Thursday, November 15, 2007
FRIDAY 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
FRIDAY 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
All men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God, and who
from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is, and
from studying the works did not discern the artisan; But either fire,
or wind, or the swift air, or the circuit of the stars, or the mighty
water, or the luminaries of heaven, the governors of the world, they
considered gods. Now if out of joy in their beauty they thought them
gods, let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than these;
for the original source of beauty fashioned them. Or if they were
struck by their might and energy, let them from these things realize
how much more powerful is he who made them. For from the greatness
and the beauty of created things their original author, by analogy,
is seen. But yet, for these the blame is less; For they indeed have
gone astray perhaps, though they seek God and wish to find him. For
they search busily among his works, but are distracted by what they
see, because the things seen are fair. But again, not even these are
pardonable. For if they so far succeeded in knowledge that they could
speculate about the world, how did they not more quickly find its
Jesus said to his disciples: "As it was in the days of Noah, so it
will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the
ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Similarly, as it was
in the days of Lot: they were eating, drinking, buying, selling,
planting, building; on the day when Lot left Sodom, fire and
brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all. So it will be on
the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, someone who is on
the housetop and whose belongings are in the house must not go down
to get them, and likewise one in the field must not return to what
was left behind. Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to preserve
his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. I tell you,
on that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken,
the other left. And there will be two women grinding meal together;
one will be taken, the other left." They said to him in
reply, "Where, Lord?" He said to them, "Where the body is, there also
the vultures will gather."
Jesus speaks of his coming at the end of time. Jesus urges us to be
vigilant and ready, because his coming will occur when we least
expect it. Waiting plays a big part in our lives, and so it is
important to learn how to wait. As human beings we always wait
because our lives are never complete in themselves. There is always
more to come.
Today's Gospel instructs us how to recognize our Lord's coming in
everyday things, in the duties we perform, in the events that occur
around us, or in the people that we meet. It is not only at the time
of death or at the end of the world that we will meet the Lord. We
meet him when we least expect it, while we are waiting in a doctor's
office for an appointment, in a cashier's line at the supermarket, or
even at a bus stop.
Let us learn to see Christ in everyone, in everything and in every
situation. Doing so, our waiting will not be one of endless
frustration, but rather become one of constructive readiness and
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara, Eligia Fernando, Sr. Belen Latorre, DC
- Epifania Ylaya
... for the personal intentions of:
- Mary G, Chris, Msgr. Miller, Virginia, Theresa
- Norma Bernal
... Good health: Guevarra Family
... In Memoriam: Joseph Whang, Sr.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Angie de los Alas
- Birthday: Carlos Marin
- Birthday: Neil Christian P. Turingan
... 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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