Friday, July 16, 2010



JULY 17, 2010

MICAH 2:1-5
Disaster for those who plot evil, who lie in bed planning mischief! No
sooner is it dawn than they do it, since they have the power to do so.
Seizing the fields that they covet, they take over houses as well,
owner and house they seize alike, the man himself as well as his
inheritance. So Yahweh says this: Look, I am now plotting a disaster
for this breed from which you will not extricate your necks; you will
not hold your heads up then, for the times will be disastrous indeed.
That day they will make a satire on you, they will strike up a dirge
and say, 'We have been stripped of everything; my people's land has
been divided up, no one else can restore it to them, our fields have
been awarded to our despoiler.' Because of this, you will have no one
to measure out a share in Yahweh's community.

MATTHEW 12:14-21
At this the Pharisees went out and began to plot against him,
discussing how to destroy him. Jesus knew this and withdrew from the
district. Many followed him and he cured them all but warned them not
to make him known. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet
Isaiah: Look! My servant whom I have chosen, my beloved, in whom my
soul delights, I will send my Spirit upon him, and he will present
judgement to the nations; he will not brawl or cry out, his voice is
not heard in the streets, he will not break the crushed reed, or snuff
the faltering wick, until he has made judgement victorious; in him the
nations will put their hope.

There is a book written by an American missionary who once worked in
the Philippines called "The Christbook." Despite the fact that it is a
scholarly book, it reads as an intensely personal account of Jesus.

To even the most ardent among us, Jesus is a mystery. We have all the
adjectives, all the stories, but the reality of him, his presence, is
elusive. In today's Gospel, Jesus withdrew from the crowd and told his
friends not to make him known. Within this context of an absent
Christ, Matthew brings out Isaiah's prophecy of the Chosen Servant.
Jesus is a Man who is intent on justice. Jesus would never hurt
someone already downtrodden. Though the quietest of leaders, he will
bring justice and hope to all lands. Jesus is the beloved of God. To
all intents and purposes, Matthew says "Remember. This is the Lord you

We must each have our own Christbook, a memory book of all the times
Jesus touched our lives. At times when we feel lost and abandoned, we
must have the certainty of remembrance. God was with us then. Though
silent now for His own reasons, He is with us still. He works without
fanfare or drama. We can face the problems and struggles before us
secure in the hope He brings.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Maureen Cortez, Dolores Segui, JR Dolor & Adyn Bolos
- Teresa D. Buenaventura
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Mon Torres
- Rita P. Cuerva
- Ely Lara
- Susan
… for good health: Bernard Baui, Remee R. Veloso, Diane Luna, Cynthia
Solidum, Juanito V. Jutare, Toshio Akaba
… for the personal intentions of
- Atty Jose O Cortez
- Rex S. Cortez II
- Nikolai Cortez
- Aydin Cortez
- Karl Cortez
- Maureen Cortez
- Patrick and Mary Ann
- Wendy B
- Josheil Dapo
- Titong V.
- J.E.S.
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Rodolfo Vergel de Dios
- Antonio Melliza and Susima Melliza
- Florisa Liwanag
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: PJ Soriano
- Birthday: Filadelfo Inocentes Jr.
- Birthday: Dr. Lucio Tan
- In Memoriam (+): Ricardo Valencia
… 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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