Wednesday, July 07, 2010



JULY 8, 2010

HOSEA 11:1, 3-4, 8-9
When Israel was a child I loved him, and I called my son out of Egypt.
I myself taught Ephraim to walk, I myself took them by the arm, but
they did not know that I was the one caring for them, that I was
leading them with human ties, with leading-strings of love, that, with
them, I was like someone lifting an infant to his cheek, and that I
bent down to feed him. Ephraim, how could I part with you? Israel, how
could I give you up? How could I make you like Admah or treat you like
Zeboiim? My heart within me is overwhelmed, fever grips my inmost
being. I will not give rein to my fierce anger, I will not destroy
Ephraim again, for I am God, not man, the Holy One in your midst, and
I shall not come to you in anger.

MATTHEW 10:7-15
As you go, proclaim that the kingdom of Heaven is close at hand. Cure
the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those suffering from virulent skin-
diseases, drive out devils. You received without charge, give without
charge. Provide yourselves with no gold or silver, not even with
coppers for your purses, with no haversack for the journey or spare
tunic or footwear or a staff, for the labourer deserves his keep.
'Whatever town or village you go into, seek out someone worthy and
stay with him until you leave. As you enter his house, salute it, and
if the house deserves it, may your peace come upon it; if it does not,
may your peace come back to you. And if anyone does not welcome you or
listen to what you have to say, as you walk out of the house or town
shake the dust from your feet. In truth I tell you, on the Day of
Judgement it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah than for
that town.

It is rare that we are told explicitly what will happen to us, what we
must do, and how we will arrive at our final destination. We go
through life unaware about what will happen the week after next, or
what will happen in five years. However, when Jesus directed his
disciples to wish peace upon everybody they met, he was effectively
telling us what we must hope to achieve with our lives. The whole
point of being Catholic or Christian is to love others, to view love
as the best thing we can give to others and what we can do with our
lives. History shows that Catholics and Christians were recognized by
the way they greeted their brethren, with two kisses on either cheek.

It is a great mission that Jesus has entrusted us with: love all, and
love with all your might. Love Man not because God says to love, but
because Man is lovable. Love for the sake of love, and not for pride
or recompense. Love because it is the most natural thing in the world
to do. Love because it affirms our ties to God; love because Man

May our lives continue to reflect that perfect love in all that we do
and say. With God's grace, let us pray that this world will be
continually renewed and filled with that type of love, true peace,
freedom, joy, and kindness will be the norm rather than the exception.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Atty. Anthony Aparte
- Dolores Segui, JR Dolor & Adyn Bolos
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Mon Torres
- Brenda
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Veronica Yap
- Atty. Jose O. Cortez
- Nikolai Cortez
- Aydin Cortez
- Karl Cortez
- Maureen Cortez
- Patrick and Mary Ann
- Lawrence and Mary Wong
… for the safe journey of Celestino M. Condor and Rosa Maria V.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
… 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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