Sunday, December 16, 2007



DECEMBER 17, 2007

GENESIS 49:2, 8-10
Jacob called his sons and said to them: "Assemble and listen, sons of
Jacob, listen to Israel, your father. "You, Judah, shall your
brothers praise - your hand on the neck of your enemies; the sons of
your father shall bow down to you. Judah, like a lion's whelp, you
have grown up on prey, my son. He crouches like a lion recumbent, the
king of beasts - who would dare rouse him? The scepter shall never
depart from Judah, or the mace from between his legs, While tribute is
brought to him, and he receives the people's homage."

MATTHEW 1:1-17
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son
of Abraham. Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of
Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah became the
father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. Perez became the
father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of
Amminadab. Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father
of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab. Boaz
became the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth. Obed became the
father of Jesse, Jesse the father of David the king. David became the
father of Solomon, whose mother had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon
became the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah
the father of Asaph. Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, Joram the father of Uzziah. Uzziah
became the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the
father of Hezekiah. Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh, Manasseh
the father of Amos, Amos the father of Josiah. Josiah became the
father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the Babylonian
exile. After the Babylonian exile, Jechoniah became the father of
Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel the father
of Abiud. Abiud became the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of
Azor, Azor the father of Zadok. Zadok became the father of Achim,
Achim the father of Eliud, Eliud the father of Eleazar. Eleazar
became the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, Jacob the
father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is
called the Christ. Thus the total number of generations from Abraham
to David is fourteen generations; from David to the Babylonian exile,
fourteen generations; from the Babylonian exile to the Christ,
fourteen generations.

Today's focus is on the family. The genealogy of Jesus may not sound
exciting but its significance should make us truly happy. Jesus
entered into a human family with a long history, and a family that was
by no means perfect at all. Christ's ancestry included characters who
were marked by sin.

Charity begins at home. Charity means love; not the alms that you
throw into a beggar's a cup or bowl. Love can, of course, express
itself in gifts, especially during this joyous season. Real Christmas
gifts spring from deep within. The best gifts are certainly those of
the heart. Therefore, when we think of our friends and loved ones,
perhaps we should remember that while an expensive gift may be very
welcome, thoughtfulness, tenderness and charity, will be more welcome

We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Damaso Guevara and Eligia Fernando
- Ronan P Cuenca
- Tom Diokno
... for the personal intentions of Danica Nadia M. Calonia
... In Thanksgiving: Balingit Family
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Christopher Jordan S. Sun
- Birthday: Jr. A Saw
- Wedding Anniversary: Ernie & Puny Dy
- In Memoriam (+): Wellington C. Chan
... 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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