Thursday, July 26, 2007


Friday 16th Week in Ordinary Time

July 27, 2007
Friday 16th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

EXODUS 20:1-17
And God spoke all these words: "I am the LORD your God, who brought
you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. "You shall have no other
gods before me. "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form
of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters
below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD
your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the
fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but
showing love to a thousand [generations] of those who love me and keep
my commandments. "You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God,
for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor
and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD
your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son
or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor
the alien within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens
and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the
seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it
holy. "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in
the land the LORD your God is giving you. "You shall not murder. "You
shall not commit adultery. "You shall not steal. "You shall not give
false testimony against your neighbor. "You shall not covet your
neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his
manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs
to your neighbor."

MATTHEW 13:18-23
"Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears
the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one
comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed
sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky
places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.
But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or
persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one
who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears
the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth
choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that
fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He
produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was

Prejudice can make a man blind to everything which he does not wish to
see. Many people refuse to listen to the truth which condemns them.
There is the hearer with the mind like the shallow ground. This is the
type of person who is at the mercy of every new craze. They take a
thing up quickly and just as quickly drop it. They must always be in

There are people who begin to acquire some new accomplishment with
enthusiasm and when things become difficult, they abandon it. When he
hears the word of God he may be swept off his feet with an emotional
reaction but his enthusiasm diminishes after a while like a slowly
dying fire.

Then there is the hearer of the word of God who has so many interests
in life that certain things, and often the most important things get
crowded out. It is characteristic of modern life that it becomes
increasingly crowded and increasingly fast. A person becomes too busy
to pray.

Finally there is the person who is like the good ground. His mind is
open. He is at all times willing to learn. He is never too proud or
too busy to listen. He has reflected on the word of God and knows what
it means for him, and is prepared to accept it. He then translates his
hearing into action. He produces the good fruit of the good seed. The
real hearers of the word of God is the person who listens, who
understands and who obeys.

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Dodo
- Ely
- Tolentino A. Sandoval
- Bro. Nanding
- Maria Alyssa Martina
... healings for Julie Manzon, Delly David, Glenda Bisco and Charlies
... for the personal intentions of:
- Jasmin
- Veronica Yap
- Josie Ureta, Glenn Manzon, Pat Manzon
... Thanksgiving for:
- Manzon family, Barayoga family, Vergara family
- Bonsol family and Jose Rigor
- Jane Guillermo
... 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: Nita Hing
- Wedding Anniversary: Raymund and Judy Peralta
... 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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