Friday, September 19, 2014
Saturday 24th Week in Ordinary Time
Saturday 24th Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial, Sts. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and companions]
1 Cor 15: 35-37, 42-49 / Ps 56: 10c-12, 13-14/ Lk 8: 4-15
Reading: 1 Cor 15: 35-37, 42-49
Some of you will ask: How will the dead be raised? With what kind of body will they come? You fools! What you sow cannot sprout unless it dies. And what you sow is not the body of the future plant but a bare grain of wheat or any other seed, It is the same with the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in decomposition; it will be raised never more to die. It is sown in humiliation, and it will be raised for Glory. It is buried in weakness, but the resurrection shall be with power. When buried it is a natural body, but it will be raised as a spiritual body. For there shall be a spiritual body as there is at present a living body. Scripture says that Adam, the first man, became a living being; but the last Adam has become a life-giving spirit. The spirit does not appear first, but the natural life, and afterwards comes the spirit. The first man comes from the earth and is earthly, while the second one comes from heaven. As it was with the earthly one, so is it with the earthly people. As it is with Christ, so with the heavenly. This is why, after bearing the image of the earthly one, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly one.
Gospel: Luke 8: 4-15
As a great crowd gathered and people came to him from every town, Jesus began teaching them through stories, or parables, "The sower went out to sow the seed. And as he sowed, some of the grain fell along the way, was trodden on and the birds of the sky ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and no sooner had it come up than it withered, because it had no water. Some fell among thorns; the thorns grew up with the seed and choked it. But some fell on good soil and grew, producing fruit - a hundred times as much." And Jesus cried out, "Listen then, if you have ears to hear!" The disciples asked him, "What does this story mean?" And Jesus answered, "You have been granted to know the mystery of the kingdom of God. But to others it is given in the form of stories, or parables, so that seeing they may not perceive and hearing they may not understand." Now, this is the point of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the wayside are people who hear it, but immediately the devil comes and takes the word from their minds, for he doesn't want them to believe and be saved. Those on the rocky ground are people who receive the word with joy, but they have no root; they believe for a while and give way in time of trial. Among the thorns are people who hear the word but as they go their way, are choked by worries, riches, and the pleasures of life; they bring no fruit to maturity. The good soil, instead, are people who receive the word and keep it in a gentle and generous mind, and persevering patiently, they bear fruit.
Seeds are the basic units of life. In the story, the seed is the Word of God. God has been so generous with us and blessed us with His word. But only a few listen because the others are blinded by the material things and idols on earth. Though the word may be hidden for a few, it is still there. They only need faith in order to overcome all these hindrances that stray them from the Lord. People are concrete seeds of God. We are made by the creator and we should all therefore be filled with positive characteristics. It is only the people tainted by the devil who are the bad seeds who have no root, no stable ground for their faith. Therefore they crumble into the depths of hell. Though all of us have the natural tendency to sin and be sinners, we also have the choice to do the right thing because we are always given choices. It is our duty to pick the right choice and do the right thing so that way, we may be pure in the eyes of God.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
* Gertrudes Marasigan
... for world peace and reconciliation
* for those suffering in Northern Iraq and other troubled spots
... for good health - Bernardina Cruz
... for safe travel - Ma. Fatima Nona
... for birthday intentions of Francisco Marasigan
... for speedy recovery - Patrick Kahn
... for eternal repose - Arnold Allan V. Cabatingan, Florecita Navalta-Renato
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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