Friday, December 04, 2009



DECEMBER 5, 2009

ISAIAH 30:19-21, 23-26
Thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: O people of Zion, who
dwell in Jerusalem, no more will you weep; He will be gracious to you
when you cry out, as soon as he hears he will answer you. The Lord
will give you the bread you need and the water for which you thirst.
No longer will your Teacher hide himself, but with your own eyes you
shall see your Teacher, While from behind, a voice shall sound in your
ears: "This is the way; walk in it," when you would turn to the right
or to the left. He will give rain for the seed that you sow in the
ground, And the wheat that the soil produces will be rich and
abundant. On that day your flock will be given pasture and the lamb
will graze in spacious meadows; The oxen and the asses that till the
ground will eat silage tossed to them with shovel and pitchfork. Upon
every high mountain and lofty hill there will be streams of running
water. On the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall, The
light of the moon will be like that of the sun and the light of the
sun will be seven times greater like the light of seven days. On the
day the LORD binds up the wounds of his people, he will heal the
bruises left by his blows.

MATTHEW 9:35–10:1, 5A, 6-8
Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their
synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every
disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved
with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like
sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest
is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest." Then he summoned his Twelve
disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them
out and to cure every disease and every illness. Jesus sent out these
Twelve after instructing them thus, "Go to the lost sheep of the house
of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: `The Kingdom of heaven
is at hand.' Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out
demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to

Advent reminds us that happiness for those who await the Lord is
secured through actively sharing our faith. How can we accomplish
this? Advent gives us a key. Emmanuel, Isaiah's most celebrated
prophecy, literally means, "God-is-with-us." As God gives himself to
us in Jesus, we must give ourselves to others in Jesus' name.
Specifically, we can accomplish this by being people of compassion in
the faith that the Lord does provide.

Compassion means reaching out to those who are in pain, those who
hunger for justice, those in need, and those whose lives we touch. We
may encounter these people daily, in the neighborhood, in the parish,
at work, in school. The people who can teach, purify, console and open
the door to new possibilities is the person having an Advent-like
faith, faith dynamic and enthusiastic enough to be shared in
accordance with Christ's words, "The gift you have received, give as a
gift." Believing and sharing our belief with the dispersed,
brokenhearted, and wounded will secure for us this Christmas, a share
in the reward pledged by Jesus in the Book of Revelation: "I am coming
quickly and will repay each man according to his deeds." (Rev 22:12)

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
-Francis Torres
-Mon Torres
-Rita Cuerva
-Ely Lara
… for the personal intentions of
- Mary and Lawrence
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
-Sheng Hsiao-Chen
-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: Viky B. Roman
Birthday: Myrra Famy
Birthday: Aimee Luz D. Go
Birthday: Felicidad K. Uy
Birthday: Sophia Sim Bate
Birthday: Mario J. Rotea
Birthday: Ting Escobar
In Memoriam (+): Luis V. Artiaga Jr.
Prayer Intention: Keng Koc & Mary Co
Thanksgiving: Eric Martin N. Villadelgado

… 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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