August 2 – Thursday
Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
Reading 1 – Jer 18: 1-6
Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 146
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob
Gospel – Mt. 13: 47-53
The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea
Just as a drag-net catches every kind of fish in the sea, so the church does not discriminate between the good and the bad, the useless and the useful. God's kingdom is open to all who will accept and believe. But there will come a time of separation, at the close of the age when the Lord Jesus returns again and sends out his angels who will separate the good and the bad and then send them to their respective destinations.
Our duty in this present age is to gather in all who want to become citizens of God's kingdom here on earth as well as in heaven above.
Lord Jesus, may your word take deep root in our hearts as we strive to become your faithful disciples. Amen