Sunday, July 29, 2007
Monday 17th Week in Ordinary Time
Monday 17th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
EXODUS 32:15-24, 30-34
Moses turned and went down the mountain with the two tablets of the
Testimony in his hands. They were inscribed on both sides, front and
back. The tablets were the work of God; the writing was the writing of
God, engraved on the tablets. When Joshua heard the noise of the
people shouting, he said to Moses, "There is the sound of war in the
camp." Moses replied: "It is not the sound of victory, it is not the
sound of defeat; it is the sound of singing that I hear." When Moses
approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned
and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at
the foot of the mountain. And he took the calf they had made and
burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on
the water and made the Israelites drink it. He said to Aaron, "What
did these people do to you, that you led them into such great sin?"
"Do not be angry, my lord," Aaron answered. "You know how prone these
people are to evil. They said to me, `Make us gods who will go before
us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don't
know what has happened to him.' So I told them, `Whoever has any gold
jewelry, take it off.' Then they gave me the gold, and I threw it into
the fire, and out came this calf!" The next day Moses said to the
people, "You have committed a great sin. But now I will go up to the
LORD; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin." So Moses went back
to the LORD and said, "Oh, what a great sin these people have
committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. But now, please
forgive their sin--but if not, then blot me out of the book you have
written." The LORD replied to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against me I
will blot out of my book. Now go, lead the people to the place I spoke
of, and my angel will go before you. However, when the time comes for
me to punish, I will punish them for their sin."
He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard
seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the
smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of
garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come
and perch in its branches." He told them still another parable: "The
kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a
large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough." Jesus
spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say
anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was
spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will
utter things hidden since the creation of the world."
Actual grace is a help from God to live as true Christians. We receive
it many times a day. It is an unmerited interior help which God gives
us to strengthen us, when strength is needed, to warn us when caution
is dictated, to give us courage, joy, hope beyond the human.
St. Paul writing to the Philippians, says: "It is God who works in you
both to will and to accomplish." This is actual grace. It not only
inspires us to the good, but helps us to accomplish it. We will desire
what is good only if our minds are enlightened. We must first know
what is good. So we must not shut out the grace of knowledge. We must
be open to the light, willing to do good reading, to think, to pray.
We must keep the windows of our soul open.
Yet, even when we have been enlightened to know right from wrong, we
still need the leaven of grace to raise us up to doing the right. God
gives us this help, this strength, the drive and the desire to do what
He wants. We all get these urgings in our innermost being, but too
often - we pay no attention to them.
Let us keep in mind that under God's care even the tiniest beginning
can grow and multiply to produce great things in his kingdom.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Maria Alyssa Martina
- Theresa, Kathy, Gabrelle, David and Martin
- Eufrocina Navarro
- Juan de Dios Carlos
- Jocelyn Carlos
- Jennifer Carlos
... Thanksgiving for: Jane Guillermo
... for the personal intentions of:
- Charisse Gascon
- Guevara Family
- San Juan de Dios Hospital
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Engracia and Angel
- 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: Jose C. Ibazeta
- Birthday: Jose Ma. Miguel Marquez
- Wedding Anniversary: Jun & Anna Morabe
- In Memoriam (+): Johnny Go Ong
... 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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