Wednesday, July 25, 2012
MEMORIAL, STS JOACHIM & ANNE
THURSDAY 16TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
MEMORIAL, STS JOACHIM & ANNE
Jer 2:1-3. 7- 8, 12-13 / Mt 13:10-17
JEREMIAH 2:1-3. 7- 8, 12-13
A word of Yahweh came to me, "Go and shout this in the hearing of Jerusalem. This is Yahweh's word: I remember your kindness as a youth, the love of your bridal days, when you followed me in the wilderness, through a land not sown. Israel was holy to Yahweh, the first-fruits of his harvest. All who ate of it had to pay and misfortune fell on them — it is Yahweh who speaks. I brought you to a fertile land to eat of the choicest fruit. As soon as you came you defiled my land and dishonored my heritage! The priests did not ask, `Where is Yahweh?' The masters of my teaching did not know me; the pastors of my people betrayed me; the prophets followed worthless idols and spoke in the name of Baal. Be aghast at that, O heavens! Shudder, be utterly appalled—it is Yahweh who speaks—for my people have done two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, to dig for themselves leaking cisterns that hold no water!
Then his disciples came to him and said, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" Jesus answered, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but not to these people. For the one who has, will be given more and he will have in abundance. But the one who does not have will be deprived of even what he has. That is why I speak to them in parables, because they look and do not see; they hear, but they do not listen or understand. In them the words of the prophet Isaiah are fulfilled: However much you hear, you do not understand; however much you see, you do not perceive. For the heart of this people has grown dull. Their ears hardly hear and their eyes dare not see. If they were to see with their eyes, hear with their ears and understand with their heart, they would turn back, and I would heal them. But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears, because they hear. For I tell you that many prophets and upright people have longed to see the things you see, but they did not see them, and to hear the things you hear, but they did not hear them.
The apostles ask Jesus why he had to speak in parables. Jesus tells them that since they are favored, they were given many things that the rest did not receive.
In the parables, the prophet Isaiah's words were fulfilled: "However much you hear, you do not understand; however much you see, you do not perceive." As Jesus told his apostles, if people accepted his Word and were converted by it, Jesus could heal them. But the people chose not to understand.
Having been given much, the apostles were meant to do many things after Jesus was gone. Jesus' mission continues until he gathers everyone together into the kingdom of God. The parable is also applicable to us today. Do we listen to the gospel and homily every Sunday and yet do not hear because our minds are somewhere else? Let's try to be aware of this when we attend Mass this Sunday.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Cipriano Maribojoc
- Mon Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Tito Oreta
- Samson Merced
… for the personal intentions of
- Ifeanyi Anyaugo and Obinna Okoronkwo, Dr Ugonna Anyaugo, Ogechi Anyaugo, Barr Obinna Okoronkwo; Barr (Mrs) Barbs Adaugo Okoronkwo, Eng Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Mr. Chuba Anyaugo, Cordelia Anyaugo
- Veronica Yap
- Trinna Maningat, Abbie,Gailey, Karen
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Fr. Bijoy. Eternal rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Anna Recto
- Birthday: Lily Ann Favis
- Birthday: Joselito Sison
- In Memoriam (+): Guillermo Tansengco
… 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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