24th July 2019 Rabu 16th Week of Ordinary Time
Exodus 16:1-5,9-15, Matthew 13:1-9
In order to be rich soils, we must do our duty as Christians, i.e. to listen to Jesus the Word of God. The more we listen deeply, the more we root ourselves in the strong foundation of the Word of God. When we are rooted in Jesus, we will bear good and abundant fruit.
20th July 2019 Saturday 15th Week of Ordinary Time - St. Apollinarius
Exodus 12:37-42, Matthew 12:14-21
“Courage and simplicity”
Jesus is the fulfilment of Isaiah’s prophecy. He is the chosen servant, the Beloved. He brings God’s tender love to people. He does not reject the weak or treat them with contempt. He gives hope to those who are hopeless. He is always ready to bring people to have a true relationship with God. Ironically, the Pharisees were too blind to perceive Jesus as God’s servant, God’s Beloved. The simple people perceived Jesus as a Man of God, and they followed Him and went to Him with their needs.
19th July 2019 Friday 15th Week of Ordinary Time
Exodus 11:10-12,14, Matthew 12:1-8
“Mercy, not sacrifice”
Jesus was not affected by their criticism. Instead, He reminded them that King David and his followers ate the loaves meant only for priests because they were hungry. For Jesus, true obedience of the Law should be motivated by the spirit of mercy, not simply following Sabbath regulations.