Wednesday, November 28, 2012
THURSDAY 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
THURSDAY 34TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR II
Rv 18:1-2, 21- 23;19:1-3, 9a / Lk 21:20-28
REVELATION 18:1-2, 21- 23;19:1-3, 9A
After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. So great was his authority that the whole earth was lit up with his glory. In a strong voice he cried out: "Fallen is Babylon the great! Fallen! She has become a haunt of demons, a lodge for every unclean spirit, a nest for any filthy and disgusting bird. A powerful angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, saying: "With such violence will Babylon, the great city, be thrown down, never again to be seen. Never again will tunes of harpists, minstrels, trumpeters and flutists be heard in you. Never again will an artisan of any trade be found in you. Never again will the noise of the mill be heard. Never again will the light of a lamp shine in you. The voice of bride groom and bride will never again be heard in you. Because your traders were the world's great and you led the nations astray by your magic spell. After this I heard what sounded like the loud singing of a great assembly in heaven: Alleluia! Salvation, glory and might be long to our God, for his judgments are true and just. He has condemned the great harlot who corrupted the world with her adultery. He has avenged his servants' bloodshed by her hand in harlotry. Once more they sang: Alleluia! The smoke from her goes up forever and ever! Then the angel told me, "Write: Happy are those invited to the wedding of the Lamb." And he went on, "These are true words of God."
When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that the time has come when it will be reduced to a wasteland. If you are in Judea, flee to the mountains! If you are in Jerusalem, leave! If you are outside the city, don't enter it! For these will be the days of its punishment, and all that was announced in the Scriptures will be fulfilled. How hard will it be for pregnant women, and for mothers with babies at the breast! For a great calamity will come upon the land, and wrath upon this people. They will be put to death by the sword, or taken as slaves to other nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled upon by the pagans, until the time of the pagans is fulfilled. Then there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth anguish of nations, perplexed when they hear the roaring of the sea and its waves. People will faint with fear at the mere thought of what is to come upon the world, for the forces of the universe will be shaken. Then, at that time, they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. So, when you see things begin to happen, stand erect and lift up your heads, for your deliverance is drawing near."
Jesus foretells the destruction of Jerusalem and the coming of the Son of Man. Let us look around us. Do we still need prophecies to foretell the destruction of our world? What have we done to our world? We have abused the environment and it is getting back at us. Natural calamities and disasters are happening. Global warming, climate change are wrathful judgments upon us. These surely are not "acts of God." We have called these calamities upon ourselves. Mother Earth has been entrusted to us as responsible stewards of God's creation, and she has been crying to us: "My future is in your hands."
Aside from the signs in the earth and sky, let us also see the signs in our relationships. In our dealings with others, how much respect do we show one another? How much do we respect life? Our conscience will remind us when we are turning away from God. Let us listen to God's call before it is too late.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Ma. Theresa O. Bernardo
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
… for the personal intentions of
- Beny Chua
- Pat Marquez
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Milagros Millar-Dayrit
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: Ma. Lena Pacheco del Rosario
- Birthday: Benjamin C. Dizon
- In Memoriam (+): Demetria W. Co
… 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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