Thursday, November 11, 2010
MEMORIAL, ST JOSAPHAT, BISHOP AND MARTYR
MEMORIAL, ST JOSAPHAT, BISHOP AND MARTYR
FRIDAY 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
SECOND JOHN 1:4-9
It has given me great joy to find that children of yours have been
living the life of truth as we were commanded by the Father. And now I
am asking you -- dear lady, not as though I were writing you a new
commandment, but only the one which we have had from the beginning --
that we should love one another. To love is to live according to his
commandments: this is the commandment which you have heard since the
beginning, to live a life of love. There are many deceivers at large
in the world, refusing to acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in human
nature. They are the Deceiver; they are the Antichrist. Watch
yourselves, or all our work will be lost and you will forfeit your
full reward. If anybody does not remain in the teaching of Christ but
goes beyond it, he does not have God with him: only those who remain
in what he taught can have the Father and the Son with them.
'As it was in Noah's day, so will it also be in the days of the Son of
man. People were eating and drinking, marrying wives and husbands,
right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and the Flood came and
destroyed them all. It will be the same as it was in Lot's day: people
were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building,
but the day Lot left Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven
and it destroyed them all. It will be the same when the day comes for
the Son of man to be revealed. 'When that Day comes, no one on the
housetop, with his possessions in the house, must come down to collect
them, nor must anyone in the fields turn back. Remember Lot's wife.
Anyone who tries to preserve his life will lose it; and anyone who
loses it will keep it safe. I tell you, on that night, when two are in
one bed, one will be taken, the other left; when two women are
grinding corn together, one will be taken, the other left.' The
disciples spoke up and asked, 'Where, Lord?' He said, 'Where the body
is, there too will the vultures gather.'
We are now approaching the end of the liturgical year, which
culminates with the Solemnity of Christ the King. Therefore, our daily
readings are designed to lead us to reflection on the "last days".
In our gospel reading today, our Lord speaks to his disciples about
the ordinary events in the daily lives of each and every man and the
sudden but imminent coming of the "Son of Man". However, like most of
his words and teachings, he speaks to them as well as to us at many
levels. Firstly, he talks about his own coming into the ordinary lives
of the people around him. Do they recognize him for who he really is
(Son of Man)? As for us, do we recognize his presence in the daily
routine of our ordinary lives? Do we recognize him in the people we
meet and when we approach him in the sacraments? Finally, our Lord
Jesus also speaks to all his listeners, past, present and future, of a
real sense of urgency to a change of heart, values and lifestyle
because for everyone, the personal end time (death), which will
culminate with the revelation of the "Son of Man" and will surely come
to pass, only we do not know how soon it will come.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, Mon Torres, Fleur Torres, Peping Torres,
Kristin Vidanes, John Lawrence
- Lydia, Kevin Francis Christian, Kwai and Godofredo Pe
- Deacon Joe Nicholas
- Belen Agoncillo
… for the personal intentions of Cecilia San Juan, Alvin Herrera
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Milagros G. Chengliong
- Birthday: Matthew Christian Yu
… for world peace and reconciliation.
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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