Thursday, July 27, 2006


Friday 16th Week in Ordinary Time

July 28, 2006
Friday 16th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II

JEREMIAH 3:14-17
Return, rebellious children, says the LORD, for I am your Master; I
will take you, one from a city, two from a clan, and bring you to Zion.
I will appoint over you shepherds after my own heart, who will shepherd
you wisely and prudently. When you multiply and become fruitful in the
land, says the LORD, They will in those days no longer say, "The ark of
the covenant of the LORD!" They will no longer think of it, or remember
it, or miss it, or make another. At that time they will call Jerusalem
the LORD's throne; there all nations will be gathered together to honor
the name of the LORD at Jerusalem, and they will walk no longer in
their hardhearted wickedness. Be amazed at this, O heavens, and shudder
with sheer horror, says the LORD. Two evils have my people done: they
have forsaken me, the source of living waters; They have dug themselves
cisterns, broken cisterns, that hold no water.

MATTHEW 13:18-23
Jesus said to his disciples: "Hear the parable of the sower. The seed
sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the Kingdom without
understanding it, and the Evil One comes and steals away what was sown
in his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the
word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts
only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of
the word, he immediately falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the
one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches
choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed sown on rich soil is
the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit
and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold."

The segment of Jeremiah's prophecy in today's first reading was written
after the destruction of Israel and Judah. Jerusalem had been leveled
and the Temple, together with the Arc of the Covenant, destroyed.

Jeremiah had warned the people to repent their sinful ways if they
wished to avoid God's punishment. They did not repent. Their punishment
came at the hands of the Chaldaean army. Most of the people of Israel
and Judah had been dragged off into exile. In the midst of this
depressing desolation that hung, a heavy pall over God's people,
Jeremiah preaches the dawn of a new age for them.

The future will be given to what various prophets called "a remnant." A
small group of people who had been faithful to Yahweh and who were
faithful to him still, will come back to Jerusalem. Shepherds after
God's own heart will be given to them.

This small remnant will not rebuild the Arc of the Covenant, which was
destroyed in the general destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. This
was one of the mistakes their forebears had made: for them the Arc and
the Temple were amulets or talismans that would ward of all evil, no
matter how the people of Judah lived their lives. They should have
entrusted themselves to Yahweh himself rather than to the Arc and the
Temple and they should have lived exclusively by Yahweh's word.

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the continued recovery of Aida.
- for the speedy recovery of Cadio.
- for the speedy recovery of the Father of Hero Yu
- for the speedy recovery of Fr. Barbero
- for the special intention of Gilbert Son.
- for the special healing of Marciano and Nelida. May they find
inner peace and may God grant them both wisdom.
- In Memoriam (+): Armando A. Diaz
- for the continued and complete healing and recovery of Sergio Aresta.
- speedy recovery of Archelle Cabote and her newly born baby Argo
- for the healing of Allet Mariam Joy Cruz
- for the safe travel of JerriAnn Tanigue
- for safety of Lopez Family and families
- for the whole community of CFC in KSA
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- 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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