Monday, November 30, 2009
TUESDAY 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT
MEMORIAL, EDMUND CAMPION, MARTYR
TUESDAY 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT – YEAR I
On that day, A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from
his roots a bud shall blossom. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon
him: a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A Spirit of counsel and
of strength, a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his
delight shall be the fear of the LORD. Not by appearance shall he
judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, But he shall judge the poor
with justice, and decide aright for the land's afflicted. He shall
strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of
his lips he shall slay the wicked. Justice shall be the band around
his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips. Then the wolf shall
be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child
to guide them. The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their
young shall rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox. The baby shall
play by the cobra's den, and the child lay his hand on the adder's
lair. There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the
earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the
sea. On that day, The root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the
nations, The Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I give you praise,
Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these
things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the
childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things
have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is
except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to
whom the Son wishes to reveal him." Turning to the disciples in
private he said, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I
say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but
did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."
Everyone has eyes and ears, but not everyone can see or hear. The
sight is the same, the sound is the same, but the perception is
different for each person.
Every Sunday Mass, the word of God is proclaimed. Everyone hears the
same proclamation; everyone sees the same liturgy celebrated. But the
effect is not the same for everyone. There are some who come out from
the Mass the same way as they entered. But there are others who, after
hearing the same readings, seeing the same liturgy, go home at peace
with God, receiving enlightenment from God.
The Holy Spirit plays a big role in helping a person experience the
revelation of God through seemingly ordinary events. But for the Holy
Spirit to work, it needs openness from our part, a willingness to
listen and make available our hearts for the Holy Spirit to start
working and reveal what is hidden. The danger for some of us is that
we don't think God can surprise us with anything. When we control our
lives too much, we don't allow the Lord to use the Holy Spirit to
enter our lives giving us new perspective on how we can look at
things. Let us trust in the Holy Spirit and take a chance!
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Rita Cuerva
- Ely Lara
… for the personal intentions of Patrick C.
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for the healing and peace of all families
… 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.
- Birthday: Benjamin G. Castillo
- Birthday: Grace-Erin 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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