Friday, July 18, 2014
Saturday 15th Week in Ordinary Time
Saturday 15th Week in Ordinary Time
Mi 2: 1-5 / Ps 10: 1-2, 3-4, 7-8, 14 / Mt 12: 14-21
Reading: Mi 2: 1-5
Woe to those who plot wickedness and plan evil even on their beds! When morning comes they do it, as soon as it is within their reach. If they covet fields, they seize them. Do they like houses? They take them. They seize the owner and his household, both the man and his property. This is why Yahweh speaks, "I am plotting evil against this whole brood, from which your necks cannot escape. No more shall you walk with head held high for it will be an evil time." On that day they will sing a taunting song against you and a bitter lamentation will be heard, "We have been stripped of our property in our homeland. Who will free us from the wicked who allots our fields." Truly, no one will be found in the assembly of Yahweh to keep a field for you.
Gospel: Matthew 12: 14-21
Then the Pharisees went out and made plans to get rid of him. As Jesus was aware of the plot, he went away from that place. Many people followed him and he cured all who were sick. Then he gave them strict orders not to make him known. In this way Isaiah's prophecy was fulfilled: Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, and with whom I am pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him and he will announce my judgment to the nations. He will not argue or shout, nor will his voice be heard in the streets. The bruised reed he will not crush, nor snuff out the smoldering wick. He will persist until justice is made victorious and in him all the nations will put their hope."
Men of conviction often have enemies, and Jesus was no exception. A man of controversy from the start, he was often hounded and sabotaged by people who were either afraid or threatened by his teachings. After all, he came to challenge perspectives, and to remind people about what truly matters. Needless to say, this approach raised a few eyebrows and made more than a few Pharisees squirm in their seats-and even plot against him.
Have we ever shunned controversy to the point of rejecting anyone who presents new ideas or perspectives? Have we closed our hearts to words we do not wish to hear? Or, worse, have we closed our hearts to Jesus when his teachings trouble us and make us uncomfortable? Perhaps it is time for us to accept him, for it is our freedom and not our demise that he desires.
Jesus stood by his convictions and teachings of mercy and compassion as he does with us now. He continues to work in our midst, whispering his truths and revealing to us his Father's love whether or not we choose to hear or see it. And he patiently waits for us to come to him, for he hopes in us, as we hope in him.
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
* Marcos Marcos Morales
... for world peace and reconciliation
... for good physical & spiritual health
* Hortensia Morales, Marissa, Alysia, Jesse Verdin
... for special intentions of Yolanda Verdin & Family
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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