Sunday, November 18, 2012
MONDAY 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
MONDAY 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
Rv 1:1-4; 2:1-5 / Lk 18:35-43
REVELATION 1:1-4; 2:1-5
God gave it to him to let his servants know what is soon to take place. He sent his angel to make it known to his servant, John, who reports everything he saw, for this is the word of God and the declaration of Jesus Christ. Happy is the one who reads aloud these prophetic words, and happy those who hear them and treasure everything written here, for the time is near. From John to the seven Churches of Asia: receive grace and peace from him who is, who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits of God which are before his throne, Write this to the angel of the Church in Ephesus, "Thus says the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and who walks among the seven golden lamp stands: I know your works, your difficulties and your patient suffering. I know you cannot tolerate evildoers but have tested those who call themselves apostles and have proved them to be liars. You have persevered and have suffered for my name without losing heart. Nevertheless, I have this complaint against you: you have lost your first love. Remember from where you have fallen and repent, and do what you used to do before. If not, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place; this I will do, unless you repent.
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 was happening, 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, Jesus 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.
The message in today's first reading addresses our everyday life. So often are we caught up with what needs to be done that we simply push ahead, failing to take time out to pray and reflect on how we are doing.
In the Gospel, the blind man has decided what is important and continues to shout, `Son of David, have pity on me,' even though the crowd tries to silence him. As Jesus responds to the man's plea, the blind man does receive sight, and gives glory to God. A familiar story, this is one of the many times that Jesus responds to the needs of the people around him. But instead of focusing on Jesus' response, we draw our attention to the blind man's persistence. The man knew that Jesus was near and had faith that Jesus could be with him, perhaps heal him. And then, the blind man could see because he opened himself to Jesus.
The message of the day is that we must step back from the hectic spin of activities and open ourselves to God's presence in prayer. Only then can we be renewed in our passion, in our call to be God's presence to one another with the gifts and talents that God has given us. Let us pray that we also may continue in our day-to- day works, with a passion that recognizes God as our center and the spirit of our presence for and with others.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of Zhoey Marquez
… for the personal intentions of Andrew
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Mary Enriquez Quidote
- Birthday: Rodolfo Lagunda
- Birthday: Gerino A. Tolentino Jr.
- Wedding Anniversary: Emelinda & Dr. Timoteo L. Yu
- In Memoriam (+): Charlie Falcon (Jul 22, 1948-Nov 19, 2002)+
… 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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