July 12, 2017 – WEDNESDAY, 14th Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. Louis Martin and Marie Zelie Guerin Parents of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Gn 41: 55- 57: 42: 5- 7a, 17- 24a / Mt 10: 1- 7
Sts. Louis Martin (1823 - 1894) and Marie Zelie Guerin (1831 - 1877), parents of St. Therese of the Child Jesus (1873 - 1897), were beatified at the Cathedral of Lisieux on 19 October 2008 and canonized in Rome on 18 October 2015 by Pope Francis as models of the mystery of the vocation of married life: they had nine children.
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 Alpheus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas lscariot, 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 Israel. Go and proclaim this message: The kingdom of God is at hand."
The Twelve whom Jesus named apostles were ordinary people with neither high education nor extraordinary talents and possessions. They were ordinary people with their faults and shortcomings: proud, stubborn and hard-headed. Two would betray Jesus: one three times before simple house-girls and one for thirty pieces of silver.
However, they were basically loyal followers of Jesus. Strengthened by the coming of the Holy Spirit, they preached the Good News of Jesus to the world. Except for the apostle John, all of them gave witness to the Jesus they followed and the Gospel they preached with their lives.
God makes use of the ordinary to accomplish truly extraordinary things. God has decided to make use of and to need people for the spread of his kingdom.
By our baptism each one of us has been called and chosen by God to play a role in the spread of the Kingdom, in our own lives and in the lives of others around us. God has not given us gifts of healing and authority over unclean spirits but he encourages us, as best as we can, to reach out to the broken-hearted and the lost, to the weary and the downcast, and to preach and share the Good News of the Kingdom with all the world. We are called to transform the world and to re-create it for the Lord Jesus.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
ETHAN GABRIEL YU AMPIL
JERRY & SABRINA UY
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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