Thursday, March 04, 2010



MARCH 5, 2010

GENESIS 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-18
Jacob loved Joseph more than all his other sons, for he was the son of
his old age, and he had a decorated tunic made for him. But his
brothers, seeing how much more his father loved him than all his other
sons, came to hate him so much that they could not say a civil word to
him. His brothers went to pasture their father's flock at Shechem.
Then Israel said to Joseph, 'Your brothers are with the flock at
Shechem, aren't they? Come, I am going to send you to them.' 'I am
ready,' he replied. The man answered, 'They have moved on from here;
indeed I heard them say, "Let us go to Dothan." ' So Joseph went after
his brothers and found them at Dothan. They saw him in the distance,
and before he reached them they made a plot to kill him.

MATTHEW 21:33-43, 45-46
'Listen to another parable. There was a man, a landowner, who planted
a vineyard; he fenced it round, dug a winepress in it and built a
tower; then he leased it to tenants and went abroad. When vintage time
drew near he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his produce.
But the tenants seized his servants, thrashed one, killed another and
stoned a third. Next he sent some more servants, this time a larger
number, and they dealt with them in the same way. Finally he sent his
son to them thinking, "They will respect my son." But when the tenants
saw the son, they said to each other, "This is the heir. Come on, let
us kill him and take over his inheritance." So they seized him and
threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. Now when the owner of
the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?' They answered,
'He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and lease the vineyard
to other tenants who will deliver the produce to him at the proper
time.' Jesus said to them, 'Have you never read in the scriptures: The
stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this is
the Lord's doing and we marvel at it? 'I tell you, then, that the
kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will
produce its fruit.' When they heard his parables, the chief priests
and the scribes realised he was speaking about them, but though they
would have liked to arrest him they were afraid of the crowds, who
looked on him as a prophet.

In the parable of the vineyard owner and the unworthy tenants, Jesus
addressed the Pharisees, the priests and the leaders of the Jewish
people of his time. He admonished them that God expected them to bear
fruit and offer them to God. Instead, they maltreated and killed the
prophets and killed even the Son of God himself who came to redeem
them, because what the prophets and the Son of God told them to do
interfered with what they had become comfortable with and their
worldly self interest.

The word of God, however, is addressed not only to the Pharisees and
the High Priest and the Jewish people of ancient history. The word of
God is addressed to everyone for all times and for all peoples,
including ourselves. We too are tenants in the vineyard of God. God is
expecting us to bear fruit for him. Are we bearing fruit and sharing
with God the fruits of His vineyard or are we like the followers of
the Pharisees and the High Priest, selfishly thinking only of our own
comfort and worldly desires? In our lives, are we choosing the will of
God over our own craving for fame and fortune, comfort and pleasure?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Juvy Ong
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Jessy
- Jo Marcelo
- Huey
- Renan Lacida
- Gemma
- Davis Danao
… for the personal intentions of
- Grace
- Minette and Edu
- Mariano M.
- Josheil Dapo
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Walter Stamatelaky
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: Joaquin T. Sun
- Birthday: Marivikk Viñas
- In Memoriam (+): Simplicia V. Lim
… 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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