Tuesday, July 27, 2010



JULY 28, 2010

JEREMIAH 15:10, 16-21
A disaster for me, mother, that you bore me to be a man of strife and
dissension for the whole country. I neither lend nor borrow, yet all
of them curse me. When your words came, I devoured them: your word was
my delight and the joy of my heart; for I was called by your Name,
Yahweh, God Sabaoth. I never sat in the company of scoffers amusing
myself; with your hands on me I held myself aloof, since you had
filled me with indignation. Why is my suffering continual, my wound
incurable, refusing to be healed? Truly, for me you are a deceptive
stream with uncertain waters! To which Yahweh replied, 'If you repent,
I shall restore you to plead before me. If you distinguish between the
precious and the base, you shall be as my own mouth. They will come
back to you, but you must not go back to them. As far as these people
are concerned, I shall make you a fortified wall of bronze. They will
fight against you but will not overcome you, because I am with you to
save you and rescue you, Yahweh declares. I shall rescue you from the
clutches of the wicked and redeem you from the grasp of the violent.'

MATTHEW 13:44-46
'The kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which
someone has found; he hides it again, goes off in his joy, sells
everything he owns and buys the field. 'Again, the kingdom of Heaven
is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great
value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it.

These two very similar parables are a continuation of the other
Kingdom of God parables. However in these two parables, the Buried
Treasure and Pearl of Great Price, Jesus wanted to call attention to
another very important aspect of the Kingdom of God. In the first
three kingdom parables, our Lord wanted to give hope in the midst of
hopelessness and sin. In today's two parables he wants to stress the
total commitment one has to make to be part of the Kingdom of God.

What comes to our mind when we read or hear the phrase" Kingdom of
God"? Jesus himself described his ministry as happening in the
"Kingdom of God". How do we understand what Jesus wanted to tell us?
Usually when we use the word "kingdom" we refer to a place. But, Jesus
was not referring to territory alone, he meant something more than
that. Some translations use "reign" in place of "kingdom"; "kingship"
might even be a better word to describe what Jesus meant. If we use
"kingship" or "reign", then the parables will make more sense.

When we acknowledge God as our King, Lord or Master, then it is to him
alone that we owe allegiance and obedience. It makes sense to give up
everything so that he alone is Lord and Master of our lives. Have we
examine our lives, to find out which areas we have not yet surrendered
to God? What areas have we identified that are not yet under his grace
even as we continue to call Jesus our Lord?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Msgr. Timothy O'Donovan
- Anaesthasia Rodrigues
- Carmen Pamatmat de Guzman
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, Mon Torres
- Pete Ramos
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Pauline
- Patrick and Mary Ann
- Atrero family
… in Thanksgiving: Arthur and Mylene Lim
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Sister Tim Karaski
- Tony Lopez
- Alberto F. Atrero
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: Manuel C. Tagaza
- Birthday: Myrna Yao
- Birthday: Celso S. Bate
- Birthday: Henry Dee
- Birthday: Geraldine S. Lim
- Wedding Anniversary: Rosky & Pauline Sevilla
- In Memoriam (+): Dr. Amparo Navarrete Nañagas
… for world peace and reconciliation.

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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