Saturday, June 30, 2012



JULY 1, 2012

Wis 1:13-15; 2:23-24 / 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15 / Mk 5:21-43 or 5:21-24, 35b- 43

WISDOM 1:13-15; 2:23-24
God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living. Since he has created everything, all creatures of the universe are for our good; there is no deadly poison in them and the netherworld has no dominion over the earth, because justice is immortal.

2 CORINTHIANS 8:7, 9, 13-15
You excel in everything: in the gifts of faith, speech and knowledge; you feel concern for every cause and, besides, you are first in my heart. Excel also in this generous service. You know well the generosity of Christ Jesus, our Lord. Although he was rich, he made himself poor to make you rich through his poverty I do not mean that others should be at ease and you burdened. Strive for equality; at present give from your abundance what they are short of, and in some way they also will give from their abundance what you lack. Then you will be equal and what Scripture says shall come true: To the one who had much, nothing was in excess; to the one who had little, nothing was lacking.

MARK 5:21-24, 35B- 43
Jesus then crossed to the other side of the lake, and while he was still on the shore, a large crowd gathered around him. Jairus, an official of the synagogue, came up and, seeing Jesus, threw himself at his feet, and begged him earnestly, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may get well and live." Jesus went with him, and many people followed, pressing from every side. While Jesus was still speaking, some people arrived from the official's house to inform him, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Master any further?" But Jesus ignored what they said, and told the official, "Do not fear, just believe." And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they arrived at the house, Jesus saw a great commotion, with people weeping and wailing loudly. Jesus entered and said to them, "Why all this commotion and weeping? The child is not dead, but asleep." They laughed at him. So Jesus sent them outside, and went with the child's father and mother and his companions into the room, where the child lay. Taking her by the hand, he said to her, "Talitha kumi!" which means, "Little girl, get up!" The girl got up at once and began to walk around. (She was twelve years old.) The parents were amazed, greatly amazed. Jesus strictly ordered them not to let anyone know about it; and he told them to give her something to eat.

The first reading reminds us that God does not rejoice in the destruction of the living. God is love. He created everything in the universe for our good. That is also made very clear in what Paul says to the church at Corinth when he asks them to give generously – to the church of Jerusalem, the church that had been so opposed to accepting the Gentiles. They had been enemies, and Paul says, "Yes, but you must be generous to them." We know the generosity of Jesus. He made himself poor to make us rich through his Father. A totally generous friend is how Jesus is in today's Gospel.

A very important official, the leader of the synagogue, approaches Jesus for help as his little daughter is dying. Jesus' heart goes out to him with compassion, generosity, and love, and he accompanies the official to his house. Jesus wanted to be sure that this official did not think the healing of his daughter was something magical, but rather the love of God reaching out to the little girl through Jesus. He was reaching out to her and to the family as a friend.

Jesus also seldom worked miracles from a distance; he cured people while in their presence to ensure the connection. He wanted to interact with people, to know them and to let them know him. They opened their hearts to each other, and Jesus shows himself in this very human and real way as a friend who reaches out in love, kindness, compassion, and generosity.

It is difficult to put these two truths together. Jesus is the Son of God but he is also our brother and friend. Once we begin to enter into this mystery – knowing Jesus as Son of God, as the one who made the heavens and the earth, and as our closest friend – our lives will change. We will begin to realize that in the moment of need and pain, we can turn to Jesus and he will be there for us. We will be inspired to follow him and in turn we will reach out to others as a friend, opening ourselves and sharing what we have.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
- Eriberta Calvario
- Ditas dela Paz
- Deanne Montoya
- Mon Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Michael G, Bob, John T, Delores, Mary Ann, Linda O, Kristen, Tom Bryant, Gene L & Fr Larry
… for the personal intentions of Dana, Rita & Pam, Ben & Nancy & Eugene R
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Napoleon G. Co
- Birthday: Chito Gomez
… 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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