Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Wednesday 13th Week in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 13th Week in Ordinary Time
Am 5: 14-15, 21-24 / Ps 50:7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 16bc-17 / Mt 8: 28-34
Reading: Am 5: 14-15, 21-24
Seek good and shun evil, that you may live. Then Yahweh, the God of hosts, as you have claimed, will be with you. Hate wickedness and love virtue, and let justice prevail in the courts; perhaps Yahweh, the God of hosts, will take pity on the remnant of Joseph. "I hate, I reject your feasts, I take no pleasure when you assemble to offer me your burnt offerings. Your cereal offerings, I will not accept! Your offerings of fattened beasts, I will not look upon! Away with the noise of your chanting, away with your strumming on harps. But let justice run its course like water, and righteousness be like an ever-flowing river.
Gospel: Matthew 8: 28-34
When Jesus reached Gadara on the other side, he was met by two demoniacs who came out from the tombs. They were so fierce that no one dared to pass that way. Suddenly they shouted, "What do you want with us, you, Son of God? Have you come to torture us before the time?" At some distance away there was a large herd of pigs feeding. So the demons begged him, "If you drive us out, send us into that herd of pigs." Jesus ordered them, "Go." So they left and went into the pigs. The whole herd rushed down the cliff into the lake and drowned. The men in charge of them ran off to the town, where they told the whole story, also what had happened to the men possessed with the demons. Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their area.
In the first reading, Amos invited us to shun evil. Sometimes the more something is prohibited, the more we feel challenged to indulge in it. The commandments of the Lord was not meant to make our life more miserable or to be a "killjoy." The Torah contained guidelines for us to live. To seek the good is to make us live in the peace of the Lord. We should not even consider to be in the company of demons, or in moments of discouragement, give up and seek the evil paths. The evil ways will lead to our ultimate ruin and today's Gospel reading confirms that the demons will perish with the herd of pigs, charging and drowning themselves in the lake. There can be no future, if we desire to keep and harbor evil in our hearts. We should hate wickedness and love virtue so we may be found pleasing in the eyes of God.
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 the wedding intentions - Steven and Joan
... for birthday intentions - Aston K, Trini G, Sr. Maribel
... for special intentions - Beny Chua
... for families who are in need of healing
* Angel Malahacan, Badeth M, Ken D, Don V, Mesh V, Fuen Q, King D
... for world peace and reconciliation
... for eternal repose - Carina Corazon Ayo Deniega, Arnold Allan Victoriano Cabatingan, Virginia Manalang-Katigbak
... for the safety of those who are traveling
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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