Thursday, November 20, 2014

 

Friday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

November 21, 2014

Friday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

[Memorial, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary]

 

Rv 10: 8-11 / Ps 119: 14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131 / Lk 19: 45-48 

 

Reading: Rv 10: 8-11

And the voice I had heard from heaven spoke again, saying to me, "Go near the angel who stands on the sea and on the land, and take the small book open in his hand." So I approached the angel and asked him for the small book; he said to me, "Take it and eat; although it be sweet as honey in your mouth, it will be bitter to your stomach." I took the small book from the hand of the angel, and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, it turned bitter in my stomach. Then I was told, "You must again proclaim God's words about many peoples, nations, tongues and kings."       

 

Gospel: Luke 19: 45-48

When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. "It is written," he said to them, "'My house will be a house of prayer'; but you have made it 'a den of robbers.'" Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.

 

Reflection:

     Our church, God's house, is indeed a house of prayer. One question we must ask ourselves today and sincerely try to answer is this:  How do we regard the church? Do we pray and worship the Lord when we are inside the church? This reading challenges us to review the things we do in the church and how we respond to the things other people do in the church. Do we use our cell phone inside the church? Do we make noise or cause distractions while attending Mass or other liturgical celebrations like baptisms and weddings? Are we brave enough to correct the misbehavior of our family members, and other people inside the church? We must observe decency in our behavior and in the way we dress up when we go to church because we are going there to meet our Lord. 

     Our house can also be an expression of our faith. Is God present in our home? Or have we commercialized our domestic life? How shall we decorate our home this Advent and Christmas seasons? One suggestion is to set up an Advent wreath or a nativity scen. Put Christ in the center especially this Christmas. Wouldn't it be beautiful if all Christians, one way or another show their faith with every season?  

 

Prayer Requests:

We pray ...

... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn

... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary

... for families who are in need of healing

     * Ma. Fatima Nona Bonsal, Egypt Padillam, Angelito Valino Jr, Marly Valino

... for our country and the whole world 

... for the safety of the Valino Family

... for the personal intentions of Jennette Pe, Pauline Kahn, 

 

We pray especially for Lorenzo Sy: 

     That his doctors may be guided in the cure of Lorenzo

     that his surgery may be successful

     and that he may be granted a long term cure.  

 

... for the eternal r epose of Christian Dominic A. Gozos

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

Have a good day!

 

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

 

Thursday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

November 20, 2014

Thursday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

 

Rv 5: 1-10 / Ps 149: 1b-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b / Lk 19: 41-44 

 

Reading: Rv 5: 1-10

Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written on both sides, sealed with seven seals. A mighty angel exclaimed in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open this and break the seals?" But no one in heaven or on earth or in the netherworld was found able to open the book and read it. I wept much when I saw that no one was found worthy to open the book and read it. Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Shoot of David, has conquered; he will open the book of the seven seals." And I saw next to the throne with its four living creatures and the twenty-four elders a Lamb standing, although it had been slain. I saw him with seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out to all the earth. The Lamb moved forward and took the book from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. When he took it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders bowed before the Lamb. They all held in their hands harps and golden cups full of incense which are the prayers of the holy ones. This is the new song they sang: You are worthy to take the book and open its seals, for you were slain and by your blood you purchased for God people of every race, language and nation; and you made them a kingdom and priests for our God and they shall reign over the land.

 

Gospel: Luke 19:41-44

When Jesus had come in sight of the city, he wept over it and said, "If only today you knew the ways of peace! But now your eyes are held from seeing. Yet days will come upon you when your enemies will surround you with barricades and shut you in and press on you from every side. And they will dash you to the ground and your children with you, and leave not a stone within you, for you did not recognize the time and the visitation of your God."

