Thursday, December 14, 2017

 

FRIDAY, 2nd Week of Advent

December 15, 2017 – FRIDAY, 2nd Week of Advent

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Is 48: 17- 19 / Mt 11: 16 – 19

 

FROM THE FIRST READING:          Is 48: 17 - 18

     Thus says Yahweh, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I, Yahweh, your God, teach you what is best for you; I lead you in the way that you must go. Had you paid attention to my commandments, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

 

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 and you would not cry!'

 

     "For John came fasting and people said: 'He is possessed.' Then the Son of Man came, he ate and he 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 from the Prophet Isaiah God assures that, if we follow and are obedient to his commands, we would be blessed with his peace.

 

     In the Gospel reading Jesus chastises the Pharisees and his other critics. They are like children who do not know what to do: they would not dance to joyful music nor would they weep at a funeral song. John the Baptist came fasting and in penance and they said he was "possessed by a demon." Jesus ate and drank with whoever, including sinners and tax collectors and they said he was "a glutton and a drunkard." All the critics of Jesus did was to find fault: they would not listen and evaluate his message nor would they see the meaning of the great signs and cures he performed because their eyes and ears were closed.

 

     If we had a society which followed God's command and guidance, we would see less broken families, less crime and less abandoned children on our streets, less hate and more love.

 

     And if any of us failed and wandered from God, in his mercy, as a good shepherd, he would seek out the lost.

 

     Let us pray for wisdom to see and hear God in our lives. Let us pray for the grace and strength to remain obedient and faithful to his urgings and commands.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     ARNOLD P. PARAGSA

     CELIA C. JAO

 

IN MEMORIAM (†)

     YEEWEI KOON

     JOSE F. UNSON

 

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 12, 2017

 

WEDNESDAY, 2ND Week of Advent

December 13, 2017 – WEDNESDAY, 2ND Week of Advent

St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

Memorial, Red

 

Is 40: 25 – 31 / Mt 11: 28- 30

 

     St. Lucy (d. 304) was martyred in Syracuse. She is the patroness of those with afflictions of the eyes.

 

FROM THE FIRST READING:          Is 40: 27- 31

     How can you say, 0 Jacob, how can you complain, 0 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 gives vigor to the wearied. Youth may grow tired and faint, 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

     Both readings today speak of God's untiring support and help for us in our life endeavors. His help and support make our burdens light and our problems bearable.

 

     I would like to speak about how God walked with us and gave us strength and support at the illness and death of our youngest two-month old son, Jesse, who died of a severe case of pneumonia, leading to cardiac arrest and multiple organ failure in mid-March 2016.

 

     Daily for three weeks we visited him at the hospital neo-natal ICU and prayed, hoped and waited for his recovery; many friends especially from our Couples for Christ group prayed and supported us.

 

     It was a roller-coaster emotional ride: some progress and hope at times; bad discouraging news at other times. On the third week, though there were signs of improvement, his vital signs collapsed and there was no more hope of recovery.

 

     Before he died, the hospital chaplain visited and blessed Jesse. God spoke to us and comforted us, "Do not stop the children from coming to me, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to people such as these." (Mt 19: 14) At that moment we knew God wanted Jesse to be with him, that God wanted us to bid Jesse goodbye.

 

     Waiting for God is difficult especially when we were asking for a specific answer to our prayers. With our experience at Jesse's illness and death, we realized that the renewed strength God gives us when we pray to him does not come because our prayers are answered as we had asked but because God teaches us to accept his will in our prayers. We can then move forward with hope and joy knowing we are doing God's will.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY 

     ALEXANDER D. WONGCHUKING

     CHRISTIAN EMMANUEL CHING

     FR. JOSEPH EMMANUEL A. LIWANAG SJ

     HAROLD S. MACASAQUIT

     JAMES LIM YU 

     JESSICA HO GOTAMCO

     ROGELIO O. SANTOS

 

IN MEMORIAM (†)

     JAMES YAO E. HEONG

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Monday, December 11, 2017

 

TUESDAY, 2ND Week of Advent

December 12, 2017 – TUESDAY, 2ND Week of Advent

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Philippines

Memorial, White

 

Zec 2: 14 - 17 / Lk 1: 26 - 38

 

     The image of Our Lady on the tilma of St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474

- 1548) is miraculously preserved in Mexico City at the Basilica of Our Lady of

Guadalupe. Our Lady of Guadalupe is Patroness of the Americas and the Philippines.

