Friday, August 24, 2007
Saturday 20th Week in Ordinary Time
Saturday 20th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
RUTH 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17
Naomi had a prominent kinsman named Boaz, of the clan of her husband
Elimelech. Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, "Let me go and glean ears
of grain in the field of anyone who will allow me that favor." Naomi
said to her, "Go, my daughter," and she went. The field she entered to
glean after the harvesters happened to be the section belonging to
Boaz of the clan of Elimelech. Boaz said to Ruth, "Listen, my
daughter! Do not go to glean in anyone else's field; you are not to
leave here. Stay here with my women servants. Watch to see which field
is to be harvested, and follow them; I have commanded the young men to
do you no harm. When you are thirsty, you may go and drink from the
vessels the young men have filled." Casting herself prostrate upon the
ground, Ruth said to him, "Why should I, a foreigner, be favored with
your notice?" Boaz answered her: "I have had a complete account of
what you have done for your mother-in-law after your husband's death;
you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth,
and have come to a people whom you did not know previously." Boaz took
Ruth. When they came together as man and wife, the LORD enabled her to
conceive and she bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi, "Blessed is
the LORD who has not failed to provide you today with an heir! May he
become famous in Israel! He will be your comfort and the support of
your old age, for his mother is the daughter-in-law who loves you. She
is worth more to you than seven sons!" Naomi took the child, placed
him on her lap, and became his nurse. And the neighbor women gave him
his name, at the news that a grandson had been born to Naomi. They
called him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, "The scribes
and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.
Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do
not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice.
They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people's
shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their
works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and
lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats
of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation
'Rabbi.' As for you, do not be called 'Rabbi.' You have but one
teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father;
you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called 'Master'; you have
but one master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your
servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles
himself will be exalted."
Today's Gospel calls for a change of attitude on the different levels
of society. In the Church and in society, there are lawmakers and
those who observe the law. This will always be the case and remain
necessary but the Gospel condemns the lawmaker who imposes burdens on
the shoulders of others without himself being willing to carry them.
Lawmakers and observers of the law are governed by the same law of
There will always be people to with titles and degrees and dignitaries
bedecked with medals for small or big achievements who often meet at
exclusive parties and dinners. There will always be teachers and
pupils, masters and students, those with diplomas and ordinary
laborers. There will always be parents and children, adults and the
This is message in today's Gospel. It asks to reflect not so much on
the terms that we use but on the way we live in community. The father
and the son are together children of God. The teacher and his pupil
are together disciples of Jesus. The lawmaker and other people are
together under the great law of God, which is the law of love.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara
- Fr. John Weyer
... for the personal intentions of:
- Guevara Family
- the San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Trinna, Noc and Chibu
... Birthday: Zoe Tamila L. Pamute
... In Thanksgiving: Balangit Family
... for the eternal repose of the soul of Minda Flowers. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Richard Morabe
... 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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