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Memorial of Saint Cecilia, virgin and martyr

Infant Jesus, your grace and mercy be plentiful even in the midst of chaos and destruction. Increase our hunger for your kingdom and help us to be faithful to your word. May nothing, not even the fear of death or the loss of all that we have, deter us from seeking you and the coming of your kingdom with hope and joy. We pray. Amen.
Psalm 42:11: Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope I God; for I shall again praise him my help and my God.
  Today's Readings ... (November 22, 2011)
Memorial of Saint Cecilia, virgin and martyr
First Reading: Dn 2:31-45
Responsorial Psalm: Dn 3:57,58,59,60,61
Gospel: Luke 21:5-11

  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Luke 21:5-11)
Jesus prophesied the demolition of Jewish temple at Jerusalem. They took great pride in their temple, a wonder of the ancient world. The prediction of this destruction was a dire verdict in itself. They sought Jesus for a sign that would point to when this would happen. Jesus cautioned them to not seek signs other than to seek God's kingdom. There will be abundance of signs - such as wars, famines, diseases, tsunami and earthquakes – pointing to God's final judgment. Jesus' prophecy is same like two-edged sword, because it points not only to God's judgment, but also to his saving deed and compassion. Jesus predicts the destruction of Jerusalem and the dire results for all who would refuse him and his saving message. While the demolition of Jerusalem's temple was determined, there remained for its occupants a narrow open door leading to release. Jesus willingly set his face to Jerusalem, knowing that he would meet betrayal, refusal, and death on a cross. His death on the cross, however, brought about liberty, peace, and conquest over sin and death – not only for the occupants of Jerusalem, but for all – both Jew and Gentile alike – who would believe Jesus as their Lord and redeemer. Do you know the peace and safety of a life presented to the Lordship of Jesus Christ?

Memorial of The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time


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