23 November 2016
Wednesday, 34th Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. Clement I, Pope and Martyr, and Columban, Abbot;
Bl. Miguel Agustin Pro, Priest and Martyr
Rev 15:1 – 4 / Lk 21:12 – 19
St. Clement (d 99), Pope and Martyr, the third Pope after St. Peter, wrote a famous epistle to the Corinthians.
St. Columban (543 – 615), an Irish monk and missoinary in France, founded various monasteries in Europe and denounced court immorality and lax bishops.
From the 1st Reading: Rev 15: 3 – 4
And they sang the song of Moses the servant of God and the song of the Lamb:
Great and marvelous are your works, O Lord, God and Master of the universe. Justice and truth guide you steps, O king of the nations. Lord, who will not give honor and glory to your Name? For you alone are holy. All the nations will come and bow before you, for they have now seen your judgments.
Gospel Reading: Lk 21: 12 - 29
Jesus said, "Before all this happens, people will lay their hands on you and persecute you; you will be delivered to the Jewish courts and put in prison, and for my sake you will be brought before kings and governors. This will be your opportunity to bear witness.
"So keep this in mind: do not worry in advance about what to answer, for I will give you words and wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict.
"You will be betrayed even by parents, and brothers, by relatives and friends, and some of you will be put to death. But even though you are hated by all for my name's sake, not a hair of your head will perish. Through perseverance you will possess your own selves."
Standing up for Christ may mean having to die for him. Are we ready to become martyrs for the faith? Hopefully, it won't have to come to such a heroic end.
We bear witness to Jesus by the way we live, keeping focused on building God's kingdom here on earth. If we are business owners, we live our faith by paying just wages and properly filing our tax obligations. Politicians and community leaders should look after the most defenseless of their constituents and forego the temptation to enrich themselves. When selfish interests prevail, standing up for Christ becomes impossible. It is indeed very difficult to stay on track, with so many temptations to stray away from the true and narrow path.
But, Christ is always with us and within us, to guide us and give us needed strength.
Let us pray for God's grace and power to work through us and to keep us steadfast and true to everything he wants us to accomplish, keeping in mind his words, "But even though you are hated by all for my Name's sake, not a hair of your head will perish."
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Arvin Vennet V. Castañeda
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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