Monday, June 30, 2014
Tuesday 13th Week in Ordinary Time
Tuesday 13th Week in Ordinary Time
Amos 3: 1-8, 4:11-12 / Ps 5:4b-6a, 6b-7, 8 / Mt 8: 23-27
Reading: Amos 3:1-8, 4:11-12
Hear this word which Yahweh speaks against you, people of Israel, against the whole family which he brought up from the land of Egypt. "Only you have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will call you to account for all your wrongdoings." Do two walk together unless they have agreed? Does a lion roar in the forest when it has no prey? Does a young lion growl in its den unless it has seized something? Does a bird get caught in a snare if the snare has not been baited? Does a tiger spring up from the ground unless it has caught something? If a trumpet sounds in a city, will the people not be frightened? If disaster strikes a city, has not Yahweh caused it? Yet Yahweh does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants, the prophets. If the lion roars, who will not be afraid? If Yahweh speaks, who will not prophesy? "I overthrew you, a divine punishment, as happened to Sodom and Gomorrah; you were like a brand snatched from the blaze, yet you never returned to me," says Yahweh. "Therefore I will deal with you in my own way, Israel, and since I will do this to you, prepare, Israel, to meet your God!"
Gospel: Matthew 8:23-27
Jesus got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning a fierce storm hit the lake, with waves sweeping the boat. But Jesus was asleep. They woke him and cried, "Lord save us! We are lost!" But Jesus answered, "Why are you so afraid, you of little faith?" Then he stood up and ordered the wind and sea; and it became completely calm. The people were astonished. They said, "What kind of man is he? Even the winds and the sea obey him."
The unique history of Israel reveals a people chosen by God, that through their heritage, the plan of salvation for all mankind will be fulfilled. Clearly though, as in the first reading, this divine privilege carries and imposes moral obligations of which Israel has been negligent. Yet God does not withdraw His choice of Israel as His Chosen People. He chooses a remnant and that is where the New Testament comes in.
Jesus, Son of God, is born into our world, but his divinity is veiled since he assumes our human form. In the Gospel, however, he shows his divine power over nature and this astounds his disciples. They are in a boat when a storm breaks out and the disciples fear for their lives.
Does this experience sound familiar? Why is our faith often shaken in amidst difficulties / sicknesses or even death? Partly because amidst things we cannot control, we doubt the love of God. This happens despite all the miracles we have experienced in our lives. We easily forget the promise of Jesus to be with those who believe in him. Nonetheless, Jesus rebukes the wind and calms the storm for the sake of his disciples, as he continues to do so for us in our times of need.
Let us constantly pray for faith and trust in Jesus. And let us not forget to thank him for the many times he has come to our aid. Jesus loves us. This we can be sure of.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing - Nixie
... for world peace and reconciliation
... for the birthday intentions of Napoleon Co, Zeny Ong, Julie Miano
... for the repose of the souls of Estrella de Veyra Unson (in loving memory), Ofelia de Veyra, Emelinda Yabut Tagasa,
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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