Tuesday, January 26, 2010
WEDNESDAY 3RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
WEDNESDAY 3RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
SECOND SAMUEL 7:4-17
But that very night, the word of Yahweh came to Nathan: 'Go and tell
my servant David, "Yahweh says this: Are you to build me a temple for
me to live in? I have never lived in a house from the day when I
brought the Israelites out of Egypt until today, but have kept
travelling with a tent for shelter. In all my travels with all the
Israelites, did I say to any of the judges of Israel, whom I had
commanded to shepherd my people Israel: Why do you not build me a
cedar-wood temple?" This is what you must say to my servant David,
"Yahweh Sabaoth says this: I took you from the pasture, from following
the sheep, to be leader of my people Israel; I have been with you
wherever you went; I have got rid of all your enemies for you. I am
going to make your fame as great as the fame of the greatest on earth.
I am going to provide a place for my people Israel; I shall plant them
there, and there they will live and never be disturbed again; nor will
they be oppressed by the wicked any more, as they were in former times
ever since the time when I instituted judges to govern my people
Israel; and I shall grant you rest from all your enemies. Yahweh
furthermore tells you that he will make you a dynasty. And when your
days are over and you fall asleep with your ancestors, I shall appoint
your heir, your own son to succeed you (and I shall make his
sovereignty secure. He will build a temple for my name) and I shall
make his royal throne secure for ever. I shall be a father to him and
he a son to me; if he does wrong, I shall punish him with a rod such
as men use, with blows such as mankind gives. But my faithful love
will never be withdrawn from him as I withdrew it from Saul, whom I
removed from before you. Your dynasty and your sovereignty will ever
stand firm before me and your throne be for ever secure." ' Nathan
related all these words and this whole revelation to David.
Again he began to teach them by the lakeside, but such a huge crowd
gathered round him that he got into a boat on the water and sat there.
The whole crowd were at the lakeside on land. He taught them many
things in parables, and in the course of his teaching he said to them,
'Listen! Imagine a sower going out to sow. Now it happened that, as he
sowed, some of the seed fell on the edge of the path, and the birds
came and ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky ground where it found
little soil and at once sprang up, because there was no depth of
earth; and when the sun came up it was scorched and, not having any
roots, it withered away. Some seed fell into thorns, and the thorns
grew up and choked it, and it produced no crop. And some seeds fell
into rich soil, grew tall and strong, and produced a good crop; the
yield was thirty, sixty, even a hundredfold.' And he said, 'Anyone who
has ears for listening should listen!' When he was alone, the Twelve,
together with the others who formed his company, asked what the
parables meant. He told them, 'To you is granted the secret of the
kingdom of God, but to those who are outside everything comes in
parables, so that they may look and look, but never perceive; listen
and listen, but never understand; to avoid changing their ways and
being healed.' He said to them, 'Do you not understand this parable?
Then how will you understand any of the parables? What the sower is
sowing is the word. Those on the edge of the path where the word is
sown are people who have no sooner heard it than Satan at once comes
and carries away the word that was sown in them. Similarly, those who
are sown on patches of rock are people who, when first they hear the
word, welcome it at once with joy. But they have no root deep down and
do not last; should some trial come, or some persecution on account of
the word, at once they fall away. Then there are others who are sown
in thorns. These have heard the word, but the worries of the world,
the lure of riches and all the other passions come in to choke the
word, and so it produces nothing. And there are those who have been
sown in rich soil; they hear the word and accept it and yield a
harvest, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.'
This story helps us to examine what kind of "soil" we are. Some of the
seeds will fall into rich trenches in the ploughed fields, take root,
grow and produce a hundred times its own weight in harvest. That's
what the Kingdom of heaven is like. It's a life-giving seed that
everyone desires and receives it. The sacred seed in some people is
crushed to death by others. But many people have an open and receptive
heart. Their sacred seed will grow and produce abundant fruit.
Take time, in prayer, to remember your sacred seed. Where do you feel
there has been stony ground, rocks, or thorniness in your life? Where
are the rich fruitful trenches? Does the word of God have a fighting
chance to take root in your life? Pray to our loving God who sows his
seed so generously.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Davis Danao
- Julian Santiago, Sr.
- Abraham A.
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Don V
… for the personal intentions of:
- Mariano M.
- Veronica Yap
- Med Villanueva
- Josheil Dapo
- Mary Jocelyn Ang
- Cheryl Armero
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Nestor "Boy" Laruda
- Go Bon Shu
- Ricardo Villanueva
Eternal rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him.
May he and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Josephine Gaviola
- Birthday: Arlene Aquilana
- Birthday: Ma. Victoria Macapagal San Pablo
- In Memoriam (+): Leona R. Borja
… 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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