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Dec 28, 2005

DECEMBER 29, 2005

1 JOHN 2:3-11
Beloved: The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his
commandments. Whoever says, "I know him," but does not keep his
commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever
keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him.� This is
the way we may know that we are in union with him: whoever claims to
abide in him ought to walk just as he walked. Beloved, I am writing
no new commandment to you but an old commandment that you had from
the beginning.� The old commandment is the word that you have
heard.� And yet I do write a new commandment to you, which holds
true in him and among you, for the darkness is passing away, and the
true light is already shining.� Whoever says he is in the light, yet
hates his brother, is still in the darkness.� Whoever loves his
brother remains in the light, and there is nothing in him to cause a
fall.� Whoever hates his brother is in darkness; he walks in
darkness and does not know where he is going because the darkness
has blinded his eyes.

LUKE 2:22-35
When the days were completed for their purification according to the
law of Moses, the parents of Jesus took him up to Jerusalem to
present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the
Lord, Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the
Lord, and to offer the sacrifice of a pair of turtledoves or two
young pigeons, in accordance with the dictate in the law of the
Lord. Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon.� This
man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.� It had been revealed to him by
the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the
Christ of the Lord.� He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when
the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the
law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God,
saying: "Lord, now let your servant go in peace; your word has been
fulfilled: my own eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in
the sight of every people, a light to reveal you to the nations and
the glory of your people Israel." The child's father and mother were
amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said
to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and
rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted
(and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many
hearts may be revealed."

Simeon, a just and pious man, is devoted to the Holy Spirit.� The
Holy Spirit guided him; he was docile, obedient to the Spirit.� He
had full trust in the Spirit, including the Spirit's promise that he
would not die until he had seen the Messiah or Anointed of the Lord.

Many of us pray to the Blessed Mother or saints, instead of praying
to the Holy Spirit for guidance.� Perhaps we need to learn to also
pray to the Holy Spirit to come into our lives to light and guide us
in our decisions.� The Holy Spirit can grant us the following
gifts:� wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety,
and fear of the Lord.�

Simeon proclaimed Jesus as "the revealing light to the Gentiles."�
The "Gentiles" are all people who are not Jews.� Simeon predicts
that Jesus will reveal Himself and His message to all peoples.�
Jesus, before His Ascension into heaven, commanded His
disciples: "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit."� From the time of the disciples to the present day and
until the end of the world, the Catholic Church through the Pope,
bishops and priests and lay helpers will give the good news to all
men.� About five sixths of the world population is still non-
Catholic.� The lay Catholics must do their important part in
bringing Christ's message to non-Catholics, especially by their
lives, which are a living picture of the good news.� Each Catholic
is like a television set, which broadcasts the picture of Jesus
Christ and His message.

"Lord, may I recognize your visitation and be prepared for your
action today, just as Simeon Anna were prepared and ready to respond
to your visitation and action in their day."

We pray -
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- in thanksgiving: all those who passed the recent nursing board
exams in Manila.
- for the enlightenment and conversion of Armando.
- for the continued good health of Elsa & Paolo.
- for the safety and good health of Albert Yap.
- for the continued and speedy recovery of Mike Torres.
- for the personal intentions, forgiveness, peace, reconciliation
and harmony of the marriage of Charles Conrad H.C and Cheryl P.C.
- for the speedy recovery and well-being of Josefina Averilla Pagado.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- In Memoriam: Juanita Limqueco (Feb 2, 1906 - Dec 29, 1995)
- 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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