Thursday, November 26, 2015
FRIDAY, 34th Week in Ordinary Time
November 27, 2015 FRIDAY, 34th Week in Ordinary Time
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Dn 7:2 – 14 / Lk 21:29 - 33
[The Miraculous Medal, previously named Mary's Immaculate Conception, was made following instructions of our Lady in apparitions to St. Catherine Laboure (1806 – 1876) in Paris in 1830.]
Reading: Dn 7:2 – 14
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 fleshI 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 fearful 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.
Gospel: Lk 21:29 - 33
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 already near.
"In the same way, as soon as you see these things happening, you 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."
Most people get scared when the topic of conversation is about the end of the world. They start to imagine terrible calamities and horrifying scenes of destruction. Yet for the Christian, the end of the world is the beginning of the definitive reign of God.
The prophet Daniel speaks about the coming of the Son of Man: "Some thrones were set in place and One of Great Age took his seat. His robe was wite as snow, his hair white as washed wool. His throne was flames of fire with wheels of blazing fire. A river of fire flre sprang forth and flowed before him. Thousand upon thousands served him and a countless multitude stood before him. (Dn 7: 9 -10)
And "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." (Dn 7:13 – 14)
So what should we do when that Day comes? We must "stand erect, and lift up [our] heads, for [our] deliverance is drawing near." (Lk 21: 28) We must not let the cares of daily life consume our attention to the extent that we will be unprepared for the end of time.
At Mass we proclaim the mystery of our faith and our hope: "We proclaim you death, O Lord, and profess your resurrection, until you come again." This is our core belief and hope.
And we pray, "Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may always be free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ."
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
ORLANDO RAMOS (2ND LIFE)
JEREMY LIM GOTAMCO
IN MEMORIAM (+)
PRUDENCIO CHUA LIM (FEB 2, 1931 – NOV 27, 2013)
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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