Friday, July 13, 2012
MEMORIAL, BLESSED KATERI TEKAKWITHA
SATURDAY 14TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
MEMORIAL, BLESSED KATERI TEKAKWITHA
Is 6:1-8 / Mt 10:24-33
In the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted; the train of his robe filled the Temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: two to cover the face, two to cover the feet, and two to fly with. They were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is Yahweh Sabaoth. All the earth is filled with his Glory!" At the sound of their voices the foundations of the threshold shook and the Temple was filled with smoke. I said, "Poor me! I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips living among a people of unclean lips, and yet I have seen the King, Yahweh Sabaoth." Then one of the seraphs flew to me; in his hands was a live coal which he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth with it and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin is forgiven." Then I heard the voice of the Lord, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" I answered, "Here I am. Send me!"
A student is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. A student should be glad to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If the head of the family has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of the family! So, do not be afraid of them. There is nothing covered that will not be uncovered, and nothing hidden that will not be made known. What I am telling you in the dark, you must speak in the light. What you hear in private, proclaim from the housetops. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but have no power to kill the soul. Rather be afraid of him who can destroy both body and soul in hell. For only a few cents you can buy two sparrows, yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father knowing. As for you, every hair of your head has been counted. Do not be afraid: you are no less worthy than many sparrows! Whoever acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven. Whoever rejects me before others I will reject before my Father in heaven.
Isaiah speaks of how his sinfulness made him feel unworthy of God's Holy Presence. But as always, God makes the first move and sends His seraph to touch Isaiah with burning coals to purify him. From then on, Isaiah accepts his mission to call on people to believe in our Lord.
The above message ties in well with today's Gospel definition of our fear of God. In addition to giving due respect to God, fear of God means acknowledging His might and His love, knowing that to lose Him is to lose ourselves. God watches over us always.
We see this often these days. Many of us are afraid of what people might say, what they might do to us if we don't conform to the `in' thing. Many of us choose to keep silent and conform to be accepted. God tells us not to be afraid, but to do what He would want us to do.
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
- Rowena Yap and Renan Lacida
- Kathy S, Bob, Jack, Tom B, Linda O, Mary Ann, Cheryl, Delores and Fr Larry
- Celirma Horn
… for the personal intentions of Flor
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Rolly Mansanares Cabral
- In Memoriam (+): Gloria Dy Sun+
… 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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