Friday, July 27, 2007


Saturday 16th Week in Ordinary Time

July 28, 2007
Saturday 16th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

EXODUS 24:3-8
When Moses went and told the people all the LORD's words and laws,
they responded with one voice, "Everything the LORD has said we will
do." Moses then wrote down everything the LORD had said. He got up
early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain
and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of
Israel. Then he sent young Israelite men, and they offered burnt
offerings and sacrificed young bulls as fellowship offerings to the
LORD. Moses took half of the blood and put it in bowls, and the other
half he sprinkled on the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant
and read it to the people. They responded, "We will do everything the
LORD has said; we will obey." Moses then took the blood, sprinkled it
on the people and said, "This is the blood of the covenant that the
LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words."

MATTHEW 13:24-30
Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man
who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his
enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the
wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. "The
owner's servants came to him and said, `Sir, didn't you sow good seed
in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?' "`An enemy did
this,' he replied. "The servants asked him, `Do you want us to go and
pull them up?' "`No,' he answered, `because while you are pulling the
weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together
until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First
collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather
the wheat and bring it into my barn.'"

God's patience is that gentle invitation which he repeats again and
again in the hearts of people, the invitation to be converted to him
and to other people. It is the patience of the friend by your side,
not merely passively waiting but gently inviting to conversion.

God has time for people. He is not in a hurry. God knows that people
need much time to get over their pride or self-sufficiency, that it is
not simple for them to forgive, that it is hard for them to overlook
the faults of others. God even knows that it is often difficult for
them to keep believing in a church whose members show little likeness
of Jesus, perhaps because they fail to count themselves as part of
that church.

God waits and gives them discreet signs that he is there. The word of
a friend, a sudden grief, hospitality offered by a family can be signs
that God is waiting for us. To give the opportunity to repent, to
return to him, is the greatest expression of God's power.

Many of us lack this patience. We are irritated by the selfishness and
the greed of many. The many forms of infidelity, injustice and
corruption are a continuous source of scandal and anguish for those
who know that God's intentions regarding people are different and more
beautiful. And yet Jesus says in the parable: "Let both grow until the
harvest. It is too early to judge. Keep trusting. The judgment will
come. But leave it to me. I am patient with you and with everyone."

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 Castro
... for the personal intentions of:
- Jasmin
- Veronica Yap
- Josie Ureta, Glenn Manzon, Pat Manzon
- Charisse Gascon
... 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
- Remberto, Estrella, Florence & Danilo
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: Glenn F. Agbayani
- Birthday: Manny Recto
- Prayer Intention: Mr. & Mrs. Edgardo Velasco
- Wedding Anniversary: Roberto & Melen Hallare
.. 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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