26 November 2016
Saturday, 34th Week in Ordinary Time
St. John Berchmans, Religious
Rv 22:1 – 7 / Lk 21: 34 – 36
Belgian St. John Berchmans (1599 – 1621) was a Jesuit scholastic especially known for his devoted observance of the rules of Jesuit religious life.
Gospel Reading: Lk 21: 34 - 36
Jesus said, "Be on your guard; let not your hearts be weighed down with a life of pleasure, drunkenness and worldly cares, lest that day catch you suddenly as a trap. For it will come upon all the inhabitants of the whole earth. But watch at all times and pray, that you may be able to escape all that is bound to happen and to stand before the Son of Man."
The Gospel readings towards the end of the liturgical year speak of the end time. They seem to be frightening and a lot of us would rather not listen to them because of their warnings about the end of the world. But actually these readings come as a reminder for us to take a good look at how we live our lives at present. Are we living it according to the Gospel or according to the world?
The Church gives us these readings to prepare us for the coming of Christ as King of the Universe. Today's Gospel reading reminds us to pause for a while and reflect on how we live our lives.
We oftentimes think we are "good" people because we go to church on Sundays, follow the commandments, etc. But it may happen that Jesus is not really the center of our lives, and that we go through our daily lives not thinking too much about God and the teachings of the Lord. In fact, we may be behaving like pagans or those who don't believe in God. Therefore we should keep on praying and never lose our connection to our Almighty Father who will give us the strength to live truly good lives. The Christian is always alert for the coming of the Lord. So let us keep the faith to hold on during difficult moments knowing that with God's grace we will survive.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Flynn Dominic A. Saw
Antonio C. Choa
Carlos & Carreon J. Pineda
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Chan Tat Min
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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