Friday, November 26, 2010
SATURDAY 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
SATURDAY 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
Then the angel showed me the river of life, rising from the throne of
God and of the Lamb and flowing crystal-clear. Down the middle of the
city street, on either bank of the river were the trees of life, which
bear twelve crops of fruit in a year, one in each month, and the
leaves of which are the cure for the nations. The curse of destruction
will be abolished. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the
city; his servants will worship him, they will see him face to face,
and his name will be written on their foreheads. And night will be
abolished; they will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord
God will be shining on them. They will reign for ever and ever. The
angel said to me, 'All that you have written is sure and will come
true: the Lord God who inspires the prophets has sent his angel to
reveal to his servants what is soon to take place. I am coming soon!'
Blessed are those who keep the prophetic message of this book.
'Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened by debauchery and
drunkenness and the cares of life, and that day will come upon you
unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come down on all those living
on the face of the earth. Stay awake, praying at all times for the
strength to survive all that is going to happen, and to hold your
ground before the Son of man.'
Our life is a time of preparation, not only for an eternal friendship
with God, but for the assault of the tribulations that must come
first. The spiritual battle is real, whether or not we are aware of
it, whether or not we want it. We fight each day and in many ways, but
the battle is ultimately won in the depths of our hearts. All that
puts our hearts to sleep and gives us a false sense of security must
Are we superficial in our judgments? Do we become so engrossed and
absorbed in material matters, work and worries that we are unable to
pursue our spiritual life and vocation with a clear and focused
None of us will escape the trial of that last day. The saints lived
with their end in mind. Death was a healthy meditation that moved them
to live the present day to the full. Death is the door to our real
life. The anticipation of that day need not rob us of joy. Rather, it
must call us to love. How we live today is determining of how we will
live that day and the everlasting day of eternal life with God. How do
we want to live that day?
This is how Jesus invited the apostles, to live that day of his
Passion. He told his apostles: "Watch and pray that you may not enter
into temptation." The final words of the "Our Father" must find
resonance in how we live. Vigilance requires not only awareness of the
enemies and threats that surround us, but also of the weaknesses
within us. These elements are at work each day and so we must be on
guard each day to check their influence. Prayer and vigilance lead to
each other. If we do not make prayer the air we breathe, we will
suffocate in a polluted world.
Let us keep before our eyes the real meaning of our life and the
limited time that we have to conquer and grow in love. Let us react
promptly and firmly to all the inspirations that God sends us.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Luz Garcia
- Romeo G. Ballesteros, Joshua Santos, Bening Haboc, Conchita
- Vicky Fabella
… for good health: Lydia, Kevin Francis Christian, Kwai, Pamela,
Darlita, Keempee and Godofredo Pe
… for the personal intentions of
- Francis Torres
- Josheil Dapo
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Mila Grace M. Cipriano
- Birthday: Paolo I. Pesuena
- Wedding Anniversary: Jobert & Lee Ochoa
- Prayer Intention: Jeremy Lim Gotamco
- In Memoriam (+): Armand V. Fabella
… 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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