Sunday, July 26, 2009
MONDAY 17TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MONDAY 17TH WEEK 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."
In today's Gospel, we read about yeast, the leaven of the kingdom of
God which is grace, the real leaven in a Christian's life. Actual
grace may touch us at any moment of the day. Or it may come through a
word spoken by a friend, a glance or a picture. But what is this
wonderful leaven called grace?
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, and hope beyond the human. It is
God's alarm clock ringing in us. But it does more than the alarm
clock. It not only tells us to get up, but also gives us a boost; it
helps us to rise from sin, to rise above the mere natural.
Paul's letter 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 look for what is 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.
Today, let us keep in mind that under God's care even the tiniest
beginning can grow and multiply to produce great things in His
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the special intentions:
- Veronica Yap
- Mesh and Lars
- Med Villanueva
… for the strength and healing of:
- Lynne Frohmiller
- Timmy Mamonluk
- Arnold Cabatingan
- Jay Ar Crisol
- Cory Aquino
.. Birthday: Henry Dee
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Ricardo and Caridad Villanueva
- Danilo Lacson
Eternal rest grant unto them and may 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: Manny D. Recto
- Birthday: Lulu S. Recto
- Birthday: Sister Mary Anne O'Gorman
… 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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