Tuesday, December 15, 2009



DECEMBER 16, 2009

ISAIAH 45:6-8, 18, 21-25
So that toward the rising and the setting of the sun men may know that
there is none besides me. I am the LORD, there is no other; I form the
light, and create the darkness, I make well-being and create woe; I,
the LORD, do all these things. Let justice descend, O heavens, like
dew from above, like gentle rain let the skies drop it down. Let the
earth open and salvation bud forth; let justice also spring up! I, the
LORD, have created this. For thus says the LORD, The creator of the
heavens, who is God, The designer and maker of the earth who
established it, Not creating it to be a waste, but designing it to be
lived in: I am the LORD, and there is no other. Come here and declare
in counsel together: Who announced this from the beginning and
foretold it from of old? Was it not I, the LORD, besides whom there is
no other God? There is no just and saving God but me. Turn to me and
be safe, all you ends of the earth, for I am God; there is no other!
By myself I swear, uttering my just decree and my unalterable word: To
me every knee shall bend; by me every tongue shall swear, Saying,
"Only in the LORD are just deeds and power. Before him in shame shall
come all who vent their anger against him. In the LORD shall be the
vindication and the glory of all the descendants of Israel."

LUKE 7:18-23
The disciples of John told him about all these things. John summoned
two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, "Are you the
one who is to come, or should we look for another?" When the men came
to him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask, 'Are
you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?'" At that
time he cured many of their diseases, sufferings, and evil spirits; he
also granted sight to many who were blind. And he said to them in
reply, "Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind
regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear,
the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me."

The happy person is a person of prayer. It is through seeking after
justice, personal holiness, good example and prayer that we come to
experience an inner joy which no one can take away. In today's Gospel,
Jesus communicates this theme with a much needed note of caution. The
happy and just person is one who makes Christ present to others and
who does the works of the Father.

This was the mission of John and Jesus. John the Baptist testified
about Jesus. Jesus came to give life to all who believe in Him. Jesus
reveals the name of the Father as LOVE. The witness of John and the
ministry of Jesus remind us that the Christian can expect opposition,
rejection and even death. Holiness is not some magical exemption from
suffering. In fact, to do the works of God and to seek this holiness
is to find suffering. Yet, we need not fear. Those who come in the
name of the Lord will be given the strength to persevere through the

Advent is a time when we experience much happiness and joy. Let us
never lose sight of the reason for this season and its ultimate call
to peace. This is the season when we prepare for the ultimate gift of
God's love in the Word made flesh. Let our life be a hymn to the
Father's love for us. Let our life be a hymn to the love we have for
one another. Love is the hymn of joy.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Brenda
- Rodolfo Bernal
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
- Ian Travis Ylaya
- Sis. Dang Corpin
- Nedda Marjorie Correa
… for the personal intentions of
- Fred and Nel de Leon and family
- Paul and Amalyn Regalado
- Raymund, Cris and Parke
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Fely de Guzman Tarampi
- Raul and Epifania Ylaya
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: Trini and Marilou B. Leichtman
- Birthday: Kimberly L. Yu
- Birthday: Cynthia Penafiel
- Birthday: Mario J. Padilla
- Birthday: Bea C. Ventura
- Birthday: Elvira Araneta
- Wedding Anniversary: Johnny & Susan Yu
- In Memoriam (+): Juanita Q. Estrada
- In Memoriam (+): Manuel Dee C. Haw
… 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!

Parish Priests' e-mail:
Fr. J. Cesar R. Marin, S. J. parishpriest@marythequeen.org

Assistant Parish Priests' e-mails:
Fr. R. Hart, S. J. rodneyhart@marythequeen.org
Fr. Thomas O'Gorman, S. J. thogorman@marythequeen.org

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