Monday, July 29, 2013
TUESDAY 17TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
JULY 30, 2013
MEMORIAL, SAINT PETER CHRYSOLOGUS, BISHOP AND DOCTOR
TUESDAY 17TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
Ex 33:7-11; 34:5-9,28 / Ps 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 / Mt 13:35-43
Exodus 33:7-11; 34:5-9,28
Moses then took the Tent and pitched it for himself outside the camp, at a distance from it, and called it the Tent of Meeting. Whoever sought Yahweh would go out to the Tent of Meeting outside the camp. And when Moses went to the tent all the people would stand, each one at the entrance to his tent and keep looking towards Moses until he entered the tent. Now, as soon as Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and remain at the entrance to the tent, while Yahweh spoke with Moses. When all the people saw the pillar of cloud at the entrance to the tent, they would arise and worship, each one at the entrance to his own tent. Then Yahweh would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his neighbor, and then Moses would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua, son of Nun, would not leave the tent. And Yahweh came down in a cloud and stood there with him, and Moses called on the name of Yahweh. Then Yahweh passed in front of him and cried out, "Yahweh, Yahweh is a God full of pity and mercy, slow to anger and abounding in truth and loving-kindness. He shows loving-kindness to the thousandth generation and forgives wickedness, rebellion and sin; yet he does not leave the guilty without punishment, even punishing the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation." Moses hastened to bow down to the ground and worshiped. He then said, "If you really look kindly on me, my Lord, please come and walk in our midst and even though we are a stiff-necked people, pardon our wickedness and our sin and make us yours." Moses remained there with Yahweh forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. He wrote on the slabs the words of the Covenant—the Ten Commandments.
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. Then he sent the crowds away and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field." Jesus answered them, "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world; the good seed are the people of the Kingdom; the weeds are those who follow the evil one. The enemy who sows the weeds is the devil; the harvest is the end of time, and the workers are the angels. Just as the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so will it be at the end of time. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom all that is scandalous and all who do evil. And these will be thrown in the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the just will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. If you have ears, then hear.
Every day we witness injustice in the world. Bad things seem to happen to good people and evil people seem to have good things happening to them. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer. Good people are abused and persecuted by evil people and they get away with it. And in our exasperation, many times we comment, "leave it in the hands of God" or "God will take care of it" or "they'll get what's coming to them, God will see to that."
Jesus' parable tells us that here on earth, good and evil coexist and both can be sown into our hearts. He warns us that there is an enemy that will try to destroy the good before it can bear fruit so we must not allow the bad seed to take root and consume us. In the end, there shall be justice. There will be a separation of good and evil and each will reap what he has sown. The good will inherit the kingdom, the bad will be thrown into the furnace and get their due punishment. Then will the separation of good and evil be permanent. Therefore, the impenitent should have every reason to be alarmed and the righteous can take satisfaction in the thought that they will eventually get their just reward.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Joy Droke
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
- Araceli Vizcayda
- William Etchison, Etchison family, Guill family, Jimenez family
… for the personal intentions of
- Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo, Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo, Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
- Beny Chua
… 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.
- Wedding Anniversary: Jonathan & Virginia Ho Gotamco
- In Memoriam (+): Ma. Brigida R. Alagar
- In Memoriam (+): Valentin Bautista
- In Memoriam (+): Arch Florencio K. Tan (Sep 22, 1918 - Jul 30, 1998)
… 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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