Thursday, August 2, 2012

Gospel Reflection

August 02, 2012
Our Lady of the Angels of Portiuncula (Solemnity)

First Reading:               Sirach 24:1-4, 16, 22-24
Psalm:                         Psalm 34:5, 7, 9-10, 18-19
Second Reading           Galatians 4:3-7
Gospel:                        Luke 1:26-33    

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!" 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there will be no end."

Matthew 13:47-53

The Parable of the Dragnet
[Jesus said to his disciples,] 47“The kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. 48When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. 49Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous 50and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
51“Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” 52And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” 53When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.


As we continue on the series of parables in the Gospel, today talks about the Kingdom of God likened to a net (God’s word) throw into the sea (the Word) to catch all types of fish (good and bad people). In the end (Judgment Day), the net is hauled on the shore and the good fish are separated from the bad.

He said that the good and bad alike exist in the world and even in the Church. Saints and sinners live together. Even the good becomes bad when we fall into sin. But God, as our loving and merciful ‘potter’ will never give up on us and will continue to mold us into the image of His Son, Jesus.

We should then be docile and should not resist God when He forms us into a good Christian and follower. Let us pray that our hearts may be open to His ‘molding’, so that in the final hauling, we may be co-heirs in God’s kingdom and enjoy eternal life and happiness with God.