Thursday, December 03, 2009
FRIDAY 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT
MEMORIAL, JOHN OF DAMASCUS, PRIEST, DOCTOR
FRIDAY 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT – YEAR I
Thus says the Lord God: But a very little while, and Lebanon shall be
changed into an orchard, and the orchard be regarded as a forest! On
that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book; And out of gloom and
darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see. The lowly will ever find
joy in the Lord, and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For
the tyrant will be no more and the arrogant will have gone; All who
are alert to do evil will be cut off, those whose mere word condemns a
man, Who ensnare his defender at the gate, and leave the just man with
an empty claim. Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of the house of
Jacob, who redeemed Abraham: Now Jacob shall have nothing to be
ashamed of, nor shall his face grow pale. When his children see the
work of my hands in his midst, They shall keep my name holy; they
shall reverence the Holy One of Jacob, and be in awe of the God of
Israel. Those who err in spirit shall acquire understanding, and those
who find fault shall receive instruction.
As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, "Son of
David, have pity on us!" When he entered the house, the blind men
approached him and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I can do
this?" "Yes, Lord," they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and
said, "Let it be done for you according to your faith." And their eyes
were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about
this." But they went out and spread word of him through all that
It's easy for one to be blinded when faced with many pressing issues
that are thrown upon us. There are so many responsibilities to handle
and various commitments to fulfill. After a while, the intense
pressures of what need to be accomplished can overwhelm our direction
Life can indeed be confusing. We have conflicts between making money
and spending more time with our families. We sometimes let our
emotions over whelm our sensibilities. We at times unintentionally
hurt people that have no fault. We lose sight on what's important such
as the blessings we already have and the people we value.
During times like those, we need to trust in our Savior's healing
power to cure our blindness. We need to entrust our faith in Jesus to
open our eyes to see things that are important.
Restoration of our sight brings about renewal of our faith. We may be
like the two blind men in proclaiming the wonders Jesus has shown us.
We start to see more clearly. May we love him more dearly in order to
follow him more nearly, day by day.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
… for the personal intentions of
-Mary and Lawrence
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
-Jose Ma. Lacson
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for the healing and peace of all families
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
-Birthday: Connie Umali
-Prayer Intention: Johnson H. Gotamco
… 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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