim. The trust level for the basic traveler was not very high.
Our gospel reading no doubt caused trouble for Jesus and we moderns as
well. Consider this: "Do not carry a walking staff or traveling bag;
wear no sandals and greet no one along the way." Is Jesus serious? Who
is going to provide for the needs of the seventy-two disciples?
Jesus is challenging us to trust. The disciples are to trust the
providence of God and the generosity of the people to whom they
preach. Jesus does not merely preach the reign of God, but challenges
his disciples to live its reality. That is, God is at work in our head
and hear t. He does not abandon his people. The same good and caring
God who liberated Israel from Egypt will provide for our needs. God
does not forget. We can be confident and trusting.
God's love is like a nurturing mother whose love is faithful and life-
giving. It is abundant and everlasting. Jesus is not advocating
imprudence or presumption. He is challenging us to trust in God's
abiding love. The disciples must also learn to trust in the generosity
of the community. The Christian life is not for loners. We are
interdependent. Jesus sends his disciples out in pairs to rely on the
hospitality offered by the local community. They are to be satisfied
with what is offered.
The disciples and the local community share in the work of the kingdom
of God. Each has their own ministry and their part to play. The
disciples are to impart peace to those who show hospitality. They are
to cure the sick and preach the word of God. They lovingly work
together for God's kingdom. The bottom line is this: we can trust
others because we trust God. God can be relied upon to bring life from
death, hope in the face of despair and grace in greater abundance than
The world encourages us to be self-reliant and in total control. We
are to pull our own strings and be suspicious of others. The helping
hands should be our own hands. Such is not the case with the disciples
of Jesus. The Christian is not consumed by worldly cares and
anxieties. Even dangerous traveling for the Lord does not cause panic.
In the words of St. Paul: "All that matters is that one is created
Let us go with trust in God and one another. Let us extend hospitality
to all in need. Let us help with the spiritual and material needs of
others. In so doing, we can rejoice because we too are finding our way
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Diana Luna
- Rita P. Cuerva
…for good health
- Nikolai V. Cortez
- Aydin V. Cortez
- Karl V. Cortez
- Maureen V. Cortez
… for the personal intentions of
- 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
- Margie Ponce de Leon
- Patrick and Mary Ann
- Titong V.
… for the safe journey of
- the Villanueva family
- Michael Pintado and family
… In Thanksgiving
- Enrique L. Navarro and family
- Mary Atencio and family
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Pasencia Siy Tan
- Birthday: Laura Guevarra
- Birthday: Philip Go Sy
- Thanksgiving: Doris Tan & Family
- Wedding Anniversary: Gonzalo & Gilda Bengzon
- In Memoriam (+): Matthew Patrick Sy
- In Memoriam (+): Germiniano Ong Acero+
… 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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