27 July 2016
Wednesday, 17th Week in Ordinary Time
Jer 15:10, 16 – 21 / Mt 13: 44 – 46
From the 1st Reading: Jer 15:16 - 21
I devoured your words when they came. They were my happiness and I felt full of joy when you made your Name rest on me. Never did I associate with worldly people, amusing myself with scoffers! When your hand was upon me, I stood apart and you filled me with your anger. Why is there no end to my sorrow or healing for my wound? Why do you deceive me, and why does my spring suddenly dry up?
Then Yahweh spoke to me, "If you return I will take you back and you will serve me again. Draw the gold from the dross and you will be my own mouth. You must draw them to you and not go over to them. I will make you a fortress and a wall of bronze facing them; if they fight against you, they will not overcome you; I am with you to free you and save you. I will redeem you from the wicked and free you from the hands of tyrants."
Gospel Reading: Mt 13:44 - 46
Jesus said to his disciples, "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."
Our life is the most precious gift from God to us, and no amount of money can pay for this very special gift. In the same way, even if we sell all our property and possessions, we cannot gain the kingdom of heaven. But by offering our whole life in the service of God by the way we live, in the way Jesus taught us, then we show our gratitude for God's precious gift of life, and at the same time prepare for our entry into the kingdom of heaven.
In the first reading God assures his prophet Jeremiah that, in the midst of all the difficulties and challenges he may meet as God's prophet, God will always be with him. So with us in our lives.
How much do I value the kingdom of heaven? How much am I willing to pay, and how much am I willing to give up, to get it? And gain my entry into the kingdom? How much do I trust in God's promises that he will help and be present?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Florencia A. Salamat
Mary Anne O'Gorman
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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