Wednesday, July 29, 2009
THURSDAY 17TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, PETER CHRYSOLOGUS, BISHOP
THURSDAY 17TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Moses did everything just as the LORD commanded him. So the tabernacle
was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year.
When Moses set up the tabernacle, he put the bases in place, erected
the frames, inserted the crossbars and set up the posts. Then he
spread the tent over the tabernacle and put the covering over the
tent, as the LORD commanded him. He took the Testimony and placed it
in the ark, attached the poles to the ark and put the atonement cover
over it. Then he brought the ark into the tabernacle and hung the
shielding curtain and shielded the ark of the Testimony, as the LORD
commanded him. Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the
glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the
Tent of Meeting because the cloud had settled upon it, and the glory
of the LORD filled the tabernacle. In all the travels of the
Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they
would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out--
until the day it lifted. So the cloud of the LORD was over the
tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of
all the house of Israel during all their travels.
"Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down
into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the
fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected
the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will
be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked
from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there
will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." "Have you understood all these
things?" Jesus asked. "Yes," they replied. He said to them, "Therefore
every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of
heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom
new treasures as well as old." When Jesus had finished these parables,
he moved on from there.
In today's parable of the net thrown into the lake, the kingdom of God
can be likened to a net full of all sorts of fish, those suitable for
eating and those that are not. All that is worthwhile, the fish that
is good for eating, are kept. The rest, the useless ones, are thrown
away. So the reign of God is like that here on earth; be it the
Church, a parish or a community. It gathers together all of us, no
matter how different we may be from each other.
As individuals we all belong to the kingdom. We are members of the
same body of Christ. However, are we worthwhile members? There can be
no middle ground. We are either committed members to Christ or are
hindrances and obstacles.
The parables of the net and the weeds make it clear that there exists
no complete peace in this life. Jesus says that this becomes possible
only at the Last Judgment. Yet he said: "Blessed are the peacemakers."
In God's Kingdom everything of true value has its place. Have we
opened our minds and hearts to the worthwhile? Or are we inclined to
discredit or reject anything just because it is new, or just because
it is old?
Let us always keep in mind that God's love extends to everyone in His
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:
- Jay Ar Crisol
- Cory Aquino
- Francis Torres
- Ester Marcelo
- Richy Ozoa
- Justice Gancayco
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Ricardo and Caridad Villanueva
- Danilo Lacson
- Tara Santileces, Victor Risma, Jr.
- Christine Marie Bernardo
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.
- Wedding Anniversary: Jonathan & Virginia H. Gotamco
- In Memoriam (+): Arch. Florencio K. Tan (Sep 22, 1918-Jul 30, 1998)+
… 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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