Friday, August 09, 2013
FEAST, SAINT LAWRENCE, DEACON AND MARTYR
FEAST, SAINT LAWRENCE, DEACON AND MARTYR
SATURDAY 18TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
Dt 6:4-13 / Ps 112: 1-2. 5-6. 7-8. 9 / Mt 17:14-20
Listen, Israel: Yahweh, our God, is One Yahweh. And you shall love Yahweh, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength. Engrave on your heart the commandments that I pass on to you today. Repeat them over and over to your children, speak of them when you are at home and when you travel, when you lie down and when you rise. Brand them on your hand as a sign, and keep them always before your eyes. Engrave them on your doorposts and on your city gates. Do not forget Yahweh when he has led you into the land which he promised to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; for he will give you great and prosperous cities which you did not build, houses filled with everything good which you did not provide, wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant. So when you have eaten and have been satisfied, do not forget Yahweh who brought you out from Egypt where you were enslaved. Fear Yahweh, your God, serve him and call on his Name when you have to swear an oath.
When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus, knelt before him and said, "Sir, have pity on my son, who is an epileptic and suffers terribly. He has often fallen into the fire, and at other times into the water. I brought him to your disciples but they could not heal him." Jesus replied, "You faithless and disoriented people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me." And Jesus commanded the evil spirit to leave the boy, and the boy was immediately healed. The disciples then gathered around Jesus and asked him privately, "Why couldn't we drive out the spirit?" Jesus said to them, "Because you have little faith. I say to you: if only you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could tell that mountain to move from here to there, and the mountain would obey. Nothing would be impossible to you.
Three of Jesus' disciples had just come down from the mountain after a mystical experience of the transfiguration, witnessing the vision of God saying "This is my beloved Son, listen to him." Immediately after, their faith was tested with an actual case of the epileptic boy in our gospel today. Notwithstanding that special experience on the mountain and Jesus' opening their minds, the disciples failed to comprehend the whole experience and apply what they had learned. Faith is central to this whole experience, which even the greatest teacher imposed upon us. It can only be learned from a willful decision to respond.
The charismatic movement within the Catholic Church has done wonders to move the `mountains' of our slumbering faith. Yet, it is just the nudge necessary to make us aware of and respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. But when our old ways start creeping in again, these `mountains' remain grounded once more. Faith response requires diligence and commitment to developing a deeper relationship and greater trust in God more than our own capacities and efforts. Prayer becomes more of listening to God and allowing God's will to be our will. This is the effort of emptying ourselves so that we can be filled with the Spirit who molds us through our imitation of Jesus Christ and be enabled to bear much fruit. How have we responded up to this point in our lives? Have we done our part to live up to this faith?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Joy Droke
- Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
… for the personal intentions of Netta, Jo, Luella, Bill, Denise, Debbie, Mary Ann M, Eugene R, Vita, Herb, Benny, Randy, Mary Ann R, Fr Larry & G
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Dick Ng
- Maricar Laquian Santos
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: Bong & Beth Navarro
… 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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