Wednesday, June 24, 2015


THURSDAY, 12th Week in Ordinary Time

June 25, 2015 THURSDAY, 12th Week in Ordinary Time
Gn 16:1-12. 15 – 16 / Mt 7: 21 - 29

Reading: Gn 16:1 -12. 15 – 16 
     Sarai, Abram's wife had not borne him a child, but she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar, and she said to Abram, "Now, since Yahweh has kept me from having children, go to my servant; perhaps I shall have a child by her." Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 
     Abram had been in the land of Canaan ten years when Sarai, his wife, took Hagar, her Egyptian maid, and gave her to Abram her husband as wife. He went in to Hagar and she became pregnant. 
     When she was aware of this, she began to despise her mistress. Sarai said to Abram, "May this injury done to me be yours. I put my servant in your arms and now that she knows she is pregnant, I count for nothing in her eyes. Let Yahweh judge between me and you." Abram said to Sarai, "Your servant is in your power; do with her as you please." Then Sarai treated her so badly that she ran away.
     The angel of Yahweh found her near a spring in the wilderness and said to her, "Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?" She said, "I'm running away from Sarai, my mistress." The angel of Yahweh said to her, "Go back to your mistress and humbly submit yourself to her." The angel of Yahweh said to her, "I will so increase your descendants, that they will be too numerous to be counted." Then the angel of Yahweh said to her, "Now you are with child and you will have a son, and you shall name him Ishmael, for Yahweh has heard your distress. He shall be a wild ass of a man, his hand against everyone and everyone's hand against him, defiant towards all his brothers."
     Hagar gave birth to a son and Abram called the child Hagar bore him, Ishmael. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar gave birth to Ishmael.

Gospel: Mt 7: 21 - 29   
     Jesus said, "Not everyone who says to me: Lord! Lord! will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my heavenly Father. Many will say to me on that day, "Lord, Lord, did we not speak in your name? Did we not cast out devils and perform many miracles in your name?" Then I will tell them openly: I have never known you; away from me, you evil people! 
     "So, then, anyone who hears these words of mine and acts accordingly is like a wise man, who built his house on rock. The rain poured, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house, but it did not collapse because it was built on rock. But anyone who hears these words of mine and does not act accordingly, is like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain poured, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house; it collapsed, and what a terrible fall that was!" 
     When Jesus had finished this discourse, the crowds were struck by the way he taught, because he taught with authority unlike their teachers of the Law. 
     In the first reading, Abraham impregnates the slave-girl of his wife Sarah and she conceives and gives birth to a son, Ishmael. This happened because Sarah herself could not conceive and so she put her trust in her schemes and not on God's promise to Abraham that he and Sarah would have a son of their own.  
     We often lose faith in God when things do not seem to be going our way. Then we make our own projects and in the process disregard God's laws. For example, we limit the number of children we want for our own families because we do not trust in God's providence. We disregard our Christian principles as long as we get the wealth and success we desire.  We forget to build our houses on rock and do not practice what we have heard in church. We compromise and even give up our Christian values in order to get what we want. How many Christian families have been corrupted by the values of the world! So instead of getting what we want, we end up making a mess of things. We must be certain that the laws of the Lord are perfect and to disobey them is to court disaster.  
     Let us continue to trust in the Lord. Let us wait for his saving power. In the meantime we should continue to obey his laws and trust in his plans.






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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