Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Memorial, Sts Joachim & Anne, parents of BVM
Memorial, Sts Joachim & Anne, parents of BVM
Thursday 16th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
EXODUS 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20B
In the third month after their departure from the land of Egypt, on
its first day, the children of Israel came to the desert of Sinai.
After the journey from Rephidim to the desert of Sinai, they pitched
camp. While Israel was encamped here in front of the mountain, the
LORD told Moses, "I am coming to you in a dense cloud, so that when
the people hear me speaking with you, they may always have faith in
you also." When Moses, then, had reported to the LORD the response of
the people, the LORD added, "Go to the people and have them sanctify
themselves today and tomorrow. Make them wash their garments and be
ready for the third day; for on the third day the LORD will come down
on Mount Sinai before the eyes of all the people." On the morning of
the third day there were peals of thunder and lightning, and a heavy
cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast, so that all
the people in the camp trembled. But Moses led the people out of the
camp to meet God, and they stationed themselves at the foot of the
mountain. Mount Sinai was all wrapped in smoke, for the LORD came down
upon it in fire. The smoke rose from it as though from a furnace, and
the whole mountain trembled violently. The trumpet blast grew louder
and louder, while Moses was speaking and God answering him with
thunder. When the LORD came down to the top of Mount Sinai, he
summoned Moses to the top of the mountain.
The disciples approached Jesus and said, "Why do you speak to the
crowd in parables?" He said to them in reply, "Because knowledge of
the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to
them it has not been granted. To anyone who has, more will be given
and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will
be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because they
look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand. Isaiah's
prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: You shall indeed hear but
not understand, you shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the
heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have
closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their
ears and understand with their hearts and be converted and I heal
them. "But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears,
because they hear. Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous
people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what
you hear but did not hear it."
A while ago you heard Jesus say in the Gospel: "Anyone who has, will
be given, more, and he will have more than enough, but from him who
has not, even what he has will be taken away." This sounds a bit
harsh, but it is just an ordinary law of life. This is true for money
and wealth. Money goes where money is. Those who are careful in
handling money, make much more. This is true of scholarship and
knowledge. He who studies hard, his whole life will remain
intellectually fresh and well informed. He who has learned a language
and never reads or practices it, will soon have lost all he once knew.
It is the same with our spiritual life, with moral goodness. Every
temptation that is overcome gives us added strength to overcome the
next one. Every good habit that is formed will become part of our
character, it will become second nature. Undiscipline becomes
unbearable. We say they have a snowballing effect. What starts small,
will as it goes on, become bigger and bigger.
Yes, one little sin, if not checked, leads to bigger and bigger ones.
As we worship God today, let us ask for the grace to check our bad
habits, whether they be lying, or pride, or selfishness, or vanity, as
soon as possible.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Tolentino A. Sandoval
- Bro. Nanding
... healings for Julie Manzon, Delly David, Glenda Bisco and Charlies
... for the personal intentions of:
- Veronica Yap
- Josie Ureta, Glenn Manzon, Pat Manzon
... Thanksgiving for:
- Manzon family, Barayoga family, Vergara family
- Bonsol family and Jose Rigor
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Geronimo Z. Velasco
- Jesus "Jess" Sison
- Engracia and Angel
- Lourders Barayoga and Domingo Barayoga
Eternal rest grant unto then and perpetual light shine upon them. May
they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
.. for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Fr. Santiago Leon, S.J.
- Birthday: Marilyn G. Matti
- Wedding Anniversary: Manuel & Early Ng
- Wedding Anniversary: Rodney & Kim Uy Yu
... 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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