EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
|AUGUST 2, 2015|
EL TRABAJO QUE DIOS QUIERE
We are so busy! Most of us have more than one job to do, and we never seem to have enough time. We are workers, volun- teers, parents, friends, and most of us are more than one thing at a time. But which of these is the work of God?
We seldom view our ordinary work as being the work of God. We may think that we have to be ministers or priests, missionaries or charity workers, engaged full-time in works formally identified as being “God’s work.” But everything we do with a faithful heart and with love for others is God’s work. We each have our own role to fill in the world, and many gifts are necessary. We cannot always see the direct connection of our daily work to the plan of God. But we trust and we believe that God leads us to do what is needed, where it is needed. What is “God’s work?” “This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent” (John 6:29).
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¡Estamos tan ocupados! Muchos de nosotros tenemos más de un trabajo y parecería que nunca tenemos suficiente tiempo. Somos trabajadores, voluntarios, padres, amigos y la mayoría es más de una cosa a la vez. Pero, ¿cuál de estos es el trabajo que Dios quiere?
Rara vez vemos nuestro trabajo común como el trabajo que Dios quiere. Quizás pensamos que debemos ser ministros o sacerdotes, misioneros o benefactores, que debemos realizar trabajos de tiempo completo que se consideran como “las obras de Dios”. Pero todo lo que hacemos con un corazón fiel y con amor por el prójimo es una obra de Dios. Cada uno tiene un papel que cumplir en el mundo y muchos dones son necesa- rios. No siempre podemos ver la relación directa que existe entre nuestro trabajo diario y los designios de Dios. Pero confiamos y tenemos fe en que Dios nos guía a hacer lo que es necesario, cuando es necesario. ¿Cuál es “la obra de Dios?” “La obra de Dios consiste en que crean en aquél a quien él ha enviado” (Juan 6:29).
"All the good works in the world are not equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass because they are the works of men; but the Mass is the work of God. Martyrdom is nothing in comparison for it is but the sacrifice of man to God; but the Mass is the sacrifice of God for man."
- St. John Vianney, Cure d'Ars
|“No trabajen por ese alimento que se acaba, sino por el alimento que dura para la vida eterna.” — Juan 6:27a|
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Isn’t it Funny . . .
Make time for God in your life. Tomorrow may be too late for God.
Be a good steward!
A good steward is always rooted in Jesus Christ. He or She is always generous and shares his or her time, talent and treasures.
Fr. Bernard Ranoa & Fr. Manny Ediza
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How a $20 bill looks so big when you take it to church, but so small when you take it to the mall or the casino?
• How people scramble to get the front seat at a concert, but scramble to get the back seat at a church service?
• How laborious it is to read a chapter in the Bible, but how easy and fast it takes to read 200-
300 pages of a best-selling novel?
• How we believe what newspapers say, but question what the Bible says?
• How we are so quick to take directions from a total stranger when we are lost, but so hesitant to take God’s direction for our lives?
• How people want God to answer their prayers, but refuse to listen to His counsel?
• How difficult it is to learn the gospel well and spread the Word to others, but so simple and quick to understand and explain in details the latest gossip?
• How we can’t think of anything to say when we pray, but don’t have difficulty thinking of things to talk about a friend?
• How we call God our Father and Jesus our brother, but find it hard to introduce them to our family?
• How people think they are going to Heaven, but live as if there is no Hell?
• How when something goes wrong we cry, “Lord, why me?”, but when something goes right we think, “Hey, it must have been me!”?
• How it is okay to blame God for evil and suffering in the world, but it is not necessary to thank Him for what is good and pleasant?
• How we demand justice for others, but expect mercy from God?
• How we cannot fit a gospel meeting or an evening of recollection into our schedule or yearly planner, but we can accommodate in our schedule other events at a moment’s notice?
• How we get thrilled when a football game goes into overtime, but we complain when a sermon is longer than the regular time?
• How we look forward to that big date on Friday night, but complain about getting up early for church on Sunday morning?
• How we are rarely late for work or for an appointment, but almost always late when going to church for Mass?
• How long an hour of serving God is or how long the Mass is, but how short the time is when watching television or movie or concert, or playing sports, or sleeping, or surfing the internet, or chatting on Facebook?
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