Friday, July 20, 2012



JULY 21, 2012

Mi 2:1-5 / Mt 12:14-21

MICAH 2:1-5
Woe to those who plot wickedness and plan evil even on their beds! When morning comes they do it, as soon as it is within their reach. If they covet fields, they seize them. Do they like houses? They take them. They seize the owner and his household, both the man and his property. This is why Yahweh speaks, "I am plotting evil against this whole brood, from which your necks cannot escape. No more shall you walk with head held high for it will be an evil time." On that day they will sing a taunting song against you and a bitter lamentation will be heard, "We have been stripped of our property in our homeland. Who will free us from the wicked who allots our fields." Truly, no one will be found in the assembly of Yahweh to keep a field for you.

MATTHEW 12:14-21
Then the Pharisees went out, and made plans to get rid of Jesus. As Jesus was aware of their plans, he left that place. Many people followed him, and he cured all who were sick. Then he gave them strict orders not to make him known. In this way Isaiah's prophecy was fulfilled: Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, and with whom I am pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him and he will announce my judgment to the nations. He will not argue or shout, nor will his voice be heard in the streets. The bruised reed he will not crush, nor snuff out the smoldering wick. He will persist until justice is made victorious, and in him all the nations will put their hope.

Jesus encountered so many conflicts with the Pharisees regarding the Sabbath. The religious obligations or rituals became quite a burden for those searching for God. Evidently, the Pharisees were blinded spiritually.

God doesn't see our practice of church rituals to be as important as what is in our hearts, in what we do and why we do things for Him. We can be busy attending novenas and praying our rosaries but when we turn a blind eye to our fellow community members in their time of need, it almost erases all good intended.

Yet, church activities and rituals like daily prayers and reflections are most important in putting us in perspective with God. How many times do we find ourselves believing that our assumptions about a person or an event are true? And when we beg for God's graces to see and reflect on it through His Eyes we realize that our assumptions were wrong. This change in mindset should be very humbling. Only with God's graces can we learn to grow and embrace it lovingly and willingly.

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: Apollo U. Jimenez
- Birthday: Victor C. Filart Jr.
- Birthday: Susan Dee Chua
- In Memoriam (+): Rosa L. De Jesus
… 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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