Wednesday, August 01, 2012
THURSDAY 17TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
THURSDAY 17TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
MEMORIAL, SAINT EUSEBIUS OF VERCELLI*; SAINT PETER JULIAN EYMARD
Jer 18:1-6 / Mt 13:47-53
This is the word of Yahweh that came to Jeremiah: "Go down to the potter's house and there you will hear what I have to say." So I went to the potter's house and found him working at the wheel. But the pot he was working on was spoiled in his hands, so he reworked it all over again into another pot that suits his desire. Meanwhile Yahweh sent me his word, "People of Israel, can I not do with you what this potter does? As clay in the potter's hand so are you in my hands.
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 to throw the wicked 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 of heaven, is like a householder, who can produce from his store things both new and old." When Jesus had finished these parables, he left that place.
Jesus preached using images taken from his audience's everyday experiences to help them understand in layman's terms the meaning of God's Word and enable them to obey His will. He chose images that would be clear to simple people like the shepherds, merchants, tribesmen, farmers, and fishermen.
Jesus' parables cited images of goats and sheep, weeds and wheat, fish that can be eaten and those that cannot, to portray the kind of people who have encountered Jesus and have heard him preach. The point of the parable is that God's Word is sown in the hearts of men regardless of race, creed, and status; the kingdom of heaven is for everyone. When a dragnet has caught a mixed variety of fish and the haul is brought to shore, the fishermen segregate between edible and non-edible fish. According to the Jewish law, fish that have no scales or fins are unclean and thus should be thrown and not eaten (Lv 11:9-12). Meanwhile, those that may be eaten are to be collected in buckets and sold or brought home for consumption.
Both the good and the bad are invited to become part of God's family and kingdom. However, for the bad to change, they must first repent and mend their ways, as well as do reparation for the wrong that they committed; otherwise they would remain "unclean" by rejecting the grace that comes with God's word proclaimed to them.
Jesus came not for the well but rather for those who are sick and need to be healed. When we humbly acknowledge our sinful state as our sickness and give in to the healing grace of God's mercy instead of resisting it, we can hope to be placed among the sheep, the wheat, and the good fish.
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
- Julie Manzon, Delly David, Josephine and Juanito Ureta II, Draifa Naimi
- Elean Flores
- Gabriel C. Blanco
- Cipriano Maribojoc
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Mon Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Tito Oreta
… for the personal intentions of
- Glenda Bisco, Estelita Escamilla, Glenn and Julie Manzon
- Beny Chua
- Dr Ugonna Anyaugo; Ogechi Anyaugo; Barr Obinna Okoronkwo; Barr (Mrs)Barbs Adaugo Okoronkwo; Eng Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo; Mr.Chuba Anyaugo; Cordelia Anyaugo, Ifeanyi Anyaugo and Obinna Okoronkwo
- Nze and Lolo Collins Amadi and family , Mrs Cordelia Onwuka and family
…In Thanksgiving: Manzon Family, Barayoga Family
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Romulo " Bukay " Sy. 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: Angel Salvador
- Birthday: Judge Estrella C. Pagtanac
- Thanksgiving: Mencenario & Nicole Domingo
… 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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