 

FROM THE FIRST READING:          Zec 2: 14 -16

     "Sing and rejoice, 0 daughter of Zion, for I am about to come, I shall dwell among you," says Yahweh. "On that day many nations will join Yahweh and be my people, but my dwelling is among you." The people of Judah will be for Yahweh as his portion in his holy land. He will choose Jerusalem again.

 

From the GOSPEL READING:        Lk 1: 26- 35, 38a

     In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth. He was sent to a young virgin who was betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the family of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

 

     The angel came to her and said, "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 will have no end."

 

     Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be if I am a virgin?" And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the holy child to be born shall be called Son of God." ...

 

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

 

REFLECTION

     Our Lady of Guadalupe, with a magnificent basilica in Mexico City, is the

Patroness of the Americas and the Philippines. She appeared to St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, an ordinary Mexican farmer, asking that a church be built in her honor. The unbelieving bishop was convinced when Juan Diego brought to him roses in full bloom during the winter season. She also left an image of herself, preserved to this day, on Juan Diego's tilma: Mary appears as a native princess, with stars and the crescent moon, a symbol of the ancient Aztec religion. In a few years after her apparition to Juan Diego six million Aztecs were converted to Christianity.

 

     Pope St. John Paul II praised Juan Diego for his simple faith and humility, "a nobody, a small rope, a tiny ladder, the tail end of a leaf," but the chosen emissary of our powerful God.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     ANTERO LIBANAN

     EVELYN D. SANCHEZ

     HAZEL PAMELA DEL BANDO

     MAVERICK LEONARDO T. JAVIER

     ROBERT DE JESUS VICTOR MORALES

 

THANKSGIVING

     PETER & MARY NG

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

     AL AND CITA CONCEPTION

     EUSTAQUIO & MICHELLE ACERO

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the repose of the soul of Justice Flerida Ruth Romero, & Atty Tess Magpayo.

For the healing of Cris.

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

 

MONDAY, 2nd Week of Advent

December 11, 2017 – MONDAY, 2nd Week of Advent 

St. Damasus I, Pope 

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Is 35: 1 - 10 / Lk 5: 17 - 26

 

     From Spain, St. Damasus I (305- 384), Pope, summoned the 1st General Council of Constantinople (381). He also commissioned St. Jerome (347?- 419/420) to work on the Latin Vulgate and changed the liturgical language of the Western Church to Latin.

 

FROM THE FIRST READING:          Is 35: 1 - 2a

     Let the wilderness and the arid land rejoice, the desert will be glad and blossom. Covered with flowers, it sings and shouts with joy, adorned with the splendor of Lebanon, the magnificence of Carmel and Sharon.

 

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. They were sitting there while the power of the Lord was at work to heal the sick. 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 except 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 up 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

     The first reading extols the return of the exiled Israelites. Their return to their homeland prefigures the coming of the Messiah to a transformed and joyous land: "Let the wilderness and the arid land rejoice, the desert will be glad and blossom.

Covered with flowers, it sings and shouts with joy."

 

     In the Gospel reading we have the cure of the paralyzed man and the forgiveness of his sins by Jesus. "When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, 'My friend, your sins are forgiven."'

 

     When the Pharisees wondered how a man could forgive sins, Jesus cured the paralyzed man of his physical illness: "'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 up your mat and go home."

 

     We pray for such faith in God.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     FR. VICTOR R. SALANGA SJ

     JOANA MARl G. VILLANUEVA

     MARK ALLAN C. CAMPOSAGRADO

 

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. 

