Monday, November 14, 2011



NOVEMBER 15, 2011

2 Mc 6:18-31 / Ps 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-8 / Lk 19:1-10

2 MACCABEES 6:18–31
Eleazar, one of the prominent teachers of the Law, already old and of
noble appearance, was forced to open his mouth to eat the flesh of a
pig. But he preferred to die honorably than to live in disgrace, and
voluntarily came to the place where they beat him to death. He spit
out bravely the piece of meat, as should be done by those who do not
want to do things prohibited by the Law, even to save their life. And
he added, "It would be unworthy to pretend at our age, and to lead
many young people to suppose that I, at ninety years, have gone over
to the pagan customs. If I led them astray for the sake of this short
life I would bring disgrace to my old age. Even if I could now be
saved from mortals, I cannot—whether living or dead escape from the
hands of the Almighty. I prefer to bravely sacrifice my life now, as
befits my old age. So I shall leave an excellent example to the young,
dying voluntarily and valiantly for the sacred and holy laws." Having
said this, he gave himself over to death. ...

LUKE 19:1-10
When Jesus entered Jericho and was going through the city, a man named
Zaccheus was there. He was a tax collector and a wealthy man. He
wanted to see what Jesus was like, but he was a short man and could
not see because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up a
sycamore tree. From there he would be able to see Jesus who had to
pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to
him, "Zaccheus, come down quickly for I must stay at your house
today." So Zaccheus hurried down and received him joyfully. All the
people who saw it began to grumble and said, "He has gone to the house
of a sinner as a guest." But Zaccheus spoke to Jesus, "The half of my
goods, Lord, I give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will
pay him back four times as much." Looking at him Jesus said,
"Salvation has come to this house today, for he is also a true son of
Abraham. The Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost."

Jesus looks beyond external appearance and into the heart of every
person. There, he sees each person's need for the love of God. He
knows our sorrows for he weeps with us. He knows our joys for he
rejoices with us. God knows everything about us, even our weaknesses,
and draws us to Himself. God knows that when we are needy, we are more
open to accepting His love. It is in our weakness that we realize that
no matter what we have done, God still loves us and still wants to
speak to us.

Today, let us invite Jesus into our hearts. Let us ask him to come and
fill us with the joy of his salvation. Let us ask him to grant us the
freedom to lay at his feet every thought, possession or desire that is
considered most precious to us, that is keeping us away from a closer
union with him.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Jo Marcelo
- Mon Torres
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Pauline
- Lingad family
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Teresa L. Chan
- In Memoriam (+): Paciano L. Tangco (Feb 2, 1942 - Nov 15, 2007)+
- In Memoriam (+): Carmen F. Bate
… 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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