Tuesday, November 24, 2009



NOVEMBER 25, 2009

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 and Persians."

LUKE 21:12-19
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 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."

As Christians, we are all called to follow Jesus in bringing God's
Kingdom on earth today. As followers of Christ, we are enjoined to
live a fuller life in him and to help in spreading the Good News of
salvation. But if we accept Jesus' call and follow him, we also have
to be ready to accept and make some sacrifices for him. Jesus did not
mince words in how we may be ridiculed or persecuted because we bear
witness to his name. There is a cost to discipleship. After all, Jesus
himself suffered and died to save us from our sins. The servant cannot
be greater than his master.

Instead of looking at what sacrifices we may have to make if we accept
Jesus' call, perhaps we should focus instead on how we can grow more
in love and generosity with him. The deeper we love someone, the more
we are willing to do things to please that person, even if we
encounter difficulties and have to make some sacrifices. This is also
how we should look at and grow in our relationship with Jesus. We
already know that Jesus' love for us is immeasurable. What matters is
how much we love him.

What have we done for Christ? What are we doing for Christ? What ought
we do for Christ?

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
- Dolores Tong
- Eriberta Calvario
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the personal intentions of Alvin
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Femme P. Tumanan
- Birthday: Flora Tong
- Birthday: Dra. Zenaida G. Bagabaldo
- Birthday: Sis. Aurora Gucilla
- Wedding Anniversary: Glen & Dottie Jao
- Wedding Anniversary: Rey & Veronica Hernandez
- Wedding Anniversary: Dino & Kelly Bate
- In Memoriam (+): Ria Magsaysay- Rosete
… 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. parishpriest@marythequeen.org

Assistant Parish Priests' e-mails:
Fr. R. Hart, S. J. rodneyhart@marythequeen.org
Fr. Thomas O'Gorman, S. J. thogorman@marythequeen.org

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