Monday, October 29, 2007
Tuesday 30th Week in Ordinary Time
Tuesday 30th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with
the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager
expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was
subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of
the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be
liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious
freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has
been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present
time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the
Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons,
the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope
that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But
if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
Then Jesus asked, "What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I
compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted
in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air
perched in its branches." Again he asked, "What shall I compare the
kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a
large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough."
What is Jesus teaching us today? Maybe it could be put like this: If
we want to change something in our own lives or in the world around
us, we must make a start somewhere. That start may initially feel very
small and may appear to be totally insignificant and useless in the
circumstances. Once we take our first step in what we believe to be a
just cause, we need to trust that God will help us to go forward as
surely as he makes a seed grow once we have taken the trouble to plant
it. We need to persevere in spite of delays and obstacles. This is a
valuable and consoling lesson if we want God to reign in our lives.
The kingdom of God is a kingdom of justice, love and peace, which each
of us has a part to play. Perhaps we feel that we do not have much to
contribute. Yet to plant even one tiny seed of truth, or justice, or
peace, is a truly worthwhile task. We leave it to God to bring forth
the harvest and perhaps others to reap it. Jesus began his great work
of redemption by calling a handful of fishermen.
Each one of us has a part to play in making the kingdom of God a
reality in the lives of those with whom we live and work. As we
worship God today, let us ask him to help us to have confidence in his
unchanging love for us, so that when faced with adversities, we may
have the strength to persevere in goodness.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Eligia G. Fernando
- Tessie Paras
- Boy Revatoris
- Marge, Pam, Ken, BE and Eli
... for the personal intentions of Fred and Nel de Leon
... for San Juan de Dios Hospital
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Cielo M. Salgado
- Birthday: Jennifer V. V.
- Birthday: Joanna Choa
- Birthday: Lyza Dano Or
- Presbyterial Ordination: Eduardo Ulloa
- Presbyterial Ordination: Felipe Santos
- Wedding Anniversary: Rafael & Jeni C. Soon
- In Memoriam (+): Corazon S. Aquino
... 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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