 

Reflection:

     Jesus' lament for Jerusalem sounded like a father's grieving for a wayward child who failed to recognize his worth as a child of God and squandered his life on meaningless things or even debauchery. In a sense, the "enemies" in this passage may be those patterns of sinfulness that result in serious consequences that hold us hostage and keep us from enjoying our birth right as children of God. But we can derive consolation from today's Psalm reading (Psalm 149: 4): "For the Lord takes delight in his people, honors the poor with victory." We must be poor to ourselves in order for God to delight in us. For indeed God loves us unconditionally and only wishes us good. He reproves us, much like our own earthly father, but he will never abandon us!

 

Prayer Requests:

We pray ...

... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn

... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary

... for families who are in need of healing

... for world peace and reconciliation

... for the eternal repose of the soul of Liway Gamboa

... for the special intentions of Jennette Pe

We pray especially for Lorenzo Sy: 

     That his doctors may be guided in the cure of Lorenzo

     that his surgery may be successful

     and that he may be granted a long term cure.  

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

 

Wednesday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

November 19, 2014

Wednesday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

 

Rv 4: 1-11 / Ps 150: 1b-2, 3-4, 5-6 / Lk 19: 11-28 

 

Reading: Rv 4: 1-11

After this, I looked up to the wall of the sky and saw an open door. The voice which I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, "Come up here and I will show you what will come in the future." Immediately I was seized by the Spirit. There, in heaven, was a throne and one sitting on it. He who sat there looked like jasper and carnelian and round the throne was a rainbow resembling an emerald. In a circle around the throne are twenty-four thrones and seated on these are twenty-four elders, dressed in white clothes, with golden crowns on their heads. Flashes of lightning come forth from the throne, with voices and thunderclaps. Seven flaming torches burn before the throne; these are the seven spirits of God. Before the throne there is a platform, transparent like crystal. Around and beside the throne stand four living creatures, full of eyes, both in front and behind. The first living creature is like a lion, the second like a bull, the third has the face of a man and the fourth looks like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures has six wings full of eyes, all around as well as within; day and night they sing without ceasing, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, master of the universe, who was, and is and is to come. Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to the One on the throne, he who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him and worship the One who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns in front of the throne and say, Our Lord and God, worthy are you to receive glory, honor and power! For you have created all things; by your will they came to be and were made. 

 

Gospel: Luke 19:11-28

Jesus was now near Jerusalem and the people with him thought that God's reign was about to appear. So as they were listening to him, Jesus went on to tell them a parable. He said, "A man of noble birth went to a distant place to have himself appointed king of his own people, after which he would return. Before he left, he summoned ten of his servants and gave them ten pounds. He said: 'Put this money to work until I get back.' But his compatriots who disliked him sent a delegation after him with this message: 'We do not want this man to be our king.' He returned, however, appointed as king. At once he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, to find out what profit each had made. The first came in and reported: 'Sir, your pound has earned ten more.' The master replied: 'Well done, my good servant. Since you have proved yourself capable in a small matter, I can trust you to take charge of ten cities.' The second reported: 'Sir, your pound earned five more pounds.' The master replied: 'Right, take charge of five cities.' The third came in and said: 'Sir, here is your money which I hid for safekeeping. I was afraid of you for you are an exacting person; you take up what you did not lay down and reap what you did not sow.' The master replied: 'You worthless servant, I will judge you by your own words. So you knew I was an exacting person, taking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow! Why, then, did you not put my money on loan so that when I got back I could have collected it with interest?' Then the master said to those standing by: 'Take from him that pound, and give it to the one with ten pounds.' They objected: 'But, sir, he already has ten! ''I tell you: everyone who has will be given more; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for my enemies who did not want me to be king, bring them in and execute them right here in my presence.'"  So Jesus spoke, and he went on ahead of them, on his way to Jerusalem.

 

Reflection:

     All of us have a purpose in life. God put us here because of his great plan for us. He has also equipped us with the right grace, strength, intelligence, etc... for us to fulfill this purpose or mission he has planned for us. But we have a choice whether to accept this mission or not. 

     When we do accept the mission, we can go through it properly doing the best that we can do for the greater glory of God or we can do it half-heartedly out of laziness or maybe not do it at all for fear of the unknown future. Again the choice is ours. The more blessings we receive, the more we are called to be of service to others and share these blessings. It is good to remember though that whatever choices we make there are consequences. This is the task we have at hand... the choice is ours. 

