Tuesday, July 30, 2013
WEDNESDAY 17TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
MEMORIAL, SAINT IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA, PRIEST
WEDNESDAY 17TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YR I
Ex 34:29-35 / Ps 99: 5. 6. 7. 9 / Mt 13:44-46
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two slabs of the Statement in his hands, he was not aware that the skin of his face was radiant after speaking with Yahweh. Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw that Moses' face was radiant and they were afraid to go near him. But Moses called them, and Aaron with all the leaders of the community drew near, and Moses spoke to them. Afterwards all the Israelites came near and he told them all that Yahweh had commanded him on Mount Sinai. When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face. Whenever Moses went before Yahweh to speak with him, he took off the veil until he came out again. And when he came out and told them what he had been commanded, the Israelites saw that his face was radiant. Moses would then replace the veil over his face until he went again to speak with Yahweh.
The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. The one who finds it buries it again; and so happy is he, that he goes and sells everything he has, in order to buy that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a trader who is looking for fine pearls. Once he has found a pearl of exceptional quality, he goes away, sells everything he has and buys it.
Today is the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order. He was a soldier who was injured in battle. While he was recovering from his wounds, he discovered Jesus through the Bible. He realized that when he thought worldly thoughts, he would end up feeling dry and empty. But when he thought of God and prayed to Him, he was very happy. He was like the man in today's gospel who found a treasure/a pearl of great worth and sold everything he had to buy it.
After his conversion, Ignatius did a complete turnaround. He became totally immersed in Christ. He would later recruit other young men to form the Company of Jesus. Not all of us are called to become Jesuits, Dominicans, etc. but we are all called to be soldiers of Christ. We are called to actively make Christ known to men. A soldier serves his king and fights the enemies of the kingdom. We serve our Lord Jesus Christ and do battle with the devil. We should not say, "Let the Jesuits do the fighting for us." Instead we should imbibe the Jesuit motto to be men for others. To become truly a man for others, we must first be men of prayer, men with a deep relationship with God. Then after receiving God's messages and intuitions, we go into the world desiring to spread God's messages to others. St. Ignatius made us see clearly that there is a spiritual world and our lives cannot be spent only on the mundane/material things.
May God raise more vocations for the Jesuit order or any congregation for that matter. May there be more men and women eager to be messengers of God's Word and God's love.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
- Araceli Vizcayda
- William Etchison, Etchison family, Guill family, Jimenez family
- Joy Droke
… 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
- Netta, Herb, Benny, Mary Ann M, Randy, Denise, Debbie, Jo, Delores, Jean P, Eugene R, Vita, Mary Ann R & Fr Larry
… 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: Patrick Cicero Cabral
- Birthday: Stephen Yap
- Thanksgiving: Charlie Charlene Chester Chelsea
- In Memoriam (+): Rolando Guieb Castillo
… 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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