15 July 2016
Friday, 15th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Is 38:1- 6, 21 -22, 7 – 8 / Mt 12:1– 8.
St. Bonaventure (1221 – 1274), an Italian Franciscan monk, the "Seraphic Doctor," became Minister-General of the Friars-Minor and Cardinal-Bishop of Albano.
Gospel Reading: 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 Pharisees scrupulously observed the Law, from the ten commandments to hundreds of smaller regulations. In their human effort to keep these laws, they prided themselves on being the just ones. They put themselves on pedestals from where they judged other people.
We may not be far from being like Pharisees. In what instances do we also belittle or look down on others? Having more financial means is one cause of indifference or even disdain towards those who have less. Educational and intellectual achievements make us less patient with those who are intellectually poor. An orderly housewife makes life difficult for her messy spouse. It is difficult to accept a person who is below one's standards.
But Christ did the opposite - being God the One who could judge all of us, He accepted to be judged as a criminal. He took the last place, and because of this, He was raised up to be the first. In Christ, we are introduced to a new law, which is the law of love. So before we judge or criticize others, let us recall the humility and magnanimity of Jesus. And then maybe we can start to think, to act and to love like Jesus.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Jerwin A. Villaluz
Carmelo Maria Luza Bautista
Amabel N. Sangalang
1st Neo Catechumenal Communities MTQ – 1975
Charlie T. Yu
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Pablo S. Chan
For the personal intentions of Cherie Torres.
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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