Monday, December 11, 2006


Memorial, Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12, 2006
Memorial, Our Lady of Guadalupe
Tuesday 2nd Week of Advent - Yr II

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you,
says the LORD. Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that
day, and they shall be his people, and he will dwell among you, and you
shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. The LORD will
possess Judah as his portion in the holy land, and he will again choose
Jerusalem. Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD! For he
stirs forth from his holy dwelling.

LUKE 1:39-47
Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of
Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice
and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit
of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my
Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting
reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you
who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be
fulfilled." And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the
Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior."

One of the distinguishing traits of the Judeo-Christian religious
tradition is: Jews and Christians need not seek God, it is God who
seeks them. The opposite seems to be true in other religions. The
efforts made to find God by devotees of non-Judeo-Christian religions,
give the impression that they must make almost superhuman efforts to
find him.

In the first reading Isaiah paints the marvelously joyful picture of
Yahweh seeking out his people in exile and leading them back to their

In the Gospel Jesus tells the parable of the shepherd who leaves the
rest of his flock to search for the lone stray-and the joy when he
finds it! In the parable the shepherd is a God-figure, a metaphor for
God, the Father. Furthermore Jesus in his own life on earth reflects
his Father's vision. The apostle John experienced the Father's
compassionate vision in his dealings with Jesus. This prompted John to
write: "In this is love, not that we love God, but that he has first
loved us." In Advent we prepare our-selves to celebrate the feast of
God's love for us, which was so great that he sent his own Son to be
God-with-us, to be God-in-pursuit of us.

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- for all the prayer intentions of St. Joseph's Parish Book of
- Prayer Intention: Dionisio & Olivia G. Tan & Family
- 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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