Friday, July 27, 2018
SATURDAY, 16th Week in Ordinary Time
July 28, 2018 – SATURDAY, 16th Week in Ordinary Time
Jer 7: 1 - 11 / Mt 13: 24- 30
FROM THE 1ST READING: Jer 7: 3, 5-7
Yahweh the God of Israel says this: Amend your ways and your deeds and I will stay with you in this place.... It is far better for you to amend your ways and act justly with all. Do not abuse the stranger, orphan or widow or shed innocent blood in this place or follow false gods to your own ruin. Then I will stay with you in this place, in the land I gave to your forefathers in times past and forever.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 13: 24- 30
Jesus told them another parable, "The kingdom of God can be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and left.
"When the plants sprouted and produced grain, the weeds also appeared. Then the servants of the owner came to him and said, 'Sir, was it not good seed that you sowed in your field? Where did the weeds dome from?'
"He answered them, 'This is the work of an enemy.' They asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull up the weeds?' He told them: 'No, when you pull up the weeds, you might uproot the wheat with them. Let them just grow together until harvest; and at harvest time I will say to the workers: Pull up the weeds first, tie them in bundles and burn them; then gather the wheat into my barn."'
In the first reading the Prophet Jeremiah assures the people of God's promises and reward for those who are faithful to him and his commandments. God has special care for "the stranger, orphan or widow" and the little ones who are in great need: so should we.
In the Gospel reading Jesus teaches us about the kingdom of God by comparing it to a field with good seed and weeds sown be an enemy. At harvest time the weeds will be gathered and burned and the wheat produce gathered. So also the good will be rewarded and the evil ones sent to eternal punishment.
Jesus came to proclaim the Good News of salvation. The evil One and his forces will do their best to prevent us from following Jesus and his commandments. We pray daily: "Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil."
We have to be steadfast in our ways and persevere in our following of Jesus.. Jesus is our leader in our journey; he will always be there to help us.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
Glazelle A. Banda-ay
Leng dela Cruz
Geraldine S. Lim
MAVIC Development, Inc.
Jennifer Gotamco Tan
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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