Friday, December 11, 2009
SATURDAY 2ND WEEK OF ADVENT
MEMORIAL, OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
SATURDAY 2ND WEEK OF ADVENT – YEAR I
SIRACH 48:1-4, 9-11
In those days, like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah whose
words were as a flaming furnace. Their staff of bread he shattered, in
his zeal he reduced them to straits; By the Lord's word he shut up the
heavens and three times brought down fire. How awesome are you,
Elijah, in your wondrous deeds! Whose glory is equal to yours? You
were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire, in a chariot with fiery
horses. You were destined, it is written, in time to come to put an
end to wrath before the day of the Lord, To turn back the hearts of
fathers toward their sons, and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob.
Blessed is he who shall have seen you and who falls asleep in your
MATTHEW 17:9, 10-13
As they were coming down from the mountain, the disciples asked Jesus,
"Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?" He said in
reply, "Elijah will indeed come and restore all things; but I tell you
that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did
to him whatever they pleased. So also will the Son of Man suffer at
their hands." Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to
them of John the Baptist.
Every baptized Christian is also called to share in the prophetic
mission of Elijah and John the Baptist. Through the gifts and workings
of the Holy Spirit, each one of us can become restorers of God's
holiness and justice in the world. As the Fathers of Vatican II
taught, each one of us can "consecrate the world itself to God,
everywhere offering worship by the holiness of our lives".
We may not be called to take the national stage as Elijah and John the
Baptist did. Nonetheless, God has a role for each one of us in our
daily lives. At home, at work, or at school, we can be lights in the
darkness, pointing others to Jesus and bearing witness to the power of
the Gospel through our words, our actions, and our attitudes. God is
ever ready to transform us and fill us with his love and compassion.
Let us continue to draw close to him this Advent season, asking him to
teach us how to become prophetic voices to our world.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Rodolfo Bernal
- Florence Teh
- Ian Travis Ylaya
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Fred and Nel de Leon
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Raul and Epifania Ylaya
- Dominga Marasigan
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 all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Diego Estrella Bate
- Birthday: Perla Fatima Cid
- Wedding Anniversary: Al and Cita Conception
- In Memoriam (+): Laura Teczon Platon
… 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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