Friday, September 16, 2011
SATURDAY 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
MEMORIAL, ST. ROBERT BELLARMINE, BISHOP
SATURDAY 24TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
1 Tm 6:13-16 / Ps 100:2, 3, 4, 5 / Lk 8:4-15
1 TIMOTHY 6:13-16
Now, in the presence of God who gives life to all things, and of Jesus
Christ who expressed before Pontius Pilate the authentic profession of
faith: preserve the revealed message to all. Keep yourself pure and
blameless until the glorious coming of Christ Jesus, our Lord, which
God will bring about at the proper time, he, the magnificent
sovereign, King of kings and Lord of lords. To him, alone immortal,
who lives in unapproachable light and whom no one has ever seen or can
see, to him be honor and power forever and ever. Amen!
As a great crowd gathered and people came to him from every town,
Jesus began teaching them through stories, or parables, "The sower
went out to sow the seed. And as he sowed, some of the grain fell
along the way, was trodden on and the birds of the sky ate it up. Some
fell on rocky ground, and no sooner had it come up than it withered,
because it had no water. Some fell among thorns; the thorns grew up
with the seed and choked it. But some fell on good soil and grew,
producing fruit—a hundred times as much." And Jesus cried out, "Listen
then, if you have ears to hear!" The disciples asked him, "What does
this story mean?" And Jesus answered, "You have been granted to know
the mystery of the kingdom of God. But to others it is given in the
form of stories, or parables, so that seeing they may not perceive and
hearing they may not understand. Now, this is the point of the
parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the wayside are
people who hear it, but immediately the devil comes and takes the word
from their minds, for he doesn't want them to believe and be saved.
Those on the rocky ground are people who receive the word with joy,
but they have no root; they believe for a while and give way in time
of trial. Among the thorns are people who hear the word but as they go
their way, are choked by worries, riches, and the pleasures of life;
they bring no fruit to maturity. The good soil, instead, are people
who receive the word and keep it in a gentle and generous mind, and
persevering patiently, they bear fruit."
Let us first be charged with Paul's words to Timothy: "In the presence
of God who gives life to all things, … I charge you to keep the
commandment. Keep yourself pure and blameless until the glorious
coming of Christ Jesus, our Lord."
Charged by Paul's exuberant command, let us now turn to the familiar
parable of the sowing Father and His word as the seed of life in my
receiving soil! What kind of soil do I have sow for Him? A rocky, cold
receiving hear t as soil; parched, thorny and bushy from the grumbles
of life that His seed as word of life is choked and unable to take
root and grow; or is my soil moist, good and fertile to retain the
seed/word of life and persevere to produce a crop for my family,
friends and associates to share and proclaim! We have our proverbial
hills and valleys, the habitual grazing and planting plots in our life
as soil for the seed of life. Use this familiarity with ease and allow
the Spirit to minister to us in quiet listening! Let us journal this.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of: Brian, Mary Ann, Kristen,
Debbie, Nancy, Gene, Eugene R, Frank, John C & Mrs C, Linda O
- Renan and Bong Lacida
- Jo Marcelo
- Wally Torres
- Mon Torres
… for the personal intentions of
- Mary Wong
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Jun Lee
- Jonathan Salazar
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: Pamela Denise C. Inocencio
- Birthday: Merle Gaspar
- Birthday: Annie Aberin
- Birthday: Jackie Capati
- In Memoriam (+): Marie Amy O'Gorman
- In Memoriam (+): Fr. Juan Andechaga, SJ
- In Memoriam (+): Elizabeth Ong Ting +
… 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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