Tuesday, July 10, 2012



JULY 10, 2012

Hos 8:4-7, 11- 13 / Mt 9:32-38

HOSEA 8:4-7, 11- 13
Without my approval they set up kings and without my blessing appointed leaders. With their silver and gold they fashioned idols to their own ruin. To me, Samaria, your calf is loathsome and my anger blazes against you. How long will you remain defiled? The calf is yours, Israel, a craftsman has made it; it is not God and will be broken into pieces. As they sow the wind, they will reap the whirlwind. Like the erect ear of corn they will bear no grain and produce no flour, or if they do, foreigners will devour it. Ephraim built many altars but his altars made him more guilty. I wrote out for him the numerous precepts of my Law, but they look on them as coming from foreigners. They offer sacrifices to me because they are those who eat the meat, but Yahweh does not accept their sacrifices for he is mindful of their sin and remembers their wickedness. They will return to Egypt.

MATTHEW 9:32-38
When they had just left, some people brought to Jesus a man who was dumb, because he was possessed by a demon. When the demon was driven out, the dumb man began to speak. The crowds were astonished and said, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel." But the Pharisees said, "He drives away demons with the help of the prince of demons." Jesus went around all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and he cured every sickness and disease. When he saw the crowds, he was moved with pity, for they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is abundant, but the workers are only few. Ask the master of the harvest to send workers to gather his harvest."

In the first part of the Gospel, Jesus cures someone possessed by a demon. Ironically, the Pharisees then accuse Jesus of being the Prince of Demons. This accusation has no basis, but the Pharisees say this because they see Jesus as a threat to them.

How often do we find ourselves in the same situation? We lose control of our emotions, and point an accusing finger at someone, even without proof or merit.

In the second part of the Gospel, Jesus says, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few." This reflects the situation in the Church today. Many can be enlightened by the Good News of our Lord, but those who actively participate in delivering the Word of God are few. Perhaps we can learn from today's Gospel. Instead of spreading false accusations and allowing hatred to prevail, let us focus our attention on spreading the truth and the message of love from God.

What are we doing for the parish? Is there anything we can do to become active participants in the evangelical mission of the church?

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
- Mon Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Deanne Montoya
… for the personal intentions of
- Bernice Nancy
- Pauline
- Beny Chua
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Louis Keh
- Birthday: Enrique-Jamie Castillo
- Birthday: Ever Lim Ngo
- Birthday: Hitchelle E. Carstensen
- Birthday: Josefina N. Tandiama
- Birthday: Fr. Francisco "Kit" Hernandez, SDB
- In Memoriam (+): Macaria Co Yu (Jun 25, 1924 - Jul 10, 1988)+
- In Memoriam (+): Yu Cheng Pho (1911 - 1989)+
- In Memoriam (+): Wilfrid S. Sy (Oct 12, 1944-July 10, 1994)+
… 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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