Sunday, November 18, 2007



NOVEMBER 19, 2007

1 MACCABEES 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63
[From the descendants of Alexander's officers] there sprang a sinful
offshoot, Antiochus Epiphanes, son of King Antiochus, once a hostage
at Rome. He became king in the year one hundred and thirty-seven of
the kingdom of the Greeks. In those days there appeared in Israel men
who were breakers of the law, and they seduced many people, saying:
"Let us go and make an alliance with the Gentiles all around us; since
we separated from them, many evils have come upon us." The proposal
was agreeable; some from among the people promptly went to the king,
and he authorized them to introduce the way of living of the Gentiles.
Thereupon they built a gymnasium in Jerusalem according to the Gentile
custom. They covered over the mark of their circumcision and abandoned
the holy covenant; they allied themselves with the Gentiles and sold
themselves to wrongdoing. Then the king wrote to his whole kingdom
that all should be one people, each abandoning his particular customs.
All the Gentiles conformed to the command of the king, and many
children of Israel were in favor of his religion; they sacrificed to
idols and profaned the sabbath. On the fifteenth day of the month
Chislev, in the year one hundred and forty-five, the king erected the
horrible abomination upon the altar of burnt offerings and in the
surrounding cities of Judah they built pagan altars. They also burned
incense at the doors of the houses and in the streets. Any scrolls of
the law which they found they tore up and burnt. Whoever was found
with a scroll of the covenant, and whoever observed the law, was
condemned to death by royal decree. But many in Israel were determined
and resolved in their hearts not to eat anything unclean; they
preferred to die rather than to be defiled with unclean food or to
profane the holy covenant; and they did die. Terrible affliction was
upon Israel.

LUKE 18:35-43
As Jesus approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside
begging, and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.
They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." He shouted, "Jesus,
Son of David, have pity on me!" The people walking in front rebuked
him, telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more,
"Son of David, have pity on me!" Then Jesus stopped and ordered that
he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, "What do
you want me to do for you?" He replied, "Lord, please let me see."
Jesus told him, "Have sight; your faith has saved you." He immediately
received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When they
saw this, all the people gave praise to God.

Today's Gospel is about Bartimaeus. When he heard that Jesus of
Nazareth was passing by, he seized the opportunity to call on him,
"Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!" He was told by the people to
keep quiet. They were actually telling him to stop praying, but he
shouted even louder, for he knew that Jesus would hear him and answer
his prayer. There was no doubt in his mind that Jesus would cure him.

When we receive a gift from the Lord, do we go our own selfish way and
use it only for ourselves, or do we go up the road with Jesus to share
it with other people who may need more help than we do?

There is yet another message in today's reading. Having been given
the gift of sight since our birth, it is so easy for us to take for
granted the many other wonderful gifts of God which surround us. A
conscious effort to be aware of these marvelous gifts of God should
convince us that miracles do happen every day. It is an invitation for
us to follow Christ and give praise to God, as the blind man did,
after his physical and spiritual healing.

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
... for the personal intentions of Guevara Family
... Good health: Guevarra Family
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Manuel R. Escobar
- Wedding Anniversary: Emelinda & Dr. Timoteo L. Yu
- In Memoriam (+): Charlie Falcon (July 22, 1948 - Nov 19, 2002)
... 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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