January 27, 2017 – FRIDAY, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time
St. Angela Merici, Virgin and Religious
Heb 10: 32- 39 / Mk 4:26 – 34
From northern Italy, St. Angela Merici (1470 -1540) worked for the formation of Christian women in society and founded the Order of the Ursulines (1535), the first women's teaching congregation in the Church.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Heb 10: 32- 36
Remember the first days when you were enlightened. You had to undergo a hard struggle in the face of suffering, publicly you were exposed to humiliations and trials, and had to share the sufferings of others who were similarly treated. You showed solidarity with those in prison; you were dispossessed of our goods and accepted it gladly for you knew you were acquiring a much better and more durable possession.
Do not throw away your confidence which will be handsomely rewarded. Be patient in doing the will of God, and the promise will be yours.
GOSPEL READING: Mk 4: 26- 34
Jesus also said, "In the kingdom of God it is like this. A man scatters seed upon the soil. Whether he is asleep or awake, be it day or night, the seed sprouts and grows, he knows not how. The soil produces of itself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. And when it is ripe for harvesting they take the sickle for the cutting: the time for harvest has come."
Jesus also said, "What is the kingdom of God like? To what shall we compare it? It is like a mustard seed which, when sown, is the smallest of all the seeds scattered upon the soil. But once grown, it grows up and becomes the largest of the plants in the garden and even grows branches so big that the birds of the air can take shelter in its shade."
Advances in science today have allowed us to have better means of growing plants and to have improved harvests. We have better seeds, more efficient fertilizers and pesticides, improved and more efficient watering techniques. Bottom-line, though, plants still grow in almost miraculous fashion now as ever before, helped by water, sun, temperature and ambient conditions.
Jesus uses the growth of a mustard seed, among the smallest of seeds, into a large plant with branches able to shelter and house the birds of the air. The kingdom of God, too, grows in such and almost miraculous fashion: its successful growth into a large tree is almost inevitable.
In the first reading we see that not even trials and persecutions were able to stop the growth of the Church. In fact, the blood of martyrs, many of them in the coliseum of Rome, was the seed which nourished and hastened the growth of the early Church at the center of the Roman Empire.
We pray that, like the tiny mustard seed, our growth in faith may be robust, steady and productive.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
BR. ARMAN B. SAMONTE SJ
CATH DIESTA RECHIEL C. GARCIA
IN MEMORIAM (+)
CARlDAD B. YANG
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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