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Nov 30, 2005

DECEMBER 1, 2005

ISAIAH 26:1-6
On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: "A strong city have we; he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us. Open up the gates to let in a nation that is just, one that keeps faith. A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace; in peace, for its trust in you." Trust in the LORD forever! For the LORD is an eternal Rock. He humbles those in high places, and the lofty city he brings down; He tumbles it to the ground, levels it with the dust. It is trampled underfoot by the needy, by the footsteps of the poor.

MATTHEW 7:21, 24-27
Jesus said to his disciples: "Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. "Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined."

The first reading is a hymn Isaiah wrote for choral groups, for communities, and for nations to sing. He included in it no arias to be rendered by individuals or by soloists. In it he peers into the future, gazes into the Messianic age and there, envisions the population of Jerusalem joyously acclaiming the protective strength of the city's walls and ramparts. They are impregnable walls and invulnerable ramparts built by the Lord and able to repel the fiercest assaults.

In the gospel today, Jesus is bringing the Sermon on the Mount to a close. In the Sermon he has talked about his values, how they bring us beyond the spirituality of the Old Testament, and how they contradict the values of the world in which we live. The beatitudes are dazzling; they startle us, and turn the world's values on their head. The traditional commandments, seen new by Christ, free us from legalism. It allows our hearts to soar to new heights in our efforts to be perfect as our heavenly father is perfect.

Before he closes his sermon, Jesus brings us down and sets our feet firmly on the ground with his parable of the house built on sandy soil and the house built on rock. Singing the praises of Jesus' teaching, admiring its beauty and at the insights it provides us, in itself is building on sandy soil. We hit hard rock when we live his teachings in everything we do each day.

Advent is a time for us to prepare ourselves to meet the Lord on Christmas, to examine our values and our value-systems, and to ask ourselves is there need to reorganizing our priorities. It is also the time to ask ourselves if Christ's values are evident to others in every act we perform each day.

Advent is also the time for us, as a community and as a nation, to review and reprioritize our national values, and to ask ourselves if God's values are evident in the way we run our country.

God and Christ and their values are the rock on which we build our Christian lives.

"Lord, your are my Rock and my Refuge. Help me to conform my life according to your word that I may stand firm in times of trouble and find hope in your promises."

We pray -
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for enlightenment and conversion of Armando Alfonso.
- for the personal intentions of Arlene Alfonso, Tony Xu, and Jojo.
- for the good health of Elsa and Paolo for good health.
- for the eternal repose of the souls of Joel Felipe Davis, Leoncio Cruz, Marietta Cruz. Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace.
- for the healing and speedy recovery of Marjorie D. Correa.
- for the healing and speedy recovery of Felipe M. Davis.
- for the healing and speedy recovery of Aaron Davis.
- for the personal intentions of EJ Davis.
- for the personal intentions of Parke Davis.
- for the personal intentions of Aaron Davis.
- for the personal intentions, peace and harmony of Charles Conrad C and Cheryl C.
- for the speedy and full recovery in mind and body of Ram.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Cesar L. Picazo
- Birthday: Erin Isobelle T. Yap
- Birthday: Benjamin Castillo
- for the special intentions of Raymond & Chorel de Veas
- for the speedy recovery of Ms Beng Gido
- In Memoriam: Mrs. Rosita Lee
- for world peace and reconciliation.

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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