Tuesday, July 26, 2011



JULY 27, 2011

Ex 34:29-35 / Ps 99:5, 6, 7, 9 / Mt 13:44-46

EXODUS 34:29-35
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two slabs of the
Statement in his hands, he was not aware that the skin of his face was
radiant after speaking with Yahweh. Aaron and all the sons of Israel
saw that Moses' face was radiant and they were afraid to go near him.
But Moses called them, and Aaron with all the leaders of the community
drew near, and Moses spoke to them. Afterwards all the Israelites came
near and he told them all that Yahweh had commanded him on Mount
Sinai. When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over
his face. Whenever Moses went before Yahweh to speak with him, he took
off the veil until he came out again. And when he came out and told
them what he had been commanded, the Israelites saw that his face was
radiant. Moses would then replace the veil over his face until he went
again to speak with Yahweh.

MATTHEW 13:44-46
Jesus said to the crowds, "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure
hidden in a field. The one who finds it buries it again; and so happy
is he, that he goes and sells everything he has, in order to buy that
field. "Again the kingdom of heaven is like a trader who is looking
for fine pearls. Once he has found a pearl of exceptional quality, he
goes away, sells everything he has and buys it."

This Gospel speaks of the worth of the Kingdom of God. If you could
but own it, what would you give to "pay" for it to make it yours?
Where would you hide it to make sure that it is kept safe? How much
would you be willing to exchange to keep it?

There is an interpretation that says that the Kingdom may not be a
place, but rather pertains to the "reign" or "kingship" of God; that
to be a part of His dominion, one has to be willing to offer
everything – everything you own, everything you are. But what if the
Kingdom of God is not just about the "place" or His dominion? What if
it is also a passageway? Think of it more in terms of a tunnel leading
to that which is just beyond our reach. What if our life here on earth
is the journey and all that we offer, suffer through and live through
is the "payment or investment" we make for that one way pass that will
eventually allow us to "go straight to the Kingdom of God." What price
are you willing to pay? What are you willing to give up or sacrifice
to get that pass and to keep it?

The key to obtaining this kingdom is our continuing faith. We commit
to at tending Sunday Mass; we hope to share what we've learned with
others who are not too aware of Christ's message; we live our lives
dedicated to this ideal. In the end, when we offer our all, than God's
kingdom becomes more real in our midst.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Ananias and Cornelia
- Anna Limpe McAvoy
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Jonathan Salazar
- Mon Torres
- Antonio Evangelista
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Mary Anne Owen O'Gorman
- Birthday: Manuel Recto
- In Memoriam (+): Comm. Jose S. Francisco
… for families who are in need of healing
… 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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