Thursday, December 15, 2005



DECEMBER 16, 2005

ISAIAH 56:1-3, 6-8
Thus says the LORD: Observe what is right, do what is just; for my
salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed. Happy
is the man who does this, the son of man who holds to it; Who keeps
the sabbath free from profanation, and his hand from any evildoing.
Let not the foreigner say, when he would join himself to the
LORD, "The LORD will surely exclude me from his people"; Nor let the
eunuch say, "See, I am a dry tree." And the foreigners who join
themselves to the LORD, ministering to him, Loving the name of the
LORD, and becoming his servants-- All who keep the sabbath free from
profanation and hold to my covenant, Them I will bring to my holy
mountain and make joyful in my house of prayer; Their holocausts and
sacrifices will be acceptable on my altar, For my house shall be
called a house of prayer for all peoples. Thus says the Lord GOD,
who gathers the dispersed of Israel: Others will I gather to him
besides those already gathered.

JOHN 5:33-36
You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. I do not
accept testimony from a human being, but I say this so that you may
be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you
were content to rejoice in his light. But I have testimony greater
than John's. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these
works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent

In the readings of the Third Week of Advent, Jesus talks
considerably about John the Baptist. Reflecting on the message of
the readings, we are encouraged to listen and respond to the message
it relays. Are we prepared for Advent and for the Lord to again
enter into our hearts? What is the magnitude and strength of our

Jesus ultimately puts it all together in a few simple sentences in
today's Gospel. John the Baptist "was a burning and shining
lamp." "He testified to the truth." But Jesus has "testimony
greater than John's." Jesus is the Way that John describes and
calls for us to prepare for.

The coming birth of Christ is undoubtedly a time for celebration and
rejoicing. But as it is a time for joy, it is also a time for us to
examine ourselves and honestly assess ourselves in terms of how much
we really believe in the Lord's teachings.

Advent is also a time of preparation and a time to confess our human
shortfalls and failings. When we experience the Lord's forgiveness,
we experience a renewal of our belief in Him and achieve the true
joy in His coming.

"Lord Jesus, let the fire of your love and truth burn in my heart
that I may radiate the joy of the gospel to those around me."

We pray -
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the personal intentions, forgiveness, peace, reconciliation
and harmony of Charles Conrad H.C and Cheryl P.C.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Susana T. Onglatco
- Birthday: Adelina T. Ongking
- Prayer Intention: Nañagas Family
- In Memoriam: Juanita Q. Estrada (1921 - 2000)
- In Memoriam: Ong King Po
- 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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