 

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Saturday, December 09, 2017

 

2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT

December 10, 2017 - 2nd SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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[Manila: Anniversary of the Dedication of the Metropolitan Cathedral]

 

Is 40: 1 - 5, 9 - 11 / 2 Pt 3: 8- 14 / Mk 1: 1- 8

 

FROM THE FIRST READING:          Is 40: 1 - 5

     Be comforted, my people, be strengthened, says your God. Speak to the heart of Jerusalem, proclaim to her that her time of bondage is at an end, that her guilt has been paid for, that from the hand of Yahweh she has received double punishment for all her iniquity.

 

     A voice cries: "In the wilderness prepare the way of Yahweh. Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley will be raised up; every mountain and hill will be laid low. The stumbling blocks shall become level and the rugged places smooth.

 

     "The glory of Yahweh will be revealed, and all mortals together will see it; for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken."

 

FROM THE 2ND READING:            2 Pt 3: 10 - 12

     The Day of the Lord is to come like a thief.... Since all things are to vanish, how holy and religious your way of life must be, as you wait for the Day of God and long for its coming, when the heavens will dissolve in fire and the elements melt away in the heat.

 

GOSPEL READING:           Mk 1: 1- 8

     This is the beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the book of Isaiah, the prophet, "I am sending my messenger ahead of you to prepare your way. Let the people hear the voice calling in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord, level his paths."

 

     So John began to baptize in the desert; he preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. All Judea and all the people from the city of Jerusalem went out to John to confess their sins and be baptized by him in the river Jordan.

 

     John was clothed in camel's hair and wore a leather garment around his waist. His food was locusts and honey. He preached to the people saying, "After me comes one who is more powerful than I am. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you in the Holy Spirit. As for me, I am not worthy to bend down and untie his sandals."

 

REFLECTION

     There is a difference between John's baptism and that of Jesus. John's was a baptism of repentance while that of Jesus is a baptism of the Holy Spirit. John urges the people to humbly own their transgressions and ask forgiveness from God. The baptism Jesus offers goes beyond that of John: with the baptism of Jesus we are not only freed from sin, we are also "reborn as sons of God." We become members of Christ's body and "are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission." (CCC #1213)

 

     We remember that, at the visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, John was filled with the Holy Spirit in his mother's womb. It was also the same Spirit which led John into the wilderness where he was tested and grew in the Word of God and made him the forerunner of the Lord, "the messenger ahead of him to prepare his way" with unrelenting courage to reproach the people for the sins and stubborn unfaithfulness to God.

 

     The season of Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord, for his first coming as God-made-man and for his second coming as Lord and Judge at the end of time: during Advent we repent of our sins as John urged the people of Israel to "prepare the way of the Lord and level his paths."

 

     Are we eager to hear God's word and to be transformed by it through the power of the Holy Spirit? Do we lead others to Christ by the lives we lead, by our word and example? The message of Advent is repentance and conversion to lives guided by the Holy Spirit so that, like John the Baptist, we are able to give testimony to the light and truth of Jesus Christ.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     GINA MALLONGA 

     LORETO T. REYES

     PAULA O'GORMAN

 

THANKSGIVING 

     DENNIS, JOCELYN, HENRY, HANNAH, & HAZEL

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 

     MANNY AND 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. 

 

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Friday, December 08, 2017

 

SATURDAY, 1ST Week of Advent

December 9, 2017 – SATURDAY, 1ST Week of Advent

St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin

Memorial, White

 

Is 30: 19-21, 23-26/ Mt 9: 35 -- 10: 1, 5a, 6- 8

 

     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 Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Our Lady of Guadalupe is Patroness of the Americas and of the Philippines.

 

FROM THE FIRST READING:          Is 30: 19- 21

     O people of Zion, who dwell in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. When you cry, he will listen; when he hears, he will answer. When the Lord has given you the bread of anguish and the water of distress, he, your Teacher, will hide no longer. Your own eyes will see him, and your ear will listen to his words behind you: "This is the way, walk in it."

