Wednesday, August 01, 2018
THURSDAY, 17TH Week in Ordinary Time
August 2, 2018 – THURSDAY, 17TH Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. Peter Faber, Priest
St. Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop I
St. Peter Julian Eymard
Priest and Religious Founder
Jer 18: 1 - 6 I Mt 13: 47- 53
Savoyard St. Peter Faber (1506 - 1546), ordained a priest in 1534, was the first priest of the Society of Jesus. He was among its founding members (1540). At the Pope's bidding he preached all over Europe. Beatified by Pope Pius IX in 1872, he was canonized by Pope Francis on 17 December 2013.
St. Eusebius of Vercelli (283? - 371), from Sardinia, was the first Bishop of Vercelli in northern Italy. He defended the divinity of Christ against the Arians.
Frenchman St. Peter Julian Eymard (1811 - 1868), greatly devoted to the Eucharist, founded the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament.
FROM THE 1ST READING: Jer 18: 3- 6
So I went to the potter's house and found him working on the wheel. But the pot he was working on was spoiled in his hands, so he reworked it all over agan into another pot that suits his desire.
Meanwhile Yahweh sent me his word, "People of Israel, can I not do with you what this potter does? As clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hands."
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Mt 13: 47- 50
Jesus said, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a big fishing net let down into the sea, in which every kind of fish has been caught. When the net is full, it is dragged ashore. Then they sit down and gather the good fish in buckets, but throw the worthless ones away. That is how it will be at the end of time; the angels will go out and separate the wicked from the just, and throw them into the blazing furnace where they will weep and gnash their teeth."
In the first reading Yahweh's dealings with Israel are compared to a potter and the pot he works on.. The potter can rework the pot he does not like; so can God do with Israel..
When we are broken, we need someone to heal and make us whole again. In our need, whether expected or not, God will find a way to reach out to us and invite us to return to him and be made whole again, provided we wish and ask him to do so. Like clay in a potter's hands, he who knew us even before we came into being can transform us to live in peace and joy.
The kingdom of heaven being compared to a big fishing net let down into the sea illustrates the mission of the Church "to catch people." "To be caught" means we are given the opportunity to follow Christ. However, it is not enough for us just "to be caught." Hopefully we are like the good fish, good to eat and nourishing for people; hopefully we not bad fish, not good to eat, which are then just thrown away.
The day will come when we will be judged: the good will be separated from the bad; the just from the wicked. As we go through life, we continue to make choices: we hope we choose responsibly and correctly to be rewarded with eternal life with God.
FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST.
Lesley Anne G. Choa
Richel A. Flores
Marilyn W Lee
Angelica L.. Salvador
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Camilo B. Austria
Annie G. Lacuesta
Have a good day!
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