Thursday, July 07, 2011



JULY 8, 2011

Gn 46:1-7, 28-30 / Ps 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40 / Mt 10:16-23

GENESIS 46:1-7, 28-30
Israel left with all he owned and reached Beersheba where he offered
sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. God spoke to Israel in
visions that he had during the night, "Jacob! Jacob!" "Here I am," he
said. "I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go to
Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I will go with
you to Egypt and I will bring you back again and Joseph's hand will
close your eyes." Jacob left Beersheba and the sons of Israel carried
Jacob their father with their little children and their wives in the
wagons that Joseph had sent to fetch him. They also took their flocks
and all that they had acquired in Canaan. And so it was that Jacob
came to Egypt and with him all his family, his sons and his grandsons,
his daughters and his granddaughters, in short all his children he
took with him to Egypt. Jacob sent Judah ahead to let Joseph know he
was coming and that he would soon arrive in the land of Goshen. Joseph
got his chariot ready in order to meet Israel his father in Goshen. He
presented himself, threw his arms around his father and wept on his
shoulder for a long time. Israel said to Joseph, "Now I can die, for I
have seen your face and know you are alive."

MATTHEW 10:16-23
Jesus said to his disciples, "Look, I send you out like sheep among
wolves. You must be clever as snakes and innocent as doves. Be on your
guard with respect to people, for they will hand you over to their
courts and they will flog you in their synagogues. You will be brought
to trial before rulers and kings because of me, and so you may witness
to them and the pagans. "But when you are arrested, do not worry about
what you are to say and how you are to say it; when the hour comes,
you will be given what you are to say. For it is not you who will
speak; but it will be the Spirit of your Father in you. "Brother will
hand over brother to death, and a father his child; children will turn
against parents and have them put to death. Everyone will hate you
because of me, but whoever stands firm to the end will be saved. "When
they persecute you in one town, flee to the next. For sure, you will
not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man

The Gospel is a very strong warning because it details the
persecutions that may come to a follower of Christ. A serious follower
of Jesus knows that many people will not agree with his way of
thinking. People will laugh at his desire to bring goodness and
justice to everyday life situations. They will say that he is naïve.
Some will openly make fun of him and even try to prevent him from
doing good and entice him to do evil. These people usually are either
people who are embittered because they have not experienced true love
and kindness, or people who are so worldly and are always searching to
satisfy their carnal desires.

A Christian wants people to experience true love and goodness. He
tries to enlighten those who indulge in worldly pleasures to discover
the joy that comes from a holy and well-ordered life. He knows his
combat is with the Evil One who has deceived many people in our
generation. He trusts in God to come to his help and prays for the
conversion of sinners. He enters into the battlefield of life armed
with the cross of our Lord and love for the sinners. God gives him the
courage to stand up for his faith and sometimes, after a long
struggle, he comes out victorious after bringing back to God a soul
that was lost.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- GH
- G, Loren, Frank, Gene, Eugene R, Ben, Maria, John C
- Ong Chong Chong
- Ditas dela Paz
- Jo Marcelo
- Wally Torres
- Jun Lee
- Rita P. Cuerva
- Manuel A
- Fr. Luis Sierra, OP
… for the personal intentions of
- Grace
- Pauline
- Titong Villacorta
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- 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: Chiara Marie Lim Bate
… 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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