Monday, July 05, 2010
MEMORIAL, ST. MARIA GORETTI, VIRGIN, MARTYR
MEMORIAL, ST. MARIA GORETTI, VIRGIN, MARTYR
TUESDAY 14TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
HOSEA 8:4-7, 11-13
They have set up kings, but without my consent, and appointed princes,
but without my knowledge. With their silver and gold, they have made
themselves idols, but only to be destroyed. I spurn your calf,
Samaria! My anger blazes against them! How long will it be before they
recover their innocence? For it is the product of Israel- a craftsman
made the thing, it is no god at all! The calf of Samaria will be
broken to pieces! Since they sow the wind, they will reap the
whirlwind; stalk without ear, it will never yield flour- or if it
does, foreigners will swallow it. Ephraim keeps building altars for
his sins, these very altars are themselves a sin. However much of my
Law I write for him, Ephraim regards it as alien to him. They offer
sacrifices to me and eat the meat, they do not win Yahweh's favour. On
the contrary, he will remember their guilt and punish their sins; they
will have to go back to Egypt.
They had only just left when suddenly a man was brought to him, a dumb
demoniac. And when the devil was driven out, the dumb man spoke and
the people were amazed and said, 'Nothing like this has ever been seen
in Israel.' But the Pharisees said, 'It is through the prince of
devils that he drives out devils.' Jesus made a tour through all the
towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good
news of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and all kinds of
illness. And when he saw the crowds he felt sorry for them because
they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. Then
he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is rich but the labourers are
few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers to his
When Jesus looked at crowds, he not only saw numbers but hearts.
Instead of merely seeing fifty-thousand people, Jesus saw shepherdless
sheep lying prostrate from exhaustion. Jesus saw with his heart into
our hearts. He helps us to see with his heart by first showing us the
spiritual condition of those we see. This will change the way we look
at them. When we meet people who are in a serious physical condition,
terminally ill, or have suffered a death in the family, we will see
them with a more compassionate heart. Likewise, when we see those that
are spiritually lost, enslaved, blind and unhappy, we will see them
differently and our hearts will be moved with pity as Jesus was. When
we begin to witness to people in the crowd, we no longer see them as
anonymous, faceless numbers, but as broken hearts. Our hearts break
for their brokenness, and we see out of the abundance of our hearts.
We see with the heart of Jesus when we suffer with those in the crowd.
Because we love Jesus, we, too, must learn to feed his sheep
physically and spiritually. There are many people starving and
malnourished throughout the world. In response, missionaries and
ministries serve the poor in the love of Christ. But we too must do
our part to help them. Through our sacrifice and even doing without
necessities, we are in solidarity with them.
Do we have the heart of the Good Shepherd for the sheep? Today, Jesus
challenges us to do whatever we can to seek out those who do not know
him, to seek out those who are in need of him, to feed his sheep. Let
us ask Jesus today to give us a heart of sacrificial love.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Rita P. Cuerva
… for the personal intentions of
- Margie Ponce de Leon
- Patrick and Mary Ann
- Titong V.
- Josheil Dapo
… for the safe journey of 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: Conrado F. Bate
- Wedding Anniversary: Lucia & Rolan Ong
- Wedding Anniversary: Susana & Jose Lorenzo
- In Memoriam (+): Hermelo T. Pesuena
… 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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