Monthly Archives: July 2011

Monday of the 17th Week of the Year

Matt 13:31-35 The Parable of the Mustard Seed Thomas a’Kempis said: “Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” L. Tolstoy also said: “Everybody … Continue reading

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Tuesday of the 17th Week of the Year

Matt 13:36-43 The Explanation of the Parable of the Weeds The Gospel is about the interpretation of the Wheat and the Weed by which the Son of Man sows good seed in the field of the world which produces the … Continue reading

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Wednesday of the 17th Week of the Year

Matt 13:44-46 Parables of the Kingdom For us Filipinos if we are asked, what is our greatest treasure we answer immediately, ‘our family.’ It is because we consider our family as the source of our strength and inspiration. Despite the … Continue reading

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Thursday of the 17th Week of the Year

Matt 13:47-53 The Parable of the Dragnet Today’s gospel parable compares the kingdom of heaven to the work of fishermen who gather in the fish they caught and then sort out the bad ones from the good ones. And so Jesus … Continue reading

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Friday of the 17th Week of the Year

Lev 23:1,4-11,15-16,27,34-37; Matt 13:54-58 The Rejection at Nazareth This story is coming from Max Lucado in his, God Came Near (p. 57), that in 1858 the Illinois legislature, using an obscure statute, sent Stephen A. Douglas to the U.S. Senate … Continue reading

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Saturday of the 17th Week of the Year

Matt 14:1-12 The Death of John the Baptist Polycarp (A.D. 70-155) was bishop of Smyrna and a godly man. He had known the apostle John personally. When he was urged by the Roman proconsul to renounce Christ, Polycarp said: “Eighty … Continue reading

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Monday of the 16th Week of the Year

Matt 12:38-42 The Demand for a Sign I read this story being told in a homily that in the early years of Christianity a certain Telemachus, a hermit in the desert. Something told him, a call of God, that he … Continue reading

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Tuesday of the 16th Week of the Year

Matt 12:46-50 The True Family of Jesus A pastor of a Born-again Christian group received a call from a church that offered him a salary four times what he was then receiving. Being a devout man, he spent much time … Continue reading

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Wednesday of the 16th Week of the Year

Matt 13:1-9 The Parable of the Sower A story is told about three priests who found themselves before St. Peter at the gates of heaven and were asked what they had done in their lifetime. The first one said he … Continue reading

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Thursday of the 16th Week of the Year

Matt 13:10-17 The Purpose of Parables Somebody had said that God gave us two ears but only one mouth. Some people say that’s because he wanted us to spend twice as much time listening as talking. Others claim it’s because … Continue reading

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Friday of the 16th Week of the Year

Matt 13:18-23 Explaining Parable of the Sower The interpretation of the parable of the sower’s seed in today’s gospel is generally regarded by scholars not as words of Jesus but as an interpretation or a kind of sermon by the … Continue reading

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Saturday of the 16th Week of the Year

Matt 13:24-30 The Wheat and the Weed Last 1993, in a survey of Catholics in the United States, 88% believed that if people are generally good, or do enough good things for others during their lives, they will earn a … Continue reading

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Monday of the 15th Week of the Year

Matt 10:34-11:1 Jesus: Cause of Division Vance Havner said: “A wife who is 85% faithful to her husband is not faithful at all. There is no such thing as part-time loyalty to Jesus Christ.” In relation to our gospel reading … Continue reading

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