Wednesday, August 08, 2012
THURSDAY 18TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
THURSDAY 18TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
MEMORIAL, SAINT TERESA BENEDICTA OF THE CROSS
Jer 31:31-34 / Mt 16:13-23
The time is coming—it is Yahweh who speaks—when I will forge a new covenant with the people of Israel and the people of Judah. It will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and led them out of Egypt. For they broke my covenant although I was their Lord. This is the covenant I shall make with Israel after that time: I will put my Law within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God and they will be my people. And they will not have to teach each other, neighbor or brother, saying: `Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the greatest to the lowliest, for I will forgive their wrongdoing and no longer remember their sin."
After that, Jesus came to Caesarea Philippi. He asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" They said, "For some of them you are John the Baptist, for others Elijah, or Jeremiah, or one of the prophets." Jesus asked them, "But you, who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Jesus replied, "It is well for you, Simon Barjona, for it is not flesh or blood that has revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And now I say to you: You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church; and never will the powers of death overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you unbind on earth shall be unbound in heaven." Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ. From that day Jesus began to make it clear to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem; that he would suffer many things from the Jewish authorities, the chief priests and the teachers of the Law; and that he would be killed and be raised on the third day. Then Peter took him aside and began to reproach him, "Never, Lord! No, this must never happen to you!" But Jesus turned to him and said, "Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my path. You are thinking not as God does, but as people do."
Today's first reading is one of the most beautiful revelations of who our God is. Our God wants us to be very personal with Him. Who is He to us? Our dealings with Him will depend on this. Perhaps our view of God is like a window – no matter how brightly the sun shines outside, the light that is allowed to shine into the room will depend on the size of the window.
But if we answer in the same way Peter did, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God," this means that we know him; with all our senses, we feel his presence. The letter to the Romans says that if we confess with our lips and believe in our hearts that Jesus Christ is Lord, then we are changed by God. He in turn tells us "Blessed are you – for it is the Father that reveals this reality to you."
Let us wholeheartedly confess to Jesus that he is our Lord, his presence surrounds us, his Lordship encompasses us, his power overwhelms us, and we bow down and adore him. He is the Holy God. We are indeed transformed in His presence.
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
- Lois Lussier, Shirley Weber
- Mon Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Tito Oreta
- Elean Flores
… for the personal intentions of
- Donna V
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Alberto Almoroto. Eternal rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Dorothy Hwan Sy
- Birthday: Lourdes B. Barreto
- Birthday: Dr. Grace Pasigan
- Birthday: Florido P. Casuela
… 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.
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