 

GOSPEL READING:           Mt 9: 35 -10: 1, 5a, 6- 8

     Jesus went around all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom, and he cured every sickness and disease. When he saw the crowds he was moved with pity, for they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd.

 

     Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is abundant but the workers are only few. Ask the master of the harvest to send workers to gather his harvest."

 

     Then he called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to heal every disease and sickness.

 

     Jesus sent these twelve on mission with the instruction, "Go to the lost sheep of the people of Israel. Go and proclaim this message: The kingdom of heaven is near. Heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, cleanse the lepers, and drive out demons. You received this as a gift, so give it as a gift."

 

REFLECTION

     In the first reading the Prophet Isaiah speaks of the Messiah to teach us. In the Gospel reading we see Jesus, the Messiah, teaching and healing the sick and possessed and giving authority to his disciples to help him teach and heal.

 

     Today the Church celebrates the Memorial of St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, a simple Mexican farmer whom God chose to help bring the Americas to God and the Church through devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

     Our blessed Mother appeared to Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico City to have a church built in her honor. The unbelieving bishop was convinced when Juan Diego brought him beautiful roses in full bloom in the winter season. To this date the miraculous image of our Lady on Juan Diego's tilma is preserved at the Basilica of

Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

 

     Through the ordinary life of St. Juan Diego we glorify God's amazing deeds in his mysterious ways.

 

     Our Lady of Guadalupe is Patroness of the Americas and the Philippines.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 

     DR. MOISES AND SUSAN SONCUYA

     JAY & CHERRY JAVELLANA

 

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

 

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

 

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

December 8, 2017 – FRIDAY

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 lneffabilis Deus (08 December 1854), Pope Pius IX defined that "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.

 

1ST READING:    Gn 3: 9- 15, 20

     Yahweh God called the man saying to him, "Where are you?" He said, "I heard your voice in the garden and I 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." ... The man called his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all the living.

 

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

     My 84-year-old sister dabbles in stocks. A friend offered her money to invest, "No," she said, "I take great risks other people don't take.. That's my DNA. My grandfather gambled big, lost and reduced his family to penury. If I lose my own money, I won't feel

bad! If it is somebody else's, I'd feel terrible!"

 

     One meaning of "original sin" that has helped me refers to our carrying the wounds of our parents, grandparents and ancestors. When we actualize, re-activate and make real the same wounds, the same or similar emotional and psychological bruises, we re-affirm the reality of "original sin" in our lives.

 

     When Mary was conceived, she was freed from the wounds of her parents and ancestors, not because of merit or worth, but simply out of the gracious love and grace of God. She then became a wonderful and worthy vessel to bring forth Jesus, our Redeemer.

 

     When the ancient writers wrote the story of Adam and Eve, they found this story an apt way, especially for the people of their time, to explain and intuitively address this true and mysterious reality, namely, that each person truly carries the wounds of his/her parents, grandparents and ancestors.

 

     What are the wounds of your parents, grandparents and ancestors that you carry in your lives today? By being conscious and aware of them, we may be able to avoid repeating and re­ confirming them in our own lives. And so we are able to choose other options that work for our health of mind, body and spirit and for our continuous growth in life.

 

     Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     ACERO AMBROSIO

     AMBROSIO T.C. ACERO

     MARIA CONCEPCION BAILLANES

     ROMARICO T. ALVAREZ

 

THANKSGIVING

     ELMER & SOLIE SUBA & CHILDREN

     MAMER & VIRGIE DOMINGO & CHILDREN

     ANNA PASHMINA ICA CLASS '72

 

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY 

     CHARLENE & MANOLETTE CARLOS

 

PRAYER INTENTION 

     REDEMPTORIS MATER MISSIONARY SEMI ARY -1996

 

IN MEMORIAM (†)

     CHUA CHEN

 

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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