Wednesday, November 15, 2017
THURSDAY, 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
November 16, 2017 – THURSDAY, 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
Sts. Roque Gonzalez, Juan del Castillo, and Alphonsus Rodriguez, Priests and Martyrs
St. Margaret of Scotland, Widow
St. Gertrude the Great, Religious
Wis 7: 22b - 8: 1 / Lk 17: 20 - 25
Jesuit Sts. Roque Gonzalez (1576 - 1628) from Paraguay, Spanish missionaries Juan del Castillo (1596 -1628) and Alphonsus Rodriguez (1598 -1628) were martyred in the Jesuit reductions in South America for their Christian faith.
Born in Hungary St. Margaret of Scotland (1046 -1093) married King Malcolm Ill of Scotland and was renowned for her concern for the poor and support for reform.
From Germany St. Gertrude (1256- 1301) joined the Cistercians and propagated devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
FROM THE FIRST READING: Wis 7: 22b - 24
In her is a spirit that is intelligent, saintly, unique, manifold, subtle, active, concise, pure and lucid. It cannot corrupt, loves what is good and nothing can restrain it; it is beneficent, loving humankind, steadfast, dependable, calm though almighty. It sees everything and penetrates all spirits, however intelligent, subtle and pure they may be. Wisdom, in fact, surpasses in mobility all that moves, and being so pure pervades and permeates all things.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 17: 20 - 25
The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was to come. He answered, "The kingdom of God is not like something you can observe and say of it: 'Look, here it is!' See, the kingdom of God is among you."
And Jesus said to his disciples, "The time is at hand when you will long to see one of the glorious days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. Then people will tell you: 'Look there! Look here!' Do not go, do not follow them. As lightning flashes from one end of the sky to the other, so will it be with the Son of Man. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this people."
In the Gospel reading Jesus teaches us about the kingdom of God.
The Kingdom of God is already within us. It is in every person who believes in the Lord, in his Church and its sacraments and in the world. God reveals himself to us in countless ways. The Kingdom is where God and his values are. The Kingdom of God is in all the good people in the world.
To bring about the Kingdom of God the Son of God came into the world as man, suffered and died for all. Through God's call and grace, his followers are tasked to continue his mission of bringing God's love and mercy to the world. At the same time we all await the coming and fulfillment of the Kingdom of God when Our Lord appears at his second coming at the end of time.
Let us seek the Kingdom of God, making it grow within us and throughout the world until its final realization at the end of time.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
JOSE CARLOS P. MARIN
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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