Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 

Wednesday 34th Week in Ordinary Time

November 26, 2014

Wednesday 34th Week in Ordinary Time

[Memorial, St. John Berchmans]

 

Rv 15: 1-4 / Ps 98: 1, 2-3ab, 7-8, 9 / Lk 21: 12-19 

 

Reading: Rv 15: 1-4

Then I saw another great and marvelous sign in the heavens: seven angels brought seven plagues which are the last, for with these the wrath of God will end. There was a sea of crystal mingled with fire, and the conquerors of the beast, of its name and the mark of its name stood by it. They had been given the celestial harps and they sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb: Great and marvelous are your works, O Lord, God and Master of the universe. Justice and truth guide your steps, O King of the nations. Lord, who will not give honor and glory to your Name? For you alone are holy. All the nations will come and bow before you, for they have now seen your judgments. Then the sanctuary of the Tent of Divine Declarations was opened.          

 

Gospel: Luke 21:12-19

Before all this happens, people will lay their hands on you and persecute you; you will be delivered to the Jewish courts and put in prison, and for my sake you will be brought before kings and governors.             This will be your opportunity to bear witness. So keep this in mind: do not worry in advance about what to answer, for I will give you words and wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents, and brothers, by relatives and friends, and some of you will be put to death. But even though you are hated by all for my name's sake, not a hair of your head will perish. Through perseverance you will possess your own selves.

 

Reflection:

     In the Philippines, there is this "martyr" mentality mainly because of the telenovelas that are shown day in and out. A martyr is portrayed as someone whose kindness is abused or a person who is good but is maltreated by a stepmother, etc... We think that this is the right way to be a good person  - to be "matiisin," to meekly suffer any kind of abuse, to just resign ourselves to the situation because there is nothing we can do about it. 

     Today's Gospel is inviting us strongly to bear witness to God.  In this day and age, we hardly hear of people being fed to the lions or slaughtered because of their faith in Jesus Christ. The history of the primitive church tells us of so many accounts of people who gave up their lives in the name of Jesus Christ. These are the real martyrs. The true kind of martyr who believes strongly in the truth and stands up to it, with courage and faith, happily and peacefully accepting the reality of his/her life. Families may be divided because of differences of beliefs but the one who bears witness to the love of God, radiates this love so much so that he/she can love unconditionally the other person. 

     How can we be witnesses in this present time to the love of God in our lives?  Pay taxes correctly. Go to mass on Sunday. Be studious.  Be Pro-life. Say no to pre-marital sex or to drugs even if everyone is doing it. People may laugh at you saying you are too modest in dressing because you are wearing a skirt that is knee-length when all other girls are wearing skirts one foot above the knees.  Be obedient to your parents, to the teachers, to the priests and those in authority. In short obey the commandments and love one another as Christ has loved 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 good health of Mr. & Mrs. Ah See 

 

... for the eternal repose of the soul of Estrella Yu Castillo

 

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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Tuesday 34th Week in Ordinary Time

November 25, 2014

Tuesday 34th Week in Ordinary Time

[Memorial, St. Catherine of Alexandria]

 

Rv 14: 14-19 / Ps 96: 10, 11-12, 13 / Lk 21: 5-11 

 

Reading: Rv 14: 14-19

Then I had this vision. I saw a white cloud and the one sitting on it like a son of man, wearing a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. An angel came out of the sanctuary, calling loudly to the one sitting on the cloud, "Put in your sickle and reap, for harvest time has come and the harvest of the earth is ripe." He who was sitting on the cloud swung his sickle at the earth and reaped the harvest. Then another angel, who also had a sharp sickle, came out of the heavenly sanctuary. Still another angel, the one who has charge of the altar fire, emerged and shouted to the first who held the sharp sickle, "Swing your sharp sickle and reap the bunches of the vine of the earth for they are fully ripe." So the angel swung his sickle and gathered in the vintage, throwing all the grapes into the great winepress of the anger of God.        

 

Gospel: Luke 21: 5-11

While some people were talking about the Temple, remarking that it was adorned with fine stonework and rich gifts, Jesus said to them, "The days will come when there shall not be left one stone upon another of all that you now admire; all will be torn down." And they asked him, "Master, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?" Jesus then said, "Take care not to be deceived, for many will come claiming my title and saying: 'I am he, the Messiah; the time is at hand.' Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and troubled times, don't be frightened; for all this must happen first, even though the end is not so soon." And Jesus said, "Nations will fight each other and kingdom will oppose kingdom.  There will be great earthquakes, famines and plagues; in many places strange and terrifying signs from heaven will be seen. 

 

Reflection:

     St. Catherine of Alexandria was martyred by Emperor Maxentius in the early 4th century.  She is the patroness of philosophers and preachers. Her emblem is a broken spiked-wheel.  She was of noble descent and dedicated herself to studies where she learned Christianity.  At age 14, she was converted through a vision of Our Lady and the Holy Child Jesus.  Young Catherine rebuked the emperor for persecuting the Christians. The emperor made several unsuccessful attempts to dissuade her but failed.  She was thrown into prison where she was still able to convert the empress and the chief of the troops. She was supposed to be tortured and killed with a spiked-wheel but it broke when Catherine touched it.  So she was beheaded instead. 

