Thursday, August 02, 2012
FRIDAY 17TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
FRIDAY 17TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
Jer 26:1-9 / Mt 13:54-58
At the beginning of the reign of Judah's king Jehoiakim son of Josiah, the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah: Yahweh says this, "Stand in the courtyard of Yahweh's House and say to all who come from the towns of Judah to worship in Yahweh's house—all that I command you to say; do not omit anything! Perhaps they will listen to you. Perhaps each one will turn from his wicked ways. Then I will change my mind and forget the destruction that I have planned to inflict on them because of their wicked deeds. Tell them: This is what Yahweh says: "You have not obeyed me and you have failed to walk according to my Law which I have set before you. You have not heeded my servants, the prophets, whom I have persistently sent to you. If you stubbornly close your ears to them, I will treat this House of mine as I treated the sanctuary of Shiloh and let all the nations see that Jerusalem is a cursed city." The priests, the prophets and all the people heard what Jeremiah said in Yahweh's House. When Jeremiah finished saying all that Yahweh had commanded, he was besieged by the priests and prophets saying, "You are bound to die! How dare you speak in Yahweh's Name telling us that this House will be treated like Shiloh and this city is to become a deserted ruin." And all the people gathered around Jeremiah in the House of Yahweh.
He went to his hometown and taught the people in their synagogue. They were amazed and said, "Where did he get this wisdom and these special powers? Isn't he the carpenter's son? Isn't Mary his mother and aren't James, Joseph, Simon and Judas his brothers? Aren't all his sisters living here? How did he get all this?" And so they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, "The only place where prophets are not welcome is their hometown and in their own family." And he did not perform many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
In the first reading, Jeremiah admonishes the people and warns them of divine retribution if they do not reform their evil ways. In reaction, the priests and some of the people want to put him to death. In the Gospel, Jesus goes to his hometown and preaches to the people there, but they are skeptical of him. So Jesus says, "No prophet is accepted in his own house." And he is amazed at their lack of faith.
Why are some people so unwilling to listen to the voice of God's servants? Why are they more willing to listen to the devil, disguised in those who promise them earthly pleasures, success, fame, and wealth? The way to perdition is a wide road and many take it. Ours is a godless society where very few people talk about God, about self-denial, about being charitable, about being honest and upright. So beware, lest we become so unteachable that when a man of God comes to us and tells us to reform our evil behavior, we respond by telling Him to go away.
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
- Elean Flores
- Gabriel C. Blanco
- Cipriano Maribojoc
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Mon Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Tito Oreta
… for the personal intentions of
- 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
- Ramon S. Fecundo, Conchita S. Fecundo, Fecundo Family, Bukas Family
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Rita Co Son
- Birthday: Joaquin Cunanan, Jr.
- Birthday: Digna Mandigma
- Birthday: Amelia Dimaculangan
- Birthday: Bishop Gabriel Reyes
- In Memoriam (+): Feliciano T. Lao
… 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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