Sunday, November 29, 2009
MONDAY 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT
FEAST, ANDREW, APOSTLE
MONDAY 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT – YEAR I
Brothers and sisters: If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is
Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you
will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified,
and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The Scripture says,
No one who believes in him will be put to shame. There is no
distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all,
enriching all who call upon him. For everyone who calls on the name of
the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on him in whom they have
not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not
heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can
people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful
are the feet of those who bring the good news! But not everyone has
heeded the good news; for Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed what was
heard from us? Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard
comes through the word of Christ. But I ask, did they not hear?
Certainly they did; for Their voice has gone forth to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.
As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon
who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the
sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, "Come after me, and I will
make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed
him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the
son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their
father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately
they left their boat and their father and followed him.
Today's Gospel tells us that Jesus calls ordinary men to do
extraordinary deeds. Fishermen, for instance, are called to be fishers
of men. We are ordinary people. But we, too, can do extraordinary
deeds. We, too, can become fishers of men. We, too, can become
Christ's disciples. We can do so by following Jesus' footsteps.
However, to be a follower of Christ entails "leaving our nets" —
liberating ourselves from material attachments, comfort zones,
anything that hinders us from following Jesus completely and
unconditionally. We are sometimes afraid to let go of these
attachments. It is then that we must trust in God's word: that he will
not be outdone in generosity. If we let go of anything for his sake,
he will reward us a hundredfold.
The first reading asks, "How can the message be proclaimed if the
messengers are not sent out?" Again, we are asked to spread God's
word, to become messengers. The work of proclaiming the gospel is not
limited to the priests or nuns. If we are to build God's kingdom on
earth, each person can and must do his part. Let us do our part. Let
us become fishers of men.
Let us ask ourselves today: how has knowing Jesus spiritually prepared
us? Where are we now spiritually? Are we still preparing the nets? Or
are we ready, when asked by the Lord, to do whatever we can to be
"fishers of men"?
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Luis Torres
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
- Rita Cuerva
- Ely Lara
… for the personal intentions of Patrick C.
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Hsiao Chen Sheng
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.
- Wedding Anniversary: Gonzalo & Perpetua T. Ang
- Wedding Anniversary: Bert and Mi-ann Lombos
- In Memoriam (+): Bernard Joseph Ong
- In Memoriam (+): Yao Le de Sy Suy (1903-1968)+
- In Memoriam (+): Jose Ong
… for the healing and peace of all families
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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