Sunday, December 09, 2007



DECEMBER 10, 2007

ISAIAH 35:1-10
The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice
and bloom. They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice with
joyful song. The glory of Lebanon will be given to them, the splendor
of Carmel and Sharon; They will see the glory of the LORD, the
splendor of our God. Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm
the knees that are weak, Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be
strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; With
divine recompense he comes to save you. Then will the eyes of the
blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; Then will the lame
leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing. Streams will
burst forth in the desert, and rivers in the steppe. The burning sands
will become pools, and the thirsty ground, springs of water; The abode
where jackals lurk will be a marsh for the reed and papyrus. A highway
will be there, called the holy way; No one unclean may pass over it,
nor fools go astray on it. No lion will be there, nor beast of prey go
up to be met upon it. It is for those with a journey to make, and on
it the redeemed will walk. Those whom the LORD has ransomed will
return and enter Zion singing, crowned with everlasting joy; They will
meet with joy and gladness, sorrow and mourning will flee.

LUKE 5:17-26
One day as Jesus was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law, who
had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem, were
sitting there, and the power of the Lord was with him for healing.
And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were
trying to bring him in and set him in his presence. But not finding a
way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and
lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in
front of Jesus. When Jesus saw their faith, he said, "As for you,
your sins are forgiven." Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask
themselves, "Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who but God alone
can forgive sins?" Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in
reply, "What are you thinking in your hearts? Which is easier, to
say, `Your sins are forgiven,' or to say, `Rise and walk'? But that
you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive
sins"- he said to the one who was paralyzed, "I say to you, rise, pick
up your stretcher, and go home." He stood up immediately before
them, picked up what he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying
God. Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God, and,
struck with awe, they said, "We have seen incredible things today."

What Jesus did for the paralytic in the Gospel, he is more than
willing to do for us. Jesus wants all of us to live a happy, joyous
life. He wants us healed of anything that saddens or depresses us,
obstacles that make it impossible for us to love. He wants us to live
good Christian lives.

But there are responsibilities that we need to be concerned about as
Advent progresses. We need to want to be lowered down through the
roof of our indifference and defeatism to the feet of Jesus present to
us in so many different ways, above all, in the sacraments of
reconciliation and the Eucharist. In a word, we have to want to be
forgiven and restored to greater, intimacy with Christ. Nothing will
happen to us at Christmas - Christmas will be totally meaningless for
us unless we have a longing for a more conscious awareness of Christ
in our lives.

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the personal intentions of Aguado, Curitana, Dumaua, Gollayan,
Gurango and Magcamit Families
... Birthday: Nel de Leon
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Jimmy O. Tee
- Wedding Anniversary: Manny and Dory Gutierrez
- In Memoriam (+): Dr. Mario Rotea
- In Memoriam (+): Peping Mejia
... 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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