Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Wednesday 34th Week in Ordinary Time
Wednesday 34th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
DANIEL 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28
King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his lords, with
whom he drank. Under the influence of the wine, he ordered the gold
and silver vessels which Nebuchadnezzar, his father, had taken from
the temple in Jerusalem, to be brought in so that the king, his lords,
his wives and his entertainers might drink from them. When the gold
and silver vessels taken from the house of God in Jerusalem had been
brought in, and while the king, his lords, his wives and his
entertainers were drinking wine from them, they praised their gods of
gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone. Suddenly, opposite
the lampstand, the fingers of a human hand appeared, writing on the
plaster of the wall in the king's palace. When the king saw the wrist
and hand that wrote, his face blanched; his thoughts terrified him,
his hip joints shook, and his knees knocked. Then Daniel was brought
into the presence of the king. The king asked him, "Are you the
Daniel, the Jewish exile, whom my father, the king, brought from
Judah? I have heard that the Spirit of God is in you, that you possess
brilliant knowledge and extraordinary wisdom. I have heard that you
can interpret dreams and solve difficulties; if you are able to read
the writing and tell me what it means, you shall be clothed in purple,
wear a gold collar about your neck, and be third in the government of
the kingdom." Daniel answered the king: "You may keep your gifts, or
give your presents to someone else; but the writing I will read for
you, O king, and tell you what it means. You have rebelled against the
Lord of heaven. You had the vessels of his temple brought before you,
so that you and your nobles, your wives and your entertainers, might
drink wine from them; and you praised the gods of silver and gold,
bronze and iron, wood and stone, that neither see nor hear nor have
intelligence. But the God in whose hand is your life breath and the
whole course of your life, you did not glorify. By him were the wrist
and hand sent, and the writing set down. "This is the writing that was
inscribed: MENE, TEKEL, and PERES. These words mean: MENE, God has
numbered your kingdom and put an end to it; TEKEL, you have been
weighed on the scales and found wanting; PERES, your kingdom has been
divided and given to the Medes and Persians."
Jesus said to the crowd: "They will seize and persecute you, they will
hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you
led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to
your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense
beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all
your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even
be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they
will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my
name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your
perseverance you will secure your lives."
>From today's Gospel we learn certain basic things about Jesus and
about Christian life. Jesus could read the signs of history. Others
might be blind to the approaching disaster but Jesus saw the trials
and difficulties about to descend. It is only when a person sees
things through the eyes of God that he sees them clearly. Jesus was
completely honest with his followers. "This" he said to his disciples,
"is what you must expect if you choose to follow me."
Jesus promised that his disciples would never meet their trials and
difficulties alone. This is evident in history, when great Christians
wrote of their experiences while being tortured or awaiting their
fate. The person who walks with Christ may lose their life, but he can
never lose his soul. If we stand firm in the trials of life, if we
continue building up this world in love, peace and justice, there is
nothing to fear and God will have the final say. We are accountable
for how we live our lives. Each day we write the pages of our book of
life, but the Lord is on the side of those who love him.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Eligia G. Fernando
- Boy Revatoris
- Marge, Pam, Ken, BE and Eli
- Charlie Castro, Glenda Bisco, Julie Manzon, Mystica Besana, Delly
... for the personal intentions of:
- Fred and Nel de Leon
- Julie and Glenn Manzon, Pat and Linda Manzon, Mary Castro, Ma. Fe De
Castro, Churchill Barayoga, Alfred Quinio and Mabel Pierera, Estileta
Escamilla, Glenda Bisco, Domingo Barayoga Jr.
... for San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Iya Roshan B. Tadiosa
- Marlon Atienza
- Fedralyn, Jerico Ureta and Ron Velarde
... for the eternal repose of the souls of Domingo and Lourdes Barayoga,
Allan Escamilla, Tony Campus. Eternal rest grant unto them and may
perpetual light shine upon them. May they and all the dearly departed
rest in peace.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Prayer Intention: Charlene & Manolet Carlos
... 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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