Tuesday, July 06, 2010



JULY 7, 2010

HOSEA 10:1-3, 7-8, 12
Israel was a luxuriant vine yielding plenty of fruit. The more his
fruit increased, the more altars he built; the richer his land became,
the richer he made the sacred pillars. Theirs is a divided heart; now
they will have to pay for it. He himself will hack down their altars
and wreck their sacred pillars. Then they will say, 'We have no king
because we have not feared Yahweh, but what could the king do for us?'
Samaria has had her day. Her king is like a straw drifting on the
water. The high places of Aven, the sin of Israel, will be destroyed;
thorns and thistles will grow over their altars. Then they will say to
the mountains, 'Cover us!' and to the hills, 'Fall on us!' Sow saving
justice for yourselves, reap a harvest of faithful love; break up your
fallow ground: it is time to seek out Yahweh until he comes to rain
saving justice down on you.

MATTHEW 10:1-7
Then he summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over
unclean spirits with power to drive them out and to cure all kinds of
disease and all kinds of illness. These are the names of the twelve
apostles: first, Simon who is known as Peter, and his brother Andrew;
James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and
Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of
Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who was
also his betrayer. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them as
follows: 'Do not make your way to gentile territory, and do not enter
any Samaritan town; go instead to the lost sheep of the House of
Israel. And as you go, proclaim that the kingdom of Heaven is close at

The word "apostle" refers to "one who is sent out" usually as
representative or ambassador of the sender. While Jesus was on earth,
the twelve were called disciples meaning "learners." They followed
Jesus Christ, learned from him, and were trained by him as he went
about preaching the kingdom of God through parables, miracles and
healing. They were with Jesus every day from the time they were
called. After his resurrection and ascension, Jesus sent the disciples
out to be his witnesses and to spread the kingdom of God to all
nations star ting with the Jews. With Matthias replacing Judas
Iscariot who had died, they were then referred to as the twelve

The twelve men were not perfect. They had human failings, struggles
and doubts as recorded in the gospels. The brothers James and John
wanted power, Judas betrayed Jesus, Peter was impulsive and denied
Jesus three times, all of them doubted Jesus when he died, feeling
that he was a failure, and Thomas had to have proof that Jesus had
indeed risen from the dead. But after having been with Jesus and
witnessing his resurrection and ascension into heaven, the Holy Spirit
transformed the apostles into powerful men of God who "turned the
world upside down." What was the change? The twelve apostles had "been
with Jesus." It was then that they understood their role in God's plan
of salvation

How about us? Do we still hesitate to heed God's call to service? Let
us remember that God is not looking for our extraordinary talents. He
only needs our "yes" to his call. Let us ask for the grace of complete
trust in him and offer whatever meager talents we have for the greater
glory of God.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Rita P. Cuerva
- Atty. Anthony Aparte
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Titong V.
- Josheil Dapo
… for the safe journey of
- Michael Pintado and family
- Celestino M. Condor and Rosa Maria V. Condor
… In Thanksgiving
- Enrique L. Navarro and family
- Mary Atencio and family
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Mardie D. Suyosa
- Birthday: Thelma N. Velarde
- Birthday: Lulu Samia Recto
… 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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