17 November 2016
Thursday, 33rd Week in Ordinary Time
St. Elizabeth of Hungary, Widow
Rv 5:1 – 10 / Lk 19: 41 – 44
St. Elizabeth of Hungary (1207 – 1231) was the daughter of the King of Hungary, devoted to caring for the sick, the poor and the aged.
From the 1st Reading: Rv 5: 6 – 10
And I saw next to the throne with its four living creatures and the twenty-four elders a Lamb standing, although it had been slain. I saw him with seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent to all the earth.
The Lamb moved forward and took the book from the right hand of him who was seated at the throne. When he took it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders bowed down before the Lamb. They all held in their hands harps and golden cups full of incense which are the prayers of the holy ones.
This is the new song they sang: You are worthy to take the book and open its seals, for you were slain and by your blood you purchased for God people of every race, language and nation; and you made them a kingdom and priests for our God and they shall reign over the land.
From the Gospel Reading: Lk 19: 41 - 44
When Jesus had come in sight of the city, he wept over it and said, "If only today you knew the ways of peace! But now your eyes are held from seeing. Yet days will come upon you when your enemies will surround you with barricades and shut you in and press on you from every side. And they will dash you to the ground and your children with you, for you did not recognize the time and the visitation of your God."
In the first reading from the Book of Revelation the Redeemer Lamb is honored and revered by the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders: You are worthy to take the book and open its seals, for you were slain and by your blood you purchased for God people of every race, language and nation; and you made them a kingdom and priests for our God and they shall reign over the land.
In the Gospel reading Jesus weeps over Jerusalem for its failure to recognize and acknowledge the coming of the Messiah. Jesus also predicts the destruction and utter ruin of Jerusalem: "And they will dash you to the ground and your children with you, for you did not recognize the time and the visitation of your God."
In similar fashion God comes to us in various ways: through the goodness of people, through his generous gifts of grace and creation, through the many happenings in our lives, good and bad, pleasant and unpleasant, through the Church and its sacraments. We pray that we may recognize him and his time and visitation in our lives and that we respond with faith and generosity.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Atty. Aniano G. Bagabaldo
Jason Roy & Meribeles
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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