Thursday, August 01, 2013



AUGUST 2, 2013

Lev 23:1,4-11,15-16,27,34-37 / Ps 81: 3-4. 5-6. 10-11ab / Mt 13:54-58

Leviticus 23:1,4-11,15-16,27,34-37
Yahweh spoke to Moses, Then there are the appointed feasts of Yahweh at the times fixed for them, when you are to proclaim holy assemblies. At twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month is Yahweh's Passover. And on the fifteenth day of this month it is Yahweh's feast of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you shall eat bread with- out leaven. On the first day there will be a sacred assembly and no work of a worker shall be done. For seven days you shall present an offering by fire to Yahweh and on the seventh day you shall hold a sacred assembly and do no work of a worker." Yahweh spoke to Moses and said, "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: When you enter the land that I will give you and you reap its harvest, you will bring to the priest a sheaf, the firstfruits of your harvest and he shall wave the sheaf before Yahweh for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. From the day after the sabbath, on which you bring the sheaf of offering, you are to count seven full weeks. The day after the seventh sabbath will be the fiftieth day and then you are to offer Yahweh a new offering. "The tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. You are to hold a sacred assembly. You must fast, and you must offer a burnt offering to Yahweh. "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of Tents for Yahweh, lasting seven days. The first day you shall hold an assembly; you must do no work of a worker. For seven days you must offer a burnt offering to Yahweh. On the eighth day you are to hold a sacred assembly and you must offer a burnt offering to Yahweh. It is a day of solemn assembly in which you shall do no work of a worker. These are the appointed feasts of Yahweh in which you are to proclaim holy assemblies for the purpose of offering offerings by fire, burnt offerings, grain offerings and drink offerings to Yahweh, according to the ritual of each day,

Matthew 13:54-58
He went to his hometown and taught the people in their synagogue. They were amazed and said, "Where did he get this wisdom and these special powers? Isn't he the carpenter's son? Isn't Mary his mother and aren't James, Joseph, Simon and Judas his brothers? Aren't all his sisters living here? How did he get all this?" And so they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, "The only place where prophets are not welcome is their hometown and in their own family." And he did not perform many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

Peter Faber was one of the first companions of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. He was also the first one to be ordained priest from among the first companions. From the book Jesuit Saints and Martyrs, one can read that Peter Faber was born of poor parents from Villaret, Savoy in France. He worked taking care of flocks of sheep even at a young age. This prevented him from studying and learning in regular schools. Eventually, his parents allowed him to study. While attending College of Sainte Barbe doing Philosophy and Theology, he met Francis Xavier and Ignatius Loyola. These three became the moving force of the Society of Jesus. Peter Faber became the most gifted director of the Spiritual Exercises. He was known to be hard on himself but gentle on others whom he brought closer to Jesus.

Bl. Peter Faber gave us reasons to pursue knowledge in order to serve God better. His love for the Church moved him to follow the call to be a priest. How could we show our love for the Church in our everyday life? How can we help others grow closer to Jesus while in our homes or offices? Often times we are challenged to say a word or two in defense of the Sacraments or what the Church has taught us. Are we inclined to rise up to the challenge or do we just keep quiet? Let us join Bl. Peter in his prayer, "Show, O Lord, Thy ways to me, and teach me Thy paths. Direct me in Thy truth, and teach me; for Thou art my God, my Savior."

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Araceli Vizcayda
- William Etchison, Etchison family, Guill family, Jimenez family
- Joy Droke
… for the personal intentions of
- Beny Chua
- Netta, Herb, Benny, Mary Ann M, Randy, Denise, Debbie, Jo, Delores, Jean P, Eugene R, Vita, Mary Ann R & Fr Larry
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Cesar Rabuya
- Dick Ng
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: Angel Salvador
- Birthday: Edgardo Jimenez
- Thanksgiving: Mercenario, Norene & Nicole
- In Memoriam (+): Camilo B. Austria
… 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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