Thursday, November 26, 2009



From Daily-Homily
November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving….a good time to ask myself, what am I thankful for? Even
better, whom should I thank?

Often it looks like it's a person who deserves our thanks. Sometimes
we think circumstance gets the credit. Yet ultimately, everything we
have is a gift from God. Even who we are is a gift from God. God uses
people and situations to bring His gifts to us. He alone is the Great
Gift-giver. It is good to know Who to thank.

Today, we gather for the Thanksgiving Day as a sign of our love and
gratitude to the Almighty God. We remember the reasons to be thankful
– our freedoms, our families, our parents, our spouse, our children,
our friends, our homes, our jobs, our clothes, our stuff, our health,
our life itself and the many gifts we have received from God– although
our lists may be different our feelings are the same. We should also
take time to thank our brothers and sisters who have served our
country and thank the brave citizens who continue to serve our
nation. They are the reason we can celebrate this holiday.

As we prepare for this day of thanksgiving, we pause to reflect on all
of our blessings and successes. Thank you for the great job we do

Let us not forget, however, to include a special thank you to our
families, relatives, friends, and people whom we loved. We want to
also thank all of our wonderful parishioners who dedicate their time
and resources, talents, abilities and God-given gifts they shared with
their fellowmen and women.

We praise God for this Thanksgiving Day, for the abundant blessings
and mercies He has poured forth upon us, for the greatest gift of life
He has given us. May God continue to bless our country as a refuge
for people from all corners of the earth and from every faith. May He
strengthens us in our trials and held us up in the face of adversity.
He has granted us this beautiful and bountiful land, filled with the
fruits of freedom, worship, and hard work.

In this harvest time, as we gather together on the table with our
family and friends, we give thanks to our Lord, the giver of life. May
this be a reminder for us to be humble in our abundance and to
remember the sacrifice of our forefathers. May their example inspire
us to be generous and hospitable to others especially the needy and
poor of our communities.

Dear Lord, please send Your grace upon those who are not with us at
this Eucharistic table, especially those serving our country, and
grant them the comfort of Your love. Thank You Lord.

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NOVEMBER 27, 2009

DANIEL 7:2-14
In a vision I, Daniel, saw during the night, the four winds of heaven
stirred up the great sea, from which emerged four immense beasts, each
different from the others. The first was like a lion, but with eagle's
wings. While I watched, the wings were plucked; it was raised from the
ground to stand on two feet like a man, and given a human mind. The
second was like a bear; it was raised up on one side, and among the
teeth in its mouth were three tusks. It was given the order, "Up,
devour much flesh." After this I looked and saw another beast, like a
leopard; on its back were four wings like those of a bird, and it had
four heads. To this beast dominion was given. After this, in the
visions of the night I saw the fourth beast, different from all the
others, terrifying, horrible, and of extraordinary strength; it had
great iron teeth with which it devoured and crushed, and what was left
it trampled with its feet. I was considering the ten horns it had,
when suddenly another, a little horn, sprang out of their midst, and
three of the previous horns were torn away to make room for it. This
horn had eyes like a man, and a mouth that spoke arrogantly. As I
watched, Thrones were set up and the Ancient One took his throne. His
clothing was snow bright, and the hair on his head as white as wool;
His throne was flames of fire, with wheels of burning fire. A surging
stream of fire flowed out from where he sat; Thousands upon thousands
were ministering to him, and myriads upon myriads attended him. The
court was convened, and the books were opened. I watched, then, from
the first of the arrogant words which the horn spoke, until the beast
was slain and its body thrown into the fire to be burnt up. The other
beasts, which also lost their dominion, were granted a prolongation of
life for a time and a season. As the visions during the night
continued, I saw One like a son of man coming, on the clouds of
heaven; When he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him,
He received dominion, glory, and kingship; nations and peoples of
every language serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that
shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed.

LUKE 21:29-33
Jesus told his disciples a parable. "Consider the fig tree and all the
other trees. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and
know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these
things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near. Amen, I say to
you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have
taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not
pass away."

Jesus prophesied two events we must be prepared for. The first is
tribulation and the other is His second coming. We certainly see great
tribulation in this day and age — war, disease, poverty, famine, etc.
Jesus used the image of a fig tree to teach his disciples an important
lesson about reading the "signs of the times". The fig tree was a
common and important source of food for the Jews. It bore fruit twice
a year, in the autumn and in the early spring. The signs of spring are
evident for all who can see. Just so are the signs of God's kingdom
and his coming in judgment.

We do not know when the Lord will return again. But the Lord does give
us signs, not only to wake us up as a warning, but also to rouse our
spirits to be ready and eager to see his kingdom come in all its power
and glory. The Lord wants us to be filled with joyful anticipation for
his coming. He comes to us each day and knocks on the doors of our

Do we recognize the signs of the times? Do we pray for God's kingdom
to be fully revealed? Lord Jesus Christ, you are the beginning and the
end of all creation. Rouse our spirit to seek your kingdom first in
all that we do. Amen.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Aivy Marielle
- Dolores Tong
- Eriberta Calvario
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Luis Torres
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the personal intentions of
- Alvin
- Lawrence
- Mary Wong
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Helen Grace Lazo
- Birthday: Mila Grace M. Cipriano
- Prayer Intention: Jeremy L. Gotamco
… 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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