Sunday, July 28, 2013
MEMORIAL, SAINT MARTHA
JULY 29, 2013
MEMORIAL, SAINT MARTHA
MONDAY 17TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
Ex 32:15-24,30-34 / Ps 106: 19-20. 21-22. 23 / Mt 13:31-35
Moses then returned and came down from the mountain carrying in his hand the two slabs of the Statement, slabs written on both sides, back and front. These slabs were the work of God and the writing graven on the slabs was the writing of God. When Joshua heard the noise of the people who were shouting he said to Moses, "There is a sound of war in the camp." But Moses answered, "It is not a victory song, nor the cry of defeat that I hear, but the sound of singing." When he drew near to the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burst forth and he threw the slabs from his hands and shattered them against the base of the mountain. Then he seized the calf they had made and burned it in the fire, grinding it into a powder that he scattered over the surface of the water, and this he made the Israelites drink. Moses said to Aaron, "What did these people do to you that you brought such a great sin on them?" And Aaron said, "Don't let your anger be roused. You know this people and how evil they are. They said to me: `Make us gods to go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us out of Egypt, we don't know what has happened to him.' I then said to them that who- ever had gold was to give it over to me. I threw it in the fire and out came this calf!" The next day Moses said to the people, "You have committed a very grave sin, but now I am going up to Yahweh; perhaps I will obtain pardon for your sin." So Moses went towards Yahweh and said, "Ah! This people has committed a very great sin; they made a god out of gold. And now please forgive their sin… if not, blot me out of the book you have written." Yahweh said to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against me, I will blot him out from my book. Go now! Lead the people where I told you. My Angel will walk before you and on the day of punishment I will punish them for their sin."
Jesus offered them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, that a man took and sowed in his field. It is smaller than all other seeds, but once it is fully grown, it is bigger than any garden plant; like a tree, the birds come and rest in its branches." He told them another parable, "The kingdom of heaven is like the yeast that a woman took, and hid in three measures of flour, until the whole mass of dough began to rise." Jesus taught all this to the crowds by means of parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So what the Prophet had said was fulfilled: I will speak in parables. I will proclaim things kept secret since the beginning of the world.
Parables are like fables with hidden meanings in them. Their messages may be readily apparent, but some of them may require more effort to understand than others. The parables of Jesus in the gospels are rich with meaning, especially if read with an open heart.
The two parables in this reading are about the Kingdom of Heaven. Our Lord compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a tiny mustard seed that grows into a plant with such size that the birds can come to rest in its branches. The Kingdom of Heaven is also compared to yeast that causes bread to rise in the process of baking. In both allegories, our Lord alludes to the growth of the Kingdom of Heaven. He reassures His followers that the kingdom of heaven will achieve spectacular growth from small beginnings.
Lord Jesus, give us the grace to remain steadfast in your love as we face the challenges and temptations that come our way, to live the way you lived, and to nurture your Kingdom so that we can contribute to its continuous growth in our community and in everyone around us.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Joy Droke
- Denise, Debbie, Jo, Gene L, Benny, Donnie M, Herb, Mary Ann M & Fr Larry
- Joy Droke
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
… for the personal intentions of
- Almabelle Abapo
- Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo, Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo, Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Cesar Rabuya. 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: Simplicio T. Del Carmen
- Birthday: Lucilla Bernardo
- Birthday: Carmen S. Ong
… 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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