Wednesday, July 03, 2013



JULY 4, 2013

Gen 22:1-19 / Ps 115: 1-2. 3-4. 5-6. 8-9 / Mt 9:1-8

Genesis 22:1-19
Sometime later God tested Abraham and said to him, "Abraham!" And he answered, "Here I am." Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I shall point out to you." Abraham rose early next morning and saddled his donkey and took with him two of his young men and his son Isaac. He chopped wood for the burnt offering and set out for the place to which God had directed him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance, and he said to the young men, "Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go over there to worship and then we will come back to you." Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. He carried in his hand the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke to Abraham, his father, "Father!" And Abraham replied, "Yes, my son?" Isaac said, "The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for the sacrifice?" Abraham replied, "God himself will provide the lamb for the sacrifice." They went on, the two of them together, until they came to the place to which God had directed them. When Abraham had built the altar and set the wood on it, he bound his son Isaac and laid him on the wood placed on the altar. He then stretched out his hand to seize the knife and slay his son. But the Angel of Yahweh called to him from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." "Do not lay your hand on the boy; do not harm him, for now I know that you fear God, and you have not held back from me your only son." Abraham looked around and saw behind him a ram caught by its horns in a bush. He offered it as a burnt offering in place of his son. Abraham named the place `The Lord will provide.' And the saying has lasted to this day. And the Angel of Yahweh called from heaven a second time, "By myself I have sworn, it is Yahweh who speaks, because you have done this and not held back your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the lands of their enemies. All the nations of the earth will be blessed through your descendants because you have obeyed me." So Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba and it was there that Abraham stayed.

Matthew 9:1-8
Jesus got back into the boat, crossed the lake again, and came to his hometown. Here they brought a paralyzed man to him, lying on a bed. Jesus saw their faith and said to the paralytic, "Courage, my son! Your sins are forgiven." Then some teachers of the Law said within themselves, "This man insults God." Jesus was aware of what they were thinking, and said, "Why have you such evil thoughts? Which is easier to say: `Your sins are forgiven' or `Stand up and walk'? You must know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." He then said to the paralyzed man, "Stand up! Take your stretcher and go home." The man got up, and went home. When the crowds saw this, they were filled with awe, and praised God for giving such power to human beings.

Jesus saw the faith of the men carrying the paralyzed man lying on a cot, and with great compassion and despite the hostility and `evil thoughts' of his staunchest enemies (the teachers of the Law), he worked a miracle on the young man.

The paralytic was cured not only because he believed in Jesus but also because the men who brought him had great faith. When we are trying to help others, Jesus considers our faith and kindness for the benefit of the recipient and he acts to help all of us.

The teachers of the Law accused Jesus of blasphemy. These arrogant Jewish religious leaders did this at every opportunity. If Jesus healed a man on a Sabbath, they rebuked him. Jesus gave common sense answers, but the leaders wouldn't accept them. The `educated' leaders remained in their ignorance and sin while the poor and `uneducated' were amazed and were full of joy, praising God for giving such power to human beings.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Eric
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Father Al Gasher, Arnold Fessler
- Flora Tong
- Jo, Debbie, Gene L, Mary Ann M, Cheryl, Fr Larry
- Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
- Baby Marijke Hope
… 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 Elizabeth Lim. 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: Sharon Pasumbal
- Birthday: Zacarias E. Gallardo Jr.
- Birthday: Pasencia Siy Tan
- Birthday: Philip Go Sy
- Birthday: Irene Caling-Pelino
- Thanksgiving: Doris Tan & Family
- In Memoriam (+): Geminiano Ong Acero (Sep 16, 1904 - Jul 4, 1977)
- In Memoriam (+): Matthew Patrick C. Sy
… 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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