Thursday, November 10, 2011
FRIDAY 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
MEMORIAL, ST MARTIN OF TOURS
FRIDAY 32ND WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Wis 13:1-9 / Ps 19:2-3, 4-5 / Lk 17:26-3
The natural helplessness of humans is seen in their ignorance of God.
The experience of good things did not lead them to the knowledge of
Him who is. They were interested in his works, but they did not
recognize the author of them. Fire, wind, air, the sphere of the
stars, rushing water and the lights in the sky were held as the rulers
of the world. If, charmed by such beauty, they took them for gods, let
them know how far superior is their sovereign. And if they were
impressed by their power and activity, let them understand from this
how much mightier is he who formed them. For the grandeur and beauty
of creatures lead us to ponder on their Author, greater and more
magnificent. No doubt these people are not to be blamed severely, for
possibly they strayed though they searched for God and desired to find
him. They pondered over the created things that surrounded them and
were captivated by the sight of such beauty. Even so they are not to
be excused, for if they were able to explore the world, why did they
not discover first the world's Sovereign?
Jesus said to his disciples, "As it was in the days of Noah, so will
it be on the day the Son of Man comes. Then people ate and drank; they
took husbands and wives. But on the day Noah entered the ark, the
flood came and destroyed them all. Just as it was in the days of Lot:
people ate and drank, they bought and sold, planted and built. But on
the day Lot left Sodom, God made fire and sulfur rain down from heaven
which destroyed them all. So will it be on the day the Son of Man is
revealed. "On that day, if you are on the roof top, don't go down into
the house to get your belongings, and if you happen to be in the
fields, do not turn back. Remember Lot's wife. Whoever tries to save
his life will lose himself, but whoever gives his life will be born
again. I tell you, though two men are sharing the same bed, it may be
that one will be taken and the other lef t. Though two women are
grinding corn together, one may be taken and the other lef t." Then
they asked Jesus, "Where will this take place, Lord?" And he answered,
"Where the body is, there too will the vultures gather."
The first reading tells us that by observing the wonders of nature —
its beauty, power and perfection— one can arrive at the conclusion
that a Supreme Being must have created all of them. Man cannot be so
mesmerized by the beauty and grandeur of nature without acknowledging
and praising its maker.
In the Gospel, Jesus warns us that one day our world will end and
nobody will know when it will happen. And then God will take his
chosen ones and bring them to His kingdom in heaven. The early
Christians of the first century were expecting Jesus to return in the
flesh since he had promised that he would. But they eventually
realized that his return was not imminent and so they believed that
his indwelling in men through the Holy Spirit was just as important to
await daily in their lives.
But there will always be an eschatological dimension in the life of a
Christian. This means that we believe Jesus will return to judge the
living and the dead in his Second Coming. So we do not only expect
Jesus to speak to us every day to guide our daily words and actions
and to give us fortitude in times of trial, but we also believe that
he will come back someday to judge the living and dead (this we recite
in the Creed). So our prayer to him must be: "Come, Lord Jesus!" as we
go about our daily lives.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Ananias and Cornelia
- Rita P. Cuerva
… for the personal intentions of
- Veronica Yap
- Lingad family
- Titong V
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Consuelo P. Cuerva
- Jose Carpio, Jr
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: Eden Deza Chua, M.D.
… for families who are in need of healing
… 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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