 

Prayer Requests:

We pray ...

... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn. 

... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.

... for families who are in need of healing.

... for world peace and reconciliation.

 

... for the special intentions of Jennette Pe

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

 

Tuesday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

November 18, 2014
Tuesday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time
[Dedication of the Churches of Peter and Paul; Memorial, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne]
  
Rv 3: 1-6, 14-22 / Ps 15: 2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5 / Lk 19: 1-10

Reading: Rv 3: 1-6, 14-22
Write this to the angel of the Church in Sardis, "Thus says he who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: I know your worth: you think you live but you are dead. Wake up and strengthen that which is not already dead. For I have found your works to be imperfect in the sight of my God. Remember what you were taught; keep it and change your ways. If you do not repent I will come upon you like a thief at an hour you least expect. Yet, there are some left in Sardis who have not soiled their robes; these will come with me, dressed in white, since they deserve it. The victor will be dressed in white and I will never erase his name from the book of life; instead, I will acknowledge it before my Father and his angels. Let anyone who has ears listen to what the Spirit says to the Churches." Write this to the angel of the Church in Laodicea, "Thus says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation: I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! You are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold so I will spit you out of my mouth. You think you are rich and have piled up so much that you need nothing, but you do not realize that you are wretched and to be pitied, poor, blind and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold that has been tested by fire, so that you may be rich, and white clothes to wear so that your nakedness may not shame you, and ointment for your eyes that you may see. I reprimand and correct all those I love. Be earnest and change your ways. Look, I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my call and open the door, I will come in to you and have supper with you, and you with me. I will let the victor sit with me on my throne just as I was victorious and took my place with my Father on his throne. Let anyone who has ears listen to what the Spirit says to the Churches."

Gospel: Luke 19: 1-10
When Jesus entered Jericho and was going through the city, a man named Zaccheus was there. He was a tax collector and a wealthy man. He wanted to see what Jesus was like, but he was a short man and could not see because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree. From there he would be able to see Jesus who had to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zaccheus, come down quickly for I must stay at your house today." So Zaccheus hurried down and received him joyfully. All the people who saw it began to grumble and said, "He has gone to the house of a sinner as a guest." But Zaccheus spoke to Jesus, "The half of my goods, Lord, I give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will pay him back four times as much." Looking at him Jesus said, "Salvation has come to this house today, for he is also a true son of Abraham. The Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost

Reflection:
     Early Christians during the persecutions of the first three centuries A.D. would adorn the tombs of Christian martyrs where they would gather to pray and even to celebrate the Eucharist. Churches are usually erected and dedicated to God although they are often put under the patronage of some saints. Today we commemorate the dedication of the churches of Sts. Peter and Paul. Their churches are built over the places of their martyrdom. Peter, an apostle of Christ, was a simple fisherman. Despite denying Christ three times during the Passion, Jesus made him the Rock on which our Church was founded. He was martyred on Vatican Hill. Paul, on the other hand, before his conversion, was a zealous Christian persecutor. But he was later commissioned to evangelize the Gentiles. He was martyred on the Ostian Way where his church now stands.  We realize that the Christian tradition of honoring a martyr by building a church over the place of his martyrdom is a wonderful tradition because in that place they gave their supreme testimony of faith by shedding their blood.
     In the gospel, Zacchaeus invites Jesus to enter into his house.  Despite the fact that Zacchaeus was a tax collector and hated by the Jews, Jesus pays him a visit.  We know how overjoyed he was that he promised to make restitution for all his past misdeeds. Have you ever invited Jesus to enter your "house," your life, your daily activities, etc.?  Has Jesus ever entered our "house"?  Were not those occasions moments of extreme happiness for you?  Let us always invite Jesus into our lives and dedicate our existence to him who is always loving us and forgiving.

