Saturday, December 10, 2016

 

3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT

11 December 2016
3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT  
[Gaudete Sunday]
Cycle C.   Rose/Violet.    

Is 35: 1 – 6a, 10 / Jas 5: 7 – 10 / Mt 11: 2 - 11

From the 1st Reading: Is 35: 5 – 6
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unsealed. Then will the lame leap as a hart and the tongue of the dumb sing and shout.  For water will break out in the wilderness and streams gush forth from the desert.  

From the Gospel Reading: Mt 11: 2 – 11
When John the Baptist heard in prison about the activities of Christ, he sent a message by his disciples, asking him: "Are you the one who is to come or should we expect someone else?"

Jesus answered them, "Go back and report to John what you hear and see: the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers made clean, the deaf hear, the dead brought back to life and good news is reaching the poor.  And how fortunate is the one who does not take offense in me."

As the messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John, "When you went out to the desert, what did you expect to see?  A reed swept by the wind?  What did you go out to see" A man dressed in fine clothes?  People who wear fine clothes live in palaces.  What did you actually go out to see?  A prophet?  Yes, indeed, and even more than a prophet. He is the man of whom Scripture says: I will send my messenger ahead of you to prepare the way before you.  

"I tell you this: no one greater than John the Baptist has come forward among the sons of women, and yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he."

Reflection
Not seeing Jesus as a fiery reformer. John the Baptist send his disciples to ask Jesus, "Are you the one who is to come or should we expect someone else?"  Jesus answers by pointing to what is happening, quoting what  the prophet Isaiah had said about the works of the expected Messiah: "the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers made clean, the deaf hear, the dead brought back to life and good news is reaching the poor."  Jesus repeated what he had proclaimed at the synagogue at Nazareth, "Today these prophetic words come true even as you listen." (Lk 4: 21)

If an unbeliever were to ask now for evidence that the Messiah has come, what answer could we give?  Can these be Messianic times when three of every four human beings do not know Christ?  When one of every four is hungry every day?  When violence and wars continue to destroy and kill?  Can we say that, as the heavens proclaim the glory of the Creator God, the earth proclaims the coming of the Messiah-Christ?

We should remember two things:  that the kingdom of Christ, though here, is not yet and that the kingdom of God are indeed invisible.

As Vatican Council II wrote, the Church "becomes on earth the budding forth of that kingdom."  We are a pilgrim people, fashioning the kingdom and the rule of Christ over human hearts through tears and trembling, through suffering and death, in the midst of sin and selfishness.

Though Jesus himself declared that "the kingdom of heaven is at hand," he also said that the kingdom of God is "within us."  It is "a kingdom of holiness and grace."  

Though God's kingdom is not fully established, though God's rule is primarily hidden in our hearts, it should have effects in our everyday world of flesh and blood.  In other words, why are we not holier than we are?  Why are we not more visible and transparent signs that Christ is with us?

Advent lays an awesome responsibility on all believers, to let the world see that "he-who-is-to-come" is indeed with us. We are the works that reveal, or conceal him. Advent calls us to constant conversion, even radical reform, so that whether playing or praying, laughing or weeping, living or dying, we radiate Christ and his kingdom to the world, here and now, wherever we are.


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     Fr. Victor R. Salanga, SJ
     Antonio S. Evidente
     Mark, Allan C. Campsagrado
     Joana Mari G. Villanueva

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
     Christopher & Lesley Meoli

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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Friday, December 09, 2016

 

Saturday, 2nd Week of Advent

10 December 2016

Saturday, 2nd Week of Advent

Violet.          

 

Sir 48:1 - 4, 9 – 11 / Mt 17: 9a, 10 – 13.

 

[Archdiocese of Manila: Dedication of Metropolitan Cathedral (1958). Feast.     White]   

 

From the 1st Reading: Sir 48: 1, 9 - 11

Then came the prophet Elijah like a fire, his words a burning torch. 

 

You were taken up by a whirlwind of flames in a chariot drawn by fiery horses.  It was written that you should be the one to calm God's anger in the future before it broke out in fury, to turn the hearts of fathers to their sons and to restore the tribes of Jacob.  Happy are those who will see you and those who die in love, for we too shall live.

 

From the Gospel Reading: Mt 17:  10 - 13

The disciples then asked him, "Why do the teachers of the Law say that Elijah must come first?" And Jesus answered, "So it is: first comes Elijah to set everything as it has to be. But I tell you, Elijah has already come and they did not recognize him, but treated him as they pleased. And they will also make the Son of Man suffer."

 

Then the disciples understood that Jesus was referring to John the Baptist.

