Thursday, November 12, 2009
FRIDAY 32ND WEEK ORDINARY TIME
MEMORIAL, FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI, VIRGIN
FRIDAY 32ND WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
All men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God, and who
from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is, and
from studying the works did not discern the artisan; But either fire,
or wind, or the swift air, or the circuit of the stars, or the mighty
water, or the luminaries of heaven, the governors of the world, they
considered gods. Now if out of joy in their beauty they thought them
gods, let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than these; for
the original source of beauty fashioned them. Or if they were struck
by their might and energy, let them from these things realize how much
more powerful is he who made them. For from the greatness and the
beauty of created things their original author, by analogy, is seen.
But yet, for these the blame is less; For they indeed have gone astray
perhaps, though they seek God and wish to find him. For they search
busily among his works, but are distracted by what they see, because
the things seen are fair. But again, not even these are pardonable.
For if they so far succeeded in knowledge that they could speculate
about the world, how did they not more quickly find its Lord?
Jesus said to his disciples: "As it was in the days of Noah, so it
will be in the days of the Son of Man; they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage up to the day that Noah entered the
ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Similarly, as it was
in the days of Lot: they were eating, drinking, buying, selling,
planting, building; on the day when Lot left Sodom, fire and brimstone
rained from the sky to destroy them all. So it will be on the day the
Son of Man is revealed. On that day, someone who is on the housetop
and whose belongings are in the house must not go down to get them,
and likewise one in the field must not return to what was left behind.
Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose
it, but whoever loses it will save it. I tell you, on that night there
will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left. And
there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the
other left." They said to him in reply, "Where, Lord?" He said to
them, "Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather."
Jesus quoted a familiar proverb to his audience, "Where the body is,
there the eagles will be gathered together." Eagles, like vultures,
are attracted to carrion. What's the point of this analogy? The return
of the Lord is certain, but the time is unknown. The Lord's judgment
comes swiftly and often unexpectedly. Jesus warns his listeners to be
ready when the day comes.
What does Jesus mean when he says that one will be taken and another
left? He is trying to say that intimacy with a godly person does not
guarantee that one will enter heaven on judgment day. Some may try to
pass off personal responsibility to someone else, but God judges each
person individually according to how they have lived their life and
responded to his grace. God's judgment is good news for those who are
ready to meet him. Their reward is God himself!
Lord Jesus Christ, you are our hope and our salvation. We pray never
to lose sight of the goal of heaven. Please give us fresh joy and zeal
to live each day for your kingdom. Amen.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the personal intentions of
- John B.
- Jansell Toni Remolisan
… for the good health of: Enrique and Lizanne Castillo
… Birthday: Vivian Tanunliong
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Bayani Hernandez
- Birthday: Carlos Jose F. Bate
- Birthday: Elvie Nocom
… for the healing and peace of all families
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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