Sunday, July 13, 2014
Monday 15th Week in Ordinary Time
Monday 15th Week in Ordinary Time
[St. Kateri Tekakwitha]
Is 1: 10-17 / Ps 50: 8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23 / Mt 10: 34 - 11: 1
Reading: Is 1: 10-17
1Hear the warning of Yahweh, rulers of Sodom. Listen to the word of God, people of Gomorrah." "What do I care," says Yahweh "for your endless sacrifices? I am fed up with your burnt offerings, and the fat of your bulls. The blood of fatlings, and lambs and he-goats I abhor. When you come before me and trample on my courts, who asked you to visit me? I am fed up with your oblations. I grow sick with your incense. Your New Moons, Sabbaths and meetings, evil with holy assemblies, I can no longer bear. I hate your New Moons and appointed feasts they burden me. When you stretch out your hands I will close my eyes; the more you pray, the more I refuse to listen, for your hands are bloody. Wash and make yourselves clean. Remove from my sight the evil of your deeds. Put an end to your wickedness and learn to do good. Seek justice and keep in line the abusers; give the fatherless their rights and defend the widow."
Gospel: Matthew 10: 34-11:1
Do not think that I have come to establish peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father and daughter against her mother; a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Each one will have as enemies those of one's own family. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take up his cross and come after me is not worthy of me. One who wants to benefit from his life will lose it; one who loses his life for my sake will find it. Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes him who sent me. The one who welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive the reward of a prophet; the one who welcomes a just man because he is a just man will receive the reward of a just man. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones, because he is a disciple of mine, I assure you, he will not go unrewarded." When Jesus had finished giving his twelve disciples these instructions, he went on from there to teach and to proclaim his message in their towns.
Prophets condemn outward sacrifices that do not express true worship of God. Sacrifices were required by the law of God. If not done with proper dispositions, they are unacceptable to the most high.
How often does our Lord question our daily masses - how devoted we are and how we never miss a daily mass to meet our friends and chat with them in church. But it is after the mass that our piety is tested. How do we treat our household helpers? Do we give them proper wage? Do we treat them as our brothers and sisters? Do we really give to those who are in need? Do we join church celebrations or follow certain devotions, are we doing it to show that we are good and pious and prayerful? Are we doing it to cover up our injustices and to clear our conscience? These are soul-searching questions that need true and honest answers before the Lord.
We are exhorted to feel sorry for these sins of omission or commission to wash ourselves clean, to seek justice, to act with fairness, to do good, to live with sincerity and "to walk humbly with our God" as the prophet Micah declares.
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
... for birthday intentions - Rolly Cabral
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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