August 3, Thursday of the 17th week in Ordinary time
Daily Readings: First reading: Exodus 40:16–21; 34–38; Gospel Matthew: 13:47–53
Jesus told a parable regarding the last judgment. This time, He told the story of the seer. Where the fishermen spread the trawls and then dragged them ashore, placing the good fish in an urn (a large clay vessel or jar) and discarding the bad ones.
The diversity of these parables demonstrates Jesus' intimate knowledge of his audience. As a servant and messenger, He teaches us the significance of personal information for service.
On the other hand, the final judgment that will occur and manifest 'now' is intended to demonstrate God's love for us. He provides us with opportunities to revert to being good and pleasing to Him.
We do so in attitude and mind in addition to prayer. Repentance and prayer are not a means of salvation, but they always keep us in the truth and prepare us to be with God, now and in the future.
Do we desire to contemplate our lives, repent daily for our failings, proclaim God's love, and bear constant witness to God's work and word? Are we prepared to be steadfast in prayer with joy, hope, and love so that God's serenity surrounds us?
May God, the Most Merciful, protect and empower us to carry out this mission.
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