Wednesday, November 21, 2007
MEMORIAL, ST CECILIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR
MEMORIAL, ST CECILIA, VIRGIN AND MARTYR
THURSDAY 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
1 MACCABEES 2:15-29
The officers of the king in charge of enforcing the apostasy came to
the city of Modein to organize the sacrifices. Many of Israel joined
them, but Mattathias and his sons gathered in a group apart. Then the
officers of the king addressed Mattathias: "You are a leader, an
honorable and great man in this city, supported by sons and kin. Come
now, be the first to obey the king's command, as all the Gentiles and
the men of Judah and those who are left in Jerusalem have done. Then
you and your sons shall be numbered among the King's Friends, and
shall be enriched with silver and gold and many gifts." But Mattathias
answered in a loud voice: "Although all the Gentiles in the king's
realm obey him, so that each forsakes the religion of his fathers and
consents to the king's orders, yet I and my sons and my kin will keep
to the covenant of our fathers. God forbid that we should forsake the
law and the commandments. We will not obey the words of the king nor
depart from our religion in the slightest degree." As he finished
saying these words, a certain Jew came forward in the sight of all to
offer sacrifice on the altar in Modein according to the king's order.
When Mattathias saw him, he was filled with zeal; his heart was moved
and his just fury was aroused; he sprang forward and killed him upon
the altar. At the same time, he also killed the messenger of the king
who was forcing them to sacrifice, and he tore down the altar. Thus he
showed his zeal for the law, just as Phinehas did with Zimri, son of
Salu. Then Mattathias went through the city shouting, "Let everyone
who is zealous for the law and who stands by the covenant follow after
me!" Thereupon he fled to the mountains with his sons, leaving behind
in the city all their possessions. Many who sought to live according
to righteousness and religious custom went out into the desert to
As Jesus drew near Jerusalem, he saw the city and wept over it,
saying, "If this day you only knew what makes for peace- but now it is
hidden from your eyes. For the days are coming upon you when your
enemies will raise a palisade against you; they will encircle you and
hem you in on all sides. They will smash you to the ground and your
children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another
within you because you did not recognize the time of your visitation."
Much of God's grace often comes to us in the form of the teaching of
the Church, which prepares us for living the Christian message,
guiding us and giving us God's Holy Word. Do we use God's word to get
a true sense of the right and the wrong and grow in true values? Or
does Christ have to weep over us, our families, or our communities?
Does he have to weep because of our weak faith, because we don't trust
Him enough or even reject him? Does he weep because we refuse to
listen to His word or to the guidance of the Church?
We know the path to peace. It is in God's word, in Christ's church,
his body here on earth. We all long for peace but we will never
realize true peace until we begin to walk in the footsteps of Christ.
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 Pe Family
... Good health: Guevarra Family
... In Thanksgiving: Jennette
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Cecilia B. Garrucho
- Thanksgiving:Romy de la Paz & Family
- Wedding Anniversary: Judith & Geraldo L. Yu
- In Memoriam (+): Yu Lim Yok Chang (1916-2005)
... 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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