06 July 2016
Wednesday, 14th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr
Hos 10:1– 3, 7 – 8, 12 / Mt 10:1 – 7
St. Maria Goretti (1890 – 1902), a 12-year old Italian maiden, was stabbed to death by one who wished to seduce her.
Gospel Reading: Mt 10:1 - 7
Then he called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority over the unclean spirits to drive them out and to heal every disease and sickness.
These are the names of the twelve apostles: first Simon, called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew, the tax collector; James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon, the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, the man who would betray him.
Jesus sent these twelve on mission with the instruction: "Do not visit pagan territory and do not enter a Samaritan town. Go instead to the lost sheep of the people of Israel. Go and proclaim this message: The kingdom of heaven is near."
"The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!" This is the message of Jesus; this is the message the Twelve and his disciples were commissioned to preach.
We, like the apostles, are tasked to speak God's words and to bring healing to those who need it. But then you may ask, "Why would God choose me?" You may think yourself unworthy of such an 'honor' and feel you have nothing to offer. But are you really that different from any of the Twelve? Think about it: His twelve apostles consisted of fishermen, tax collectors and even one who ultimately betrayed the Lord Himself. How "worthy" were they?
Jesus chose them not because they seemed qualified or extraordinary: there is a mystery in God's choices. He chooses based on what he knows. He knows what we are capable of doing under his guidance.
We just have to take that leap and let him. We can, like the disciples/apostles, perhaps very unlikely, cast out demons, cleanse lepers, or cure diseases. However, the work of "healing" does not only come in the form of medical miracles; it assumes many forms – like effecting a change of heart, counseling, spreading God's word and love to others by the way we live, in whatever station in life we may be – a teacher, a doctor, a carpenter, a caregiver, a friend. Serving is not a grand gesture; it is doing little things every day for the greater glory of God.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
George Christian Young III
Lucia and Rolan Ong and Family
Susana Lim Lorenzo & Jose Lorenzo
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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