Friday, November 23, 2012
SATURDAY 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
MEMORIAL, ST. ANDREW DUNG-LAC & COMPANIONS
SATURDAY 33RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
Rv 11:4-12 / Lk 20:27-40
These are the two olive trees and the two lamps which are before the Lord of the earth. If anyone intends to harm them, fire will come out of their mouths to devour their enemies: this is how whoever intends to harm them will perish. They have the power to close the sky and hold back the rain during the time of their prophetic mission; they also have the power to change water into blood, and punish the earth with a thousand plagues, any time they wish. But when my witnesses have fulfilled their mission, the beast that comes up from the abyss will make war upon them, and will conquer and kill them. Their dead bodies will lie in the square of the Great City which the believers figuratively call Sodom or Egypt, where their Lord was crucified. And their dead bodies will be exposed for three days and a half to people of all tribes, races, languages and nations who will be ordered not to have them buried. Then the inhabitants of the earth will rejoice, congratulate one another and exchange gifts among themselves because these two prophets were a torment to them. But after those three and a half days, a spirit of life coming from God entered them. They then stood up, and those who looked at them were seized with great fear. A loud voice from heaven called them, "Come up here." So they went up to heaven in the midst of the clouds in the sight of their enemies.
Then some Sadducees arrived. These people claim that there is no resurrection, and they asked Jesus this question, "Master, in the Law Moses told us, `If anyone dies leaving a wife but no children, his brother must take the wife, and any child born to them will be regarded as the child of the deceased.' Now, there were seven brothers; the first married a wife, but he died without children; and the second and the third took the wife; in fact, all seven died leaving no children. Last of all the woman died. On the day of the resurrection, to which of them will the woman be a wife? For all seven had her as a wife." And Jesus replied, "Taking a husband or a wife is proper to people of this world, but for those who are considered worthy of the world to come, and of resurrection from the dead, there is no more marriage. Besides, they cannot die, for they are like the angels. They are sons and daughters of God, because they are born of the resurrection. Yes, the dead will be raised, as Moses revealed at the burning bush, where he called the Lord `the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob'. For God is God of the living, and not of the dead, for to him everyone is alive." Some teachers of the Law then agreed with Jesus, "Master, you have spoken well." They didn't dare to ask him anything else.
This Gospel speaks of the resurrection of the dead. What should matter to us, though, is that we are all invited to seriously look at our lives. Jesus Christ mentions "the children of this world," referring, of course, to our existence on earth. He contrasts them with the "children of the resurrection," or those who have risen to new life. Clearly this is an indication that we are called to participate in the promise of the resurrection.
We are bombarded daily with media commercials that transform every want into a need. This daily battle can be won only through prayer and with the help of the Holy Spirit who gives us the strength, perseverance, and courage to discern what is right for each of us. It is truly good news to know that our God is the God of the living and that his son Jesus Christ has overcome many temptations. Jesus has trod a path for us to follow, so that we, too, may come to taste the glory of the resurrection and join him in his heavenly kingdom.
Let us ask ourselves: if someone argued a point or had honest questions about the Bible which we don't have an answer, how would we deal with this?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Renan Lacida and Josefa Ortiz
- Patrick K
… for the personal intentions of Pauline
… In Thanksgiving: Frances Marie Gonzalez
… In Memoriam: Soterania C. Santiago
… 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: Alex Z. Reyes
- In Memoriam (+): Estrella Yu Castillo
- In Memoriam (+): Bertran Yu Lai (Sept 19-1965-Nov 24, 1996)+
… 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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