Friday, July 11, 2014
Saturday 14th Week in Ordinary Time
Saturday 14th Week in Ordinary Time
Is 6: 1-8 / Ps 93: 1ab, 1cd-2, 5/ Mt 10: 24-33
Reading: Is 6: 1-8
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted; the train of his robe filled the Temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: two to cover the face, two to cover the feet, and two to fly with. They were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is Yahweh Sabaoth. All the earth is filled with his Glory!" At the sound of their voices the foundations of the threshold shook and the Temple was filled with smoke. I said, "Poor me! I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips living among a people of unclean lips, and yet I have seen the King, Yahweh Sabaoth." Then one of the seraphs flew to me; in his hands was a live coal which he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth with it and said, "See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin is forgiven." Then I heard the voice of the Lord, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" I answered, "Here I am. Send me!"
Gospel: Matthew 10:24-33
A student is not above his teacher, or a slave above his master. A student should be glad to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If the head of the family has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of the family! So, do not be afraid of them. There is nothing covered that will not be uncovered, and nothing hidden that will not be made known. What I am telling you in the dark, you must speak in the light. What you hear in private, proclaim from the housetops. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but have no power to kill the soul. Rather be afraid of him who can destroy both body and soul in hell. For only a few cents you can buy two sparrows, yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father's consent. As for you, every hair of your head has been counted. So do not be afraid: you are worth much more than many sparrows. Whoever acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven. Whoever rejects me before others I will reject before my Father in heaven
Bearing witness to the gospel is becoming increasingly difficult. The assault of false values in media, skewed political landscapes and the culture of greed is hard to stave off, armed with only the teachings of a man who lived over 2,000 years ago. It's easy to get swept up in the rat race and set sights on worldly treasures. Yet even now, that same man offers his words to sustain us in the battle against worldliness.
"Do not be afraid," Jesus assures us, as he urges us to proclaim the truths of the Gospel in our lives, despite threats of unpopularity, rejection and downright attack. Given the choice to advance our career at the expense of a colleague's, would we take it? Would we grab the opportunity to make a few extra pesos if the tradeoff was our dignity or morals? Would we take shortcuts and lie, steal or cheat our way up the ladder of "success"? It's easy to do so, but Jesus warns, "Nothing hidden will not be made known."
For those who set sights on spiritual merit rather than material comforts, our Lord promises his steadfastness and salvation. There is no need to fear or be ashamed of when we speak the truth and live in the light.
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
... 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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