     Today's gospel tells us not to be afraid even when there are wars, revolutions, earthquakes, plagues, etc. These are warning signs and persecution of Christians will also occur before the Day of the Lord comes. But Jesus tells us to stand firm and defend our faith by testifying to the Name of Jesus, Lord and Savior of mankind. This St. Catherine did.  She was not afraid and despite all efforts to dissuade her, she remained steadfast to the end. If at such a young age, she displayed such courage, maybe we can desire to emulate her because if we are true Christians, surely we will also have to pass through persecutions of some sort. Let us pray to be deemed worthy of suffering some hardships for the sake of the gospel.         

 

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

 

... we pray most especially for the healing of Rose Lee, upon the request of daughter Denise  Ann

... for the special intentions of Fely Bonsol

... for the birthday intentions of Janet Ang, Lourdes Tang

 

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 24, 2014

 

Monday 34th Week in Ordinary Time

November 24, 2014
Monday 34th Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial, St. Andrew Dung-Lac and companions] 

Rv 14: 1-3, 4b-5 / Ps 24: 1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 / Lk 21: 1-4 

Reading: Rv 14: 1-3, 4b-5
I was given another vision: The Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, surrounded by one hundred and forty-four thousand people who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. A sound reverberated in heaven like the sound of the roaring of waves or deafening thunder; it was like a chorus of singers, accompanied by their harps. They sing a new song before the throne, in the presence of the four living creatures and the elders, a song which no one can learn except the hundred and forty-four thousand who have been taken from the earth. They are the first taken from humankind who are already of God and the Lamb. No deceit has been found in them; they are faultless.

Gospel: Luke 21: 1-4
Jesus looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasure box; he also saw a poor widow dropping in two small coins. And he said, "Truly, I tell you, this poor widow put in more than all of them. For all gave an offering from their plenty, but she, out of her poverty, gave all she had to live on."

Reflection:
     In today's gospel Jesus reminds us that a gift given out of love is the most precious in his sight. While the amount of money the poor widow gave may appear insignificant compared to the gifts of the rich, she contributed all she had in complete faith.  An offering given out of love and sacrifice is priceless.
     Let us reflect on the words of the song "Lord, I Offer My life to You"

          All that I am, all that I have
          I lay them down before you, O Lord
          All my regrets, all my acclaims
          The joy and the pain, I'm making them yours.

          Lord, I offer my life to you 
          Everything I've been through 
          Use it for your glory 
          Lord, I offer my days to you 
          Lifting my praise to you 
          As a pleasing sacrifice 
          Lord, I offer you my life 
                              - Hillsong

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 Celine de Guzman

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 22, 2014

 

Solemnity, CHRIST THE KING

November 23, 2014
Sunday  33rd Week in Ordinary Time
[Solemnity, CHRIST THE KING]

Ez 14: 11-12, 15-17 / Ps 23: 1-2, 2-3, 5-6 (1) / 1 Cor 15: 20-26, 28 / Mt 25: 31- 46 

First Reading: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
Indeed Yahweh says this: "I myself will care for my sheep and watch over them. As the shepherd looks after his flock when he finds them scattered, so will I watch over my sheep and gather them from all the places where they were scattered in a time of cloud and fog. I myself will tend my sheep and let them rest, word of Yahweh. I will search for the lost and lead back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the fat and strong will be eliminated. I will shepherd my flock with justice. As for you, my flock - says Yahweh - I will distinguish between one sheep and another, and set apart rams and goats."

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:20-26
Brothers and sisters: "Christ has been raised   from the dead and he comes before all those who have fallen asleep. A human being brought death; a human being also brings resurrection of the dead. All die for being Adam's, and in Christ all will receive life. However, each one in his own time: first, Christ, then Christ's people, when he visits them. Then the end will come, when Christ delivers the kingdom of God the Father, after having destroyed every rule, authority and power. For he must reign and put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed will be death."

Gospel: Matthew 25:31-46
Jesus said: "When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all his angels, he will sit on the throne of his Glory. All the nations will be brought before him, and as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, so will he do with them, placing the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. The King will say to those on his right: 'Come, blessed of my Father! Take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. For I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me into your house. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to see me.' Then the good people will ask him: 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you food; thirsty and give you drink, or a stranger and welcome you or naked and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to see you?' The King will answer, 'Truly, I say to you: whenever you did this to these little ones who are my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those on his left: 'Go, accursed people, out of my sight into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels! For I was hungry and you did not give me anything to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink; I was a stranger and you did not welcome me into your house; I was naked and you did not clothe me;  I was sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' They, too, will ask: 'Lord, when did we see you hungry, thirsty, naked or a stranger, sick or in prison, and did not help you?' The King will answer them: 'Truly, I say to you: whatever you did not do for one of these little ones, you did not do for me.' "

