Friday, August 03, 2012



AUGUST 4, 2012

Jer 26:11-16, 24 / Mt 14:1-12

JEREMIAH 26:11-16, 24
Then the priests and the prophets said to the leaders of the people: "This man must die for he has spoken against the city as you have heard with your own ears!" Jeremiah replied, "I have been sent by Yahweh to prophesy against this House and this city all that you have heard. Hence, reform your ways and your deeds and obey Yahweh your God that he may change his mind and not bring upon you the destruction he had intended. As for me I am in your hands; do with me whatever you consider just and right. But know that I am innocent and if you take my life you commit a crime that is a curse on yourselves, on the city and the people. In truth it was Yahweh who sent me to say all that I said in your hearing." Then the leaders, backed by the people, said to the priests and the prophets, "This man does not deserve death; he spoke to us in the Name of Yahweh." As for Jeremiah he was befriended by Ahikam, son of Shaphan, and was not handed over to those who wanted him put to death.

MATTHEW 14:1-12
At that time the news about Jesus reached king Herod. And he said to his servants, "This man is John the Baptist. John has risen from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him." Herod had, in fact, ordered that John be arrested, bound in chains and put in prison, because of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip. For John had said to Herod, "It is not right for you to have her as your wife." Herod wanted to kill John but he did not dare, because he feared the people, who regarded John as a prophet. On Herod's birthday the daughter of Herodias danced among the guests; she so delighted Herod that he promised under oath to give her anything she asked for. The girl, following the advice of her mother, said, "Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a dish." The king was very displeased, but because he had made this promise under oath in the presence of his guests, he ordered it to be given to her. So he had John beheaded in prison, and his head brought on a dish and given to the girl. The girl then took it to her mother. Then John's disciples came and took his body and buried it. Then they went away to bring the news to Jesus.

John paid the price for speaking the truth without fear. This is something that we are all called to do, though probably in less dramatic ways. We should speak up against injustice and wrongdoing wherever we see it, even if this earns us hostility and unpopularity. In this we are imitating not only John the Baptist but also Jesus himself, who was put to death for speaking the truth; and we can be sure that Jesus will be with us as we try to be his ambassadors in a world that is often hostile to Christian values.

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
- Elean Flores
- Gabriel C. Blanco
- Cipriano Maribojoc
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Mon Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Tito Oreta
- Leo
… for the personal intentions of
- Andrew
- Dr Ugonna Anyaugo; Ogechi Anyaugo; Barr Obinna Okoronkwo; Barr (Mrs)Barbs Adaugo Okoronkwo; Eng Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo; Mr.Chuba Anyaugo; Cordelia Anyaugo, Ifeanyi Anyaugo and Obinna Okoronkwo
- Nze and Lolo Collins Amadi and family , Mrs Cordelia Onwuka and family
- Ramon S. Fecundo, Conchita S. Fecundo, Fecundo Family, Bukas Family
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Sincera Barba
- Birthday: Olivia A. Ferry
- In Memoriam (+): Rolando S. Go
- In Memoriam (+): Chuck Bonchin
… 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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