Monday, July 22, 2013
TUESDAY 16TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
MEMORIAL, SAINT BIRGITTA, RELIGIOUS
TUESDAY 16TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
Ex 14:21-15:1 / Ex 15:8-9, 10, 12, 17 / Mt 12:46-50
Moses stretched his hand over the sea and Yahweh made a strong east wind blow all night and dry up the sea. The waters divided and the sons of Israel went on dry ground through the middle of the sea, with the waters forming a wall to their right and to their left. The Egyptians followed them and all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots and horse- men moved forward in the middle of the sea. It happened that in the morning watch, Yahweh in the pillar of cloud and fire, looked towards the Egyptian camp and threw it into confusion. He so clogged their chariot wheels that they could hardly move. Then the Egyptians said, "Let us flee from the Israelites for Yahweh is fighting for them against Egypt." Then Yahweh said to Moses, "Stretch your hand over the sea and let the waters come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and horsemen." Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. At daybreak the sea returned to its place. As the Egyptians tried to flee, Yahweh swept them into the sea. The waters flowed back and en- gulfed the chariots and horsemen of the whole army of Pharaoh that had followed Israel into the sea. Not one of them escaped. As for the Israelites they went forward on dry ground in the middle of the sea, the waters forming a wall on their right and their left. On that day Yahweh delivered Israel from the power of the Egyptians and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the seashore. They understood what wonders Yahweh had done for them against Egypt, and the people feared Yahweh. They believed in Yahweh and in Moses, his servant. Then Moses and the people sang this song to Yahweh: I will sing to Yahweh, the glorious one, horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.
While Jesus was still talking to the people, his mother and his brothers wanted to speak to him, and they waited outside. So someone said to him, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside; they want to speak with you." Jesus answered, "Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?" Then he pointed to his disciples and said, "Look! Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is for me brother, sister, or mother."
If Mary were just an ordinary woman, she probably would have taken offense to Jesus' comment. This was not the first time that Jesus seemed remiss in giving her the importance as his mother. The first was during the finding of Jesus in the temple when he was twelve. But by now, she understood him and his mission only too well. In this incident, it seems that Jesus was so intent in his mission that he considered Mary's interruption a hindrance to his work. Everything that our Lord did had a reason, a purpose – an instruction. Here he must have been trying to tell us that as Christians, our relationship with God takes priority over that of even the closest earthly family, one of trust and faithfulness. That is why Jesus challenged his followers and even his own family to recognize that God is the true source of all relationships. God wants all of our relationships to be rooted in his love. Christians who live as his disciples enter into a new family, a family of saints here on earth. Jesus changes the order of relationships and shows that true family is not just a matter of flesh and blood. Our adoption as children of God transforms all our relationships and requires a new order of loyalty to God first.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Lawrence Superan
… for the personal intentions of
- Louie Gonzalez
- Frances Marie Gonzalez
- Beny Chua
… 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.
- Birthday: Betsy Go
… 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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