Reflection:
     On the last Sunday of the liturgical year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. The Church affirms our belief in the ultimate triumph and Glory of Christ our Lord who sits in power at the right hand of the Father.
     The first reading from Isaiah puts Christ's kingship and leadership in terms of the good shepherd watching over his flock. The good shepherd protects his flock and seeks the lost and strays; the good shepherd binds up the injured and strengthens the weak. The image and role of the good shepherd are maintained in the Church:  the bishop is shepherd of his diocese, of his flock. The bishop's crozier is the shepherd's staff reminding him of his role as shepherd and protector of his flock. The good shepherd seeks to increase his flock. Unlike the hired hand, he is willing to lay down his life to protect his flock. Priests at parishes assist and collaborate with the bishop in watching over Christ's flock. Religious, men and women, and lay people assist their bishops and priests, each one in different and unique ways.
     The Gospel reading pictures Christ the King as Judge of all mankind, separating the sheep from the goats, the good from the bad: and his judgment will be based on the commandment of love he gave to his disciples the night before he died. After he washed the feet of his disciples, he said: "Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I, then, your Lord and Master, have washed  your feet, you must also wash one another's feet. I have just given you an example that as I have done, you also may do." And so at the last judgment the Son of Man will say to those on his right: "Come, blessed of my Father! Take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. For I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me into your house. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to see 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

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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Friday, November 21, 2014

 

Saturday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

November 22, 2014

Saturday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

[Memorial, St. Cecilia]

 

Rv 11: 4-12/ Ps 144: 1b, 2, 9-10 / Lk 20: 27-40 

 

Reading: Rv 11: 4-12

These are the two olive trees and the two lamps which are before the Lord of the earth. If anyone intends to harm them, fire will come out of their mouths to devour their enemies: this is how whoever intends to harm them will perish. They have the power to close the sky and hold back the rain during the time of their prophetic mission; they also have the power to change water into blood, and punish the earth with a thousand plagues, any time they wish. But when my witnesses have fulfilled their mission, the beast that comes up from the abyss will make war upon them, and will conquer and kill them. Their dead bodies will lie in the square of the Great City which the believers figuratively call Sodom or Egypt, where their Lord was crucified. And their dead bodies will be exposed for three days and a half to people of all tribes, races, languages and nations who will be ordered not to have them buried. Then the inhabitants of the earth will rejoice, congratulate one another and exchange gifts among themselves because these two prophets were a torment to them. But after those three and a half days, a spirit of life coming from God entered them. They then stood up, and those who looked at them were seized with great fear. A loud voice from heaven called them, "Come up here." So they went up to heaven in the midst of the clouds in the sight of their enemies.

 

Gospel: Luke 20: 27-40 

Then some Sadducees arrived. These people claim that there is no resurrection and they asked Jesus this question, "Master, in the Scripture Moses told us: 'If anyone dies leaving a wife but no children, his brother must take the wife, and the child to be born will be regarded as the child of the deceased man.' Now, there were seven brothers; the first married a wife, but he died without children; and the second and the third took the wife; in fact all seven died leaving no children. Last of all the woman died. On the day of the resurrection, to which of them will the woman be wife? For the seven had her as wife." And Jesus replied, "Taking husband or wife is proper to people of this world, but for those who are considered worthy of the world to come and of resurrection from the dead, there is no more marriage. Besides, they cannot die for they are like the angels. They too are sons and daughters of God because they are born of the resurrection. Yes, the dead will be raised, and even Moses implied it in the passage about the burning bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. For he is God of the living and not of the dead, and for him all are alive."  Some teachers of the Law then agreed with Jesus, "Master, you have spoken well." They didn't dare to ask him anything else. 

 

Reflection:

     In today's gospel, we see that the Sadducees could not conceive of a life beyond this mortal realm. Sadly, sometimes we too can be nearsighted and earth-bound in our concerns.  We preoccupy ourselves with matters which may seem very crucial and significant in this mortal life, but is actually of no consequence in Heaven. Similarly, we sometimes also question the Lord because we look at events, people or issues through our human eyes.  We do not see our lives and the world in its entirety, as the Lord does.

     If you find yourself questioning the Lord, about matters of faith or a particularly difficult situation you are in, pray for wisdom and the grace to see things through His eyes.  

 

     Great is the wisdom of the Lord!  

     God Almighty, Your Wisdom includes

     An understanding of what is fair,  

     What is logical, what is true,

     What is right and what is lasting. 

     It mirrors Your pure intellect!

     I entreat You to grant me such Wisdom,

     That my labours may reflect Your insight.

     Your Wisdom expands in Your creations,

     Displaying complexity and multiplicity.

     Your Wisdom is an eternity ahead of man.

     May Your wisdom flourish forever! - catholic.org

 

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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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. 

 

Have a good day!

 

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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. 

 

Have a good day!

 

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