Thursday, July 11, 2013
FRIDAY 14TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
FRIDAY 14TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
Gen 46:1-7,28-30 / Ps 37: 3-4. 18-19. 27-28. 39-40 / Mt 10:16-23
Israel left with all he owned and reached Beersheba where he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. God spoke to Israel in visions that he had during the night, "Jacob! Jacob!" "Here I am," he said. "I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go to Egypt, for there I will make you into a great nation. I will go with you to Egypt and I will bring you back again and Joseph's hand will close your eyes." Jacob left Beersheba and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father with their little children and their wives in the wagons that Joseph had sent to fetch him. They also took their flocks and all that they had acquired in Canaan. And so it was that Jacob came to Egypt and with him all his family, his sons and his grandsons, his daughters and his grand- daughters, in short all his children he took with him to Egypt. Jacob sent Judah ahead to let Joseph know he was coming and that he would soon arrive in the land of Goshen. Joseph got his chariot ready in order to meet Israel his father in Goshen. He presented himself, threw his arms around his father and wept on his shoulder for a long time. Israel said to Joseph, "Now I can die, for I have seen your face and know you are alive."
Look, I send you out like sheep among wolves. You must be as clever as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard with people, for they will hand you over to their courts, and they will flog you in their synagogues. You will be brought to trial before rulers and kings because of me, so you may witness to them and the pagans. But when you are arrested, do not worry about what you are to say, or how you are to say it; when the hour comes, you will be given what you are to say. For it is not you who will speak, but the Spirit of your Father in you. Brother will hand over brother to death, and a father his child; children will turn against parents and have them put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me, but whoever stands firm to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next. I assure you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
Today's readings deal with the theme of trust in the Lord. In the first reading, God appears to Jacob in a dream telling him not to be afraid about going to Egypt with his entire family assuring him that He will be with him.
In the gospel, Jesus commissions his disciples to go and preach the Good News without considering the possible consequences that might befall on them. Further, Jesus admonishes them not to worry about what to say when they get arrested, and to expect that conditions will indeed be bleak as brother turns against brother, and family against members of their own.
However, as we know, Jacob's journey becomes successful for he gets to meet his son Joseph whom he thought was dead. Also, we have the assurance of Jesus that "you will not have gone through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes."
In our lives, to what extent do we trust in the Lord? To what extent do we fulfill the mission that has been given to us in the sacraments of baptism and confirmation? To what extent do we live our lives witnessing our Holy Communion with the Lord?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Luding Grindulo
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
- Dulce Carina O. Purugganan, Ramon Alfonso B. Ereneta
- Alice Neumayier, Arnold Fessler, Mary Pattee
… for the personal intentions of
- Beny Chua
- Grindulo family
- Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo, Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo, Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Rowena Lacida-Yap, Rodney Lacida, Ernesto Apacible, Pete Guirao
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: Ethan Gabriel Yu Ampil
- Wedding Anniversary: Charlie & Carolyn Co Chan Buenavista
- Presbyterial Ordination: Fr. Peter Chung, S.J.
… 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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