Thursday, March 16, 2006
Friday 2nd week of Lent
March 17, 2006
Friday 2nd week of Lent - Yr II
GENESIS 37:3-4, 12-13A, 17B-28A
Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his
old age; and he had made him a long tunic. When his brothers saw that
their father loved him best of all his sons, they hated him so much
that they would not even greet him. One day, when his brothers had gone
to pasture their father's flocks at Shechem, Israel said to Joseph,
"Your brothers, you know, are tending our flocks at Shechem. Get ready;
I will send you to them." So Joseph went after his brothers and caught
up with them in Dothan. They noticed him from a distance, and before he
came up to them, they plotted to kill him. They said to one another:
"Here comes that master dreamer! Come on, let us kill him and throw him
into one of the cisterns here; we could say that a wild beast devoured
him. We shall then see what comes of his dreams." When Reuben heard
this, he tried to save him from their hands, saying, "We must not take
his life. Instead of shedding blood," he continued, "just throw him
into that cistern there in the desert; but do not kill him outright."
His purpose was to rescue him from their hands and return him to his
father. So when Joseph came up to them, they stripped him of the long
tunic he had on; then they took him and threw him into the cistern,
which was empty and dry. They then sat down to their meal. Looking up,
they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, their camels
laden with gum, balm and resin to be taken down to Egypt. Judah said to
his brothers: "What is to be gained by killing our brother and
concealing his blood? Rather, let us sell him to these Ishmaelites,
instead of doing away with him ourselves. After all, he is our brother,
our own flesh." His brothers agreed. They sold Joseph to the
Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver.
MATTHEW 21:33-43, 45-46
Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: "Hear
another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a
hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he
leased it to tenants and went on a journey. When vintage time drew
near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But
the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed,
and a third they stoned. Again he sent other servants, more numerous
than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way. Finally, he
sent his son to them, thinking, 'They will respect my son.' But when
the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, 'This is the heir.
Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.' They seized him,
threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What will the owner of
the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?" They answered him, "He
will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard
to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times."
Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures: The stone
that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has
this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes? Therefore, I say to
you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a
people that will produce its fruit." When the chief priests and the
Pharisees heard his parables, they knew that he was speaking about
them. And although they were attempting to arrest him, they feared the
crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.
In Joseph's relationship with his family, especially with his father,
what touches you most deeply? Is it the special love the father had for
his youngest son? It was, however, Abraham's favoritism that fostered
the hatred and envy his brothers felt for Joseph. If we were to put
ourselves in the position of the brothers, would we have reacted as
they did? If we were the family therapist, what advice would we give,
hoping to smooth out the relationships within the family? Can I follow
this advice when tensions rise in our own family?
In the Gospel, we see a tenant abuse the trust of the landowner, going
so far as to kill the landowner's son who was sent to collect what was
due to his father.
We are tenants to whom the Lord entrusts the care of his vineyard. How
seriously do we take this responsibility? Do we really believe the Lord
has given us this task? How do we respond? The time is long past when
we should have accepted fully the task entrusted to us by the Lord and
when we should have begun working feverishly for its accomplishment.
We pray -
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Michael G. Tong
- for the quick recovery / healing of Amalia Lim.
- for the sisterhood and brotherhood love of CFC-SA.
- for the safe travel of Tess Lumbao.
- for the safe travel Isabel & Abigail Malinis to the Philippines.
- for the personal intentions of Archelle
- Birthday: Arnold Cabote on March 22
- In Memoriam (+): Lolita Lim Le Heng Robato (Jan 22, 1932 - Mar 16,
- Wedding Anniversary: Wilson & Rosie Gosingco
- for world peace and reconciliation.
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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