Monday, July 16, 2018
TUESDAY, 15TH Week in Ordinary Time
July 17, 2018 – TUESDAY, 15TH Week in Ordinary Time
Is 7: 1 - 9 / Mt 11: 20- 24
FROM THE 1ST READING: Is 7: 7- 9
The Lord Yahweh says: "It shall not be so, it shall not come to pass. For Damascus is only the head of Aram and Rezin the head of Damascus. Samaria is only the head of Ephraim and Remaliah's son is only the lord of Samaria. Within fifty-six years, Ephraim will be shattered and will no longer be a people. But if you do not stand firm in faith, you, too, will not stand at all."
GOSPEL READING: Mt 11: 20- 24
Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which he had performed most of his miracles, because the people there did not change their ways, "Alas for you, Chorazin and Bethsaida! If the miracles worked in you had taken place in Tyre and Sidon, the people there would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I assure you, for Tyre and Sidon it will be more bearable on the day of judgment than for you.
"And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to heaven? You will be thrown down to the place of the dead! For if the miracles which were performed in you had taken place in Sodom, it would still be there today! But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you."
In both readings today we are reminded of faith and trust in God.
In the first reading the prophet Isaiah reminds King Ahaz of Israel's covenant with Yahweh and that Israel must rely on the Covenant and Yahweh's continuing protection.
In the Gospel reading Jesus denounces the cities in which he had preached and performed many of his miracles. Despite his many great deeds, very few received his message and repented in Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum. Jesus tells them that, if his great deeds and miracles had been performed in Tyre, Sidon and Sodom, the people in those places would have listened and repented.
We may no longer worship false gods and images, as the ancient Greeks and Romans did; but we do have many gods in our lives- money and success, power and prestige, the approval of others and our own self-esteem, sex and drugs - the list goes on. The evil one is very good in turning what may be good in itself into idols to replace God in our lives. In pursuing these, we may be shutting out the voice and values of Christ in our lives..
Despite the many good things and talents God has given us, we can forget about him in our pursuit of these false gods and values. We can be so attached to our own will and "success" that we forget God's will and values.
Let us heed the warnings in today's readings that we may discern God and his actions in our lives, repent and keep his commandments.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Roge!io Carpio Jr.
Filadelfo lnocentes Jr.
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Francisco & Purificacion Cailles Lo
Joseph Lim Sinche (01 Jan 1927 - 17 Jut 2076)
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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