Sunday, July 11, 2010



JULY 12, 2010

ISAIAH 1:10-17
Hear what Yahweh says, you rulers of Sodom; listen to what our God
teaches, you people of Gomorrah. 'What are your endless sacrifices to
me?' says Yahweh. 'I am sick of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of
calves. I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats.
When you come and present yourselves before me, who has asked you to
trample through my courts? Bring no more futile cereal offerings, the
smoke from them fills me with disgust. New Moons, Sabbaths, assemblies
-- I cannot endure solemnity combined with guilt. Your New Moons and
your meetings I utterly detest; to me they are a burden I am tired of
bearing. When you stretch out your hands I turn my eyes away. You may
multiply your prayers, I shall not be listening. Your hands are
covered in blood, wash, make yourselves clean. Take your wrong-doing
out of my sight. Cease doing evil. Learn to do good, search for
justice, discipline the violent, be just to the orphan, plead for the

MATTHEW 10:34--11:1
'Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth: it is
not peace I have come to bring, but a sword. For I have come to set
son against father, daughter against mother, daughter-in-law against
mother-in-law; a person's enemies will be the members of his own
household. 'No one who prefers father or mother to me is worthy of me.
No one who prefers son or daughter to me is worthy of me. Anyone who
does not take his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of
me. Anyone who finds his life will lose it; anyone who loses his life
for my sake will find it. 'Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me; and
anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 'Anyone who
welcomes a prophet because he is a prophet will have a prophet's
reward; and anyone who welcomes an upright person because he is
upright will have the reward of an upright person. 'If anyone gives so
much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is
a disciple, then in truth I tell you, he will most certainly not go
without his reward.' When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve
disciples he moved on from there to teach and preach in their towns.

In the first reading, Isaiah tells us to stop doing evil in order to
be pleasing in the eyes of God. We can atone for our sins not by
endless prayers and sacrifices but by doing good to our neighbor, by
loving the unlovable and by accepting those who irritate and
inconvenience us.

The gospel is even more radical. It invites us to renounce our plans
and our familial ties if we want to follow Jesus. Perhaps our families
are a hindrance to our doing the will of God. Understandably they want
us to become successful, respectable, wealthy, etc. But Jesus
sometimes wants us to give up our lives for the kingdom of God. Jesus
wants us to serve others and not ourselves. So we have to turn away
from our plans and dreams and embark on a journey of faith. Blessed is
the man who obeys the call of the Lord. He will see miracles and
wonders and most important of all acquire a fulfilled spirit if he
gives up everything to follow Jesus. We know that we are on the right
path when people criticize us for following Jesus and try to turn us
away from the plan of God. We must be courageous and listen to our
hearts. Many saints, priests, nuns and laypeople have entered the plan
of God and were not disappointed. They saw the marvels of God who
worked through them and in them.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Henry Tan
- Zhyndel Bueno
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Shantell Ponce de Leon-Bancaso
- J.E.S.
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Ramon Rodriguez, Asilda Guanzon, William Guanzon
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Lucas Antonio Cabanela
- Birthday: Lina Buencillo
- Birthday: Ethan Gabriel Yu Ampil
- Thanksgiving: LMJC Enterprises
- Wedding Anniversary: Charlie & Carolyn Co Buenavista
… 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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