Tuesday, December 30, 2008


7th day, Octave of Christmas

December 31, 2008
Memorial, Sylvester I, pope
7th day, Octave of Christmas

1 Jn 2:18-21
Children, it is the last hour;
and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming,
so now many antichrists have appeared.
Thus we know this is the last hour.
They went out from us, but they were not really of our number;
if they had been, they would have remained with us.
Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number.
But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One,
and you all have knowledge.
I write to you not because you do not know the truth
but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth.

Jn 1:1-18
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.

A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light,
so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light,
but came to testify to the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world,
and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own,
but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name,
who were born not by natural generation
nor by human choice nor by a man's decision
but of God.

And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father's only-begotten Son,
full of grace and truth.

John testified to him and cried out, saying,
"This was he of whom I said,
'The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.'"
From his fullness we have all received,
grace in place of grace,
because while the law was given through Moses,
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God.
The only-begotten Son, God, who is at the Father's side,
has revealed him.

Three hundred and sixty-six days this year, Jesus offered himself to
us in the Eucharist. The Word became flesh and he made himself
lovingly available in case we wanted him. To us, who are "His own, He

On this last day of the year, let us take out all the garbage of all
the years. Let us finish any unfinished business. Let us repent and
confess all our sins. Let us forgive all who have sinned against us.
Let us be reconciled with those who have something against us. Let us
answer every calling from God. Let us not wait till next year to
accept the graces of this year.

We don't want the baggage of past years to make it more difficult for
us to meet the challenges of next year. When Jesus died, He said: "It
is finished." Jesus gave glory to the Father by finishing the work the
Father gave him to do. Paul prayed: "I put no value on my life if only
I can finish my race and complete the service to which I have been
assigned by the Lord Jesus." The Lord finishes what He starts. Let Him
finish up the year today with His peace reigning in our hearts.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Lisa
- Graham
- Sophia Gonzalez
… In Thanksgiving for all the blessings received: Ronnie Delgado
… for the safe trip of: Jonalyn Laranang
… Birthday: Honorio Marasigan
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Amalia M. Lalana
- Birthday: Christopher S. Lim
- Birthday: Josefina C. Padua
- Birthday: Rizalina Villa Cruz
- Wedding Anniversary: Justin & Aurea Caballo
- Wedding Anniversary: Leonidas and Adelaida Lombos
- Wedding Anniversary: Saturnino & Chit Lumboy
- Wedding Anniversary: Joseph & Leslie Peralta
- In Memoriam(+): Narciso Yu Sr.
- In Memoriam(+): Paz Cabrera Bengzon
… 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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