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Memorial of Saint Andrew Düng-Lac, priest and martyr, and his companions, martyrs

Heavenly Father, as your child, redeemed at the cost of Jesus' life, we know we are loved and valuable to you. We know you have given us abilities and gifts to use for your glory. But Lord, we do not want to ever think that our abilities are somehow tied to our authority or work. We know you have given us the gifts, abilities, and experiences that have shaped us, so please empower us to your glory. But Father, we never want the glory that is achieved from your gifts to puff us up or rob from us the realization that we are what we are, we have what we have, and we do what we do, because of your grace and your generous gifts. May we ever be your humble but valuable child at work in your Kingdom. We pray in the name of Infant Jesus. Amen.
  WORD OF THE DAY ...
Romans 12:3: By the grace given me I say to everyone of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
  Today's Readings ... (November 24, 2011)
Memorial of Saint Andrew Düng-Lac, priest and martyr, and his companions, martyrs
First Reading: Dn 6:12-28
Responsorial Psalm: Dn 3:68,69,70,71,72,73,74
Gospel: Luke 21:20-28

  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Luke 21:20-28)
Jesus teaches of his second coming as a known fact, a for sure event which we can self-assuredly wait for to take place in the Lord's time of choosing. This coming will be marked by signs that all will recognize - signs which will hit terror and grief in those not ready and wonder and joy in those who are ready to assemble the Lord. Jesus also speaks about the judgment at the end of the world. Only saintly blindness can keep us from distinguishing the clear signs of approaching tragedy which awaits the Day of Judgment for those who decline to heed God's word of grace and salvation. Jesus was totally honest. He told his disciples what it would cost to follow him. And he assures that he would never leave them alone, even in their time of misfortune. The saints and martyrs who underwent suffering and death made their prisons a temple of praise and their scaffolds a throne to the glory of God. They knew the saving existence of Jesus with them in all situations. Jesus offers us safety in the face of earth's pressures. The disciple who walks with Christ may drop their body but not their soul.
Yesterday:

Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Tomorrow:

Friday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time


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