Monday, July 12, 2010



JULY 13, 2010

ISAIAH 7:1-9
In the reign of Ahaz son of Jotham, son of Uzziah king of Judah, Razon
king of Aram advanced on Jerusalem with Pekah son of Remaliah king of
Israel, to attack it; but he was unable to attack it. The House of
David was informed: 'Aram has halted in Ephraimite territory.' At
this, his heart and his people's hearts shook like forest trees
shaking in the wind. Yahweh then said to Isaiah, 'Go out with your son
Shear-Jashub, and meet Ahaz at the end of the conduit of the upper
pool, on the road to the Fuller's Field, and say to him, "Pay
attention and keep calm. Do not be frightened or demoralised by these
two smouldering sticks of firewood, by the fierce anger of Razon, Aram
and the son of Remaliah, or because Aram, Ephraim and the son of
Remaliah have been plotting against you and saying: Let us mount an
attack on Judah, destroy it, force it onto our side and install the
son of Tabeel there as king. "Lord Yahweh says this: This will not
happen, it will never occur, for the head of Aram is Damascus, and the
head of Damascus is Razon; another sixty-five years, and Ephraim will
cease to be a people. The head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of
Samaria is the son of Remaliah. If you will not take your stand on me
you will not stand firm." '

MATTHEW 11:20-24
Then he began to reproach the towns in which most of his miracles had
been worked, because they refused to repent. 'Alas for you, Chorazin!
Alas for you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles done in you had been done
in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and
ashes. Still, I tell you that it will be more bearable for Tyre and
Sidon on Judgement Day than for you. And as for you, Capernaum, did
you want to be raised as high as heaven? You shall be flung down to
hell. For if the miracles done in you had been done in Sodom, it would
have been standing yet. Still, I tell you that it will be more
bearable for Sodom on Judgement Day than for you.'

In today's gospel we see Jesus condemning the towns of Chorazin,
Bethsaida and Capernaum. What was the sin of these cities which was
worse than the wickedness of Sodom and Gomorrah? It was the sin of the
people who forgot the responsibilities of privilege. To the cities of
Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum there had been given a privilege, an
opportunity, which had never come to Tyre and Sidon, or to Sodom and
Gomorrah, for the cities of Galilee had actually seen and heard Jesus
himself while the other cities had not. The sin of Chorozzin,
Bethsaida and Capernaum was also the sin of indifference. These cities
did not attack Jesus; they did not seek to crucify him; they simply
disregarded and ignored him. Neglect can kill as much as a persecution

There is no hostility to Christianity, there is no desire to destroy
it, there is only blank indifference. Christ is given no attention at
all; he is just put aside as one of those who do not matter. We must
remember that indifference too is a sin and perhaps far worse than
many other sins.

We are face to face with one great threatening truth — it is also a
sin to do nothing. There are sins of action, but there is also the sin
of inaction and of absence of good deeds. The sin of Chorazin,
Bethsaida and Capernaum was the sin of doing nothing. Many a person's
defense is: "But I never did anything." That defence may be in fact
his condemnation when he stands before the judgment seat of God.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Susan
- Fred V
- Jesus A
- Norma M
- Henrietta S
- Angela S
… for the personal intentions of
- J.E.S.
- Rae B
- Jack and Maryann S
- Dondon and Kristine V
- John and Rica D
- Paul and Judy L
… 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: Anna Lou C. Enrile
- Birthday: Esther G. Gacutan
- Birthday: Didi G. Fernandez
- In Memoriam (+): Mario Gerona
- In Memoriam (+): Mariano Balbago
- In Memoriam (+): Clement L. Gan (1945-1994)+
… 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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