Thursday, November 18, 2010



NOVEMBER 19, 2010

Then I heard the voice I had heard from heaven speaking to me again.
'Go', it said, 'and take that open scroll from the hand of the angel
standing on sea and land.' I went to the angel and asked him to give
me the small scroll, and he said, 'Take it and eat it; it will turn
your stomach sour, but it will taste as sweet as honey.' So I took it
out of the angel's hand, and I ate it and it tasted sweet as honey,
but when I had eaten it my stomach turned sour. Then I was told, 'You
are to prophesy again, this time against many different nations and
countries and languages and kings.'

LUKE 19:45-48
Then he went into the Temple and began driving out those who were busy
trading, saying to them, 'According to scripture, my house shall be a
house of prayer but you have turned it into a bandits' den.' He taught
in the Temple every day. The chief priests and the scribes, in company
with the leading citizens, tried to do away with him, but they could
not find a way to carry this out because the whole people hung on his

Since we are now approaching the end of the liturgical year, our daily
readings lead us to reflection on the "last days". However today, the
gospel does not speak about the coming of the "Son of Man" or the
destruction of the temple with accompanying signs of the end of the
world. Today's gospel narrates the incident at the temple when Jesus
drove away the vendors and moneychangers with so much indignation and
anger. Why did Jesus act that way? During Jesus' time, these
businesses belonged to the families of the priests including the high
priest. It is these corrupt and monopolistic practices of those in
authority and power which made Jesus very angry. In this context, then
we can better understand why he did it. Being a faithful Jew, he loves
his people. He was already grieving over the impending destruction of
Jerusalem and its temple which is the pride and glory of every Jewish
heart. He knew that because of the failure of the people to accept his
teachings, the inevitable and terrible events will happen. Yet, these
corrupt and greedy leaders of the people continued to do their evil
deeds, unmindful that what they were doing would lead to the end of
their world as they knew it.

If we were in Jesus' shoes, how would we have reacted? How do we react
to the present situation in our countries with own its peculiar
economic, social and political problems?

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
- Msgr. Timothy O'Donovan
- Vicky Fabella
- Susan
… for good health: Daisy M. Barilla, Haresh H. Mirchanani, Dennis
Mercado, Loui B. Oca, Tracy Pdl. Lucero, Chambie Soriano, Jona
Laranang, Anniel Leonardo, Thelma Ramoran, Tintin Abling, Vilma Haboc,
Beth Noel Malate, Monica Jason Balibay, Noel Lopez Benny Panganiban
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Dr. Leonardo L. Co and Dr. Dan Lagunzad
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Mother Teresa Examen
- Birthday: Rodolfo Laguna
- Wedding Anniversary: Emelinda & Dr. Timoteo Lim Yu
- In Memoriam (+): Charlie Falcon (Jul 22, 1948-Nov 19, 2002)+
… 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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