Wednesday, July 04, 2012



JULY 5, 2012

Am 7:10-17 / Mt 9:1-8

AMOS 7:10-17
Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, then sent word to king Jeroboam of Israel, "Amos is conspiring against you in the very center of Israel; what he says goes too far. These are his very words: Jeroboam shall die by the sword and Israel shall be exiled from its land." Amaziah then said to Amos, "Off with you, seer, go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there by prophesying. But never again prophesy at Bethel for it is a king's sanctuary and a national shrine." Amos replied to Amaziah, "I am not a prophet or one of the fellow prophets. I am a breeder of sheep and a dresser of sycamore trees. But Yahweh took me from shepherding the flock and said to me: Go, prophesy to my people Israel. Now hear the word of Yahweh, you who say: No more prophecy against Israel, no more insults against the family of Isaac! This is what Yahweh says: Your wife shall be made a harlot in the city, your sons and daughters shall fall by the sword, your land shall be divided up and given to others, and you yourself shall die in a foreign land, for Israel shall be driven far from its land."

Jesus got back into the boat, crossed the lake again, and came to his hometown. Here they brought a paralyzed man to him, lying on a bed. Jesus saw their faith and said to the paralytic, "Courage, my son! Your sins are forgiven." Then some teachers of the Law said within themselves, "This man insults God." Jesus was aware of what they were thinking, and said, "Why have you such evil thoughts? Which is easier to say: `Your sins are forgiven' or `Stand up and walk'? You must know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." He then said to the paralyzed man, "Stand up! Take your stretcher and go home." The man got up, and went home. When the crowds saw this, they were filled with awe, and praised God for giving such power to human beings.

The Gospel presents us with different personalities or characters that are interesting to consider.

There was a crowd to welcome Jesus when he arrived in his hometown. In the crowd are believers, some teachers of the law who were against him, and a paralyzed man in need of healing. Was it not amazing that people brought the paralyzed man to Jesus despite the presence of their teachers who were critical of Jesus?

In another part of the Gospel, Jesus said that a prophet is not accepted in his own hometown but today, he sees the faith of the people. "Courage, my son! Your sins are forgiven" were Jesus' healing words.

Unlike today's crowd, the people of his time never understood or fully accepted him as God. They refused to believe that his teachings were from God. Are we like the teachers of the law? Do we ignore God? Do we make ourselves almighty, believing ourselves to be rulers of everyone and everything? Should we not instead be like the paralyzed man, begging for forgiveness and mercy?

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
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo and Cordelia Anyaugo
- Isabelita C. Dolojan
- April
- Mon Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Deanne Montoya
- Eriberta Calvario
… for the personal intentions of
- 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: Fr. Gregory Than
- Wedding Anniversary: Benson & Lourdes Tang
… 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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