Monday, December 04, 2006


Tuesday 1st Week of Advent

December 5, 2006
Tuesday 1st Week of Advent - Yr II

ISAIAH 11:1-10
On that day, A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his
roots a bud shall blossom. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A Spirit of counsel and of
strength, a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his
delight shall be the fear of the LORD. Not by appearance shall he
judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, But he shall judge the poor with
justice, and decide aright for the land's afflicted. He shall strike
the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips
he shall slay the wicked. Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips. Then the wolf shall be a guest
of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; The calf and
the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide
them. The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young
shall rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox. The baby shall play by
the cobra's den, and the child lay his hand on the adder's lair. There
shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall
be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea. On that
day, The root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, The
Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious.

LUKE 10:21-24
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I give you praise, Father,
Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been
handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the
Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son
wishes to reveal him." Turning to the disciples in private he said,
"Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many
prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and
to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."

In the first reading Isaiah foretells that the Messiah will introduce
what humans have always called the "golden age." The anointed of
the Lord will be blest with the gifts of the Lord's Spirit, and these
will enable him to bring peace and justice to the world. Isaiah uses
images from the animal kingdom to describe the new, universal peace
that the Messiah will bestow on the world. Animals, he says, that are
natural enemies will live at peace with one another. A defenseless
child will play unharmed in a den of snakes.

In the Gospel Jesus thanks his Father because this revelation, this
glorious dream of the prophet has been fulfilled in himself, in Jesus.

But has it been fulfilled? We look at the world, we look at our nation:
hatred, murder, mania for power, oppression, injustice, genocide,
terrorism. Can anyone possibly believe that a new age, a golden age has
found fulfillment in Jesus?

Jesus lived by values that, in spite of the pain and injustice imposed
on him, created within him abiding peace, spiritual tranquility. In
spite of the agony that gashed his body and the turmoil that rent his
soul-"My God, my God, why have you abandoned me"-when he looked
into the darkness and the emptiness of death, his spirit rested
securely, at peace in the Lord-"Father, I commend my spirit into
your care."

The values by which Jesus lived and died formed within him an interior
peace that even the ultimate violence and the most painful rejection
was incapable of disturbing.

Let us pray to God for this inner peace, and for the source from which
it flows. Let us pray for absolute trust in God's love and dedication
to his will, that we might find Jesus' peace within us, and find also
the Advent promise reaching for fulfillment, peace in our world.

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Marcelina Tan. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and
all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Prayer Intention: Johnson H. Gotamco
- 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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