Friday, June 24, 2011



JUNE 25, 2011

Gn 18:1-15 / Lk 1:46-47, 48-49, 50, 53, 54-55 / Mt 8:5-17

GENESIS 18:1-15
Yahweh appeared to Abraham near the oak of Mamre. Abraham was sitting
at the entrance to his tent, in the heat of the day, when he looked up
and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them he ran from the
entrance of the tent to meet them. He bowed to the ground and said,
"My Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass your
servant by. Let a little water be brought. Wash your feet and then
rest under the trees. I shall fetch some bread so that you can be
refreshed and continue on your way, since you have come to your
servant." They then said, "Do as you say." Abraham hurried into the
tent to Sarah and said to her, "Quick, take three measures of flour,
knead it and make cakes." Abraham then ran to the herd, took a fine,
tender calf, gave it to the servant who hurried to prepare it. He took
butter and milk and together with the calf he had prepared laid it all
before them. And while he remained standing, they ate. They then
asked, "Where is Sarah, your wife?" Abraham answered, "She is in the
tent." And the visitor said, "At this same time next year I will
return and Sarah by then will have a son." Now Sarah was behind him,
listen ing at the entrance to the tent. Abraham and Sarah were old,
well on in years, and Sarah no longer had her monthly periods. Sarah
laughed to herself saying, "Now that I am old and worn and my husband
is an old man, am I to have this pleasure?" Yahweh said to Abraham,
"Why did Sarah laugh, saying: `Am I really going to have a child now
that I am old?' Is there anything that is impossible for God? At this
same time next year I will return and Sarah by then will have a son."
Sarah denied saying, "I did not laugh," for she was afraid. But he
said, "You did laugh."

MATTHEW 8:5-17
When Jesus entered Capernaum, an army captain approached him to ask
his help, "Sir, my servant lies sick at home. He is paralyzed and
suffers terribly." Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." The
captain answered, "I am not worthy to have you under my roof. Just
give an order and my boy will be healed. For I myself, a junior
officer, give orders to my soldiers. And if I say to one: `Go,' he
goes, and if I say to another: `Come,' he comes, and to my servant:
`Do this,' he does it." When Jesus heard this he was astonished and
said to those who were following him, "I tell you, I have not found
such faith in Israel. Then Jesus said to the captain, "Go home now. As
you believed, so let it be." And at that moment his servant was
healed. Jesus went to Peter's house and found Peter's mother-in-law in
bed with fever. He took her by the hand and the fever left her; she
got up and began to wait on him. Towards evening they brought to Jesus
many possessed by evil spirits, and with a word he drove out the
spirits. He also healed all who were sick. In doing this he fulfilled
what was said by the prophet Isaiah: He bore our infirmities and took
on himself our diseases.

Our Gospel today reveals a very important aspect of the ministry of
Jesus. If we recall the words from Isaiah which Jesus proclaimed at
the synagogue of Nazareth at the beginning of his ministry, they were
all about healing, being set free from bondage and sin. These verses
taken from Isaiah were and are still the blueprint for Jesus' ministry
in re-establishing the reign of God over all creation. Through his
ministering to his people, Jesus taught that sickness, poverty,
ignorance and many evil structures and events are not punishments from
God but are consequences of sin which basically is rejection of God
and His love. Therefore, his healing ministry was a very important
component in the fulfillment of his mission which was primarily to
make right or heal what was sick and wrong in the world.

We call ourselves Christians because we claim to be followers of
Christ. We are baptized not so much into membership of an exclusive
club destined for heaven but into new life in the power of his Spirit.
We who are also wounded by sin and sinful structures are privileged to
be invited to share in this ministry of him by whose wounds we are
also healed.

How are we responding to Jesus' call to participate in his healing
love to help establish his reign in our world and all creation?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Wally Torres, Francis Torres, Ditas dela Paz
- Pat, Gene, Frank, Maria, Pam, John C, Scott R & Mrs B
- Fr. Luis Sierra, OP
… for the personal intentions of
- Pauline
- Zaida Diaz
- Tess Mendoza
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Lim Sally
- Birthday: Alois Mueller
- Wedding Anniversary: Eric & Eunice Roxas
- Thanksgiving: George & Anita Dy & W. R. A. & P.
- Thanksgiving: Willy, Airah, Ariane, Myrh & IO Silvano
… 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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