Thursday, December 06, 2007
FRIDAY 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT
MEMORIAL, ST. AMBROSE, BISHOP AND DOCTOR
FRIDAY 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT - YEAR I
Thus says the Lord God: But a very little while, and Lebanon shall be
changed into an orchard, and the orchard be regarded as a forest! On
that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book; And out of gloom
and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see. The lowly will ever
find joy in the Lord, and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
For the tyrant will be no more and the arrogant will have gone; All
who are alert to do evil will be cut off, those whose mere word
condemns a man, Who ensnare his defender at the gate, and leave the
just man with an empty claim. Therefore thus says the Lord, the God
of the house of Jacob, who redeemed Abraham: Now Jacob shall have
nothing to be ashamed of, nor shall his face grow pale. When his
children see the work of my hands in his midst, They shall keep my
name holy; they shall reverence the Holy One of Jacob, and be in awe
of the God of Israel. Those who err in spirit shall acquire
understanding, and those who find fault shall receive instruction.
As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, "Son of
David, have pity on us!" When he entered the house, the blind men
approached him and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I can do
this?" "Yes, Lord," they said to him. Then he touched their eyes
and said, "Let it be done for you according to your faith." And
their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one
knows about this." But they went out and spread word of him through
all that land.
By presenting today's Gospel against the background of Isaiah's
writings, we are asked to run after Christ, as the blind men did; to
stand before him, as they did; and to tell him confidently, as they
did, that we believe he can cure us of our spiritual blindness. He
can make us realize the good we have done. He can also make us
realize and feel the suffering and pain we may have imposed on
others. He can teach us to assume responsibility for our neighbors,
assist in his efforts to rid sin from our lives and from others. Let
us help him to do so, let us begin with ourselves.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Epifania Ylaya
- Charlie Castro, Dely David, Glenda Bisco, Julie Manzon, Vanessa
... for the personal intentions of:
- Jourjini Marie B. Cagulada
- Domingo Barayoga Jr., Dada, Julie and Glenn Manzon
- Jesus L. Ventura
... Birthday: Fr. Aldrin B Domingo
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Domingo Barayoga Sr. and Lourdes Barayoga
- Donald Wilson
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Francis Dano Carolino
- Birthday: Purita A. De Guia
- In Memoriam (+): Carmelita Yu Co (1949 - 1997)
- In Memoriam (+): Catherine Joy Yu Co (1988 - 1997)
... 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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