Sunday, July 04, 2010



JULY 05, 2010

HOSEA 2:16, 17-18, 21-22
But look, I am going to seduce her and lead her into the desert and
speak to her heart. There I shall give her back her vineyards, and
make the Vale of Achor a gateway of hope. There she will respond as
when she was young, as on the day when she came up from Egypt. When
that day comes- declares Yahweh- you will call me, 'My husband', no
more will you call me, 'My Baal'. I shall betroth you to myself for
ever, I shall betroth you in uprightness and justice, and faithful
love and tenderness. Yes, I shall betroth you to myself in loyalty and
in the knowledge of Yahweh.

MATTHEW 9:18-26
While he was speaking to them, suddenly one of the officials came up,
who bowed low in front of him and said, 'My daughter has just died,
but come and lay your hand on her and her life will be saved.' Jesus
rose and, with his disciples, followed him. Then suddenly from behind
him came a woman, who had been suffering from a haemorrhage for twelve
years, and she touched the fringe of his cloak, for she was thinking,
'If only I can touch his cloak I shall be saved.' Jesus turned round
and saw her; and he said to her, 'Courage, my daughter, your faith has
saved you.' And from that moment the woman was saved. When Jesus
reached the official's house and saw the flute-players, with the crowd
making a commotion, he said, 'Get out of here; the little girl is not
dead; she is asleep.' And they ridiculed him. But when the people had
been turned out he went inside and took her by the hand; and she stood
up. And the news of this spread all round the countryside.

In the gospel we find Jesus curing a little girl and also a woman
afflicted with a hemorrhage. In the first case, we see clearly the
compassion of Jesus for those who suffer. He goes immediately to the
house of the synagogue official whose daughter had died and brings her
back from the dead. Jesus came to earth to save man so we must be
totally certain that we can turn to him in times of need. He can help
us when we are discouraged, frustrated, in mortal sin, in financial
difficulties or when persecuted by others. We must call his hotline
number which is always open to us.

In the second case, the sick woman did not ask for Jesus' help
directly but believed in his power to cure. Jesus noticed her and
cured her both physically and spiritually. What does this tell us? It
tells us that we must have faith in Jesus when we approach him. It
means that we must humbly beg for his mercy and seek not only
temporary answers to our problems but permanent ones. It means that we
must ask Jesus for the grace of the Holy Spirit who makes us strong in
faith, enduring in hope and steadfast in love. We must believe in the
goodness of Jesus and his power to save because he is the Son of God.

We should also pray to Jesus and intercede for others who are
experiencing great difficulties.

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
- Susan
… 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
- Maricar
- 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: Freddie Atienza
- Birthday: Michael M. Espiritu
- Birthday: Diane Sim
- Wedding Anniversary: Benson & Lourdes Tang
… 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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