 

Reflection

According to Jewish tradition the prophet Elijah will one day come back to earth, and his return would signify the imminent coming of the Messiah.  He is therefore the forerunner of the Messiah who will "allay God's wrath before the fury breaks, to turn the hearts of fathers towards their children, and to restore the tribes of Jacob."  The first reading teaches us to turn away from all our false idols and give God the praise and adoration that is due him.  It also tells us to be always prepared for the Lord's coming by turning away from sin and doing God's will.

 

Today's Gospel reading immediately follows the Transfiguration of Christ witnessed by the apostles Peter, James and John.  Then Jesus instructs the three  disciples not to tell anyone about what they had seen.  One of them asks Jesus about Elijah whom the Jews believe would announce the coming of the Messiah.  Jesus replies that Elijah had already come but the Jews had failed to recognize him in John the Baptist.  In the same way, many of the Jews did not realize that the Messiah had already come in the person of Jesus.  Just like the prophets before him, Jesus would be persecuted by his own people.  He was to die on the cross.  Even the disciples  expected the Messiah to be someone who would wield temporal power and free them from the yoke of Roman oppression. 

 

How many times have we failed to understand and acknowledge the presence of Jesus in our midst?  How many times have we failed to understand God's plan for us because we insist on doing things our way and not God's?     

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     Loreto T. Reyes

     Gina Mallonga

 

THANKSGIVING

     Dennis, Jocelyn, Henry, Hannah & Hazel

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

     Manny & Dory Gutierrez

 

IN MEMORIAM (+)

     Jeffrey Go

 

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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Thursday, December 08, 2016

 

Friday, 2nd Week of Advent

09 December 2016

Friday, 2nd Week of Advent

St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

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Is 48: 17 – 19 / Mt 11: 16 – 19.

 

Our Lady appeared a few times to St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474 – 1548), a simple Mexican farmer, and gave him a miraculous image of herself on his tilma, preserved until today at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

 

From the 1st Reading: Is 48: 17 - 19

Thus says Yahweh, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:  I, Yahweh, your God, teach you what is best for you; I will lead you in the way that you must go.

 

Had you paid attention to my commandments, your peace woud have been lile a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Your descendants woud have been like the sand, and those born of your stock like its grains, their names never cut off nor blotted out from my presence.

 

Gospel Reading: Mt 11: 16 - 19

Jesus said, "Now, to what can I compare the people of this day? They are like children sitting in the marketplace, about whom their companions complain: 'We played the flute for you but you would not dance. We sang a funeral-song but you would not cry!'

 

"For John came fasting and people said: 'He is possessed.' Then the Son of Man came, he ate and drank, and people said: 'Look at this man! A glutton and drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet the outcome will prove Wisdom to be right."

  

Reflection

In the first reading, with the Israelites now exiled to Babylon, God bemoaned the fact that if Israel had only followed his commandments, she would not be in her sad situation.  God always wants the best things for us – happiness, integrity, stability, success, etc.  But we must be ready to obey his commandments.

 

In the Gospel reading, Jesus reminds us to listen to his voice.  In our lives, we often go astray because we follow the dictates of the world.  For example, we have a chance at financial success but it would entail for us to be a little bit corrupt.  What must we do?  Ask God's guidance and seek advice from fellow Christians who will help us to recognize the trappings of the devil.  Then obey God's will.  You will discover that the path of the Lord is easy if we want to take it.  

 

God is not always stern despite our shortcomings and wrongdoings.  He is very encouraging when we fall and will give us another chance.  But when we have been stubborn for a long time does he correct us more strongly for our own good.  So whatever God's message to us is at any given situation or period of our lives, let us obey what he wants, what he suggests.  

 

Our guardian angels are also there to guide and to guard us.  Let us be men and women of prayer and discernment for we will not stumble if we heed God's voice.

 

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

     Dr. Moises & Susana Soncuya

     Jay & Cherry Javellana

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the eternal repose of the soul of Rita Go.

 

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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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

08 December 2016 Thursday
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY,
Principal Patroness of the Philippines
Solemnity.  Holyday of Obligation.  White. 

Gn 3:9 –15, 20 / Eph 1:3 – 6, 11 – 12 / Lk 1: 26 - 38

Originating from a 7th century celebration of the "Conception of Mary by St. Anne," Pope Clement XI established this Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the entire Church in 1708.  In the papal Bull Ineffabilis Deus (08 December 1854), Pope Pius IX defined "the doctrine that maintains that the most blessed Virgin Mary in the first moment of her conception . .  . was preserved from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore must be firmly and constantly held by all the faithful."  The Immaculate Conception BVM was declared Patroness of the Philippines by Pope Pius XII in 1942.
 
From the 1st Reading: Gn 3:  9 – 15
Yahweh God called the man saying to him, "Where are you?" He said, "I heard your voice in the garden and O was afraid because I was naked, so I hid."  God said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree I ordered you not to eat?"  The man answered, "The woman you put with me gave me fruit from the tree and I ate it." God said to the woman, "What have you done?"  The woman said, "The serpent deceived me and I ate."

