Sunday, December 31, 2006



JANUARY 1, 2007

NUMBERS 6:22-27
The LORD said to Moses: "Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them:
This is how you shall bless the Israelites. Say to them: The LORD
bless you and keep you! The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be
gracious to you! The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace! So
shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless

Brothers and sisters: When the fullness of time had come, God sent
his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under
the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. As proof that you
are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying
out, "Abba, Father!" So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if
a son then also an heir, through God.

LUKE 2:16-21
The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph,
and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made
known the message that had been told them about this child. All who
heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And
Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the
shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had
heard and seen, just as it had been told to them. When eight days
were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name
given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

To remember Mary is to remember the God of grace, who does great
things for the lowly, the humble, and the simple-hearted. Yet today
we proclaim Mary as the Mother of God. We need to ask ourselves: How
did Mary get such an honor?

St. Paul's letter to the Galatians provides a clue. We are
told, "God sent forth his Son born of a woman, born under the law..."
Nothing very special about "the woman." But isn't that the key
insight into God's ways of grace with Mary and each of us? God works
through the simple ordinary people of the world to manifest his
wonders. Through the simple faith-filled life of Mary we have, each
of us, a share in and a hope of glory.

As we greet one another "Happy New Year!" Mother Church asks us to
honor the Mother of God. One of the many good reasons for honoring
Mary today is that we are happy because we are beginning a new year
of life. And who deserves to be called the Mother of Life more than
the Mother of God?

She gave human life to Jesus who said: "I came that they may have
life, and have it to the fullest." A better physical life, a better
spiritual life - that will make everyone happy in this NEW YEAR!

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Belen Sim
- Birthday: Joseph Lim Sinche
- Prayer Intention: Glenwood Commercial Inc. & Egghead System
- Prayer Intention: Leticia Lim
- Prayer Intention: Serafin M. Mirasol, Jr family
- Prayer Intention: Tommy & Rosana Reyes & Family
- In Memoriam (+): Zenaida P. Nubla
- 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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