Prayer Requests:
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
     * for the healing of Joy Droke
     * for Jenny 
     * Norma Sy, 
... for world peace and reconciliation

... for the special intentions of Jennette Pe, Beny Chua

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

 

Monday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

November 17, 2014
Monday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial, St. Elizabeth of Hungary]

Rv 1: 1-4; 2: 1-5 / Ps 1: 1-2, 3, 4 and 6 / Lk 18: 35-43 

Reading: Rv 1: 1-4; 2: 1-5
The Revelation of Jesus Christ. God gave it to him to let his servants know what is soon to take place. He sent his angel to make it known to his servant, John, who reports everything he saw, for this is the word of God and the declaration of Jesus Christ. Happy is the one who reads aloud these prophetic words, and happy those who hear them and treasure everything written here, for the time is near. From John to the seven Churches of Asia: receive grace and peace from him who is, who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits of God which are before his throne, Write this to the angel of the Church in Ephesus, "Thus says the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and who walks among the seven golden lampstands: I know your works, your difficulties and your patient suffering. I know you cannot tolerate evildoers but have tested those who call themselves apostles and have proved them to be liars. You have persevered and have suffered for my name without losing heart. Nevertheless, I have this complaint against you: you have lost your first love. Remember from where you have fallen and repent, and do what you used to do before. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place; this I will do, unless you repent.

Gospel: Luke 18: 35-43
When Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road, begging. As he heard the crowd passing by, he inquired what it was, and they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was going by. Then he cried out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" The people in front scolded him, "Be quiet!" but he cried out all the more, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" Jesus stopped and ordered the blind man to be brought to him, and when he came near, he asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?" And the man said, "Lord, that I may see!" Jesus said, "Receive your sight, your faith has saved you." At once the blind man was able to see, and he followed Jesus, giving praise to God. And all the people who were there also praised God.

Reflection:
     Here is a man who is blind, but nevertheless must have heard about Jesus and the wonderful things he has done for people in town.  He must have been wishing to come near him, and he must have been praying for a cure.  He is also described as sitting by the road, begging - he must have been abandoned by his family.  He hears the crowd passing by and inquired what it is all about. "Jesus of Nazareth is going by" they say. He knows the Lord because spontaneously he cries out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 
     We too have our own blindness. We are blind many times to our faults and sins, to our weaknesses and limitations. Blind because we cannot accept them, we keep denying or covering them up many times. Let us imitate this blind man in our gospel today. The Lord is passing by. Let's cry out loud to him and say,  "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me." In the depths of our hearts let us hear the Lord say " Your faith has saved you, I love you and I forgive you!"
     Yes, the Lord is passing by, but we have to do our part. Often we are beggars, yet we do not consider what we are asking for. We have received many blessings yet these we take for granted as if the Lord ought to give us these, as if we deserve them.  

     Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me!"


Prayer Requests:
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
... for world peace and reconciliation

... for the special intentions of Jennette Pe
... for the birthday intentions of Connie Dy, Dra. Vikki Tan

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

 

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 16, 2014

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Memorial, Sts. Roch Gonzalez, John del Castillo and Alphonsus Rodriguez]

 

Prv 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31/ Ps 128: 1-2, 3, 4-5/ 1 Thes 5: 1-6/ Mt 25: 14-30 or 25:14-15, 19-21

 

First Reading: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31

The woman of character, where is she to be found? She is more precious than any jewel. Her husband has complete confidence in her; she will be of great benefit to him. She brings him only good and not evil, all the days of her life. She has obtained wool and flax, and works with skillful hands She puts her hand to the distaff and her fingers hold the spindle. She reaches out her hand to the helpless and gives to the poor. Charm is deceptive and beauty useless; the woman who is wise is the one to praise. May she enjoy the fruits of her labor and may all praise her for her works. 

                       

Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6

Brothers and sisters: "You do not need anyone to write to you about the delay and the appointed time for these events. You know that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When people feel secure and at peace, the disaster will suddenly come upon them as the birth pangs of a woman in labor, and they will not escape. But you, beloved, are not in darkness; so that day will not surprise you like a thief. All of you are citizens of the light and the day; we do not belong to night and darkness. Let us not, therefore, sleep as others do, but remain sober and alert."

