Thursday, July 29, 2010



JULY 30, 2010

At the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of
Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, 'Yahweh says this,
"Stand in the court of the Temple of Yahweh. To all the people from
the towns of Judah who come to worship in the Temple of Yahweh you
will say everything I have ordered you to say, not omitting one
syllable. Perhaps they will listen and each turn from his evil way: if
so, I shall relent and not bring the disaster on them which I intend
because of their misdeeds." Say to them, "Yahweh says this: If you
will not listen to me and follow my Law which I have given you, and
pay attention to the words of my servants the prophets whom I have
never tired of sending to you, although you never have paid attention,
I shall treat this Temple as I treated Shiloh, and make this city a
curse for all the nations of the world." ' The priests and prophets
and all the people heard Jeremiah say these words in the Temple of
Yahweh. When Jeremiah had finished saying everything that Yahweh had
ordered him to say to all the people, the priests and prophets and all
the people seized hold of him and said, 'You will die for this! Why
have you made this prophecy in Yahweh's name, "This Temple will become
like Shiloh, and this city become an uninhabited ruin"?' And the
people all crowded in on Jeremiah in the Temple of Yahweh.

MATTHEW 13:54-58
Coming to his home town, he taught the people in their synagogue in
such a way that they were astonished and said, 'Where did the man get
this wisdom and these miraculous powers? This is the carpenter's son,
surely? Is not his mother the woman called Mary, and his brothers
James and Joseph and Simon and Jude? His sisters, too, are they not
all here with us? So where did the man get it all?' And they would not
accept him. But Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is despised only in his
own country and in his own house,' and he did not work many miracles
there because of their lack of faith.

The readings for today seem to revolve around stories of rejection. In
the first reading, Jeremiah echoed God's word in his sermon, thus
provoking a scandal that has brought people against him. Similarly,
the Psalmist also describes an experience of estrangement and
alienation because of God's word.

In the Gospel, the story depicts Jesus being rejected in his own town.
His miracles and great deeds did not suffice in arousing faith among
people. His fellowmen couldn't see God's presence in him simply
because of their familiarity with his humble origins of which they are
a part. In rejecting Jesus, they too, rejected their context and who
they truly were. It is because of their inability to have faith in
Jesus that he refuses to work further miracles in Nazareth.

Why does Jesus look for faith in people? Does our faith have a
relationship with Jesus' ability to be at work in our lives? Do we
have faith to allow Jesus to work miracles in our lives?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Carmen Pamatmat de Guzman
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, Mon Torres
- Pete Ramos
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Pauline
- Patrick and Mary Ann
- Atrero family
… in Thanksgiving: Arthur and Mylene Lim
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Tony Lopez
- Alberto F. Atrero
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: Cucay Pineda
- Wedding Anniversary: Jonathan & Virginia Ho Gotamco
- In Memoriam (+): Maria Flora Del Carmen
- In Memoriam (+): Arch. Florencio K. Tan (Sep 22, 1918-Jul 30, 1998)+
… 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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