Sunday, November 13, 2011
MONDAY 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
MEMORIAL, ST. JOSEPH PIGNATELLI, PRIEST
MONDAY 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63; Psalms 119:53, 61, 134, 150,
155, 158; Luke 18:35-43
1 MACCABEES 1:10–15, 41–43, 54–57, 62–63*
Antiochus issued a decree to his whole kingdom. All the peoples of his
empire had to renounce their particular customs and become one people.
All the pagan nations obeyed and respected the king's decree, and even
in Israel many accepted the imposed cult. They offered sacrifices to
idols and no longer respected the Sabbath. On the fifteenth day of the
month of Chislev, in the year one hundred and forty-five, Antiochus
erected the "abominable idol of the invaders" on the altar of the
temple. Pagan altars were built throughout the whole land of Judea;
incense was offered at the doors of their houses and in the squares.
There wicked men tore up the books of the Law they found and burned
them. They killed anyone they caught in possession of the book of the
Covenant and who fulfilled the precepts of the Law, as the royal
decree had ordered. But in spite of all this, many Israelites still
remained firm and determined not to eat unclean food. They preferred
to die rather than to make themselves unclean with those foods
(prohibited by the Law) that violated the Holy Covenant.
When Jesus drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road,
begging. As he heard the crowd passing by, he inquired what it was,
and they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was going by. Then he cried
out, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" The people in front
scolded him, "Be quiet!" but he cried out all the more, "Jesus, Son of
David, have mercy on me!" Jesus stopped and ordered the blind man to
be brought to him, and when he came near, he asked him, "What do you
want me to do for you?" And the man said, "Lord, that I may see!"
Jesus said, "Receive your sight, your faith has saved you." At once
the blind man was able to see, and he followed Jesus, giving praise to
God. And all the people who were there also praised God.
In the Gospel, Jesus shows love and mercy to a poor blind man. Behind
him, he hears the beggar's voice crying out for help calling Jesus,
Son of David. Jesus sees the beggar's strong faith in his persistence
to follow him and his continuous call to him for help despite the
disciples' caution for him to stop. It is this faith that moves Jesus
to turn to him and cure him. The blind beggar is able to see again
because of his strong faith in Jesus.
Here Jesus manifests his deep affection for the marginalized in
society – those who hope in him, persist in praying to him, humbly
asking him through prayer, and show gratefulness after receiving help
In a sense, we are like the blind man in that we do not see Jesus in
person because he does not live during our time. But are we also like
the blind man who had unwavering faith in the mercy and healing power
of Jesus? Do we believe that Jesus is with us even if we don't see
him? Do we believe that he hears and listens to our calls for help? Do
we believe that he can respond to our needs? Do we have the
persistence and the humility to ask for God's help through Jesus?
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
- Jo Marcelo
- Mon Torres
… for the personal intentions of 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.
- Wedding Anniversary: Eugene & Evelyn Chua
- Wedding Anniversary: Robert & Catherine Dy
- In Memoriam (+): Maria See Co (Mar 23, 1916 - Nov 14, 2007)+
- In Memoriam (+): Choa Thian Siu (Jan 21, 1913-Nov 14-1983)+
- In Memoriam (+): Mercedes P. Salgado
… 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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