Wednesday, July 27, 2011
THURSDAY 17TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
THURSDAY 17TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Ex 40:16-21, 34-38 / Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6, 8, 11 / Mt 13:47-53
EXODUS 40:16-21, 34-38
Moses did this; he did exactly as Yahweh had commanded him. The Holy
Tent was set up on the first day of the first month in the second
year. Moses set up the Holy Tent. He fixed the bases for it, put up
its frames, put its crossbars in position, set up its posts. He spread
the tent over the Holy Tent and on top of this the covering for the
tent, as Yahweh had commanded Moses. He took the Covenant and placed
it inside the Ark. He set the poles to the ark in place and put the
mercy Seat on it. He brought the Ark into the Holy Tent and put the
screening veil in place; thus he screened the ark of Yahweh, as Yahweh
had commanded Moses. Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting and
the Glory of Yahweh filled the Holy Tent. Moses could not enter the
Tent of Meeting because of the cloud that rested on it and because of
the Glory of Yahweh that filled the Holy Tent. At every stage of their
journey, whenever the cloud rose from the Holy Tent the people of
Israel would continue their march. If the cloud did not rise, they
waited and would not move their camp until it did. For the cloud
rested on the Holy Tent by day, and a fire shone within the cloud by
night for all the House of Israel to see. And so it was for every
stage of their journey.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a big fishing net let down into
the sea, in which every kind of fish has been caught. When the net is
full, it is dragged ashore. Then they sit down and gather the good
fish in buckets, but throw the worthless ones away. That is how it
will be at the end of time; the angels will go out to separate the
wicked from the just and throw them into the blazing furnace, where
they will weep and gnash their teeth." Jesus asked, "Have you
understood all these things?" "Yes," they answered. So he said to
them, "You will see that every teacher of the Law who becomes a
disciple of the Kingdom is like a householder who can produce from his
store things both new and old." When Jesus had finished these
parables, he left the place.
Jesus continues to teach in parables. In this Gospel he uses the
parables of the fishing net and the householder. We are the audience
of Jesus today and he is asking us the same question. Have we
We are caught up by many things in life that distract us. Are we not
joining prayer communities, doing acts of generosity for the poor, yet
we have many things in our storeroom such as nurturing discrimination,
avoiding the company of some, holding on to unkind thoughts about
people we do not like or even fabricating lies to be acceptable.
A friend told me this story. The gate of heaven is flooded with people
wanting to enter. They were asked by the angel if they had done all
the requirements of love, of honesty, of forgiveness and gratitude.
Some answered yes, yet others said they brought a bag full of envy and
pride. Others brought a glass half filled with lies and deceit, and
still some came with cups over flowing with hatred and pride. How did
the angel porter deal with his queue who were all saved by Jesus'
death? The answer is ours.
The end is not measured by the number of organizations we belong to,
or the amount of money we have given to charity to get praises for
ourselves. In "Spiritual Growth Through Film" the film maker says,
"God looks at us when the sun is not up and when everything around us
is so serene. He sees us in our best and more so in our worst, for he
sees a child carefully crafted, gifted with time and opportunities to
be the best that can be."
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Anna Limpe McAvoy
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Jonathan Salazar
- Mon Torres
- Antonio Evangelista
- Gisselle, Rheinard, Leah
… for the personal intentions of
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Manuel C. Tagaza
- Birthday: Geraldine S. Lim
- Birthday: Henry Dee
- Birthday: Sr. Elizabeth Wang
- Birthday: Celso S. Bate
- Birthday: Myrna T. Yao
- Wedding Anniversary: Rino & Amy Tolentino
- In Memoriam (+): Christine Marie "Ang Chong" Bernardo
- In Memoriam (+): Dr. Amparo Navarrete Nañagas
… 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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