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Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguouri, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
The two most widespread ways of fishing in Jesus' time was with a casting-net (or hand-net) which was thrown from the shore and the drag-net or search which was let down or cast into the waters from a boat. As the boat moved through the waters the dragnet was drawn into the shape of a great cone which arbitrarily took in all kinds of fish and debris and jetsam swept in its path. It usually took several men to haul such a net to shore. Jesus points here is just as a drag-net catches every kind of fish in the sea, so the community acts as God's instrument for gather in all who will come. Just as the drag-net does not or cannot discriminate, so the church does not discriminate between the good and the bad, the useless and the useful. God's kingdom is open to all who will accept and believe. But there will come a time of division, at the close of the age, when the angels will send the good and the bad to their individual destinations. Our duty is to gather in all who will come. God, in the end, will give the good, those who accept God's word and obey it. And the bad those who reject God and his word the reward they deserve. God offers the wealth of his kingdom to all who believe in him and who accept his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. Do we hunger for God and for his eternal kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy?
Word of the Day...
Psalm 119:114 You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.
Prayer ...
Almighty God, you alone are dependable. You keep your word and fulfill your promises. Forgive us when we trust our own insight and the wisdom of others rather than seeking your will in your Word. Please give us your wisdom as we seek your will in your Word. In the name of Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (August 01, 2013)
Day: Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguouri, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 404
Colour: White
First Reading: Ex 40:16-21, 34-38
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 84:3, 4, 5-6a and 8a, 11
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Matthew 13:47-53
Listen to Reading:
Today's Scripture: Matthew 13:47-53
47"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind; 48 when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad. 49 So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous, 50 and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. 51 "Have you understood all this?" They said to him, "Yes." 52 And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old."53 And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there.


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