Sunday, November 25, 2007
Monday 34th Week in Ordinary Time
Monday 34th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
DANIEL 1:1-6, 8-20
In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, King
Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came and laid siege to Jerusalem. The Lord
handed over to him Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and some of the vessels
of the temple of God; he carried them off to the land of Shinar, and
placed the vessels in the temple treasury of his god. The king told
Ashpenaz, his chief chamberlain, to bring in some of the children of
Israel of royal blood and of the nobility, young men without any
defect, handsome, intelligent and wise, quick to learn, and prudent in
judgment, such as could take their place in the king's palace; they
were to be taught the language and literature of the Chaldeans; after
three years' training they were to enter the king's service. The king
allotted them a daily portion of food and wine from the royal table.
Among these were men of Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
But Daniel was resolved not to defile himself with the king's food or
wine; so he begged the chief chamberlain to spare him this defilement.
Though God had given Daniel the favor and sympathy of the chief
chamberlain, he nevertheless said to Daniel, "I am afraid of my lord
the king; it is he who allotted your food and drink. If he sees that
you look wretched by comparison with the other young men of your age,
you will endanger my life with the king." Then Daniel said to the
steward whom the chief chamberlain had put in charge of Daniel,
Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, "Please test your servants for ten
days. Give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then see how we
look in comparison with the other young men who eat from the royal
table, and treat your servants according to what you see." He acceded
to this request, and tested them for ten days; after ten days they
looked healthier and better fed than any of the young men who ate from
the royal table. So the steward continued to take away the food and
wine they were to receive, and gave them vegetables. To these four
young men God gave knowledge and proficiency in all literature and
science, and to Daniel the understanding of all visions and dreams. At
the end of the time the king had specified for their preparation, the
chief chamberlain brought them before Nebuchadnezzar. When the king
had spoken with all of them, none was found equal to Daniel, Hananiah,
Mishael, and Azariah; and so they entered the king's service. In any
question of wisdom or prudence which the king put to them, he found
them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his
When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their
offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two
small coins. He said, "I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more
than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their
surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole
Generosity is not to be measured absolutely by the amount we give, but
relatively according to what we have left after we have given. That
true generosity comes from the heart when we share with others. True
giving takes a lot of faith, like that of the widow in the Gospel. For
it takes faith to share when we have little left for ourselves. It
takes faith to volunteer our services when we don't have enough time
for ourselves. It takes faith to listen to others when we are tired
and don't have the energy to listen; takes faith to inspire joy in
others when our own hearts feel empty.
Everything we have has come to us from the hands of a loving God.
Because of this, we should never count what we give to God. Christ
gave what he had -- his whole self -- in order to bring others life and
happiness. Let us strive to become people like Christ who do not count
the cost of our gifts when it is a question of serving God and our
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
- Dennis Labayen and Mario Delariarte
- Fr. Santos Mena, S.J.
... for the personal intentions of Pe Family
... Good health:
- Guevarra Family
- Fred and Nel de Leon and family
... In Thanksgiving: Jennette
... for the eternal repose of the soul of Tolentino Abu Sandoval.
Eternal rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him.
May he and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Flora Tong
- Birthday: Rosario D Pobre
- Birthday: Sr. Aurora Gucilla
- Birthday: Zenaida G. Bagabaldo
- Wedding Anniversary: Dino & Kelly Bate
- Wedding Anniversary: Glenn & Dottie Jao
... 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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