Thursday, January 25, 2018
FRIDAY, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time
January 26, 2018 – FRIDAY, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. Timothy and Titus, Bishops
2 Tm 1: 1 - 8 or Ti 1: 1 – 5 / Mk 4: 26 - 34
Sts. Timothy (d. 97) and Titus (d. 107) were both disciples of St. Paul the Apostle. St. Timothy was the first Bishop of Ephesus; St. Titus was the first Bishop of Crete. St, Paul wrote pastoral letters to them.
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 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."
The parable of the growing seed is one of the many parables Jesus tells us about the Kingdom of God. A man scatters seed on the ground and, without having to do anything, the seed sprouts and grows. According to the parable the Kingdom of God is such: one need not do anything, yet, like the seed, it will grow and flourish.
There are many things we do not really understand in our lives. There are times we work so hard and yet gain so little; or times when we hardly do anything but experience great success; or sickness and sorrow, and death.
The Lord is powerful and his ways mysterious. In moments we do not understand, we are left to trust and have faith that he remains in control.
God is a God of surprises and in all his surprises only one thing remains true: that his purpose is that we feel his love and concern for each one of us. We need God and not the other way around.
The creation story tells us that God's creation is self-sufficient. In the Sermon on the Mount we are reminded that the birds of the air and the flowers of the field are well cared for. And "are you not worth much more than birds?" (Mt 6:
26) "Set your heart first on the kingdom of God and all these things will also be
given to you. Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself." (Mt 6: 33- 34)
The Gospel reading tells us to trust that God has beautiful plans for each one of us. Are we patient enough to wait for it to unfold?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Christian B. Atienza
Dean Andro T. Temp/a/
Sherwin & Joyce Gotamco Chan
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Ma. Manuel C. Ferrer
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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