Ps 84:3, 4, 5-6a & 8a, 11
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!
17TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
Psalter: Week 1 / (Green/White)
St. Peter Chrysologus, bishop & doctor
1st Reading: Ex 40:16-21, 34-38
Moses did this; he did exactly as Yahweh had commanded him. The Holy Tent was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year. Moses set up the Holy Tent. He fixed the bases for it, put up its frames, put its crossbars in position, set up its posts. He spread the tent over the Holy Tent and on top of this the covering for the tent, as Yahweh had commanded Moses. He took the Covenant and placed it inside the Ark. He set the poles to the Ark in place and put the mercy seat on it. He brought the Ark into the Holy Tent and put the screening veil in place; thus he screened the Ark of Yahweh, as Yahweh had commanded Moses.
Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting and the Glory of Yahweh filled the Holy Tent. Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because of the cloud that rested on it and because of the Glory of Yahweh that filled the Holy Tent.
At every stage of their journey, whenever the cloud rose from the Holy Tent the people of Israel would continue their march. If the cloud did not rise, they waited and would not move their camp until it did. For the cloud rested on the Holy Tent by day, and a fire shone within the cloud by night for all the House of Israel to see. And so it was for every stage of their journey.
Gospel: Mt 13:47-53
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a big ?shing net, let down into the sea, in which every kind of ?sh has been caught. When the net is full, it is dragged ashore. Then they sit down and gather the good ?sh into buckets, but throw the bad away. That is how it will be at the end of time; the angels will go out to separate the wicked from the just, and to throw the wicked into the blazing furnace, where they will weep and gnash their teeth.”
Jesus asked, “Have you understood all these things?” “Yes,” they answered. So he said to them, “Therefore, every teacher of the law, who becomes a disciple of the kingdom of heaven, is like a householder, who can produce from his store things both new and old.”
When Jesus had ?nished these parables, he left that place.
It is not surprising that the dragnet of the Church should contain all sorts of people, for in his ministry Jesus himself was hardly selective. Did some not reproach him of associating with the riff-raff, the dregs of society? The Church must not show herself more choosy than he was and want to retain only the “dyed in the wool” Christians. All those who are disdainfully rejected by the exclusive circles of society should be able to find a place among us: the drug addicts, the habitual criminals, those whom nature has made unsightly, the alcoholics, the social misfits, the destitute, the shameful, the losers in the struggle of life. To those who accuse the Church of numbering so many mediocre Christians who are not better than the next man, one need only answer them with the programmatic saying of Jesus: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick” (Mt 9:12). Who thinks of blaming a hospital for being full of patients?
Of course, our belonging to the Church should also change something in our lives. If it matters little at what spiritual level we find ourselves, it is of supreme importance that we should be moving toward Christ.
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