Monday, July 19, 2010



JULY 20, 2010

MICAH 7:14-15, 18-20
With shepherd's crook lead your people to pasture, the flock that is
your heritage, living confined in a forest with meadow land all round.
Let them graze in Bashan and Gilead as in the days of old! As in the
days when you came out of Egypt, grant us to see wonders! What god can
compare with you for pardoning guilt and for overlooking crime? He
does not harbour anger for ever, since he delights in showing faithful
love. Once more have pity on us, tread down our faults; throw all our
sins to the bottom of the sea. Grant Jacob your faithfulness, and
Abraham your faithful love, as you swore to our ancestors from the
days of long ago.

MATTHEW 12:46-50
He was still speaking to the crowds when suddenly his mother and his
brothers were standing outside and were anxious to have a word with
him. But to the man who told him this Jesus replied, 'Who is my
mother? Who are my brothers?' And stretching out his hand towards his
disciples he said, 'Here are my mother and my brothers. Anyone who
does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and

In today's gospel reading we have words which should touch our hearts.
Jesus says "Whoever does the will of my heavenly Father is brother and
sister and mother to me." Jesus indicated that as his disciples we
enjoy a personal relationship with him. We have been taken into his
family and we are to feel at home with him.

Someone had told Jesus that his mother and relatives wanted to speak
with him. Jesus did not ignore his mother. Rather he wanted the crowd
to know that his mother enjoyed a relationship with him which was more
profound than the one they thought of which came from physical birth.

Mary went beyond being the mother of Jesus. She was actually his
perfect disciple, the one who in everything followed the will of God,
who was Father of both Jesus and Mary. The disciple is related to
Jesus. Jesus offers to everyone the warm intimacy of his own family.
Henceforth, between God and us there is no longer a cold relationship
of obedience and submissions as it exists between a master and his

In the following of Jesus, we truly enter the Divine Family, we become
so to say brothers and sisters and mother to Jesus. The bonds of
blood, of human relationships, however important they may be are not
what matters most in the kingdom of God. Every day during Mass we pray
as Jesus taught us and we ask that God's will be done by us on earth
as it is in heaven. In striving to do God's will in everything, we
become more like Mary, the perfect disciple.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Lachi Aviles
- Julie and Glenn Manzon, Glenda Bisco
- Patrick and Mary Ann
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, Mon Torres
- See Yung Hui
- Susan
… for good health: Bernard Baui, Remee R. Veloso, Diane Luna, Cynthia
Solidum, Juanito V. Jutare, Toshio Akaba
… for the personal intentions of
- J.E.S.
- Glenn Dale Manzon, John Dale Manzon, Estileta Escamilla and Sandra
- J.E.S. and Vic
… in Thanksgiving: Manzon Family, Barayoga Family
… Birthday: Julie Manzon, Glenn Manzon and Samuel Bacolod
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Antonio Melliza and Susima Melliza
- Florisa Liwanag
- Gerarld Falguerra
- Juanito V. Jutare
- Domingo Barayoga Sr., Lourdes Barayoga, Charlie Castro
- William Go, Carlito Go
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: Charlie Brown Tan
- Wedding Anniversary: Caroline / Lim Un Santos
- In Memoriam (+): Yan Chin Bee
… 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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