Tuesday, July 13, 2010



JULY 14, 2010

ISAIAH 10:5-7, 13-16
Woe to Assyria, rod of my anger, the club in their hands is my fury! I
was sending him against a godless nation, commissioning him against
the people who enraged me, to pillage and plunder at will and trample
on them like the mud in the streets. But this was not his intention
nor did his heart plan it so, for he dreamed of putting an end to
them, of liquidating nations without number! For he thinks: 'By the
strength of my own arm I have done this and by my own wisdom: how
intelligent I have been! I have abolished the frontiers between
peoples, I have plundered their treasures, like a hero, I have
subjugated their inhabitants. My hand has found, as though a bird's
nest, the riches of the peoples. Like someone collecting deserted
eggs, I have collected the whole world while no one has fluttered a
wing or opened a beak to squawk.' Does the axe claim more credit than
the man who wields it, or the saw more strength than the man who
handles it? As though a staff controlled those who raise it, or the
club could raise what is not made of wood! That is why Yahweh Sabaoth
is going to inflict leanness on his stout men, and beneath his glory
kindle a fever burning like a fire.

MATTHEW 11:25-27
At that time Jesus exclaimed, 'I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and
of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and
revealing them to little children. Yes, Father, for that is what it
pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father;
and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the
Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

This prayer of praise by Jesus to his Father in heaven will never fail
to inspire us. It is also found in the Gospel of Luke. Surely, as we
read and internalize the words spoken by our Lord in this prayer, we
cannot but feel its powerful effect on us .How many times did we pray
in a similar manner during moments of great joy when we felt the
consoling presence of the Lord in our lives.

But knowing the events which prompted Jesus to praise the Father in
this manner will help us appreciate better this very powerful and
inspiring prayer.

As we all know, many of the teachings of Jesus were not accepted by
the religious authorities during his time; the scribes and the
Pharisees because of the way he interpreted Jewish scriptures. The
Jewish scriptures govern every aspect of Jewish life. But the
increasing number of regulations and commentaries were becoming a
burden to the poor who could not know and remember all of them; hence
they were looked down and despised by Jewish society. However, the
teachings of Jesus gave them hope and dignity and they flocked to hear
him in increasing numbers. It was in this context that our Lord Jesus
prayed this prayer to the Father.

As we reflect and meditate on the prayer, what thoughts come to our
mind? Do we also praise and thank the Father like Jesus for revealing
his love for us through the different circumstances of our lives? How
many times have we failed to open our hearts to the promptings of the
Holy Spirit so that we can discern the grace and the hand of our
loving Father at the other instances of our lives?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Fred V
- Jesus A
- Norma M
- Henrietta S
- Angela S
- Maureen Cortez, Dolores Segui, JR Dolor & Adyn Bolos
- Teresa D. Buenaventura
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Mon Torres
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Rae B
- Jack and Maryann S
- Dondon and Kristine V
- John and Rica D
- Paul and Judy L
- Atty Jose O Cortez
- Rex S. Cortez II
- Nikolai Cortez
- Aydin Cortez
- Karl Cortez
- Maureen Cortez
- Patrick and Mary Ann
- Wendy B
.. Birthday: Atty. Jose O. Cortez
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Rodolfo Vergel de Dios
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: Rolly Mansanares Cabral
- Birthday: Ma. Teresa Nicolas Cuevas
- Wedding Anniversary: Jonathan & Jocelyn Sarte
… 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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