Yahweh said to the serpent, "Since you have done that, be cursed among all the cattle and wild beast!  You will crawl on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life. I will make you enemies, you and the woman, your offspring and her offspring. He will crush your head and you will strike his heel."

From the 2nd Reading: Eph 1: 11 - 12 
By a decree of Him who disposes all things according to his own plan and decision we, the Jews, have been chosen and called and we were awaiting the Messiah for the praise of his glory.


From the Gospel Reading: Lk 1: 28 - 34, 38a 
The angel came to her [Mary], "Rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with you."  Mary was troubled at these words, wondering what this greeting could mean.

But the angel said, "Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you.  You shall conceive and bear a son and you shall call him Jesus.  He will be great and shall rightly be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the kingdom of David, his ancestor; he will rule over the people of Jacob forever and his reign shall have no end." . . .

Then Mary said, "I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said."

Reflection
In today's Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we praise and thank God for his love and graciousness to Mary whom He had prepared to be the Mother of his Son.  And we thank Mary for her generous and courageous acceptance of God's invitation, "I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said." (Lk 1: 38)
 
In the second reading from Paul's letter to the Ephesians, Paul recalls the free and loving choices of God: of the Jewish people to prepare for and await the coming of the Messiah and of Paul himself, the Christians in Ephesus and all who share Christian faith to "receive grace and peace from God our Father," "chosen in Christ before the creation of the world." (Eph 1: 1, 3)

God's love and invitation to Mary are similar to God's love and invitation to each one of us, "chosen by Him in Christ before the creation of the world."  God invites and asks us to respond generously to Him and to partner with him in whatever He has planned for each one of us.

In the same way that the angel assured Mary, "Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you," God tells us not to fear to respond to him and assures us of his help and grace.  God tells us not to fear in loving and serving Him and our neighbor for love of God.

And we also have the love and support of our loving Mother, "Holy Mary, conceived without original sin, pray for us."  


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     Liam Camiña
     Romarico T. Alvarez

THANKSGIVING
     Anna Pashmina
     Mamerto & Virgie Domingo & Children
     Elmer & Solie Suba & Children

PRAYER INTENTION
     Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary – 1966

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
     Charlene & Manolette Carlos

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     Chua Chen

OTHER INTENTIONS:
For the eternal repose of the soul of Rita Go.
For the eternal repose of the soul of Gloria C. Orbin.

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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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

 

Wednesday, 2nd Week of Advent

07 December 2016  
Wednesday, 2nd Week of Advent
St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. 
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Is 40:25 – 31 / Mt 11:28 – 30

St. Ambrose (340 – 397), Bishop of Milan, opposed Arianism in the West. He converted and baptized St. Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430).

From the 1st Reading: Is 40: 27 – 31
How can you say, O Jacob, how can you complain, O Israel, that your destiny is hidden from me, that your rights are ignored by Yahweh?  Have you not known, have you not heard that Yahweh is an everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth?  He does not grow tired or weary, his knowledge is without limit. He gives strength to the enfeebled, he give vigor to the wearied.  Youth may grow tired and faint, young men will stumble and fall, but those who hope in Yahweh will renew their strength. They will soar as with eagle's wings; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and never tire.

Gospel Reading: Mt 11: 28 – 30
Jesus said to his disciples, "Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will find rest.  For my yoke is good and my burden light."

Reflection
Everything today is instant: fast food, wireless communications, people rushing to work, deadlines piling up.  When things slow down or don't go the way we planned, when our lives get compounded with health problems in the family, then we become despondent.  Exhausted, we go to bed with our troubled minds full of plans for the next day. Our busy day may even take away the time to talk to God. How long can we last this way without a source of power to keep us going, without that constant inspiration or motivation to hang on? 

In both readings, from the prophet Isaiah and the Gospel of Matthew, God assures us of his concern and support for us: Isaiah says, "He gives strength to the enfeebled, he gives vigor to the wearied.  Youth may grow tired and faint, young men will stumble and fall, but those who hope in Yahweh will renew their strength. They will soar as with eagle's wings; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and never tire."  And Jesus tells his disciples,  "Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you."  

What further assurance do we need?  We ask for the grace for strong faith and child-like trust in the Lord in the midst of all our burdens and challenges in life.


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     Ginela Noelle Dy Sy

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     Carmelita Yu Co (Feb 10, 1949 – Dec 7, 1997)
     Catherine Joy Yu (Nov 14, 1988 – Dec 7, 1997)

OTHER INTENTIONS:
For the successful surgery & healing of Rita Go.

