Friday, September 17, 2010
SATURDAY 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
SATURDAY 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
FIRST CORINTHIANS 15:35-37, 42-49
Someone may ask: How are dead people raised, and what sort of body do
they have when they come? How foolish! What you sow must die before it
is given new life; and what you sow is not the body that is to be, but
only a bare grain, of wheat I dare say, or some other kind. It is the
same too with the resurrection of the dead: what is sown is
perishable, but what is raised is imperishable; what is sown is
contemptible but what is raised is glorious; what is sown is weak, but
what is raised is powerful; what is sown is a natural body, and what
is raised is a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is a
spiritual body too. So the first man, Adam, as scripture says, became
a living soul; and the last Adam has become a life-giving spirit. But
first came the natural body, not the spiritual one; that came only
afterwards. The first man, being made of earth, is earthly by nature;
the second man is from heaven. The earthly man is the pattern for
earthly people, the heavenly man for heavenly ones. And as we have
borne the likeness of the earthly man, so we shall bear the likeness
of the heavenly one.
With a large crowd gathering and people from every town finding their
way to him, he told this parable: 'A sower went out to sow his seed.
Now as he sowed, some fell on the edge of the path and was trampled
on; and the birds of the air ate it up. Some seed fell on rock, and
when it came up it withered away, having no moisture. Some seed fell
in the middle of thorns and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And
some seed fell into good soil and grew and produced its crop a
hundredfold.' Saying this he cried, 'Anyone who has ears for listening
should listen!' His disciples asked him what this parable might mean,
and he said, 'To you is granted to understand the secrets of the
kingdom of God; for the rest it remains in parables, so that they may
look but not perceive, listen but not understand. 'This, then, is what
the parable means: the seed is the word of God. Those on the edge of
the path are people who have heard it, and then the devil comes and
carries away the word from their hearts in case they should believe
and be saved. Those on the rock are people who, when they first hear
it, welcome the word with joy. But these have no root; they believe
for a while, and in time of trial they give up. As for the part that
fell into thorns, this is people who have heard, but as they go on
their way they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of
life and never produce any crops. As for the part in the rich soil,
this is people with a noble and generous heart who have heard the word
and take it to themselves and yield a harvest through their
The parable of the sower gives us insights on our God, ourselves and
what God expects from us. A sower plants, waters, weeds and harvests.
A sower does these again and again. He is always back to start every
planting season even after a poor harvest. As a sower is to his
plants, God is to us. He is with us all throughout our life's journey,
during good and the difficult times. Even after we sin and hurt Him,
He is there patiently waiting to forgive, looking forward and hoping
for our positive response to his call.
God calls us to bear fruit — fruit for the nourishment of many. We are
called to be active participants in God's enterprise — to do good, to
be there for others, especially the weak and the marginalized, to be
concerned, to help, to comfort and to accompany others.
There are times we deteriorate from being good soil, becoming rocky
ground instead. We fall down through our weaknesses and sins. We need
God's patience, forgiveness and grace to get up and continue trying.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Fr. Bill McGarry, SJ
- Bernard T. Macababat
- Mike Torres
… for the personal intentions of
- Angela, Jesus, Norma, Henrietta
- Rica and John, Jojo and Eunice, Sheldon and Kristine, Judy and Paul
- Med V.
- Evelyn Ponce de Leon
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Boyet Balilla
- Nonoy Uy
- Arnold Cabatingan
- Joel Dapo
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: Rowena Tobias
- Birthday: Dra. Evelyn N. Almalel
- Birthday: Juan Paola Agbayani
- Birthday: Linda Magundang
- In Memoriam (+): Pedro Cabral
… 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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