July 17, 2015 FRIDAY, 15th Week in Ordinary Time
Ex 11:10 – 12: 14 / Mt 12:1- 8
Reading: Ex 11:10 – 12:14
On that night I shall go through Egypt and strike every firstborn in Egypt, men and animals; and I will even bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt, I, Yahweh! The blood on your houses will be the sign that you are there. I will see the blood and pass over you; and you will escape the mortal plaque when I strike Egypt.
This is a day you will remember and celebrate in honor of Yahweh. It is to be kept as a festival day for all generations forever.
Gospel: Mt 12:1- 8
It happened that Jesus walked through the wheat fields on a Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, and began to pick some heads of wheat and crush them to eat the grain. When the Pharisees noticed this, they said to Jesus, "Look at your disciples; they are doing what is prohibited on the Sabbath!"
Jesus answered, "Have you not read what David did when he and his men were hungry? He went into the house of God, and they ate the bread offered to God, although neither he nor his men had the right to eat it, but only the priests. And have you not read in the Law that on the Sabbath the priests in the Temple break the Sabbath rest, yet they are not guilty?
"I tell you, there is greater than the Temple here. If you really knew the meaning of the words: It is mercy I want, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the innocent. Besides the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."
The first reading from Exodus speaks of the Passover, when God struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, of men and animals but spared those of Israel. In remembrance and thanksgiving for God's mercy and great deed for them, the Passover is to be celebrated for all generations. The Passover was in preparation for the liberation of Israel from their centuries of slavery in Egypt.
In the Gospel reading we see Jesus in conflict with the Pharisees in the interpretation of the Sabbath law. Passing through wheat fields on the Sabbath, the disciples of Jesus pick, crush and eat some wheat heads. The Pharisees complain to Jesus, "Look at your disciples; they are doing what is prohibited on the Sabbath!"
Citing the example of David and his followers, Jesus replies that the Sabbath law is not absolute but is subject to some legitimate exceptions and reminds them of the more important spirit behind the Sabbath law and behind all law, "If you really knew the meaning of the words: It is mercy I want, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the innocent. Besides the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath." We pray we have a similar understanding of the law.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
FILADELFO INOCENTES JR.
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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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