Tuesday, November 20, 2012
MEMORIAL, THE PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
MEMORIAL, THE PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
WEDNESDAY 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
Rv 4:1-11 / Lk 19:11-28
After this, I looked up to the wall of the sky and saw an open door. The voice which I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, "Come up here and I will show you what will come in the future." Immediately I was seized by the Spirit. There, in heaven, was a throne and one sitting on it. He who sat there looked like jasper and carnelian and round the throne was a rainbow resembling an emerald. In a circle around the throne are twenty-four thrones and seated on these are twenty-four elders, dressed in white clothes, with golden crowns on their heads. Flashes of lightning come forth from the throne, with voices and thunderclaps. Seven flaming torches burn before the throne; these are the seven spirits of God. Before the throne there is a platform, transparent like crystal. Around and beside the throne stand four living creatures, full of eyes, both in front and behind. The first living creature is like a lion, the second like a bull, the third has the face of a man and the fourth looks like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures has six wings full of eyes, all around as well as within; day and night they sing without ceasing, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, master of the universe, who was, and is and is to come. Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to the One on the throne, he who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him and worship the One who lives forever and ever. They lay their crowns in front of the throne and say, Our Lord and God, worthy are you to receive glory, honor and power! For you have created all things; by your will they came to be and were made.
Jesus was now near Jerusalem, and the people with him thought that God's reign was about to appear. So as they were listening to him, Jesus went on to tell them a parable. He said, "A man of noble birth went to a distant country to assume regal authority, after which he planned to return home. Before he left, he summoned ten of his servants and gave them ten pounds of silver. He said, `Put this money to work until I get back.' But his compatriots, who disliked him, sent a delegation after him with this message, `We do not want this man to be our king.' 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 of silver has earned ten more pounds of silver.' The master replied, `Well done, my good servant! Since you have proved yourself faithful in a small matter, I can trust you to take charge of ten cities.' The second reported, `Sir, your pound of silver earned five more pounds of silver.' The master replied, `And you, 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 you reap what you did not sow.' The master replied, `You worthless servant, I will judge you by your own words! So you knew I was an exacting person, taking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did not sow? 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.' But they objected, `Sir, he already has ten pounds!' The master replied, `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 their king, bring them in, and execute them right here in front of me!'" So Jesus spoke, and then he passed on ahead of them, on his way to Jerusalem.
Today's Gospel, although seemingly harsh, reminds and challenges us to continually reflect on our lives. It reminds us that everything we possess is given to us by God and that God does not owe us anything.
As we reflect further, what questions as servants or stewards of God's creation do we ask ourselves? Have we perhaps failed to care for our fellow humans beings through the different social, political and economic aspects of the world? Have we neglected to develop the material and spiritual gifts the Lord has entrusted to us? Have we shared our wealth and talents with those who have less?
What is the motivating factor in our relationship with Jesus?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Mon Torres, Fleur Torres, Ditas dela Paz, Tony Guanzon, Karin, Lorraine
- Angel T. Uichanco, Anita Gatbonton, Alexander Cruz
- Renan Lacida and Josefa Ortiz
… for the personal intentions of
- Beny Chua
- Diane, Kristen, Delores, Mary Ann M, Elena, Johnnie, Ben & Nancy & Fr Larry
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Pedro Mata. Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Quinciana Guieb Fiel
- Birthday: Elton Pierre R. Evidente
- Birthday: Christine Braganza
- Birthday: Cecilia C. Escobar
- Birthday: Milagros S. Enriquez
- Birthday: Cynthia L. Picazo
- Birthday: Nica Enrile
- Wedding Anniversary: Philip & Louciana Sy
- In Memoriam (+): Ong Tee
- In Memoriam (+): Marcelino Tiu
… 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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