Friday, November 25, 2011



NOVEMBER 26, 2011

Dn 7:15-27 / Dn 3:82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87 / Lk 21:34-36

DANIEL 7:15–27
I, Daniel, was deeply troubled, since these visions terrified me. I
approached one of those who were standing there, and asked him to tell
me what all this meant. He answered me and gave me the interpretation
of these things: These four beasts are four kings who will rise from
the earth. But the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the
kingdom to possess it eternally, forever and ever.' Then I wanted to
know the meaning of the fourth beast, different from the others,
extraordinarily terrifying, with iron teeth and bronze claws, that
ate, tore into pieces and crushed underfoot whatever remained. I also
wanted to know about the ten horns it had on its head, and about the
other horn which had sprung up, and the three first horns that fell,
and about this horn with eyes and a mouth that spoke with arrogance,
and that looked greater than the other horns. Then I was told: The
fourth animal shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, different from all
the kingdoms. It will devour the earth, crush it and destroy it. The
ten horns are ten kings who shall rise from this kingdom. Another one
will rise up after them and destroy three kings. This king shall
insult the Most High and persecute the holy ones of the Most High. But
judgment will come and dominion will be taken from him; he shall be
destroyed and utterly wiped out. The kingship, dominion and leadership
of all the kingdoms of the world shall be given to the people of the
holy ones of God Most High: his kingdom will be without end. All the
kingdoms shall serve him and be subject to him.'

LUKE 21:34-36
Jesus said to his disciples: "Be on your guard; let not your hearts
be weighed down with a life of pleasure, drunkenness and worldly
cares, lest that day catch you suddenly as a trap. For it will come
upon all the inhabitants of the whole earth. But watch at all times
and pray, that you may be able to escape all that is bound to happen
and to stand before the Son of Man."

Jesus tells us to "Be on guard lest your spirits become bloated with
indulgence and drunkenness… the great day will suddenly close in on
you like a trap."

Life is in constant change. As human beings, we are open to physical
and emotional harm. We are vulnerable to pain and dangers. That is why
we have to be always on guard. We may get heart attacks if we do not
watch our diet. We lose our belongings if we become careless with our
things. We lose friendships if we ignore the signs of a deteriorating
relationship. We lose God's presence in our lives if we are more
concerned on worldly cares of material wealth and power. When we
enmesh ourselves to worldly indulgences, we alienate ourselves from
God's loving and saving power. We live sinful lives. We lose the
chance of eternal life of peace and bliss with God. Our faith in Him
is weakened.

Christ urges us to pray. He said, "Pray constantly for the strength to
escape whatever is in prospect." Praying is communicating to God. It
deepens our faith and relationship with God. It gives us the power to
"escape" dangers and threats to our lives. Praying leads us to God's
loving arms. It helps us to be on the watch on things that might lead
us away from Him.

We never know when Judgment Day will be. It will come unexpectedly
like a trap. Therefore, we have to be prepared all the time. Each day
should be lived in God's loving presence, following His will and
loving others.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Ernie, Tess, Don, Toni Girl, Jason
- Jo Marcelo
- Mon Torres
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Bishop Thomas Macwan, the priests and faithful of St Joseph Church,
Maninagar, Ahmedabad
- Grace A
- Pauline
- Anton and Ma Vil
- Veronica Yap
- Josheil Dapo
… In Memoriam: deceased members of the family of Fr Sergio
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: John Andrew Tugano
- Birthday: Flynn A. Saw
- Birthday: Angelic B. Tan
- Birthday: Aby Paras
- Birthday: Joey Ong
- In Memoriam (+): Chan Tat Min +
- In Memoriam (+): Marianela Cudala Bengson
… 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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