Sunday, July 21, 2013
MEMORIAL, SAINT MARY MAGDALENE
MEMORIAL, SAINT MARY MAGDALENE
MONDAY 16TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
Ex 14:5-18 / Mt 12:38-42
Exodus 14: 5-18
The king of Egypt was told that the people had fled; then Pharaoh and his ministers changed their minds with regard to the people. "What have we done," they said, "in allowing Israel to go and be free of our service?" Pharaoh prepared his chariot and took his army with him. There were six hundred of his best chariots; indeed he took all the Egyptian chariots, each one with his warriors. Yahweh had hardened the mind of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who set out in pursuit of the Israelites as they marched forth triumphantly. The Egyptians—all the chariots and horses of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army—gave chase and caught up with them when they had encamped by the sea near Pihahiroth, facing Baalzephon. The Israelites saw the Egyptians marching after them: Pharaoh was drawing near. They were terrified and cried out to Yahweh. Then they said to Moses, "Were there no tombs in Egypt? Why have you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done by bringing us out of Egypt? Isn't this what we said when we were in Egypt: Let us work for the Egyptians. Far better serve Egypt than to die in the desert!" Moses said to the people, "Have no fear! Stay where you are and see the work Yahweh will do to save you today. The Egyptians whom you see today, you will never see again! Yahweh will fight for you and all you have to do is to keep still." Yahweh said to Moses, "Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward. You will raise your staff and stretch your hand over the sea and divide it to let the Israelites go dryfoot through the sea. I will so harden the minds of the Egyptians that they will follow you. And I will have glory at the expense of Pharaoh, his army, his chariots and horsemen. The Egyptians will know that I am Yahweh when I gain glory for myself at the cost of Pharaoh and his army!"
Then some teachers of the Law and some Pharisees spoke up, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from you." Jesus answered them, "An evil and unfaithful people want a sign, but no sign will be given them except the sign of the prophet Jonah. In the same way that Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of Man spend three days and three nights in the depths of the earth. At the judgment, the people of Nineveh will rise with this generation and condemn it, because they reformed their lives at the preaching of Jonah, and here there is greater than Jonah. At the judgment, the Queen of the South will stand up and condemn you. She came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon, and here there is greater than Solomon.
In the first reading, the people experience their first spiritual battle when their faith is tested. They are liberated from slavery in Egypt, and yet, instead of putting their trust in the Lord, they are torn between being oppressed and dying in the desert.
When we are made to choose between two situations that are equally unpleasant, many times we would rather remain in our current circumstances than take a leap of faith. Having already been set free from sin by our Lord, we still choose to be pulled into it by its pleasures and attractive sights. Our temptations often get the better of us and we give in to our earthly desires. Let us remember that these are just challenges that test our faith. We have to be constant in prayer and strong in resisting temptation by keeping our focus on the Lord.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the personal intentions of Eric
… for the personal intentions of
- Anabelle Alves
- Louie Gonzalez
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Severo Pacheco
- Nickaela Regina Lucena
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.
- Wedding Anniversary: Raymund & Julie Chua
- In Memoriam (+): Julian Uy Jr.(Oct 5, 1945 - Jul 22. 2002)
- In Memoriam (+): Jose C. Maristela (Feb 4, 1916 - Jul 22, 1976)
… 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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