Tuesday, June 12, 2012
WEDNESDAY 10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
WEDNESDAY 10TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
MEMORIAL, ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA
1 Kgs 18:20-39 / Mt 5:17-19
1 KINGS 18:20-39
So Ahab sent for all the people of Israel and gathered the prophets at
Mount Carmel. Then Elijah addressed the people and asked, "How long
will you follow two ways at the same time? If Yahweh is God, follow
him; but if Baal is God then follow him." The people remained silent.
So Elijah continued, "I am the only prophet of Yahweh left here to
face Baal's four hundred and fifty prophets. Get us two bulls. Let
them choose one bull for themselves, cut it into pieces and lay it on
the wood and I will do the same with the other bull. But we will not
set it on fire. Then you shall call on the name of your gods while I
shall call on the name of Yahweh. The God who answers with fire is the
true one." Then the people answered, "That is right." Then Elijah told
the prophets of Baal, "Choose for yourselves one bull and prepare it
first, for you are many. Then call on the name of your god lest you
are left without fire!" So they took the bull and prepared it, and
they called on the name of Baal, "Baal, answer us!" But there was no
voice and no one answered them while they went on dancing on one foot
around the altar they had built. By noontime, Elijah began to mock
them, "Shout out louder. Baal is a busy god; or he may have gone out
or perhaps he has gone on a trip, or he is sleeping and must be
wakened." So they shouted louder gashing their skin with knives, as
they are used to doing, until they bled. It was already past noon and
they were still raving on until the time of the evening offering. But
still there was no voice; no one answered or gave a sign of life. Then
Elijah said to the people, "Draw closer to me," and the people drew
closer to him. He then repaired the altar of Yahweh which had been
thrown down. He took twelve stones corresponding to the number of
tribes of the sons of Jacob whom Yahweh had addressed saying, "Israel
shall be your name." With these stones, he built an altar to the Name
of Yahweh and dug a trench around it that would contain about thirty
liters. He then arranged the firewood, cut the bull in pieces and laid
them on the wood. Then, he said, "Fill four jars with water and pour
it on the burnt offering and on the firewood." He said, "Do it again";
and they did it again; "one more time," and they did it a third time.
The water ran around the altar and filled the trench. When the time of
the evening offering came, Elijah the prophet came near and said, "O
Yahweh, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that
you are God in Israel and that I am your servant, doing all these
things at your command. Answer me, O Yahweh, answer me so that this
people may know that you, O Yahweh, are God and that you are turning
back their hearts to you." Then the fire of Yahweh fell and consumed
the burnt offering, together with the wood, the stones also, and the
dust; the water also dried up in the trench. All the people witnessed
this. Then they fell on their faces and said, "Yahweh is God! Yahweh
Do not think that I have come to annul the Law and the Prophets. I
have not come to annul them but to fulfill them. I tell you this: as
long as heaven and earth last, not the smallest letter or dot in the
Law will change until all is fulfilled. So then, whoever breaks the
least important of these commandments, and teaches others to do the
same, will be the least in the kingdom of heaven. On the other hand,
whoever obeys them, and teaches others to do the same, will be great
in the kingdom of heaven.
"So then, whoever breaks the least important of these commandments…
will be the least in the kingdom of heaven…whoever obeys them…will be
great in the kingdom of heaven."
People who live holy lives in accordance with the will of God are
venerated as Saints. Although St. Anthony de Padua is popularly
invoked for finding lost articles, he did much more than that. His
miracles included the conversion of heretics. Through his eloquent
sermons, he taught against the vices of luxury, avarice, and tyranny.
He is also known to be against all enmity and hatred, so that during
his lifetime he was able to reconcile enemies, give liberty to debtors
and prisoners, repair scandals, and guide penitents to go to
confession. He was in fact the quickest to be canonized as a Saint,
within a year of his death, by Pope Gregory IX.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo and Cordelia Anyaugo
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
- Mon Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Pam C
- Renan Lacida and Rowena Yap
… for the personal intentions of
- Dr Ugonna Anyaugo,Ogechi Anyaugo,Barr Obinna Okoronkwo,Barr(Mrs)
Barbara Adaugo Okoronkwo,Ifeanyi Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Cordelia
- Andrew G.
- Jennifer N.
… In Thanksgiving:
- Cherie Torres
- Frances Marie Gonzalez
.. In Memoriam:
- Çhief& Lolo Paul Ezekwe & Mrs Roseline Anyaugo
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Jacqueline Lim Yu
- Birthday: Didit Cosio
- Thanksgiving: Edward Ang Acero
… 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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