2nd August 2019 Friday 17th Week of Ordinary Time
Leviticus 23:1, 4-11, 15-16,27,34-37, Matthew 13:54-58
Just a carpenter’s son
In today’s Gospel, the people were surprised at Jesus’ wisdom as well as the miracles they heard that He did in other towns. However, they rejected Jesus because He was, in their eyes, ‘the carpenter’s son’, a poor working peasant.
God continues to use ordinary people, like us, to be His prophets, His messengers of His Good News. We might not feel equipped to be part of His mission. We see our flaws and imperfections. Let us never forget that Jesus does not call the equipped, but He equips those whom He has chosen and called.
Question for reflection:
1) Do I struggle to share my faith with those closest to me?
1st August 2019 Thursday 17th Week of Ordinary Time - St. Alphonsus Liguori
Exodus 40:16-21,34-38, Matthew 13:47-53
When a net is cast into the sea, it catches every fish of all kinds. The kingdom of God is like a net cast into the sea of humanity. God welcomes everyone: the good as well as the bad, the sinner as well as the saints. Everyone is welcomed to experience God and His love. No one is excluded by God. No one is condemned by God. This is because His desire is that all may have life in all its fullness.
30th July 2019 Tuesday 17th Week of Ordinary Time - St. Peter Chrysologus
Exodus 33:7-11, 34:5-9,28, Matthew 13:36-43
“Darnel from the wheat”
Even though Jesus is the sower of the good seed, He does not stop the darnel from existing in the same way that He allows the wheat to flourish. Thus, the wheat and the darnel, the sheep and the goats, the saints and the sinners live together, side by side.