Sunday, December 23, 2007



DECEMBER 24, 2007

2 SAMUEL 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16
When King David was settled in his palace, and the Lord had given him
rest from his enemies on every side, he said to Nathan the prophet,
"Here I am living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God dwells in
a tent!" Nathan answered the king, "Go, do whatever you have in mind,
for the Lord is with you." But that night the Lord spoke to Nathan
and said: "Go, tell my servant David, `Thus says the Lord: Should you
build me a house to dwell in? "`It was I who took you from the pasture
and from the care of the flock to be commander of my people Israel. I
have been with you wherever you went, and I have destroyed all your
enemies before you. And I will make you famous like the great ones of
the earth. I will fix a place for my people Israel; I will plant them
so that they may dwell in their place without further disturbance.
Neither shall the wicked continue to afflict them as they did of old,
since the time I first appointed judges over my people Israel. I will
give you rest from all your enemies. The Lord also reveals to you
that he will establish a house for you. And when your time comes and
you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your heir after you,
sprung from your loins, and I will make his Kingdom firm. I will be a
father to him, and he shall be a son to me. Your house and your
Kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall stand firm

LUKE 1:67-79
Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied, saying:
"Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has come to his people
and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of
the house of his servant David. Through his prophets he promised of
old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who
hate us. He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his
holy covenant. This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to
set us free from the hand of our enemies, free to worship him without
fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. You,
my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will
go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of
salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion
of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on
those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our
feet into the way of peace."

After four weeks of eager waiting and longing, we are finally on the
threshold of Christmas. The coming God is always coming. He is
always on the way, always on a pilgrimage to people, always trying to
reach us and touch us. He quietly stands at the door of our hearts,
gently knocking, hoping for a response which will allow him to enter.

Whenever God comes, he brings many gifts, the greatest of which is the
gift of himself. But in giving himself, he touches some very
vulnerable areas of our being. He heals our trauma, lightens our
anxiety and soothes our wounded hearts. He casts out fear and our
hearts become open to embrace him, the God of love who brings hope,
light and peace.

After weeks of longing and preparation, he will once again be born in
our midst. Let us offer him our homage. Now just as our God is a
Coming God who is always coming to us, let us also be a Coming People
who are always coming to him, not just with our petitions, but with
songs of praise and thanksgiving.

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
- Herminia Guiden
- Ginger Larson
- Liza and Cyril
- Isabel Maloles
... for the personal intentions of Josephine Pascua
... 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: Caridad V. L.
- Birthday: Chua Giok Yean (Lota Chua)
- Birthday: Letty Lee
- Personal intentions: Maricel Castriciones
- Thanksgiving: Castillo Family
- Thanksgiving: Joanne Belmonte
- Wedding Anniversary: Paul & Chelo Jarme
... 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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