Friday, November 24, 2006


Saturday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time

November 25, 2006
Saturday 33rd Week in Ordinary Time - Year II

I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me: Here are my two
witnesses: These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that
stand before the Lord of the earth. If anyone wants to harm them, fire
comes out of their mouths and devours their enemies. In this way,
anyone wanting to harm them is sure to be slain. They have the power to
close up the sky so that no rain can fall during the time of their
prophesying. They also have power to turn water into blood and to
afflict the earth with any plague as often as they wish. When they have
finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will
wage war against them and conquer them and kill them. Their corpses
will lie in the main street of the great city, which has the symbolic
names "Sodom" and "Egypt," where indeed their Lord was crucified. Those
from every people, tribe, tongue, and nation will gaze on their corpses
for three and a half days, and they will not allow their corpses to be
buried. The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and be glad
and exchange gifts because these two prophets tormented the inhabitants
of the earth. But after the three and a half days, a breath of life
from God entered them. When they stood on their feet, great fear fell
on those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven say to
them, "Come up here." So they went up to heaven in a cloud as their
enemies looked on.

LUKE 20:27-40
Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came
forward and put this question to Jesus, saying, "Teacher, Moses wrote
for us, If someone's brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his
brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother.
Now there were seven brothers; the first married a woman but died
childless. Then the second and the third married her, and likewise all
the seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. Now at the
resurrection whose wife will that woman be? For all seven had been
married to her." Jesus said to them, "The children of this age marry
and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming
age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in
marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they
are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise. That
the dead will rise even Moses made known in the passage about the bush,
when he called 'Lord' the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the
God of Jacob; and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to
him all are alive." Some of the scribes said in reply, "Teacher, you
have answered well." And they no longer dared to ask him anything.

This Gospel speaks of the resurrection of the dead and it gives us some
inclination as to what the status of spouses will be in the next world.
The Gospel says that in the resurrection of the dead people do not
marry because they no longer die and are the same as angels and sons of

Today's Gospel invites all of us to look at our lives seriously.
Jesus mentions "the children of this world," referring, of course,
to our existence on earth, whom he contrasts with the "children of
the resurrection" - those who have risen to new life. Clearly, we
are called to participate in the promise of the resurrection. But
before reaching the promised resurrection there is judgment that will
determine whether one is worthy or not of being a child of the
resurrection. We must also focus their attention on the resurrection of
the dead. Life with Jesus Christ in heaven should be our objective. It
must also be the center point in our efforts to raise the children God
has given us. This goal presents us with a tremendous challenge. For
the world around us proposes to us an entirely different way of raising
children: pursue happiness now, live life to the fullest here on earth.

This daily battle can be won through prayer and with the help of the
Holy Spirit who gives us the strength, perseverance and courage to
persist in our struggle. It is truly good news to know that our God is
the God of the living and that his Son Jesus Christ has overcome all
temptations and has trod a path for us to follow.

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- In Memoriam (+): Bertran Yu Lai (Sept 19, 1965 - Nov 24, 1996)
- 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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