Monday, August 02, 2010



AUGUST 3, 2010

JEREMIAH 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22
The word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, as follows, 'Yahweh, God
of Israel, says this, "Write for yourself in a book all the words I
have spoken to you. Yes, Yahweh says this: Your wound is incurable,
your injury past healing. There is no one to plead your cause; for an
ulcer there are remedies, but for you no cure at all. All your lovers
have forgotten you, they look for you no more. Yes, I have struck you
as an enemy strikes, with cruel punishment (because of your great
guilt and countless sins). Why cry out because of your wound? Your
pain is incurable! Because of your great guilt and countless sins, I
have treated you like this. Yahweh says this: Look, I shall restore
the tents of Jacob and take pity on his dwellings: the town will be
rebuilt on its mound, the stronghold where it ought to stand. From
them will come thanksgiving and shouts of joy. I shall make them
increase, they will not decrease; I shall make them honoured, no more
to be humbled. Their sons will be as once they were, their community
fixed firmly before me, and I shall punish all their oppressors. Their
prince will be one of their own, their ruler come from their own
people, and I shall permit him to approach me freely; for who,
otherwise, would be so bold as to approach me, Yahweh demands? You
will be my people and I shall be your God.

MATTHEW 14:22-36
And at once he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to
the other side while he sent the crowds away. After sending the crowds
away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came,
he was there alone, while the boat, by now some furlongs from land,
was hard pressed by rough waves, for there was a head-wind. In the
fourth watch of the night he came towards them, walking on the sea,
and when the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified.
'It is a ghost,' they said, and cried out in fear. But at once Jesus
called out to them, saying, 'Courage! It's me! Don't be afraid.' It
was Peter who answered. 'Lord,' he said, 'if it is you, tell me to
come to you across the water.' Jesus said, 'Come.' Then Peter got out
of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but
then noticing the wind, he took fright and began to sink. 'Lord,' he
cried, 'save me!' Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. 'You
have so little faith,' he said, 'why did you doubt?' And as they got
into the boat the wind dropped. The men in the boat bowed down before
him and said, 'Truly, you are the Son of God.' Having made the
crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret. When the local people
recognised him they spread the news through the whole neighbourhood
and took all that were sick to him, begging him just to let them touch
the fringe of his cloak. And all those who touched it were saved.

The point of today's gospel is not simply that Jesus has power over
the elements, over the storm and the roiling sea. Matthew's
presentation of Jesus' appearance on the sea is quite dramatic. It has
the elements scripture normally employs to present a theophany, a
manifestation of the divine. In his attempt to calm the disciples,
Jesus' words, "it is I," also carry with them the connotation of the
divine name, "I Am," which, of course, deepens the sense of the
mysterious. Yet this Jesus who takes on the appearance of the divine
in the eyes of the disciples, provides them with assurance of his
personal care for them. He is concerned about their well-being, he
offers them hope.

Christians can be defined as people who live by hope. It is part of
our history, our tradition, our inheritance, as surely as God is love.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- See Yung Hui
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Mon Torres
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- J.E.S.
- Patrick and Mary Ann
- Atrero family
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Apolonio Lugsanay and Sepa Lugsanay
- Miguel Fabie
- William Guanzon and Asilda Guanzon
- Alberto F. Atrero
- Rogelio Sanchez Tamoria
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: Amelia Dimaculangan
- Birthday: Digna Mandigma
- Birthday: Rene C. Pesuena
- Birthday: Lyd P. Bejarin
- Birthday: Rita Co Son
- Birthday: Joaquin Cunanan Jr.
- Birthday: Bishop Gabriel Reyes, D.D.
- Birthday: David C. Montecillo
- Wedding Anniversary: Roger & Siony Prioreschi
- Wedding Anniversary: Ed & Letty Margarejo
- In Memoriam (+): Feliciano T. Lao
… 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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