Friday, December 21, 2007



DECEMBER 22, 2007

1 SAMUEL 1:24-28
After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was,
along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of
wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh. When they
had slaughtered the bull, they brought the boy to Eli, and she said
to him, "As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood
here beside you praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the
LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the
LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD." And he
worshiped the LORD there.

LUKE 1:46-56
And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in
God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his
servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the
Mighty One has done great things for me-- holy is his name. His mercy
extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has
performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are
proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their
thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with
good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his
servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his
descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers." Mary stayed
with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

In our daily lives we often encounter tragic situations and we wonder
why the Lord has allowed these evils. Mary's canticle exalts trust in
God and teaches us our need to trust more in the Lord. The Lord's
ways are not man's ways.

Trust in the Lord begins when the Lord is born in our lives. Let us
try to recall the moments when Jesus was "born" or "reborn" in our
lives. For some, it may be the miracle that is the birth of a child,
or participation in a child's baptism. For others the precious
moment might come when caring for the old and sick or while gazing at
the wondrous beauty of nature.

During this time of Advent, let us prepare for Jesus' coming by
examining within ourselves, how He was "born" and "reborn" within us.
When we find Him within ourselves, may we again welcome him this
Advent season into our lives, remember and re-experience our
spiritual "births," and reiterate our trust and love for him.

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
- Epifania Ylaya
- Herminia Guiden
- Liza and Cyril
- Isabel Maloles
... for the personal intentions of:
- Guevara Family
- Eliezer and Emilia Santiago, Emerson and Jonalyn Santiago and
family, Don Jemerald, Princess Dinah Bond, Susana Abon, Ros Tauschek,
Maricar, Ronnie and Mylene Constantino, Edgar Gabad and co-workers.
- Josephine Pascua
... In Memoriam: Bert Pascual
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Remberto, Estrella, Florence and Danilo
- Milagros C. Reyes
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: Jonathan James & Therese Alison Chuaunsu
- Birthday: Michiko Magdalene L. Furukawa
- Birthday: Susana I . V.
- Wedding Anniversary: Arthur & Mariter Macapagal
- In Memoriam (+): Antonio Morabe
... 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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