Thursday, July 23, 2009
FRIDAY 16TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
FRIDAY 16TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
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."
"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
Once we open ourselves to the Word of God, we will grow in knowledge
and understanding like the seed growing infertile soil. If we harden
our hearts to what God hopes for us, then like seed in parched land
that seed will not grow. Nothing happens.
When we close our minds and refuse to accept His word, we do not leave
room to consider anything else. When we widen our vision, we become
part of something bigger than ourselves.
Our Lord is so generous to us. He continually showers His blessings
upon us. He wants to share His life and His love in everything that we
do. It is a continuous experience of birth and rebirth. We are made
whole and new all over again.
The choice is up to us. We can decide to learn and enter into a world
of self-discovery and love, or we can choose to shut out the light.
Where would we rather be? It's a blessing to be in God's shining
presence and to be refreshed by His words.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the special intentions:
- Marlon Llamas
- Dapo family
- Veronica Yap
… for the strength and healing of:
- Benjamin Abarado
- Melba Dayata
- Cory Aquino
- Francis Torres
- Ester Marcelo
- Richy Ozoa
- Timmy Mamonluk
- Arnold Cabatingan
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Benita Yao Sio Eng vda Hwan
- Birthday: Alfredo D. Sumala
- Birthday: Virginia Yu
- Wedding Anniversary: Vicente & Teresita Cuevas
… for the healing and peace of all families
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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