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Dec 1, 2005

DECEMBER 2, 2005

ISAIAH 29:17-24
Thus says the Lord God: But a very little while, and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard, and the orchard be regarded as a forest! On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book; And out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see. The lowly will ever find joy in the Lord, and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the tyrant will be no more and the arrogant will have gone; All who are alert to do evil will be cut off, those whose mere word condemns a man, Who ensnare his defender at the gate, and leave the just man with an empty claim. Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of the house of Jacob, who redeemed Abraham: Now Jacob shall have nothing to be ashamed of, nor shall his face grow pale. When his children see the work of my hands in his midst, They shall keep my name holy; they shall reverence the Holy One of Jacob, and be in awe of the God of Israel. Those who err in spirit shall acquire understanding, and those who find fault shall receive instruction.

MATTHEW 9:27-31
As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, "Son of David, have pity on us!" When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I can do this?" "Yes, Lord," they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, "Let it be done for you according to your faith." And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about this." But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.

Isaiah proclaims a time when "the deaf shall hear [and] the eyes of the blind shall see." That time came amid Jesus' busy ministry through the towns and villages of Israel, where many blind and deaf people were healed and, as a result, they praised God in thanksgiving.

We may think that that time is now in the past. The story of Jesus, after all, has fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah. Jesus is no longer physically present here on earth and it would be unwise to count on miracles.

As it may be true that Jesus is not here in the same presence as He did more than 2,000 years ago, Jesus is very much still with us. He is with us spiritually in our hearts and physically with us through the Holy Eucharist. He is here listening to us and answering our prayers and he is here still actively working with us and through us to heal the sick, to enable the blind to see and the deaf to hear. He was with the Apostles during their very first missions and he is very much present as we in the Church come together as a community to proclaim His Word and do our duty as His followers.

All it takes is for us to believe and to build our faith, and to remember that he is very much alongside us. Let us cast away the doubts and open our hearts. Let us pray together with our families and with our church community.

"For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Mt 18:20)

"Lord, help me to draw near to you with confidence and trust in your saving power and mercy. Free me from doubt and unbelief that I may approach you confidently and pray boldly with expectant faith. Let your kingdom come and may your will be done in me."

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 continued & complete recovery of Mike Torres.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Gigi A. Gonzales
- Birthday: Isis T. So
- for the special intentions of Raymond & Chorel de Veas
- for the speedy recovery of Ms Beng Gido
- 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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