Sunday, July 14, 2013
MONDAY 15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
JULY 15, 2013
MEMORIAL, SAINT BONAVENTURE, BISHOP AND DOCTOR
MONDAY 15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
Ex 1:8-14,22 / Ps 124: 1b-3. 4-6. 7-8 / Mt 10:34—11:1
Then a new king who had not known Joseph came to power and said to his people, "The Israelites are more numerous and stronger than we are. Let us deal warily with them lest they increase still more and, in case of war, side with our enemy, fight against us and escape from the land." So they set task - masters over them to oppress them with forced labor. In that way they built the storage towns of Pithom and Rameses. But the more they op- pressed the Hebrews the more they increased and spread, until the Egyptians dreaded the Israelites and became ruthless in making them work. They made life bitter for them in hard labor with bricks and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields. In all their work the Egyptians treated them harshly. Pharaoh then gave this order to all the people: "Every infant boy born to the Hebrews must be thrown into the Nile, but every girl may live."
Do not think that I have come to establish peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Each one will have as enemies those of one's own family. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take up his cross and come after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes him who sent me. The one who welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive the reward of a prophet; the one who welcomes a just man, because he is a just man, will receive the reward of a just man. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones, because he is my disciple, I assure you, he will not go unrewarded." When Jesus had finished giving his twelve disciples these instructions, he went on from there to teach and to proclaim his message in their towns.
Our own personal decision to follow Jesus will bring us face-to-face with struggles from within and without, and both will challenge that decision. Sometimes, even our nearest and dearest friends will not understand, and may even reject us. Even then, our determination to follow Jesus must remain intact. There is no middle road to Jesus. Jesus forces us to make some fundamental and basic options in life. No one can be indifferent to Jesus. We are either for him, or against him. Jesus is the rock against which generations of men and women have clashed, and continue to clash. Whoever does not love Jesus, winds up hating him. Jesus is such a challenge to our pride and love of comfort, that we either love him and hate our selfishness, or we cling to our selfishness and wind up becoming indifferent and opposed to him. This is the biggest cross: our own self-denial, loving Jesus above all things, including our very self.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Alice Neumayier, Arnold Fessler, Mary Pattee
… for the personal intentions of
- Phil Chavez
- Mary Wong
- Ley Anne NaZario Pante
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Teresita San Gabriel, Joselito Noel, Celedonio Panti
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: Carmelo Maria Luza Bautista
- Birthday: 1st Neo Catechumenal Communities MTQ -1975
- Wedding Anniversary: Sylvia & Albert Tan
- In Memoriam (+): Pablo S. Chan
- In Memoriam (+): Soledad Te
… 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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