Friday, November 30, 2007
SATURDAY 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
SATURDAY 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - YEAR I
I, Daniel, found my spirit anguished within its covering of flesh, and
I was terrified by the visions of my mind. I approached one of those
present and asked him what all this meant in truth; in answer, he made
known to me the meaning of the things: "These four great beasts stand
for four kingdoms which shall arise on the earth. But the holy ones of
the Most High shall receive the kingship, to possess it forever and
ever." But I wished to make certain about the fourth beast, so very
terrible and different from the others, devouring and crushing with
its iron teeth and bronze claws, and trampling with its feet what was
left; about the ten horns on its head, and the other one that sprang
up, before which three horns fell; about the horn with the eyes and
the mouth that spoke arrogantly, which appeared greater than its
fellows. For, as I watched, that horn made war against the holy ones
and was victorious until the Ancient One arrived; judgment was
pronounced in favor of the holy ones of the Most High, and the time
came when the holy ones possessed the kingdom. He answered me thus:
"The fourth beast shall be a fourth kingdom on earth different from
all the others; It shall devour the whole earth, beat it down, and
crush it. The ten horns shall be ten kings rising out of that kingdom;
another shall rise up after them, Different from those before him, who
shall lay low three kings. He shall speak against the Most High and
oppress the holy ones of the Most High, thinking to change the feast
days and the law. They shall be handed over to him for a year, two
years, and a half-year. But when the court is convened, and his power
is taken away by final and absolute destruction, Then the kingship and
dominion and majesty of all the kingdoms under the heavens shall be
given to the holy people of the Most High, Whose Kingdom shall be
everlasting: all dominions shall serve and obey him."
Jesus said to his disciples: "Beware that your hearts do not become
drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will
assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at
all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the
tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man."
The words of Christ in today's Gospel are meant to awaken us to the
true facts of life and of death. Jesus does not ask us to ignore or
despise this earth or this life but he does ask us to estimate it for
what it is, a period of transit, which properly used, will earn for us
our eternal home. If we take a sincere look at our actions daily, we
need not be afraid for the day of judgment.
The challenge for every Christian is to continue to live, believe and
hope in God's unbounded love for us. It is not easy to do so these
days since the challenges of everyday life, temptations and the appeal
for being "bad" are powerful. The world seeks to fill us up with
false gods in place of the loving God.
Let us pray that the grace of the Advent Season, which begins
tomorrow, will help us to endure and persevere even when we are faced
with challenges, until we see God as he is.
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
- Anna and Will
- Fr. Santos Mena, S.J.
... Good health: Guevarra Family
... Birthday: Eligia Fernando
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Benjamin Castillo
- Birthday: Ely Fausto
- Birthday: Natty Golez
- 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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