Tuesday, December 05, 2006


Wednesday 1st Week of Advent

December 6, 2006
Wednesday 1st Week of Advent - Yr II

ISAIAH 25:6-10A
On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples A feast
of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.
On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, The
web that is woven over all nations; he will destroy death forever. The
Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces; The reproach of his
people he will remove from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken. On
that day it will be said: "Behold our God, to whom we looked to save
us! This is the LORD for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad
that he has saved us!" For the hand of the LORD will rest on this

MATTHEW 15:29-37
At that time: Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, went up on the
mountain, and sat down there. Great crowds came to him, having with
them the lame, the blind, the deformed, the mute, and many others. They
placed them at his feet, and he cured them. The crowds were amazed when
they saw the mute speaking, the deformed made whole, the lame walking,
and the blind able to see, and they glorified the God of Israel. Jesus
summoned his disciples and said, "My heart is moved with pity for the
crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing
to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may
collapse on the way." The disciples said to him, "Where could we ever
get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?" Jesus
said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" "Seven," they replied,
"and a few fish." He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground. Then
he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves,
and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.
They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over
- seven baskets full.

The incident described in this today's Gospel puts before us two of
Jesus' acts, both of which flow from the deep sense of compassion
that God has bestowed on him.

The crowd that assembled about him had brought their sick, crippled,
deformed, blind, mute and those beset with yet other diseases. They
laid them at his feet and he cured them all. They were people
suffering, people in need. His heart went out to them. He responded to
their need, he gave them wholeness and health.

The crowd had been with him for three days and had had nothing to eat.
He then sees their need and his compassion moves him to take the
initiative. He knows they are hungry and if he dismisses them now he
knows they might grow faint on their way home. And so he moves to
satisfy their need for nourishment.

Jesus is as compassionate and as loving today as he was during his
public ministry. He is aware of our needs as he was of the crowds'
needs 2,000 years ago. Today too, Jesus has the same healing powers he
had when he walked this earth. He can provide us with the material
blessings we need; he can also deliver us from sin and guilt and fill
us with the joy of his risen life. We need only turn to him in
thanksgiving, in love and in faith, and his eager, beneficent powers
will flow over us, bringing us too wholeness and health.

We are in the season of Advent. We must remember that Jesus is
Emmanuel, God with us, helping us in our need.

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- 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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