 

Gospel: Matthew 25:14-15, 19-21

Jesus said: "Imagine someone who, before going abroad, summoned his servants to entrust his property to them. He gave five talents of silver to one, then two to another, and one to a third, each one according to his ability; and he went away. After a long time, the master of those servants returned and asked for a reckoning. The one who received five talents came with another five talents, saying: 'Lord, you entrusted me with five talents, but see I have gained five more with them.' The master answered: 'Very well, good and faithful servant, since you gave been faithful in a few things, I will entrust you with much more. Come and share the joy of your master.' "

 

Reflection:

     Today's readings remind us to be grateful for the gifts and talents given to us, to make good use of them and to be always prepared for the accounting which will surely come at the end.  While Proverbs describes and praises the "woman of character," the same can be said for the "man of character": he too works hard, does good and "reaches out to the helpless and gives to the poor." The reading from Proverbs urges all of us to aspire for and to be men and women "of character." It reminds us of Jesus in his sermon on the mount: "For your part you shall be righteous and perfect in the way your heavenly Father is righteous and perfect."  And "A good tree always produces good fruit, a rotten tree produces bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit and a rotten tree cannot bear good fruit. Any tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown in the fire. So you will know them by their fruit."  

     The second reading reminds all of us that we are "citizens of the light and the day; we do not belong to night and darkness. Let us not, therefore, sleep as others do, but remain sober and alert." The Word of God was "the true light that enlightens everyone." At his public ministry, Jesus said: "I am the light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have light and life." During the Easter season when we celebrate Christ's risen life, the Paschal candle is a special symbol of Christ as life and light. Christ's death on the cross is his passage to hell, to darkness and to non-life. His resurrection is his return to Glory, to light and to his Father, and gives assurance of eternal life to those who follow and hear his word. 

     The parable of the talents in the gospel applies to each one of us: God has indeed given each one of us all that we are and have, our very existence, our talents and individual gifts, our families and friends, our country and Church. In his Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius of Loyola speaks of "the blessings of creation and redemption, and the special favors I have received," of "how much God our Lord has done for me, and how much He has given me of what I possess, and finally, how much, as far as He can, the same Lord desires to give Himself to me according to His divine decrees."  In a similar way at the very beginning of his Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius of Loyola wrote: "Man is created to praise, reverence and serve God our Lord, and by this means to save his soul. The other things on the face of the earth are created for man to help him in attaining the end for which he is created. Hence, man is to make use of them in so far as they help him in the attainment of his end, and he must rid himself of them in as far as they prove a hindrance to him."

     And as in the parable of the talents, we will be asked how we have made use of all of our gifts and opportunities, for ourselves and for others. Each one of us will make an accounting to God our creator of how we have made a difference in the world because of the way we have made use of these opportunities and responsibilities.

 

Prayer Requests:

We pray ...

... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn

... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary

... for families who are in need of healing

... for world peace and reconciliation

 

... for the special intentions of Jennette Pe

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Saturday 32nd Week in Ordinary Time

November 15, 2014

Saturday 32nd Week in Ordinary Time

[Memorial, St. Albert the Great]

 

3 Jn 5-8 / Ps 112: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 / Lk 18: 1-8 

 

Reading: 3 Jn 5-8

Beloved, you do well to care for the brothers and sisters as you do. I mean those coming from other places. They spoke of your charity before the assembled Church. It will be well to provide them with what they need to continue their journey, as if you did it for God. In reality, they have set out on the road for his name without accepting anything from the pagans. We should receive such persons, making ourselves their cooperators in the work of the truth.

 

Gospel: Luke 18: 1-8

Jesus told them a parable to show them that they should pray continually and not lose heart.  He said, "In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor people. In the same town was a widow who kept coming to him, saying: 'Defend my rights against my opponent.' For a time he refused, but finally he thought: 'Even though I neither fear God nor care about people, this widow bothers me so much I will see that she gets justice; then she will stop coming and wearing me out." And Jesus explained, "Listen to what the evil judge says. Will God not do justice for his chosen ones who cry to him day and night even if he delays in answering them? I tell you, he will speedily do them justice. Yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"

 

Reflections:

     Persistence pays off - that's the key message in today's gospel. This is particularly true for those who persistently trust in God. Jesus illustrates how God as our Judge is quick to bring us blessing and help when we need it. While God's timing is different from ours, we must trust in His faithfulness until the end.  

