Sunday, July 15, 2012



JULY 16, 2012

Is 1:10-17 / Mt 10:34 - 11:1

ISAIAH 1:10-17
Hear the warning of Yahweh, rulers of Sodom. Listen to the word of God, people of Gomorrah." "What do I care," says Yahweh "for your endless sacrifices? I am fed up with your burnt offerings, and the fat of your bulls. The blood of fatlings, and lambs and he-goats I abhor. When you come before me and trample on my courts, who asked you to visit me? I am fed up with your oblations. I grow sick with your incense. Your New Moons, Sabbaths and meetings, evil with holy assemblies, I can no longer bear. I hate your New Moons and appointed feasts they burden me. When you stretch out your hands I will close my eyes; the more you pray, the more I refuse to listen, for your hands are bloody. Wash and make yourselves clean. Remove from my sight the evil of your deeds. Put an end to your wickedness and learn to do good. Seek justice and keep in line the abusers; give the fatherless their rights and defend the widow."

MATTHEW 10:34 - 11:1
Do not think that I have come to establish peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in- law against her mother-in-law. Each one will have as enemies those of one's own family. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take up his cross and come after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes him who sent me. The one who welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive the reward of a prophet; the one who welcomes a just man, because he is a just man, will receive the reward of a just man. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones, because he is my disciple, I assure you, he will not go unrewarded." When Jesus had finished giving his twelve disciples these instructions, he went on from there to teach and to proclaim his message in their towns.

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It is one of the more popular titles given to Mary, the Mother of God. She is the patron saint of the Carmelite Order, as well as the contemplative religious congregation known as the Carmelites.

Mount Carmel is found in the Holy Land where Christian hermits lived in the 12th century and dedicated the place to the Blessed Virgin Mary. A special devotion to the Virgin Mary was then related to the Brown Scapular. The Church has clarified the meaning and privileges of the Brown Scapular as follows: "The scapular is a Marian habit or garment. It is both a sign and pledge. A sign of belonging to Mary; a pledge of her motherly protection, not only in this life but after death. As a sign, it is a conventional sign signifying three elements strictly joined: first, belonging to a religious family particularly devoted to Mary, especially dear to Mary, the Carmelite Order; second, consecration to Mary, devotion to and trust in her Immaculate Heart; third, an incitement to become like Mary by imitating her virtues, above all her humility, chastity, and spirit of prayer." (Fr. Kieran Kavanagh, OCD).

God in all His goodness gives us sacramentals or gifts that would bring us closer to Him through special devotions. The sacramental of the brown scapular is a good way of reminding us that we ought to follow Mary in all her virtues and receive God's blessings in life and in death. Let us examine our life and see how we are imitating Mary. What are the gifts we use to grow in holiness and live a life according to God's will?

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
- Celirma Horn
- Mon Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Deanne Montoya
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo and Cordelia Anyaugo
… for the personal intentions of
- Obi
- Dr Ugonna Anyaugo, Mr Ogechi Anyaugo, Barr. Obinna Okoronkwo, Barr Barbara Adaugo, Engr Ifeanyi Matts Anyaugo, Chuba Osinachi Anyaugo
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Arnel Hernandez
- Birthday: Alexis Carbilledo
- Birthday: Dino Datu
- Birthday: Arjanette B. Tan
- Wedding Anniversary: Sheryl & Peter Lim, III
- In Memoriam (+): Geronimo Z. Velasco (Oct 6, 1927-Jul 16, 2007)+
- In Memoriam (+): Lim Giok Chat (1906-1987)
- In Memoriam (+): Alfredo C. Torres
… 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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