June 27, 2015 SATURDAY, 12th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church;
Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Gn 18:1 - 15 / Mt 8: 5 - 17
[St. Cyril of Alexandria (376 – 444) was Patriarch of Alexandria and a key theologian at the General Council of Ephesus on the divine maternity of Mary.]
[Our Mother of Perpetual Help is associated with a famous Byzantine icon from the 15th century. The Redemptorists were appointed by Pope Pius IX in 1865 to be custodians and missionaries of the icon.]
Reading: Gn 18:1 – 15
Yahweh appeared to Abraham near the oak of Mamre. Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent, in the heat of the day, when he looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them he ran from the entrance of the tent to meet them. He bowed to the ground and said, "My Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass your servant by. Let a little water be brought. Wash your feet and then rest under the trees. I shall fetch some bread so that you can be refreshed and continue on your way, since you have come to your servant." They then said, "Do as you say." Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah and said to her, "Quick, take three measures of flour, knead it and make cakes."
Abraham then ran to the herd, took a fine, tender calf, gave it to the servant who hurried to prepare it. He took butter and milk and together with the calf he had prepared laid it all before them. And while he remained standing, they ate. They then asked, "Where is Sarah, your wife?" Abraham answered, "She is in the tent." And the visitor said, "At this same time next year I will return and Sarah by then will have a son."
Now Sarah was behind him, listening at the entrance to the tent. Abraham and Sarah were old, well on in years, and Sarah no longer had her monthly periods. Sarah laughed to herself saying, "Now that I am old and worn and my husband is an old man, am I to have this pleasure?" Yahweh said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh, saying: 'Am I really going to have a child now that I am old?' Is there anything that is impossible for God? At this same time next year I will return and Sarah by then will have a son."
Sarah denied saying, "I did not laugh," for she was afraid. But he said, "You did laugh."
Gospel: Mt 8:5 - 17
When Jesus entered Capernaum, an army captain approached him to ask his help, "Sir, my servant lies sick at home. He is paralyzed and suffers terribly." Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him."
The captain answered, "I am not worthy to have you under my roof. Just give an order and my boy will be healed. For I myself, a junior officer, give orders to my soldiers. And if I say to one: 'Go,' he goes, and if I say to another: 'Come,' he comes, and to my servant: 'Do this,' he does it."
When Jesus heard this he was astonished and said to those who were following him, "I tell you, I have not found such faith in Israel. I say to you, many will come from east and west and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob at the feast in the kingdom of heaven; but the heirs of the kingdom will be thrown out into the darkness; there they will wail and grind their teeth."
Then Jesus said to the captain, "Go home now. As you believed, so let it be." And at that moment his servant was healed.
Jesus went to Peter's house and found Peter's mother-in-law in bed with fever. He took her by the hand and the fever left her; she got up and began to wait on him.
Towards evening they brought to Jesus many possessed by evil spirits, and with a word he drove out the spirits. He also healed all who were sick. In doing this he fulfilled what was said by the prophet Isaiah: He bore our infirmities and took on himself our diseases.
"Is there anything that is impossible for the God? (Gen 18: 14) This was the reply of the Lord to Sarah's skepticism that she would bear a child in her old age. Time and time the Lord has shown his faithfulness and power over things that do not seem humanly possible. Miracles of healing, conversion, how events conspire resulting in outcomes that only he could have wrought.
Let us not underestimate God and put limits on his power to surprise and amaze us. Let the words of Scripture reassure us of his infinite love for his people. As one develops the habit of thumbing through his living Word, we get to know our Lord more and more. And we are ever more convinced that nothing is too marvelous for him to do!
Harassed with everyday cares? Somehow, it all works out, we are able to sleep the sleep of the just, and in the morning, we are ready to face another day. Saddled with problems? The Lord will send people, veritable "angels" who can lift the burden for and along with us. Scared of a medical procedure? Let your prayer or mantra be, "Only you, O Lord, suffices," as St. Teresa of Avila affirmed. The Lord is above any pain, any trial that can be inflicted on us in this world. What a marvelous God we have!
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
JED MATTHEW T. SARTE
LOURDES CHUA LIM
ELSA & PAOLO
ENRIQUE & LIZANNE CASTILLO
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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