Monday, November 23, 2009



NOVEMBER 24, 2009

DANIEL 2:31-45
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 is sure."

LUKE 21:5-11
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."

Many great civilizations and cultures are now left in ruins. There is
little or nothing to remind us that they existed. Many of their
structures remain buried, waiting to be excavated. This is what Christ
prophesied of the temple – "Time will come when there will not be left
a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down." This temple
was destroyed by the Romans in 66-70 A.D. This prophecy continues to
be fulfilled in history. Kingdoms, powers and ideologies come and go.

But there is another destruction Christ foretells. It is the
destruction of the kingdoms we have founded within ourselves which is
founded on our plans and ambitions. They can be destroyed any time by
carelessness, by the indifference of the other or even by natural
disasters. They are precarious. Our house is built on sand as Jesus
mentioned in Matthew. "Rain came down, the floods rose, gales blew and
struck that house and it fell." But anyone who listens to the Word of
God and acts upon it, that house is built on rock and nothing can
destroy it.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Aivy Marielle
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the personal intentions of
- Mary Deanne and family
- Pauline
- Alvin
.. Birthday: Jeannette Poblete
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Alex Z. Reyes
- Birthday: Adelina Martinez
- In Memoriam (+): Bertran Yu Lai (Sept 19-1965-Nov 24, 1996)+
- In Memoriam (+): Estrella Yu Castillo
… 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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