Tuesday, November 15, 2011



NOVEMBER 16, 2011

2 Mc 7:1, 20-31 / Ps 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 / Lk 19:11-28

2 MACCABEES 7:1, 20–31
It happened also that seven brothers were arrested with their mother.
The king had them scourged and flogged to force them to eat the flesh
of a pig which was prohibited by the Law. More than all of them, their
mother ought to be admired and remembered. She saw her seven sons die
in a single day. But she endured it even with joy for she had put her
hope in the Lord. Full of a noble sense of honor, she encouraged each
one of them in the language of their ancestors.

LUKE 19:11-28
Jesus went on to tell them a parable. He said, "A man of noble birth
went to a distant place to have himself appointed king of his own
people, after which he would return. Before he left, he summoned ten
of his servants and gave them ten pounds. He said: `Put this money to
work until I get back.' "He returned, however, appointed as king. At
once he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, to find
out what profit each had made. The first came in and reported: `Sir,
your pound has earned ten more.' "The master replied: `Well done, my
good servant. Since you have proved yourself capable in a small
matter, I can trust you to take charge of ten cities.' The second
reported: `Sir, your pound earned five more pounds.' The master
replied: `Right, take charge of five cities.' "The third came in and
said: `Sir, here is your money which I hid for safekeeping. I was
afraid of you for you are an exacting person; you take up what you did
not lay down and reap what you did not sow.' "The master replied: `You
worthless servant, I will judge you by your own words. Why, then, did
you not put my money on loan so that when I got back I could have
collected it with interest?' "Then the master said to those standing
by: `Take from him that pound, and give it to the one with ten
pounds.' They objected: `But, sir, he already has ten!' `I tell you:
everyone who has will be given more; but from those who have nothing,
even what they have will be taken away. As for my enemies who did not
want me to be king, bring them in and execute them right here in my

Jesus wished to correct the view of the people that the kingdom of God
was going to appear at once. It was because they were thinking of an
earthly kingdom They did not realize that it was God's greater plan
that Christ should leave the world, and come back again at a later
time. This is why Jesus shared this parable to his disciples.

Just as the master had to leave, Jesus too had to leave. And like the
servants, we his disciples must remain faithful to him, and make
productive whatever he has left us. As the master rewarded his
productive servants when he returned, so will we be rewarded if we
make use of our gifts properly. As the one who did nothing, with his
one pound ultimately ended up with nothing at all, so will we end up
with nothing if we neglect our duty to make our talents grow. This
sort of person represents those of us who, although members of the
church community, do nothing or invest nothing of ourselves in our

How are we making use of what God has given us? Are we making our
faith grow? What more can we do to develop a personal relationship
with Christ?

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Pauline
- Lingad family
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Jose Carlos P. Marin
… 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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