Sunday, April 30, 2006
MEMORIAL, ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER
MAY 1, 2006
MEMORIAL, ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER
MONDAY 3RD WEEK OF EASTER - YEAR II
God said: "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let
them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air,
and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures
that crawl on the ground." God created man in his image; in the
divine image he created him; male and female he created them. God
blessed them, saying: "Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and
subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the
air, and all the living things that move on the earth." God also
said: "See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth
and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food;
and to all the animals of the land, all the birds of the air, and
all the living creatures that crawl on the ground, I give all the
green plants for food." And so it happened. God looked at
everything he had made, and he found it very good. Evening came, and
morning followed-the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth and
all their array were completed. Since on the seventh day God was
finished with the work he had been doing, God rested on the seventh
day from all the work he had undertaken. So God blessed the seventh
day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work he
had done in creation.
Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their
synagogue. They were astonished and said, "Where did this man get
such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter's son? Is not
his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and
Judas? Are not his sisters all with us? Where did this man get all
this?" And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, "A
prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his
own house." And he did not work many mighty deeds there because of
their lack of faith.
The "signs" Jesus talks about in today's Gospel are his miracles.
The "food which the Son of Man will give you" is the Holy Eucharist.
Jesus does not hesitate to give the truth. He reads the people's
minds and hearts and he frankly tells them that they are looking for
ordinary bread, perishable food; they are not looking for nor are
they interested in his signs or miracles. Their minds and hearts are
set on material, perishable things.
Jesus wants to lift up the desires of the people from material food
to the Eucharist. His miracle of the Multiplication of Loaves and
Fish had a meaning: He was preparing their minds and hearts for the
Holy Eucharist, the food that remains unto life eternal.
Modern men and women are like the Jews. Their concentration is on
material things, things that perish, things that are lost. Jesus,
through the Catholic Church, through the Church leaders and the lay
Catholics, wants to focus humankind's hearts and minds on spiritual
things, on the things of God rather than on the goods of this world,
goods which perish, goods which do not last. So, we have many
examples of material possessions lost due to fire, floods, typhoons,
earthquakes or calamities.
We need God's grace to have our hearts and minds "spiritualized", so
they will be able to concentrate on the things of God, on things our
senses cannot reach, on the realities that only our Christian faith
makes us see.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the speedy recovery of Ester.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Winifer Co Cheng
- Ordination Day: Fr. Benjamin Sim, S.J.
- Wedding Anniversary: Lyndon & Tess Co
- Wedding Anniversary: Andy & Vickey Tong
- Wedding Anniversary: Fernando & Linda Yap
- 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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