Tuesday, July 03, 2012



JULY 4, 2012

Am 5:14-15, 21-24 / Mt 8:28-34

AMOS 5:14-15, 21-24
Seek good and shun evil, that you may live. Then Yahweh, the God of hosts, as you have claimed, will be with you. Hate wickedness and love virtue, and let justice prevail in the courts; perhaps Yahweh, the God of hosts, will take pity on the remnant of Joseph. "I hate, I reject your feasts, I take no pleasure when you assemble to offer me your burnt offerings. Your cereal offerings, I will not accept! Your offerings of fattened beasts, I will not look upon! Away with the noise of your chanting, away with your strumming on harps. But let justice run its course like water, and righteousness be like an ever-flowing river.

MATTHEW 8:28-34
When Jesus reached Gadara, on the other side, he was met by two men, possessed by devils, who came out from the tombs. They were so fierce that no one dared to pass that way. Suddenly they shouted, "What do you want with us, you, Son of God? Have you come to torture us before the time?" At some distance away there was a large herd of pigs feeding. So the demons begged him, "If you drive us out, send us into that herd of pigs." Jesus ordered them, "Go!" So the demons left and went into the pigs. The whole herd rushed down the cliff into the lake and drowned. The men in charge of them ran off to the town, where they told the whole story, also what had happened to the men possessed with the demons. Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their area.

"Seek good and shun evil, that you may live... Hate wickedness and love virtue…" Good and evil, love and hate are complete opposites. There should be nothing in between; no compromises or gray zones. But in our world today we sometimes do not distinguish between these and choose to step into the gray zones whenever it suits us. That is why we often fall into sin and do not realize it, nor admit it even if we know it. Our conscience becomes apathetic to what is good or bad when we do not shun evil completely from our lives. For justice to prevail, we must totally reject and cast out evil.

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
- Michael G, Bob, John T, Delores, Mary Ann, Linda O, Kristen, Tom Bryant, Gene L & Fr Larry
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo and Cordelia Anyaugo
- Isabelita C. Dolojan
- April
… 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
- Angel and Elaine
- Beny Chua
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Pasencia Siy Tan
- Birthday: Philip Go Sy
- Birthday: Sharon Pasumbal
- Birthday: Zacarias E. Gallardo Jr.
- Wedding Anniversary: Vice Pres. Jejomar & Dr. Elenita Binay
- Thanksgiving: Doris Tan & Family
- In Memoriam (+): Geminiano Ong Acero
- In Memoriam (+): Matthew Patrick Sy
… 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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