Monday, July 11, 2011



JULY 12, 2011

Ex 2:1-15 / Ps 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34 / Mt 11:20-24

EXODUS 2:1-15
Now a man belonging to the clan of Levi married a woman of his own
tribe. She gave birth to a boy and, seeing that he was a beautiful
child, she kept him hidden for three months. As she could not conceal
him any longer, she made a basket out of papyrus leaves and coated it
with tar and pitch. She then laid the child in the basket and placed
it among the reeds near the bank of the Nile; but the sister of the
child kept at a distance to see what would happen to him. Now the
daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe in the Nile; her attendants
meanwhile walked along the bank. When she saw the basket among the
reeds, she sent her maidservant to fetch it. She opened the basket and
saw the child—a boy, and he was crying! She felt sorry for him, for
she thought: "This is one of the Hebrew children." Then the sister of
the child said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and get one of the
Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?" Pharaoh's daughter agreed,
and the girl went to call the mother of the child. Pharaoh's daughter
said to her, "Take the child and nurse him for me and I will pay you."
So the woman took the child and nursed him and, when the child had
grown, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter who adopted him as her
son. And she named him Moses to recall that she had drawn him out of
the water. After a fairly long time, Moses, by now a grown man, wanted
to meet his fellow Hebrews. He noticed how heavily they were burdened
and he saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his own people. He
looked around and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in
the sand. When he went out the next day he saw two Hebrews quarreling.
Moses said to the man in the wrong, "Why are you striking a fellow
countryman?" But he answered, "Who has set you prince and judge over
us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?" Moses was
afraid and thought, "What I did must be known." When Pharaoh heard
about it he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went
to live in the land of Midian. There he sat down by a well.

MATTHEW 11:20-24
Jesus began to denounce the cities in which he had per formed most of
his miracles, because the people there did not change their ways,
"Alas for you Chorazin and Bethsaida! If the miracles worked in you
had taken place in Tyre and Sidon, the people there would have
repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I assure you, for Tyre
and Sidon it will be more bearable on the day of judgment than for
you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to heaven? You will be
thrown down to the place of the dead! For if the miracles which were
performed in you had taken place in Sodom, it would still be there
today! But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day
of judgment than for you."

In today's first reading, it seems that God enjoys irony. Pharaoh is
powerful. He has a superb army; swift chariots with skilled
charioteers; disciplined foot soldiers. He has decided that the Jewish
people will remain in Egypt, saving the government an immense amount
of money by reason of their slave labor.

God, however, thinks otherwise. He was thinking far ahead, planning
each step of the way toward the liberation of Israel. Since He had
already chosen Moses to lead the people out of slavery, He plans now
to protect Moses' life against the death decreed by Pharaoh when He
orders all Hebrew male babies to be drowned in the Nile.

What exquisite irony here! Pharaoh's daughter, a Princess of Egypt,
rescues Moses from death and adopts him. She oversees his education,
providing him with the sort of education that in Egypt is given only
to a prince. Though she is unaware of this, hers is the task of
forming Moses' mind, heart and character so that he will accomplish
well the work of liberating his people, of freeing them from the
oppressive grasp of her father. It is God who has authored this
wondrous irony.

God is the Lord of history. He uses even those who oppose His way to
contribute, although unknowingly, to the attainment of the goal He has

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Amy Trice
- G, Pat, KD,Kristin,Maria, Ben,Pam,Eugene R,Gene & Frank
- Ong Chong Chong
- Fr. Luis Sierra, OP
- Manuel Alapide
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
… for the personal intentions of Fr. Ted Gonzales, SJ
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Ethan Gabriel Yu Ampil
- Birthday: Lucas Cabanela
- Birthday: LMJC Enterprise
- Wedding Anniversary: Charlie & Carolyn Co Chan Buenavista
… for families who are in need of healing
… 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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