Tuesday, July 02, 2013
TUESDAY 13TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
MEMORIAL, ST. BERNARDINO REALINO, ST. FRANCIS REGIS, ST. FRANCIS JEROME, BLESSED JULIAN MAUNOIR, BLESSED ANTHONY BALDINUCCI, PRIESTS
TUESDAY 13TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
Gen 19:15-29 / Ps 26: 2-3. 9-10. 11-12 / Mt 8:23-27
At daybreak the Angels urged Lot, saying, "Hurry! Take your wife and two daughters who are here, lest they perish because of the sin of the town." As he hesitated, the men took him by the hand and his wife and two daughters with him, because Yahweh had mercy on him. And they led him outside the town. When they were outside, the men said to him, "Flee for your life and don't look back and don't stop anywhere in the plain. Flee to the mountain lest you perish." But Lot replied, "My lords, your servant has found favor with you, and you have shown me great kindness in saving my life. But I cannot flee to the mountains for fear the disaster will overtake me and I die. See, there is a town near enough for me to flee to and it's a small one. Let me flee there: it is very small (that is why the town is called Zoar). So I will be safe." And the angel answered, "I grant you this favor as well by not destroying the town you speak of. But flee fast for I can do nothing until you ar- rive there." The sun had risen on the earth when Lot reached Zoar. Then Yahweh rained on Sodom and Gomorrah burning sulphur out of the heavens from Yahweh, and he completely destroyed those towns and all the valleys and all the in- habitants of the towns and everything that grew there. Lot's wife looked back and she became a pillar of salt. Early next morning Abraham returned to the place where he had stood before Yahweh. He looked towards Sodom and Gomorrah and towards all the land of the valley and he saw smoke rising from the earth like the smoke from a furnace. So when God destroyed the towns of the plain he remembered Abraham and made Lot escape from the catastrophe while he destroyed the cities where Lot had lived.
Jesus got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning a fierce storm hit the lake, with waves sweeping the boat. But Jesus was asleep. They woke him and cried, "Lord save us! We are lost!" But Jesus answered, "Why are you so afraid, you of little faith?" Then he stood up and rebuked the wind and sea; and it became completely calm. The disciples were astonished. They said, "What kind of man is he? Even the winds and the sea obey him."
Jesus' disciples were fishermen and they were used to storms at sea. But, the storm in this story must have been so severe as to cause them to panic. In their panic, they forgot that Jesus was with them in the boat, asleep.
Many times in our lives we experience terrible storms of doubt and fear. So strong that only in the end do we realize that it is only God who can help us - God whom we have forgotten and set aside when things in our life went well. We go our merry ways and only by storms like these can He tap us on our shoulders to say, "Hey, remember me - the God who loves you?" And Jesus rebuked the winds and the sea and there was great calm – the assurance, once again, that all things are possible with God. Isn't it comforting to think that we have a savior that we can call on and trust to calm our storms and bring back peace and contentment into our lives? Many times we're just likely to forget how good God is and how good He has been to us. Our perspective is often so much like that of the disciples who saw the storm but forgot the Savior. We are not immune to fear but we can choose to trust Christ to bring us through any storms we encounter as we follow him.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Elizabeth Lim
- Renato Calleja
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Father Al Gasher, Arnold Fessler
- Flora Tong
… for the personal intentions of 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 soul of 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: Juanita Onglatco
- In Memoriam (+): Elizabeth Prado
- In Memoriam (+): Beatrice Lim Le Hun Co Chan (Dec 23, 1928 - Jul 2, 2007)
… 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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