Thursday, July 19, 2012



JULY 20, 2012

Is 38:1-6, 21- 22, 7-8 / Mt 12:1-8

ISAIAH 38:1-6, 21- 22, 7-8
In those days Hezekiah fell mortally ill and the prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, went to him with a message from Yahweh, "Put your house in order for you shall die; you shall not live." Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to Yahweh, "Ah Yahweh! Remember how I have walked before you in truth and wholeheartedly, and done what is good in your sight." And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Then the word of Yahweh came to Isaiah, "Go and tell Hezekiah what Yahweh, the God of his father David, says: I have heard your prayer and I have seen your tears. See! I am adding fifteen years to your life and I will save you and this city from the power of the king of Assyria. I will defend it for my sake and for the sake of David my servant. Hezekiah asked, "What is the sign that I shall go up to the house of the Lord?" Isaiah answered, "This shall be for you a sign from Yahweh, that he will do what he has promised. See! I shall make the shadow descending on the stairway of Ahaz go back ten steps." So the sunlight went back the ten steps it had covered on the stairway. Isaiah then said, "Bring a fig cake to rub on the ulcer and let Hezekiah be cured!"

MATTHEW 12:1-8
It happened that Jesus walked through the wheat fields on a Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and began to pick some heads of wheat and crush them to eat the grain. When the Pharisees noticed this, they said to Jesus, "Look at your disciples! They are doing what is prohibited on the Sabbath!" Jesus answered, "Have you not read what David did, when he and his men were hungry? He went into the house of God, and they ate the bread offered to God, though neither he nor his men had the right to eat it, but only the priests. And have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the Temple break the Sabbath rest, yet they are not guilty? I tell you, there is greater than the Temple here. If you really knew the meaning of the words: It is mercy I want, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the innocent. Besides, the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."

King Hezekiah was one of the few faithful kings of Israel in the Old Testament. When he was ill and at the point of death, he entreated the Lord God for mercy and God answered his prayer by healing him. After his recovery, he praised Yahweh for saving him from death, both physical and spiritual. He said that the dead cannot praise the Lord, only the living can.

People who are truly alive know the worth of things. They know that the material world is temporary while the spiritual life in Christ is what really matters. They work, eat, and play like everyone else but they know that their foremost duty in life is to love and serve God. So they live a life of sharing with and caring for others. They try to help people become closer to God and to each other. They are not fooled by the deception and allure of the world. They understand that we are called to be spiritual beings because we have been created in the image of God. Like Hezekiah, we know that God truly exists and is merciful. We should do our best every day to help build the kingdom of God here on earth.

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
- Baby Aina
- Luke, Kristen, Bob, Tom B, Jack, Denise, Delores, Linda O & Fr Larry
- Samson Merced
- Zosima Merced
- Mon Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Tito Oreta
… for the personal intentions of
- Pauline
- Flor
- Ben & Nancy, Rita & Pam, Don & Chris, JT, Fr Larry
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Rosita Ilagan, Maximino Ilagan, Natividad and Hermogense Diangkinay, Clarita Quicho, Baby Quicho
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Angelina Corona
- In Memoriam (+): Eddie L. Uy (Aug 3, 1935 - July 20, 1990)+
… 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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