Tuesday, November 27, 2007
WEDNESDAY 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
WEDNESDAY 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
DANIEL 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28
King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his lords,
with whom he drank. Under the influence of the wine, he ordered the
gold and silver vessels which Nebuchadnezzar, his father, had taken
from the temple in Jerusalem, to be brought in so that the king, his
lords, his wives and his entertainers might drink from them. When the
gold and silver vessels taken from the house of God in Jerusalem had
been brought in, and while the king, his lords, his wives and his
entertainers were drinking wine from them, they praised their gods of
gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone. Suddenly, opposite
the lampstand, the fingers of a human hand appeared, writing on the
plaster of the wall in the king's palace. When the king saw the wrist
and hand that wrote, his face blanched; his thoughts terrified him,
his hip joints shook, and his knees knocked. Then Daniel was brought
into the presence of the king. The king asked him, "Are you the
Daniel, the Jewish exile, whom my father, the king, brought from
Judah? I have heard that the Spirit of God is in you, that you
possess brilliant knowledge and extraordinary wisdom. I have heard
that you can interpret dreams and solve difficulties; if you are able
to read the writing and tell me what it means, you shall be clothed
in purple, wear a gold collar about your neck, and be third in the
government of the kingdom." Daniel answered the king: "You may keep
your gifts, or give your presents to someone else; but the writing I
will read for you, O king, and tell you what it means. You have
rebelled against the Lord of heaven. You had the vessels of his
temple brought before you, so that you and your nobles, your wives
and your entertainers, might drink wine from them; and you praised
the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, that
neither see nor hear nor have intelligence. But the God in whose hand
is your life breath and the whole course of your life, you did not
glorify. By him were the wrist and hand sent, and the writing set
down. "This is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, TEKEL, and
PERES. These words mean: MENE, God has numbered your kingdom and put
an end to it; TEKEL, you have been weighed on the scales and found
wanting; PERES, your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes
Jesus said to the crowd: "They will seize and persecute you, they
will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will
have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will
lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your
defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking
that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You
will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and
friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by
all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be
destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives."
From today's Gospel we learn certain basic things about Jesus and
about Christian life. Jesus could read the signs of history. Others
might be blind to the approaching disaster but Jesus saw the trials
and difficulties about to descend. It is only when a person sees
things through the eyes of God that he sees them clearly. Jesus was
completely honest with his followers. "This" he said to his
disciples, "is what you must expect if you choose to follow me."
Jesus promised that his disciples would never meet their trials and
difficulties alone. This is evident in history, when great
Christians wrote of their experiences while being tortured or
awaiting their fate. The person who walks with Christ may lose their
life, but he can never lose his soul. If we stand firm in the trials
of life, if we continue building up this world in love, peace and
justice, there is nothing to fear and God will have the final say.
We are accountable for how we live our lives. Each day we write the
pages of our book of life, but the Lord is on the side of those who
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.
- Anna and Will
- Tom Diokno
- Fr. Santiago Leon, S.J.
- Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, 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: Lorenza U. S.
... 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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