Thursday, November 28, 2013
Friday 34th Week in Ordinary Time- Year I
November 29, 2013
Friday 34th Week in Ordinary Time- Year I
Dn 7:2-14 / Dn 3: 75. 76. 77. 78. 79. 80. 81 / Lk 21:29-33
Daniel said, "I saw the following in my vision: the four winds of heaven stirred up the great sea, and four great beasts, each one different from the other, came out of the sea. The ﬁrst was like a lion with eagle's wings. As I looked at it, its wings were torn off. It was lifted up from the ground, stood up on its feet like a man, and was given a human heart. The second was a beast like a bear; it was raised up on one side and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. It was told: Go and devour much ﬂesh. I went on looking and saw another beast like a leopard with four wings on its back; it had four heads and dominion was given to it. I continued seeing my visions of the night and saw a terrible fourth beast. It was fear ful and extraordinarily strong; it had great iron teeth; it ate, tore into pieces, and crushed underfoot whatever remained. It was different from the previous beasts and had ten horns. I was looking at the horns, when another small horn sprang among them, and three of the ﬁrst horns were pulled out by the roots to make way for the new. It had eyes like human eyes and a mouth that uttered insolent words. I looked and saw the following: Some thrones were set in place and One of Great Age took his seat. His robe was white as snow, his hair white as washed wool. His throne was ﬂames of ﬁre with wheels of blazing ﬁre. A river of ﬁre sprang forth and ﬂowed before him. Thousands upon thousands served him and a countless multitude stood before him. Those in the tribunal took their seats and opened the book. But as I remembered the haughty words of the horn with human eyes and mouth which I had seen before, this animal was killed before my eyes, and its body destroyed and cast into the ﬁre. Dominion was taken from the other animals, though they were allowed to stay alive for a time, until the ﬁxed time. I continued watching the nocturnal vision: One like a son of man came on the clouds of heaven. He faced the One of Great Age and was brought into his presence. Dominion, honor and kingship were given him, and all the peoples and nations of every language served him. His dominion is eternal and shall never pass away; his kingdom will never be destroyed.
And Jesus added this comparison, "Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as their buds sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I tell you, this generation will not pass away, until all this has happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Jesus uses the parable of the fig tree to remind us to be aware of signs around us. When we see a fig tree's buds open and its leaves appearing, we know that summer is near. When the clouds turn dark, we know that it is going to rain. When the downpour gets heavy, we can foresee that some places are bound to get flooded. Some of us prepare for the worst. Some cower in fear. We think of the end and we run to our long-forgotten God. We make promises that we will never abandon Him again. Some cling to Him only when they feel helpless and hopeless, but when things get better, they go back to their old, forgetful ways. How easily we forget God amidst the material world we live in. But God's word remains. Things may fall apart, disasters and wars may come, Heaven and earth may pass away, but God is love and His love endures forever. Can we ask for more?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Annamaria and Paulo Galli
- Lorenzo Meoli
- Joy Droke
- Renan Lacida, Ramon Domingo, Karren Anne Domingo
- Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
… for the personal intentions of
- Beny Chua
In Thanksgiving: Castillo family
In Memoriam: Soterania Santiago
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Elsa Supsup
- Bong Lacida, Rowena Lacida-Yap, Kaye Factoran, Jennifer Santos, XJ Javier, Jess Garces, Grace Mabunay-Bonggalo, Ernesto Apacible, Luding Grindulo, Gelic Red, Raul Lacida, Nellie Lacida
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
In Memoriam (+): So Ching Dim
… 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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