Tuesday, November 21, 2006


Memorial, St Cecilia, virgin and martyr

November 22, 2006
Memorial, St Cecilia, virgin and martyr
Wednesday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time - Year II

I, John, had a vision of an open door to heaven, and I heard the
trumpetlike voice that had spoken to me before, saying, "Come up here
and I will show you what must happen afterwards." At once I was caught
up in spirit. A throne was there in heaven, and on the throne sat one
whose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian. Around the throne
was a halo as brilliant as an emerald. Surrounding the throne I saw
twenty-four other thrones on which twenty-four elders sat, dressed in
white garments and with gold crowns on their heads. From the throne
came flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of thunder. Seven
flaming torches burned in front of the throne, which are the seven
spirits of God. In front of the throne was something that resembled a
sea of glass like crystal. In the center and around the throne, there
were four living creatures covered with eyes in front and in back. The
first creature resembled a lion, the second was like a calf, the third
had a face like that of a man, and the fourth looked like an eagle in
flight. The four living creatures, each of them with six wings, were
covered with eyes inside and out. Day and night they do not stop
exclaiming: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, who was, and
who is, and who is to come." Whenever the living creatures give glory
and honor and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, who lives
forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before the one who
sits on the throne and worship him, who lives forever and ever. They
throw down their crowns before the throne, exclaiming: "Worthy are you,
Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all
things; because of your will they came to be and were created."

LUKE 19:11-28
While people were listening to Jesus speak, he proceeded to tell a
parable because he was near Jerusalem and they thought that the Kingdom
of God would appear there immediately. So he said, "A nobleman went off
to a distant country to obtain the kingship for himself and then to
return. He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins and
told them, 'Engage in trade with these until I return.' His fellow
citizens, however, despised him and sent a delegation after him to
announce, 'We do not want this man to be our king.' But when he
returned after obtaining the kingship, he had the servants called, to
whom he had given the money, to learn what they had gained by trading.
The first came forward and said, 'Sir, your gold coin has earned ten
additional ones.' He replied, 'Well done, good servant! You have been
faithful in this very small matter; take charge of ten cities.' Then
the second came and reported, 'Your gold coin, sir, has earned five
more.' And to this servant too he said, 'You, take charge of five
cities.' Then the other servant came and said, 'Sir, here is your
gold coin; I kept it stored away in a handkerchief, for I was afraid of
you, because you are a demanding man; you take up what you did not lay
down and you harvest what you did not plant.' He said to him, 'With
your own words I shall condemn you, you wicked servant. You knew I was
a demanding man, taking up what I did not lay down and harvesting what
I did not plant; why did you not put my money in a bank? Then on my
return I would have collected it with interest.' And to those standing
by he said, 'Take the gold coin from him and give it to the servant
who has ten.' But they said to him, 'Sir, he has ten gold coins.' He
replied, 'I tell you, to everyone who has, more will be given, but
from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. Now as
for those enemies of mine who did not want me as their king, bring them
here and slay them before me.'" After he had said this, he proceeded on
his journey up to Jerusalem.

As we approach the end of the liturgical year, we are reminded through
the Scripture readings, that we need to have a deeper understanding of
the kingship of Christ. In today's Gospel, we read about a parable
about the relationship between a nobleman, soon to be king, and his
servants. It speaks of prudence and faithful services given by the
different servants, but it also relates of one servant's
unreliability and faithlessness and the consequences of his actions.
Although seemingly harsh, the Gospel reminds and challenges us to
continually reflect on our lives. It reminds us that everything we
possess are given to us by God.

Have we neglected to develop the material and spiritual gifts the Lord
has entrusted to us? Have we shared our wealth and talents with those
who have less?

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Alex Z. Reyes
- Wedding Anniversary: Mr. & Mrs. Philip N. Sy
- for world peace and reconciliation.

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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