Monday, November 27, 2006


Tuesday 34th Week in Ordinary Time

November 28, 2006
Tuesday 34th Week in Ordinary Time - Year II

I, John, looked and there was a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud
one who looked like a son of man, with a gold crown on his head and a
sharp sickle in his hand. Another angel came out of the temple, crying
out in a loud voice to the one sitting on the cloud, "Use your sickle
and reap the harvest, for the time to reap has come, because the
earth's harvest is fully ripe." So the one who was sitting on the cloud
swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested. Then
another angel came out of the temple in heaven who also had a sharp
sickle. Then another angel came from the altar, who was in charge of
the fire, and cried out in a loud voice to the one who had the sharp
sickle, "Use your sharp sickle and cut the clusters from the earth's
vines, for its grapes are ripe." So the angel swung his sickle over the
earth and cut the earth's vintage. He threw it into the great wine
press of God's fury.

LUKE 21:5-11
While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with
costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, "All that you see
here- the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon
another stone that will not be thrown down." Then they asked him,
"Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all
these things are about to happen?" He answered, "See that you not be
deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he,' and
'The time has come.' Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and
insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first,
but it will not immediately be the end." Then he said to them, "Nation
will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be
powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and
awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky."

Jesus hears some people admiring the majestic beauty of the Temple.
There's no doubt about it, the Temple was a marvel of architecture
and engineering and beauty. Jesus takes the opportunity to warn these
admiring people not to put their trust in stones. These buildings will
disappear. It's the Kingdom of God that will endure.

Such was the awed reverence the Jews had for the Temple that they
thought it would be there until the end of time. When they hear Jesus
speak of its destruction, therefore, they presume that he is speaking
of the end of the world, so they ask him, "When will all this happen
and what are the signs we are to expect, that will indicate that that
day is approaching?"

Jesus doesn't answer the question. He simply says, "Don't be
misled. There'll be a lot of false prophets around claiming to be me,
claiming to know the day and the hour. Don't believe them."

We've often seen in the papers pictures of cult religious leaders.
They're convinced that the Bible tells them that this will be the
day, this will be the hour. They gather their followers about them on a
mountain top, along the shore of the ocean. They have sold all they had
and they wait together for the end, the rapture, the being swept up to
heaven with Christ. It doesn't happen.

Jesus never answered the question often put to him. Far better that we
spend our time forming ourselves in holiness, forming the world about
us in the image of the Kingdom to come.

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: Sally Jane Dy Go
- 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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