Tuesday, July 05, 2011



JULY 6, 2011

Gn 41:55-57; 42:5-7, 17-24 / Ps 33:2-3, 10-11, 18-19 / Mt 10:1-7

GENESIS 41:55-57
When the land of Egypt began to suffer from the famine, the people
came to Pharaoh for bread. But Pharaoh told all the Egyptians, "Go to
Joseph and do as he tells you." When the famine had spread throughout
the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold grain to the
Egyptians for the famine was indeed severe over the land. As the
famine had worsened throughout the whole world, people came from other
countries to buy grain from Joseph.

MATTHEW 10:1-7
Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority over
the unclean spirits to drive them out and to heal every disease and
sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first Simon,
called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and
his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew, the tax
collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon, the
Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, the man who would betray him. Jesus
sent these twelve on mission with the instruction: "Do not visit pagan
territory and do not enter a Samaritan town. Go instead to the lost
sheep of the people of Israel. "Go and proclaim this message: The
kingdom of heaven is near."

In the Gospel today, Jesus Christ refers to his twelve as his apostles
meaning "one who is sent." He instructs them to cure all diseases and
illnesses and to have power over unclean spirits. In addition, he
instructs them to proclaim the Kingdom of God to all of Israel.

In our life, we grow up knowing that there is something similar that
is expected of us; by our parents, friends, and even by Jesus Christ.
At some point in our life, we are expected to share our Lord with all
those around us; by personal evangelization or even by promoting
through our actions. But if you are like the rest of us, we may even
become inundated by doubt and insecurities of our worth in the eyes of
those around us and more so in the eyes of our Lord. Questions like
"What if we don't know enough about the gospel?" or "What if no one
will listen to us?" At the end of the day, it is humbling to know and
even a little daunting to realize that our Lord is willing to choose
anyone to be his apostle; that he is willing to accept even the one
who denied him three times much less choose one of us, the simple

So, have you heard his call yet? Have you ever wondered how Jesus
Christ sends out his "invitation?" Most of all, how do we answer his

Let us pray for the grace of awareness to "hear" the call when he
finally sends the "invitation" and the grace of strength and courage
to say "yes."

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
-G, Loren, Frank, Gene, Eugene R, Ben, Maria, John C
-Gary Morillo
-Ong Chong Chong
-Ditas dela Paz
-Jo Marcelo
-Wally Torres
-Jun Lee
-Rita P. Cuerva
-Fr. Luis Sierra, OP
… for the personal intentions of
-Titong Villacorta
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
-Arturo Dy+
-David Tanamor
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: Conrado F. Bate
-Wedding Anniversary: Lucia & Rolan Ong
-Wedding Anniversary: Susana & Jose Lorenzo
… 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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