Tuesday of the 18th Week in Ordinary Time Year 2
(Jer 30:1-2,12-15; 18-22; Mt 14: 22-36)
A story was told by Guy de Maupassant entitled “The Necklace.” It is a story of a young woman, Mathilde, who desires desperately to be accepted into high society. One day her husband, an ordinary man, is given an invitation to an elegant ball. Mathilde borrows a necklace from a wealthy friend to wear to the occasion. During the course of the evening, she receives many compliments from the aristocracy present. Unfortunately, later that night, she realizes she has lost the necklace. In order to restore the lost jewelry. In order to restore the lost jewelry, Mathilde’s husband borrows 36,000 francs, tapping every resource available to him. A look-alike necklace is created, and Mathilde gives to her friend, without telling her what had happened. For ten years, the couple slaves to pay back the borrowed francs, each of them working two jobs. They are forced to sell their home and live in a slum. One day after the debt had finally been paid, Mathilde runs into her well-to-do friend. She confesses that the necklace she returned is not the one she borrowed, and she learns that the necklace loaned to her had been made from fake gemstones! The borrowed necklace had been worth less than 500 francs. (taken from God’s Little Devotional Book for Teens, p. 32-33) How hard and disgusting it is to live a life buying something you don’t need with money you don’t have to impress people you don’t like. A person whose attitude like this has to be rectified. It is always God’s will that we have to change our manner of living. The readings today picture out how one would achieve happiness according to what God desires.
1. Healing of a wounded part of life- The Prophet Jeremiah, in the first reading today, points out the desire of the Lord to heal His people. Healing is a process and it can only take effect if they would listen to God who speak through the prophet. Sin is the root of all pain and suffering which the Lord had to reveal to His people through the Prophet Jeremiah. The results of sin are now manifested in five forms: a) wound- sin is the wound of all wounds. Wounds bring division among people and the rupture between God and man. John Paul II says that this alienation “is to be found in a wound in man’s inmost self. In the light of faith we call it sin” (RP 2) b) oblivion- because of sin people stay away from us and we are forgotten. Jeremiah says that “they do not seek you” because they are not important to them; c) punishment- sins bring us chastisements because God has a way to deal with us. Punishments come in different forms to awaken us up from our sins; d) pain- all forms of sin is painful. One finds himself in discomfort and discord. The effect of sin destroys man’s disposition for peace and harmony horizontally with neighbor and vertically with God; e) guilt- sin brings the feeling of guilt. The loss of the sense of God is a direct result of sin and man lives in darkness and uncertainty of his future and his relationships with each other.
2. Living a life as God’s people- Waywardness is painful and thus, man seeks for company and direction in life. The Gospel illustrates this: when Jesus got into the boat and made the disciples get into the boat was to strongly suggest that they were reluctant to leave Him. Living a life as God’s people meant dependence on Christ. Yet Jesus had to demonstrate a more important point as the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water and thought that He was a ghost. Jesus came to assure them that He is not a ghost or phantasma which means an apparition or a creature of the imagination. Jesus reveals Himself as real and He said: “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid” immediately they recognize His voice. We do not fear when we hear His voice. Living a life as God’s people is live according to voice and protection of God. Jesus time of appearance walking on the water was nightime which is symbolic of man’s fears. When Peter tried to walk on the water and begin to sink, Jesus said: “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” To be God’s people we strive to overcome doubt with the strong sense of faith.
3. Casting out fear- One of the fears of the human person is to change. A life broken by sin demands a change of direction and to leave sin behind entails a considerable amount of sacrifice. No one can directly face a radical change of life without the necessary change of heart. When one casts out his fears he begins to trust on the one he thinks could bring inner harmony. In the Gospel, when Peter was rescued by Christ and confessed “Truly, you are the Son of God” was a moment of trust and confidence and leaving his fears behind. Fear destroys confidence and can be dispelled by conversion. Fear is overcome through a new relationship with God and living a new path of life and now he lives in the fear of the Lord. John Paul II said that “when we ponder the problem of a rebellious will meeting the infinitely just God, we cannot but experience feelings of salutary “fear and trembling,” as St. Paul suggests. (RP 17)
1. Man is a created being who has the capacity to know the Creator. He is endowed with faculties that could lead him to God his creator.
2. Man came into existence with a definite origin and goal. He has gifts and vocation.
3. Man was created to glorify God and happiness is his goal in life. He is material and spiritual.
4. Jesus becomes the Son sent by the Father for man to have a guide towards the father and to happiness.
Why is the Holy Eucharist Important to the Catholic Church?
1. The Holy Eucharist is the source of life and existence of the Church. It is where Jesus ultimately draws every person to Himself today. As a Church gathered in faith, each member is fed and nourished by Jesus who is the Bread of Life.
2. The Holy Eucharist reveals the entire nature of the Church. The holiness and the mystery of the Church find its origin and foundation from Jesus Christ who is celebrated in the Holy Eucharist.
3. The Holy Eucharist is the entire wealth of the Church. Jesus is the entire wealth of the Church and He is celebrated in the Holy Eucharist. He is the One who offers and the One offered.
4. The Holy Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian Life.” The Christian and the Church draw their life and existence from the Eucharist because the sacrament is not only the presence and the performance of a rite but it is Christ Himself who is the Eucharist celebrated. Jesus Christ is the point where everything converges and finds its goal.
5. The Holy Eucharist is the accompanying Divine Sacrament of the Church. Since Pentecost until the present time, the Holy Eucharist has been celebrated by the Church. John Paul II says that “through the changing of bread and wine into the body and blood of the Lord, the Church rejoices in this presence with unique intensity.”
1. Missio ad Gentes is proclaiming the Gospel to socio-cultural contexts where Christ and the Gospel are not yet known. It is the kind of mission that is directed toward establishing a visible Church and community in the midst of an insufficient means and environment for Christian life.
2. Missio ad Gentes is a supreme duty of the Church. It is “essential and never-ending.” cannot withdraw from her permanent mission of bringing the Gospel to the multitudes the millions and millions of men and women-who as yet do not know Christ the Redeemer of humanity.”
3. Missio ad Gentes has two forms due to new frontiers of mission namely: initial mission ad gentes and the new evangelization.