Friday, June 28, 2013
SATURDAY 12TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
JUNE 29, 2013
SOLEMNITY, SAINTS PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES
SATURDAY 12TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
Gen 18:1-15 / Ps 19: 2-3. 4-5 / Mt 8:5-17
Yahweh appeared to Abraham near the oak of Mamre. Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent, in the heat of the day, when he looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them he ran from the entrance of the tent to meet them. He bowed to the ground and said, "My Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass your servant by. Let a little water be brought. Wash your feet and then rest under the trees. I shall fetch some bread so that you can be refreshed and continue on your way, since you have come to your servant." They then said, "Do as you say." Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah and said to her, "Quick, take three measures of flour, knead it and make cakes." Abraham then ran to the herd, took a fine, tender calf, gave it to the servant who hurried to prepare it. He took butter and milk and together with the calf he had prepared laid it all before them. And while he remained standing, they ate. They then asked, "Where is Sarah, your wife?" Abraham answered, "She is in the tent." And the visitor said, "At this same time next year I will return and Sarah by then will have a son." Now Sarah was behind him, listening at the entrance to the tent. Abraham and Sarah were old, well on in years, and Sarah no longer had her monthly periods. Sarah laughed to herself saying, "Now that I am old and worn and my husband is an old man, am I to have this pleasure?" Yahweh said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying: `Am I really going to have a child now that I am old?' Is there anything that is impossible for God? At this same time next year I will return and Sarah by then will have a son." Sarah denied saying, "I did not laugh," for she was afraid. But he said, "You did laugh."
When Jesus entered Capernaum, an army captain approached him to ask his help, "Sir, my servant lies sick at home. He is paralyzed and suffers terribly." Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." The captain answered, "I am not worthy to have you under my roof. Just give an order and my boy will be healed. For I myself, a junior officer, give orders to my soldiers. And if I say to one, `Go!' he goes; and if I say to another, `Come!' he comes; and if I say to my servant, `Do this!' he does it." When Jesus heard this he was astonished, and said to those who were following him, "I tell you, I have not found such faith in Israel. I say to you, many will come from east and west and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob at the feast in the kingdom of heaven; but the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown out into the darkness; there they will wail and grind their teeth." Then Jesus said to the captain, "Go home now. As you believed, so let it be." And at that moment his servant was healed. Jesus went to Peter's house and found Peter's mother-in-law in bed with fever. He took her by the hand and the fever left her; she got up and began to wait on him. Towards evening they brought to Jesus many possessed by evil spirits, and with a word he drove out the spirits. He also healed all who were sick. In doing this he fulfilled what was said by the prophet Isaiah: He bore our infirmities and took on himself our diseases.
Genesis reveals that Abraham exercised his hospitable manner to welcome unknown guests. He met the mysterious visitors, offered them water and ordered his servants to prepare a meal for them, not knowing that he was serving Yahweh. Out of gratitude and generosity, the guests gave a prophecy: a child will be born to his wife Sarah who was advancing in age.
In our gospel reading, we have two healing narratives: the intercession of a centurion for the healing of his servant in his home, and the healing of Peter's mother-in-law. After she was cured, Peter's mother-in-law served Jesus. But our interest is on the centurion, a non-Jew who expressed deep faith and belief. In recognition of the centurion's faith, Jesus says, "Go...as you believe, so let it be!"
Peter the Apostle and Paul of Tarsus are great pillars of the Church whose feast day we celebrate today. We pray: O St. Peter, for your spontaneity in expressing yourself, help us to overcome our doubtfulness, our disregard for ideas shared by others. Grant us the enthusiasm to offer `our boat' for Jesus in missions like you did as the first Pope. O St. Paul of Tarsus, help us to be open to our own Damascus journey so that we may personally encounter our Blessed Lord Jesus. Grant that in our zeal, we may find the one true source of zeal in Jesus whose love for Abba and His will was so compelling even unto death. May your will, O Abba, be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Is there anything impossible with our God?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Nestor Nunag
- Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
- Renato Calleja
… In Memoriam:
- Arnold Allan V. Cabatingan
- Carina Corazon A. Deniega
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Ramon Torres, Pilar David, and Alejandro Lecaros
- Joyce Alba
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: Rody G. Bagabaldo
- Birthday: Kenneth L. Yao
- Prayer Intention: Neo Catechumenal Communities
- In Memoriam (+): National Scientist Perla Santos Ocampo
- In Memoriam (+): Mary Elizabeth L. Yu (Oct 30, 1935 - Jun 29, 1999)
… 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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