Monday, November 26, 2007
TUESDAY 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
TUESDAY 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar: "In your vision, O king, you saw a
statue, very large and exceedingly bright, terrifying in appearance
as it stood before you. The head of the statue was pure gold, its
chest and arms were silver, its belly and thighs bronze, the legs
iron, its feet partly iron and partly tile. While you looked at the
statue, a stone which was hewn from a mountain without a hand being
put to it, struck its iron and tile feet, breaking them in pieces.
The iron, tile, bronze, silver, and gold all crumbled at once, fine
as the chaff on the threshing floor in summer, and the wind blew them
away without leaving a trace. But the stone that struck the statue
became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. "This was the
dream; the interpretation we shall also give in the king's presence.
You, O king, are the king of kings; to you the God of heaven has
given dominion and strength, power and glory; men, wild beasts, and
birds of the air, wherever they may dwell, he has handed over to you,
making you ruler over them all; you are the head of gold. Another
kingdom shall take your place, inferior to yours, then a third
kingdom, of bronze, which shall rule over the whole earth. There
shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron; it shall break in pieces
and subdue all these others, just as iron breaks in pieces and
crushes everything else. The feet and toes you saw, partly of
potter's tile and partly of iron, mean that it shall be a divided
kingdom, but yet have some of the hardness of iron. As you saw the
iron mixed with clay tile, and the toes partly iron and partly tile,
the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. The iron mixed
with clay tile means that they shall seal their alliances by
intermarriage, but they shall not stay united, any more than iron
mixes with clay. In the lifetime of those kings the God of heaven
will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed or delivered up
to another people; rather, it shall break in pieces all these
kingdoms and put an end to them, and it shall stand forever. That is
the meaning of the stone you saw hewn from the mountain without a
hand being put to it, which broke in pieces the tile, iron, bronze,
silver, and gold. The great God has revealed to the king what shall
be in the future; this is exactly what you dreamed, and its meaning
While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with
costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, "All that you see
here - the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon
another stone that will not be thrown down." Then they asked
him, "Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be
when all these things are about to happen?" He answered, "See that
you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, `I am
he,' and `The time has come.' Do not follow them! When you hear of
wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must
happen first, but it will not immediately be the end." Then he said
to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues
from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come
from the sky."
In today's Gospel, Jesus announces his prediction of the destruction
of Jerusalem, and the destruction of the world. He puts them
together because the destruction of Jerusalem was a symbol of the
destruction of the world and both catastrophes are signs announcing
the second coming of Jesus. The apostles were shocked at his
announcement of destruction of the temple of Jerusalem because the
Temple was for a Jew the most precious treasure on earth.
The purpose of Jesus' announcement was not so much to proclaim
destruction as to proclaim as salvation. Jesus did it, not to
frighten people but to give us courage. Neither the destruction of
the Temple nor the destruction of the world are the really important
points in the announcement of Christ. The important point is his
second coming, when he will come to reward his faithful people.
The early Christians did not look at the second corning of Jesus with
fear. They longed for it. Their daily prayer, as they celebrated
the Eucharist was: "Marana-tha", an invocation in Aramaic, which
means: "Come, Lord Jesus."
Perhaps this should be our daily prayer as well. Let us continue to
foster good in our communities so that when the Lord returns, he will
welcome us with open arms and recognize us as his faithful co-workers
in the task of redeeming the world.
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
- Fr. Santos Mena, S.J.
... 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: RV Golez
- Wedding Anniversary: Jobert & Lee Ochoa
... 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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