Monday, July 27, 2009
TUESDAY 17TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
TUESDAY 17TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
EXODUS 33:7-11; 34:5B-9, 28
The tent, which was called the meeting tent, Moses used to pitch at
some distance away, outside the camp. Anyone who wished to consult the
LORD would go to this meeting tent outside the camp. Whenever Moses
went out to the tent, the people would all rise and stand at the
entrance of their own tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent.
As Moses entered the tent, the column of cloud would come down and
stand at its entrance while the LORD spoke with Moses. On seeing the
column of cloud stand at the entrance of the tent, all the people
would rise and worship at the entrance of their own tents. The LORD
used to speak to Moses face to face, as one man speaks to another.
Moses would then return to the camp, but his young assistant, Joshua,
son of Nun, would not move out of the tent. Moses stood there with the
LORD and proclaimed his name, "LORD." Thus the LORD passed before him
and cried out, "The LORD, the LORD, a merciful and gracious God, slow
to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity, continuing his kindness
for a thousand generations, and forgiving wickedness and crime and
sin; yet not declaring the guilty guiltless, but punishing children
and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation for their
fathers' wickedness!" Moses at once bowed down to the ground in
worship. Then he said, "If I find favor with you, O LORD, do come
along in our company. This is indeed a stiff-necked people; yet pardon
our wickedness and sins, and receive us as your own." So Moses stayed
there with the LORD for forty days and forty nights, without eating
any food or drinking any water, and he wrote on the tablets the words
of the covenant, the ten commandments.
Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples
approached him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in
the field." He said in reply, "He who sows good seed is the Son of
Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the
Kingdom. The weeds are the children of the Evil One, and the enemy who
sows them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the
harvesters are angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned up with
fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send
his angels, and they will collect out of his Kingdom all who cause
others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery
furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the
righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear."
The Lord is very patient. That is why we are given this time on earth
to choose good over evil. Many times we ask the question: why does God
allow the evil in the world to seemingly prosper? Sometimes we are
even tempted to think that there is no justice in the world. It seems
that the evil ones get away with what they are doing and the righteous
ones suffer and lose out in the end.
But today's Gospel tells us that there will be a judgment day. It is
all a matter of time, but it will come. The evil will go to the fiery
furnace, while the good shall be rewarded in Heaven.
The Lord sees ever y thing and records everything. At the end of time,
all will be brought to the light. All secrets and intentions of the
heart will be brought forth and revealed. Therefore, let us take
consolation in doing good, preserving the good and defending the good
in us, because the days will come when the saints will shine like the
sun in God's kingdom. Let us have this desire to be one of those
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the special intentions:
- Mesh and Lars
- Med Villanueva
… for the strength and healing of:
- Lynne Frohmiller
- Michael Velasco
- Jay Ar Crisol
- Cory Aquino
- Francis Torres
- Ester Marcelo
- Richy Ozoa
… 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: Geraldine S. Lim
- Birthday: Manuel C. Tagaza
- Birthday: Henry Dee
- Birthday: Celso S. Bate
- Birthday: Jovie Zalamea
- In Memoriam (+): Dr. Amparo Navarrete Nañagas
… 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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