Sunday, July 02, 2017
MONDAY, 13TH Week in Ordinary Time
July 3, 2017 – MONDAY, 13TH Week in Ordinary Time
ST. THOMAS, Apostle
Eph 2: 19- 22 / Jn 20: 24- 29
St. Thomas, Apostle, is the "doubting Thomas" after our Lord's resurrection. Tradition says he preached and was martyred in India.
FROM THE FIRST READING: Eph 2: 19- 20
Now you are no longer strangers or guests, but fellow citizens of the holy people: you are the household of God. You are the house whose foundations are the apostles and prophets, and whose cornerstone is Christ Jesus.
GOSPEL READING: Jn 20: 24- 29
Thomas, the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he replied, "Until I have seen in his hands the print of the nails. And put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe."
Eight days later, the disciples were inside again and Thomas was with them. Despite the locked doors, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands, stretch out your hand and put it into my side. Resist no longer and be a believer."
Thomas then said, "You are my Lord and my God." Jesus replied, "You believe because you see me, don't you? Happy are those who have not seen and believe."
Today we celebrate the feast of St. Thomas, Apostle. We all know him as the "doubting" Thomas who declared he would not believe that Christ was risen until he saw and touched the wounds of Christ.
Despite the witness of the other apostles, Thomas lacked faith. We too are very much like him, especially in times of great trial and suffering, we feel that the Lord has abandoned us. However, it is precisely in those low moments that we should experience the saving power of the risen Lord. It is in those moments that we discover the light of Christ in the midst of our darkness.
How do we know we have faith? Jesus performed many miracles because of the faith of those needing the cures or the freedom from unclean spirits. We have to show our faith in our deeds, in the way we act. In his letter St. James wrote, "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, to profess faith without showing works? Such faith has no power to save you.
"If a brother or a sister is in need of clothes or food and one of you says, 'May things go well for you, be warm and satisfied,' without attending to their material needs, what good is that? So if it is with faith without works: It is totally dead." (Jas 2: 14 -17)
Faith is lived and shown when we do good deeds to others.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
ABEGAIL I. MIRAMONTES
LOUIE GIE S. MABUGAY
PATRICK LAWRENCE & JERSHENALE SY
CHRISTOPHER KARL W. CUYEGKENG
IN MEMORIAM (†)
DOUGLAS L. ABADCO
JOANNACHOA (OCT 29, 1914 - JULY 3, 2008)
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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