Thursday, November 19, 2009



NOVEMBER 20, 2009

1 MACCABEES 4:36-37, 52-59
Then Judas and his brothers said, "Now that our enemies have been
crushed, let us go up to purify the sanctuary and rededicate it." So
the whole army assembled, and went up to Mount Zion. Early in the
morning on the twenty-fifth day of the ninth month, that is, the month
of Chislev, in the year one hundred and forty-eight, they arose and
offered sacrifice according to the law on the new altar of holocausts
that they had made. On the anniversary of the day on which the
Gentiles had defiled it, on that very day it was reconsecrated with
songs, harps, flutes, and cymbals. All the people prostrated
themselves and adored and praised Heaven, who had given them success.
For eight days they celebrated the dedication of the altar and
joyfully offered holocausts and sacrifices of deliverance and praise.
They ornamented the facade of the temple with gold crowns and shields;
they repaired the gates and the priests' chambers and furnished them
with doors. There was great joy among the people now that the disgrace
of the Gentiles was removed. Then Judas and his brothers and the
entire congregation of Israel decreed that the days of the dedication
of the altar should be observed with joy and gladness on the
anniversary every year for eight days, from the twenty-fifth day of
the month Chislev.

LUKE 19:45-48
Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were
selling. "It is written," he said to them, "'My house will be a house
of prayer'; but you have made it `a den of robbers.'" Every day he was
teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law
and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. Yet they
could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his

Jesus went to Jerusalem, knowing he would meet certain death on the
cross, as well as victory for our sake. His act of judgment in the
temple is meant to be a warning to the people that God takes worship
very seriously. His act of judgment aims to purify God's people and to
discipline them. The Lord chastises us, in order to lead us from the
error of our ways to his love, truth and justice. Do we worship God
with reverence and gratitude for His mercy? Do we submit to His word
with faith and obedience?

Lord, help us to draw near to you with gratitude and joy for your
great mercy. May we always worship you and give you praise with our
thoughts, words and actions. Amen.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Anastacio Manago
- Eriberta Calvario
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the personal intentions of
- Catherine and Selena
- Josheil Dapo
- Patrick C.
- Veronica
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Wedding Anniversary: John & Gloria Chua
- In Memoriam (+): Charles Kang Lim (Oct 17, 1960-Nov 20, 1997)+
… 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!

Parish Priests' e-mail:
Fr. J. Cesar R. Marin, S. J.

Assistant Parish Priests' e-mails:
Fr. R. Hart, S. J.
Fr. Thomas O'Gorman, S. J.

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