Saturday, August 18, 2012
SATURDAY 19TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
SATURDAY 19TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
Ez 18:1-10, 13b, 30-32 / Mt 19:13-15
EZEKIEL 18:1-10, 13B, 30-32
The word of Yahweh came to me in these terms, "Why are you applying this proverb to the land of Israel: `The parents have eaten sour grapes and the children's teeth are set on edge?' As I live, word of Yahweh, this proverb will no longer be quoted in Israel. All life is in my hands, the life of the parent and the life of the child are mine. The lives of both are in my hands, so the one who sins will die. Imagine a man who is righteous and practices what is just and right. He does not eat in the mountain shrines, or look towards the filthy idols of Israel, does not defile his neighbor's wife, or have intercourse with a woman during her period; he molests no one, pays what he owes, does not steal, gives food to the hungry and clothes to the naked, demands no interest on a loan and doesn't lend for interest, refrains from injustice, practices true justice, man to man, follows my decrees and obeys my laws in acting loyally. Because such a man is truly righteous, he will live, word of Yahweh. But perhaps this man has a son who steals and sheds blood, committing crimes which his father never did, demands interest on a loan, even practices usury. Will such a man live? No, he will not! Because he has committed all these abominations he will die: his guilt will fall upon him. That is why I will judge you, Israel, each one according to his ways, word of Yahweh. Come back, turn away from your offenses, that you may not deserve punishment. Free yourselves from all the offenses you have committed and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why should you die, Israel? I do not want the death of anyone, word of Yahweh, but that you be converted and live!"
Then little children were brought to Jesus that he might lay his hands on them and pray. But the disciples scolded those who brought them. Jesus then said, "Let them be! Do not stop the children from coming to me, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to people such as these children." So Jesus laid his hands on them and went his way.
Why does God love little children so much? What virtues do they have? Their love is sincere and genuine. Their hearts are pure, their ways are simple. They are meek, innocent, humble, submissive, obedient, and patient. They place complete trust in the satisfaction of their needs. Once their simple craving is met, they become a picture of contentment. Perhaps God wants us to be like little children, to be more prayerful, always asking for help or guidance and thanking Him for His blessings.
Blessed Mother Teresa was born of wealthy parents, yet she chose not to live a life of affluence. Instead, she became a Catholic nun and founded the Missionaries of Charity. Having no worldly ambitions, she lived simply and selflessly, dedicating herself to the service of others. The editor of Catholic World Report, Philip Lawler, wrote on Mother Teresa: "What was the secret of this powerful little woman? It was her purity – the purity of heart and of purpose that enabled her to focus every ounce of her energy on her simple and unswerving mission in life: to do, to make, to be something beautiful for God." She made a vow of poverty, depending only on Church provisions in sustaining her congregation's services to the poorest of the poor.
Apart from wanting us to be like little children, God also desires us to be worthy parents. Since God nurtures us with love and affection, it is also our responsibility to nurture our children with the same love and affection to enable them to grow and become good Christians.
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
- Derek & Tina (WA), Denise (TX), Kristen (MS), Jack, Bob, Tom B, Linda O (TN), Mary Ann M (OH), Cheryl, Delores, Mary Ann, Luke, Ben & Nancy
- Virgilio D. Abapo
- Eriberta Calvario
… for the personal intentions of Rita & Pam, Gene L & Eugene R
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Papa Nelo
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.
- In Memoriam (+): Vivencio Dizon
… 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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