Monday, October 30, 2017
TUESDAY, 30TH Week in Ordinary Time
October 31, 2017 – TUESDAY, 30TH Week in Ordinary Time
St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, Religious
Rom 8: 18- 25 / Lk 13: 18- 21
A Spanish Jesuit lay brother, St. Alphonsus Rodriguez (1533 -1617) performed humble tasks all his life at the Jesuit house in Palma in Majorca.
FROM THE FIRST READING: Rm 8: 18- 23
I consider that the suffering of our present life cannot be compared with the Glory that will be revealed and given to us. All creation is eagerly expecting the birth in glory of the children of God. For if now the created world was unable to attain its purpose, this did not come from itself, but from the one who subjected it. But is it not without hope; for even the created world will be freed from this fate of death and share the freedom and glory of the children of God.
We know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pangs of birth. Not creation alone, but even ourselves, although the Spirit was given to us as a foretaste of what we are to receive, we groan in our innermost being, eagerly awaiting the day when God will give us full rights and rescue our bodies as well.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 13: 18- 21
Jesus continued speaking, "What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? Imagine a person who has taken a mustard seed and planted it in the garden. The seed has grown and become like a small tree, so that the birds of the air shelter in its branches."
And Jesus said again, "What is the kingdom of God like? Imagine a woman who has taken yeast and hidden it in three measures of flour until it is all leavened."
The Gospel reading gives us two parables to help us understand the kingdom of God. It is like a small mustard seed, which grows into a small tree, able to shelter birds in its branches. It is like yeast which leavens flour into bread.
In the first reading Paul tells us how we will enjoy the kingdom of God in its fullness when "we share the freedom and glory of the children of God" in the kingdom
Our sins cut us off from the kingdom of God. When we are in sin, we live outside his grace. We banish the Holy Spirit from ourselves.
When we are burdened with troubles of whatever kind, with failures and disappointments, with suffering, the first reading assures us that all this is part of our preparation for full enjoyment of God's life and glory.
Let our lives be alive and productive like the mustard seed growing into a tree, like the yeast transforming the flour into bread. Let our lives be faithful witnesses to the kingdom of God in this world.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
MANUEL D. WONGCHUKING
TOM JUSTIN M CONESE
PETER & MARY NG
REY HERNANDEZ (FOR GOOD HEALTH)
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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