Monday, July 15, 2013
MEMORIAL, OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
JULY 16, 2013
MEMORIAL, OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
TUESDAY 15TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
Ex 2:1-15 / Ps 69: 3. 14. 30-31. 33-34 / Mt 11:20-24
Now a man belonging to the clan of Levi married a woman of his own tribe. She gave birth to a boy and, seeing that he was a beautiful child, she kept him hidden for three months. As she could not conceal him any longer, she made a basket out of papyrus leaves and coated it with tar and pitch. She then laid the child in the basket and placed it among the reeds near the bank of the Nile; but the sister of the child kept at a distance to see what would happen to him. Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe in the Nile; her attendants meanwhile walked along the bank. When she saw the basket among the reeds, she sent her maid-servant to fetch it. She opened the basket and saw the child—a boy, and he was crying! She felt sorry for him, for she thought: "This is one of the Hebrew children." Then the sister of the child said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?" Pharaoh's daughter agreed, and the girl went to call the mother of the child. Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take the child and nurse him for me and I will pay you." So the woman took the child and nursed him and, when the child had grown, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter who adopted him as her son. And she named him Moses to recall that she had drawn him out of the water. After a fairly long time, Moses, by now a grown man, wanted to meet his fellow Hebrews. He noticed how heavily they were burdened and he saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, one of his own people. He looked around and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. When he went out the next day he saw two Hebrews quarreling. Moses said to the man in the wrong, "Why are you striking a fellow countryman?" But he answered, "Who has set you prince and judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?" Moses was afraid and thought, "What I did must be known." When Pharaoh heard about it he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in the land of Midian. There he sat down by a well.
Then Jesus began to denounce the cities, in which he had performed most of his miracles, because the people there did not change their ways. "Alas for you Chorazin and Bethsaida! If the miracles worked in you had taken place in Tyre and Sidon, the people there would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I assure you, for Tyre and Sidon it will be more bearable on the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to heaven? You will be thrown down to the place of the dead! For if the miracles which were performed in you had taken place in Sodom, it would still be there today! But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you."
We all know what happened in Sodom, a city so wicked that God had to show His justice in a most spectacular manner by destroying it. The sins connected with the destruction of Sodom were mainly those of lust. The sins of the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum were those of rejection of God. They did not believe in Jesus despite all his numerous miracles and teachings. During that time, sorcery was a capital offense punishable by death. Those were the constant charges against Jesus. So Jesus was giving them fair warning to repent, mend their evil ways and believe. Their sin of rejection was greater than that of Sodom, to be reckoned with harshly on judgment day. It was the sin against the first and the greatest commandment.
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a very special feast for Catholics who have chosen to consecrate themselves to Mary by wearing the Brown Scapular. Saint Simon Stock of the Carmelite Order had a vision of the Blessed Virgin who handed him the Brown Scapular, promising salvation to those who wear it. Our Lady is the one who most surely points us to Christ and is the model of interior life.
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
- Marquez family
- Beny Chua
… 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: Arnel Hernandez
- In Memoriam (+): Lim Giok Chat (1906-1987)
- In Memoriam (+): Geronimo Z. Velasco (Oct 6, 1927 - Jul 16, 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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