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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Monday, December 05, 2016

 

Tuesday, 2nd Week of Advent

06 December 2016        
Tuesday, 2nd Week of Advent 
St. Nicholas, Bishop   
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Is 40:1 – 11 / Mt 18: 12 - 14

Born in present-day Turkey, St. Nicholas (270 – 343), Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor, is known as St. Nicholas the Wonder-Worker due to many miracles attributed to his intercession.  He is popularized as Santa Claus and is the Patron of Russia, Greece, Sicily and Lorraine.

From the 1st Reading: Is 40:  10 – 11
Here comes your God with might; his strong arm rules for him; his reward is with him and here before him is his booty.  Like a shepherd he tends his flock' he gathers the lambs in his arms, he carries them in his bosom, gently leading those that are with young
'
Gospel Reading: Mt 18: 12 – 14
Jesus said to his disciples, "What do you think of this?  If someone has a hundred sheep and one of them strays, won't he leave the ninety-nine on the hillside, and go to look for the stray one?  And I tell you: when he finally finds it, he is more pleased about it than about the ninety-nine that did not get lost.  It is the same with your Father in heaven:  there they don't want even one of these little ones to be lost."

Reflection
Christmas is fast approaching, and today is the feast of St. Nicholas, the Saint from whom the popular American image of Santa Claus originated.  According to the website www.biography.com, St. Nicholas was best known for his generosity.  Even during his lifetime nearly two thousand years ago, he was quite famous for using his own resources to help the sick and the needy, the neglected of society.  After his death, his generosity became legend and many stories of how he helped others became part of popular lore.  

Today's Gospel reading highlights the value of each sheep, no matter how small or insignificant.  The good shepherd will leave the flock just to find that one sheep that got lost.  

What does it mean to be a "lost sheep?"  In Jesus' context, he was most likely talking about people who have forgotten about God or who have lost their faith.  Most certainly, he was also referring to the marginalized in our community, those who are suffering, the poor, the downtrodden--the ignored sectors of our society.  

Bringing this down to our own daily lives, who might you consider the "lost sheep" in your life?  Might there be family members who have been shunned by others?  Could you have enemies whom you have rejected as being utterly evil?  Do you encounter and ignore the homeless people and families living on the streets?  

The example of St. Nicholas directly addresses the call of today's Gospel, that is, to find the lost sheep.  Bring this to prayer today and listen to how Jesus is calling you to answer the same call.  


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     Adrian Samuel D. Tan
     Nicolo Joseph Dy Sy

IN MEMORIAM (+)
     Miguel Ymaz (Aug 12, 1943 – Dec 6, 2010)

OTHER INTENTIONS:
For the safe delivery of Iona Dy.

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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Sunday, December 04, 2016

 

Monday, 2nd Week of Advent

05 December 2016 
Monday, 2nd Week of Advent
Violet.         

Is 35:1- 10 / Lk 5:17 – 26

Gospel Reading: Lk 5: 17 - 26
One day Jesus was teaching and many Pharisees and teachers of the Law had come from every part of Galilee and Judea and even from Jerusalem. . . . Then some men brought a paralyzed man who lay on his mat. They tried to enter the house to place him before Jesus, but they couldn't find a way through the crowd. So they went up on the roof and, removing the tiles, they lowered him on his mat into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus.

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, "My friend, your sins are forgiven." At once the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees began to wonder, "This man insults God! Who can forgive sins but only God?"

But Jesus knew their thoughts and asked them, "Why are you reacting like this? Which is easier to say: 'Your sins are forgiven,' or: 'Get up and walk'? Now you shall know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." And Jesus said to the paralyzed man, "Get up, take your mat and go home." At once the man stood before them. He took up the mat he had been lying on and went home praising God.

Amazement seized the people and they praised God. They were filled with a holy fear and said, "What wonderful things we have seen today!"

Reflection
"… your sins are forgiven." These are words that bring us joy, especially when it comes from the Lord.  And it takes faith to believe in it. It gives us hope of a new life. This is how one feels after receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

In this season of Advent, we are once more reminded to prepare for the Lord's coming and it is an opportune time for us to go to confession. Like the paralyzed man we often get stuck with bad habits and habitual sins and find it hard to receive this life-giving sacrament. There may be obstacles for us to go to confession, but in faith and  through witnessing as brothers and sisters in Christ, in the church and our communities,  we become like the men who bring the paralyzed man to Christ, encouraging each other to go ahead and meet Jesus. 

Indeed, it takes some effort and humbling of ourselves when we carry the weight of examining our conscience and being sorrowful for our sins, but once we experience the Love of the Lord that comes through this Sacrament, we are bound to "see wonderful things."  

As Christians, we pray for the power of the Holy Spirit that through us and by the lives we lead, we become witnesses to Jesus' healing presence in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and commit ourselves to carry our "paralyzed" friends to him and bring his Word and his Love to them.


WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:

BIRTHDAY
     Eden Fernandez
     Hanz Zaragoza
     Viky Roman

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
     Keng Koc & Mary Co

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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