Sunday, July 01, 2012



JULY 2, 2012
Am 2:6-10, 13- 16 / Mt 8:18-22

AMOS 2:6-10, 13- 16
Yahweh says this, "Because Israel has sinned, not once but three times and even more, I will not relent. They sell the just for money and the needy for a pair of sandals; they tread on the head of the poor and trample them upon the dust of the earth, while they silence the right of the afflicted; a man and his father go to the same woman to profane my holy name; they stretch out upon garments taken in pledge, beside every altar; they take the wine of those they swindle and are drunk in the house of their God. It was I who destroyed the Amorites before them, whose height was like the height of the cedar, a people as sturdy as an oak. I destroyed their fruit above and their roots below. It was I who brought you up from the land of Egypt and led you forty years in the wilderness to take possession of the land of the Amorites. Behold, I will crush you to the ground, as a cart does when it is full of sheaves. The swift shall be unable to flee and the strong man shall lose his strength. The warrior shall not save himself nor the bowman stand his ground. The swift of foot shall not escape nor the horseman save himself. Even the most stout-hearted among the warriors shall flee away naked on that day," says Yahweh.

MATTHEW 8:18-22
When he saw the crowd press around him, Jesus gave orders to cross to the other shore. A teacher of the Law approached him and said, "Master, I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." Another disciple said to him, "Lord, let me go and bury my father first." But Jesus answered him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

In this passage, Matthew describes a situation that is truly unexpected and almost incredible – that a scribe, a teacher of the Law, should call Jesus "Teacher" and wish to follow him. Indeed, William Barclay considers it a "miracle" that he attributes to the impact of the personality of Jesus Christ on men and women.

We see many examples of how one's personality and character can produce positive effects worthy of emulation. A professor can inspire a student to have a very successful career. A doctor who gives his voluntary services to the poor with passion and devotion, while expecting nothing in return, becomes a model for others. That is how all of us, Jesus' present-day disciples, can preach by way of embodying his personality and way of life.

Another message from Jesus: "… the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." To follow him is not an easy path but a narrow, rough one that will demand a lot of sacrifice. There can be no Easter Sunday without Good Friday. If we are to follow him, we have to take up our cross, too. Are we ready to follow Jesus? How much are we willing to give up to express our love for him?

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
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo and Cordelia Anyaugo
… for the personal intentions of
- Dana, Rita & Pam, Ben & Nancy & Eugene R
- Pauline
- Dr Ugonna Anyaugo,Ogechi Anyaugo, Barr Obinna Okoronkwo, Barr(Mrs) Barbara Adaugo Okoronkwo, Ifeanyi Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Cordelia Anyaugo
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Aida Capati
- Birthday: Chito Guidote
- Wedding Anniversary: George & Christina Mercado
- In Memoriam (+): Beatrice Lim Le Hun Co Chan (Dec23,1928 - July 2, 2007)+
… 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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