Posted by: RAM | July 11, 2016

Tuesday (July 12): “Will you be exalted to heaven?”

Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita!
Month of the Most Precious Blood

Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 390

First Reading: Isaiah 7:1-9
Psalms 48:2-8God upholds his city for ever.
Gospel: Matthew 11:20-24
Jesus began to reproach the towns
where most of his mighty deeds had been done,
since they had not repented.
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst
had been done in Tyre and Sidon,
they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
And as for you, Capernaum:

Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the nether world.

For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom,
it would have remained until this day.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable
for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.” http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/071216.cfm

Reflection: If Jesus were to visit your community today, what would he say? Would he issue a warning like the one he gave to Chorazin and Bethsaida? And how would you respond? Wherever Jesus went he did mighty works to show the people how much God had for them. Chorazin and Bethsaida had been blessed with the visitation of God. They heard the good news and experienced the wonderful works which Jesus did for them. Why was Jesus upset with these communities? The word woe can mean misfortune, calamity, distress, sorrow, sadness, misery, grief, or wretchedness. It is as much an expression of sorrowful pity and grief as it is of dismay over the calamity and destruction which comes as a result of human folly, sin, and ignorance.

Why does Jesus lament and issue a stern warning? The people who heard the Gospel here very likely responded with indifference. Jesus upbraids them for doing nothing! Repentance demands change – a change of heart and way of life. God’s word is life-giving and it saves us from destruction – the destruction of heart, mind, and soul as well as body. Jesus’ anger is directed toward sin and everything which hinders us from doing the will of God. In love he calls us to walk in his way of truth and freedom, grace and mercy, justice and holiness. Do you receive his word with faith and obedience or with doubt and indifference?

“Most High and glorious God, enlighten the darkness of our hearts and give us a true faith, a certain hope and a perfect love. Give us a sense of the divine and knowledge of yourself, so that we may do everything in fulfillment of your holy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Prayer of Francis of Assisi, 1182-1226) http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/jul12.htm  www.dailyscripture.net author Don Schwager © 2016 Servants of the Word

Saint of the Day: Sts. John Jones and John Wall (c. 1530-1598; 1620-1679)
These two friars were martyred in England in the 16th and 17th centuries for refusing to deny their faith.

John Jones was Welsh. He was ordained a diocesan priest and was twice imprisoned for administering the sacraments before leaving England in 1590. He joined the Franciscans at the age of 60 and returned to England three years later while Queen Elizabeth I was at the height of her power. John ministered to Catholics in the English countryside until his imprisonment in 1596. He was condemned to be hanged, drawn and quartered. John was executed on July 12, 1598.

John Wall was born in England but was educated at the English College of Douai, Belgium. Ordained in Rome in 1648, he entered the Franciscans in Douai several years later. In 1656 he returned to work secretly in England.

In 1678 Titus Oates worked many English people into a frenzy over an alleged papal plot to murder the king and restore Catholicism in that country. In that year Catholics were legally excluded from Parliament, a law which was not repealed until 1829. John Wall was arrested and imprisoned in 1678 and was executed the following year.

John Jones and John Wall were canonized in 1970. http://www.americancatholic. org/Features/Saints/saint.aspx?id=1442

More Saints of the Day
St. Agnes De
Bl. Andrew Oexner of Riun
St. Ansbald
Bl. David Gonson
St Epiphania
St. Jason
St. John Gaulbert, Abbot
St. John Jones
Bl. John Naisen
Bl. John Tanaka
St. John the Iberian
St. John Wall
St. Leo of Lucca
Bl. Louis Naisen
St. Marciana
Bl. Matthias Araki
St. Menulphus
Bl. Monica Naisen
St. Nabor and Felix
St. Paternian
St. Paulinus of Antioch
Bl. Peter Araki Kobjoje
St. Peter Khanh
St. Veronica
St. Viventiolus

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