Tuesday, July 17, 2018
WEDNESDAY, 15TH Week in Ordinary Time
July 18, 2018 – WEDNESDAY, 15TH Week in Ordinary Time
Is 10:5-7, 13b -16 / Mt 11:25-27
FROM THE 1ST READING: Is 10: 5- 7
Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger, the staff of my fury! Against a godless nation send him, against a people who provoke my wrath I dispatch him, to plunder and pillage, to tread them down like mud in the streets. But the mind of his king is far from this, his heart harbors other thoughts; what he wants is to destroy, to make an end of all nations.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 11: 25- 27
On that occasion, Jesus said, "Father, Lord of heaven and earth, I praise you, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to simple people. Yes, Father, this is what pleased you.
"Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him."
In the first reading, on behalf of Yahweh the prophet condemns social injustice among the people.
The context of today's Gospel reading is Jesus' experience with the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law in his public ministry. Before this passage John the Baptist had sent messengers to Jesus to ask him if he was the Messiah: "Are you the one to come or should we expect someone else?" (Mt 11: 3).
Jesus confirms his mission by quoting from the prophet Isaiah. Jesus then praises John the Baptist, " I tell you this: no one greater than John the Baptist has come forward among the sons of women, and yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he." (Mt 11: 11)
Jesus then denounces the cities where he had taught and performed so many miracles for their unbelief, led by the unbelieving Pharisees and teachers of the Law.
In contrast simple people, his disciples and followers, outcasts of society have accepted his teachings.
Though Jesus did not shun the intellectuals and the learned, he hated their intellectual pride, self-righteousness and self-centeredness. In the Gospel reading he is grateful to the Father who has "hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to simple people."
The call for us today is to listen to God's word with openness and humility and to live it with the mind and heart of Christ. We pray for the grace to imbibe the traits of the "simple people" loved and favored by our Father in heaven: "Fortunate are those with a pure heart, for they shall see God." (Mt 5: 8) "Truly, I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it." (Lk 18: 17)
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Magie P. Valencerina
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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