Thursday, December 08, 2005
FRIDAY 2ND WEEK OF ADVENT
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FRIDAY 2ND WEEK OF ADVENT
Dec 8, 2005
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DECEMBER 9, 2005
FRIDAY 2ND WEEK OF ADVENT – YEAR I
Thus says the Lord, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I, the Lord, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go. If you would hearken to my commandments, your prosperity would be like a river, and your vindication like the waves of the sea; Your descendants would be like the sand, and those born of your stock like its grains, Their name never cut off or blotted out from my presence.
Jesus said to the crowds: "To what shall I compare this generation? It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another, `We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.' For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said, `He is possessed by a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, `Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.' But wisdom is vindicated by her works."
Never in history has there been a good deal of scientific data or information that can be used as evidence to show that God cannot exist or that His works are a figment of human imagination. Science has proven that we are not at the center of the universe but rather a small speck in a galaxy among millions of other galaxies in the universe. We were not created but most probably we evolved from lower forms of life. Moreover, historians are slowly concluding that many of the stories from the Bible seem to be based more on myth than fact. With all these evidences, it is sometimes easier to doubt, discard our baptismal beliefs, and avoid the message of the Good News by simply not fulfilling our Christian duties or attending Holy Mass.
We need to remind ourselves that God never said that we live in the center of the universe or that we were exclusive from evolution. God didn't appear to the prophets or to the apostles in the form of an epic drama. Neither did He appear to us in a form that would satisfy any standards of scientific scrutiny. God never came to prove himself but to reveal himself to us.
It's when we have faith that we may realize He has always been with us. God manifests himself to us through various means. He shows himself through the daily wonders of sunrise and sunset, through inspirational works by many tireless missionaries and lay volunteers. He also shows himself through the simple smiles of our neighbors and children.
It is up to us to do our share in allowing God into our hearts and developing our spiritual lives. It starts with a little faith and when we make the time and the effort to listen to him.
"Lord, open my ears to hear the good news of your kingdom and set my heart free to love and serve you joyfully. May nothing keep me from following you wholeheartedly."
We pray -
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the continued and complete recovery of Mike Torres.
- for the personal intentions of the Santos Family.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Crispin Gonzales. Eternal rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
- for the personal intentions, forgiveness, peace and harmony of Charles Conrad H. C and Cheryl P.C.
- for healing of Maria Alyssa Martina.
- for the good health for baby Luke.
- healings for Paula, Debbie, Cindy R, Peggy O, Rich M.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Celso P. Villegas
- Wedding Anniversary: Charles & Sylvia Tañedo
- 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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