Tuesday, August 18, 2009
WEDNESDAY 20TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, JOHN EUDES, PRIEST
WEDNESDAY 20TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
All the citizens of Shechem and all Beth-millo came together and
proceeded to make Abimelech king by the terebinth at the memorial
pillar in Shechem. When this was reported to him, Jotham went to the
top of Mount Gerizim and, standing there, cried out to them in a loud
voice: "Hear me, citizens of Shechem, that God may then hear you! Once
the trees went to anoint a king over themselves. So they said to the
olive tree, `Reign over us.' But the olive tree answered them, `Must I
give up my rich oil, whereby men and gods are honored, and go to wave
over the trees?' Then the trees said to the fig tree, `Come; you reign
over us!' But the fig tree answered them, `Must I give up my sweetness
and my good fruit, and go to wave over the trees?' Then the trees said
to the vine, `Come you, and reign over us.' But the vine answered
them, `Must I give up my wine that cheers gods and men, and go to wave
over the trees?' Then all the trees said to the buckthorn, `Come; you
reign over us!' But the buckthorn replied to the trees, `If you wish
to anoint me king over you in good faith, come and take refuge in my
shadow. Otherwise, let fire come from the buckthorn and devour the
cedars of Lebanon.'"
Jesus told his disciples this parable: "The Kingdom of heaven is like
a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard.
After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into
his vineyard. Going out about nine o'clock, he saw others standing
idle in the marketplace, and he said to them, `You too go into my
vineyard, and I will give you what is just'. So they went off. And he
went out again around noon, and around three o'clock, and did
likewise. Going out about five o'clock, he found others standing
around, and said to them, `Why do you stand here idle all day?' They
answered, `Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, `You too go
into my vineyard.' When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said
to his foreman, `Summon the laborers and give them their pay,
beginning with the last and ending with the first.' When those who had
started about five o'clock came, each received the usual daily wage.
So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more, but
each of them also got the usual wage. And on receiving it they
grumbled against the landowner, saying, `These last ones worked only
one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day's
burden and the heat.' He said to one of them in reply, `My friend, I
am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for the usual daily
wage? Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one
the same as you? Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?
Are you envious because I am generous?' Thus, the last will be first,
and the first will be last."
Jesus tells us that believers who follow him early in life will earn
the same reward as those who follow him later in life. The treasure
that awaits us in Heaven will not be based on how much time or effort
we put in our Christian faith.
We operate under God's grace. Salvation is a gift, not compensation.
Even as servants of God, we shouldn't expect payment for we serve
Jesus as our Lord with faith and not for profit. God rewards us as His
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Crisanta Anas
- Francis Torres
- Richy Ozoa
- Kevin, Keempee and Darlita
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the speedy recovery and strength of Kurt Czyrell M. Sison
… for the health and well-being of Fe Vergel de Dios-Domingo
… for the personal intentions of
- Dapo family
… for the safety of San Juan de Dios Hospital
… in Thanksgiving: Enrique and Eufrocina Navarro and family
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Epifania Ylaya. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Co Suan Tee
- Birthday: Sis. Francesca Jhiun
- Birthday: Nancy L. Harel
- Birthday: Ma. Consuelo F. Bate
- Birthday: Luisa R. Opelanio
- Wedding Anniversary: Oscar & Lita Abel
- In Memoriam (+): Buenasenso Sy (Jan 27, 1934-Aug 19, 2008)
- In Memoriam (+): Yu Kuan
… 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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