Monday, November 15, 2010



NOVEMBER 16, 2010

REVELATION 3:1-6, 14-22
'Write to the angel of the church in Sardis and say, "Here is the
message of the one who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven
stars: I know about your behaviour: how you are reputed to be alive
and yet are dead. Wake up; put some resolve into what little vigour
you have left: it is dying fast. So far I have failed to notice
anything in your behaviour that my God could possibly call perfect;
remember how you first heard the message. Hold on to that. Repent! If
you do not wake up, I shall come to you like a thief, and you will
have no idea at what hour I shall come upon you. There are a few in
Sardis, it is true, who have kept their robes unstained, and they are
fit to come with me, dressed in white. Anyone who proves victorious
will be dressed, like these, in white robes; I shall not blot that
name out of the book of life, but acknowledge it in the presence of my
Father and his angels. Let anyone who can hear, listen to what the
Spirit is saying to the churches." 'Write to the angel of the church
in Laodicea and say, "Here is the message of the Amen, the
trustworthy, the true witness, the Principle of God's creation: I know
about your activities: how you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you
were one or the other, but since you are neither hot nor cold, but
only lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth. You say to yourself: I
am rich, I have made a fortune and have everything I want, never
realising that you are wretchedly and pitiably poor, and blind and
naked too. I warn you, buy from me the gold that has been tested in
the fire to make you truly rich, and white robes to clothe you and
hide your shameful nakedness, and ointment to put on your eyes to
enable you to see. I reprove and train those whom I love: so repent in
real earnest. Look, I am standing at the door, knocking. If one of you
hears me calling and opens the door, I will come in to share a meal at
that person's side. Anyone who proves victorious I will allow to share
my throne, just as I have myself overcome and have taken my seat with
my Father on his throne. Let anyone who can hear, listen to what the
Spirit is saying to the churches." '

LUKE 19:1-10
He entered Jericho and was going through the town and suddenly a man
whose name was Zacchaeus made his appearance; he was one of the senior
tax collectors and a wealthy man. He kept trying to see which Jesus
was, but he was too short and could not see him for the crowd; so he
ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus who
was to pass that way. When Jesus reached the spot he looked up and
spoke to him, 'Zacchaeus, come down. Hurry, because I am to stay at
your house today.' And he hurried down and welcomed him joyfully. They
all complained when they saw what was happening. 'He has gone to stay
at a sinner's house,' they said. But Zacchaeus stood his ground and
said to the Lord, 'Look, sir, I am going to give half my property to
the poor, and if I have cheated anybody I will pay him back four times
the amount.' And Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this
house, because this man too is a son of Abraham; for the Son of man
has come to seek out and save what was lost.'

In a sense, because Zacchaeus was full of the things of this world, he
was spiritually short in stature. It was hard for him to see above the
things of this world and see the true beauty of the things of God.
Jesus knows that this can happen to each one of us, and so he gives us
the means to climb higher so that we might see above ourselves, above
the glamour of this world. This requires us to make a choice. Like
Zacchaeus, we have to be willing to struggle to climb that tree and
even to look absurd to the crowd around us. When Zacchaeus acted upon
his desire to see Jesus, Jesus immediately responded by entering
Zacchaeus' house.

Jesus wants to enter our hearts as well. We know this. When we think
of the times we have risen above the crowd and have not given in to
peer pressure, we recall the peace that entered our hearts. If we are
going to follow Jesus, we need to be bold like Zacchaeus. As Zacchaeus
found out, we can expect that we will want to give Jesus more each
time that we encounter him. At times we might feel a little hesitant,
but why? Is it because we are afraid to change? Jesus constantly asks
for more. He is never satisfied with the past or the present. We need
to reflect on how we can move to a higher level for Jesus.

Let this be our prayer today: "Lord Jesus raise our hearts and minds
to a higher level. We want to see you, to see the beauty of the things
of heaven. Give us the courage to be bold in following you, regardless
of what others might think or say. Bless us with the grace to grow in
holiness each day."

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Lydia, Kevin Francis Christian, Kwai and Godofredo Pe
- Mark Anthony Lao
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, Mon Torres, Fleur Torres, Peping Torres,
Kristin Vidanes, John Lawrence
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Cherie Torres
- Josheil Dapo
- Mary Beth Valenteros and Davis Tamano
… good health and safety of Jayvee De Joya and her baby
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Cherry B. Banaag
- Birthday: Carlos Marin
… 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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