Wednesday, November 16, 2011



NOVEMBER 17, 2011

1 Mc 2:15-29 / Ps 50:1-2, 5-6, 14-15 / Lk 9:41-44

1 MACCABEES 2:15–29*
The representatives of the king addressed Mattathias, and said to him:
"You are one of the leaders of this city, an important and well-known
man, and your many children and relatives follow you. Come now and be
the first to fulfill the king's order, as the men of Judah have
already done, and the survivors in Jerusalem as well. You and your
sons will be named Friends of the King and the king will send you
gold, silver and many other gifts." But Mattathias answered in a loud
voice: "Even if all the nations included in the kingdom should abandon
the religion of their ancestors and submit to the order of King
Antiochus, I, my sons and my family will remain faithful to the
Covenant of our ancestors. May God preserve us from abandoning the Law
and its precepts. We will not obey the orders of the king nor turn
aside from our religion either to the right or to the left." When he
finished speaking these words, a Jew came forward in the sight of
everyone to offer incense on the altar that was built in Modein
according to the king's decree. When Mattathias saw him, he was fired
with zeal, his heart was stirred, and giving vent to his righteous
anger, he threw himself on the Jew and cut the man's throat on the
altar. At the same time, he killed the king's representative who was
forcing the people to offer sacrifice, and then tore down the altar.
In doing this he showed his zeal for the Law, as Phinehas had done
with Zimri, son of Salu. Mattathias then began to proclaim loudly in
the city: "Everyone who is zealous for the Law and supports the
Covenant, come out and follow me!" Immediately he and his sons fled to
the mountains and left behind all they had in the city.

LUKE 19:41-44
When Jesus had come in sight of Jerusalem, he wept over it and said,
"If only today you knew the ways of peace! But now your eyes are held
from seeing. Yet days will come upon you when your enemies will
surround you with barricades and shut you in and press on you from
every side. And they will dash you to the ground and your children
with you, and leave not a stone within you, for you did not recognize
the time and the visitation of your God."

Luke's Gospel describes Jesus still approaching the city when he weeps
over it and prophesies its destruction. He weeps because he loves the
city and the people, but it will be totally destroyed by its enemies
and the people with it. He is going to enter the city with the Jews
rejoicing because they think their king is ready to take his kingdom
and save them from oppression. What they don't know is that Jesus will
be rejected by the authority of Rome, humiliated and sentenced to
death on the cross. And so their hope will be dashed. "For he who has
given himself to us is going to be delivered into the power of men."

However, we never think this way for Jesus. Our faith is built in
human nature and spirit, but it has never been tested. It is important
to live our faith or we need to practice it throughout our lives and
that our actions reveal it into the world. "The world will be
recognizing us by our action."

Let us pray for all human beings. Our mission as believers is also to
pray for those who do not yet believe. Let us be light or candle in
this world. Jesus is Love. He gave up his life first and left us a
trail to follow so that we may find our way home. Jesus, lead us on to

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: Ann Policarpio
- Birthday: Atty Aniano G. Bagabaldo
- Birthday: Felix Hui Bon Hoa
… 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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