     If you have been going through a particularly trying period in your life, it is easy to lose heart and forget to seek Him. Jesus shares this parable to give us renewed hope and confidence. We are not promised a life free of trials and adversity, but the gospel tells us we can always hope and trust in the Lord. 

     When life's setbacks disappoint you, where do you put your hope? Pray without ceasing and persevere in faith. The Lord, in His great mercy will deliver you.

 

Prayer Requests:

We pray ...

... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn. 

... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.

... for families who are in need of healing.

... for world peace and reconciliation.

 

... for the special intentions of Jennette Pe

... for the birthday intentions of Mike Sy

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

Have a good day!

 

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Friday 32nd Week in Ordinary Time

November 14, 2014
Friday 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial, St. Joseph Pignatelli]

2 Jn 4-9 / Ps 119: 1, 2, 10, 11, 17, 18 / Lk 17: 26-37 

Reading: 2 Jn 4-9
I rejoiced greatly on meeting some of your children who live in accordance with the truth, according to the command we have received from the Father. And now, I ask you, Lady-I write to you not a new commandment but that which we had from the beginning-I ask you: let us love one another. This is love: to walk according to his commandments. And this is the commandment: that you walk in love as you have learned from the beginning. Many deceivers have gone out into the world, people who do not acknowledge that Jesus is the Christ who came in the flesh. They are impostors and antichrists. Take care of yourselves that you do not lose the fruit of your labors, but receive a perfect reward. Everyone who goes beyond and does not remain within the teaching of Christ does not have God. The one who remains in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.

Gospel: Luke 17: 26-37
As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be on the day the Son of Man comes. In those days people ate and drank and got married; but on the day Noah entered the ark, the flood came and destroyed them all. So it was in the days of Lot: people ate and drank, and bought and sold, and planted and built; but on the day Lot left Sodom, God made fire and sulfur rain down from heaven, which destroyed them all. So will it be on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, if you are on the rooftop, don't go down into the house to get your belongings; and if you happen to be in the fields, do not turn back. Remember Lot's wife! Whoever tries to save his life will lose himself, but whoever gives his life will be born again. I tell you, though two men are sharing the same bed, it might happen that one will be taken, and the other left; though two women are grinding corn together, one might be taken and the other left." Then they asked Jesus, "Where will this take place, Lord?" And he answered, "Where the body is, there too will the vultures gather."

Reflection:
     As we near the end of the Liturgical year, the Liturgy focuses on the essential things - to follow the Lord, as the responsorial psalm says. The Epistle stresses the new commandment: Let us love one another. This is love: to walk according to His Commandments, and this is His Commandment: that we walk in love as we have learned.  The emphasis is on following the law of the Lord.
     In the Gospel, the Lord's basic message is that when the Son of Man comes, everything stops, and we had all better be ready. He recalls the time of Noah, when everything seemed normal until the day that Noah entered the Ark and they all died. Also, the Lord reminds us all that even Lot's wife, who was already headed to safety, should not have tried to look back and hold on to the past. Lastly, the Lord emphasizes that whoever tries to save his life shall lose it, and whoever gives his life will be born again. Whoever gives his life for Jesus will be born again. Thus there seem to be two special words for today: COMMANDMENT OF LOVE and FOLLOWING THIS COMMANDMENT. These are the essential things that will carry us to the next life, to rebirth, to God's Presence. Let us all pray for each other to learn the Commandment of Love and to Follow it steadfastly.

Prayer Requests:
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
... for world peace and reconciliation
... for the special intentions of Jennette Pe
     * special intentions and thanksgiving - Beny Chua

... for the eternal repose of Poch Tejada

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

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