Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Wednesday 15th Week in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 15th Week in Ordinary Time
[Our Lady of Mount Carmel]
Is 10: 5-7, 13b-16 / Ps 94: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 14-15 / Mt 11: 25-27
Reading: Is 10: 5-7, 13b-16
Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger, the staff of my fury! Against a godless nation I send him, against a people who provoke my wrath I dispatch him, to plunder and pillage, to tread them down like mud in the streets. But the mind of his king is far from this, his heart harbors other thoughts; what he wants is to destroy, to make an end of all nations. I have moved the frontiers of peoples, I have plundered treasures, I have brought inhabitants down to the dust, I have toppled kings from their thrones. As one reaches into a nest, so my hands have reached into nations' wealth. As one gathers deserted eggs, so have I gathered the riches of the earth. No one flapped a wing or opened its mouth to chirp a protest." Does the axe claim more credit than the man who wields it? Does the saw magnify itself more than the one who uses it? This would be like a rod wielding the man who lifts it up; will those not made of wood, be controlled by the cudgel? Therefore the Lord, Yahweh Sabaoth, is ready to send a wasting sickness upon the king's sturdy warriors. Beneath his plenty, a flame will burn like a consuming fire.
Gospel: Matthew 11: 25-27
On that occasion Jesus said, "Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I praise you, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to simple people. Yes, Father, this is what pleased you. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
The Gospel reading today confirms that the ways of God are not our ways. His priorities are not the same as ours. We strive to rise in stature and this, our parents instilled in us when we were young, and we believe it. While there is nothing wrong with learning and desiring to increase our knowledge and skills, it would be incomplete to just strive for pure knowledge and lose the orientation of why we were created in the first place. WE are creatures of God, and sometimes knowledge, intelligence and human logic can be deadly in the sense that we may fall into the danger of thinking that we are god, or quite near to being god. When man reached the moon, it was an achievement of an impossible dream. With that, man thought he has the power to do anything and everything. With the advancements in science, man may fall into the trap of thinking he is supreme, with control over all the events in his life. That is why when cancer, or uncontrollable natural disasters occur, it is good because we are put into our rightful place - creatures of God. That is why the mysteries of the Gospel are more easily accepted by the "little" ones, meaning those who understand that we are always under the mercy and mantle of God, those who accept that we depend on Him for everything and we are nothing without Him. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of true wisdom.
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 the wedding anniversary intentions - Manny & Estee Go
... for the repose of the soul - Poch Tejada
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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