Monday, December 21, 2009
TUESDAY 4TH WEEK OF ADVENT
TUESDAY 4TH WEEK OF ADVENT – YEAR I
1 SAMUEL 1:24-28
After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along
with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and
brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh. When they had
slaughtered the bull, they brought the boy to Eli, and she said to
him, "As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here
beside you praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD
has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For
his whole life he will be given over to the LORD." And he worshiped
the LORD there.
And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in
God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his
servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the
Mighty One has done great things for me-- holy is his name. His mercy
extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has
performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are
proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their
thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with
good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his
servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his
descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers." Mary stayed with
Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
One of the most beautiful prayers of praise to God can be found in the
Magnificat. Mary knew very well of the fulfillment of God's promises
to His people. She recounts the deliverance of the people in the
Exodus and how the Lord takes care of the poor and destitute of
society. This joyful cry to the Lord starts with our soul proclaiming
the greatness of the Lord in everything. And our greatest joy is to
see how God is faithful to us in our daily lives.
The secret of happiness is very simple, yet more often than not, goes
unnoticed. Every line of this Magnificat is filled with meaning and
prophecy. All the evening prayers end with this solemn prayer of Mary.
It is a prayer of great consolation especially to those who are
suffering because they are doing the will of God. In the end, God will
always justify all who are filled with goodness and righteousness. The
reassurance comes from the Lord himself, so let us never lose hope,
because God will never lose hope on us.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Eva Desiderio
… for the personal intentions of Josheil Dapo
…In Thanksgiving: Ian Travis Ylaya
… for the safety of the residents of Albay, threatened by the eruption
of Mayon volcano
… good health: Isabelle
… birthday and good health: Ben Baqui
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Raul and Epifania Ylaya
- Rodolfo Bernal
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: Michiko Magdalene Lim Furukawa
- Birthday: Lilian Yu Siomui
- Birthday: Therese Alison & Jonathan James Chuaunsu
- Wedding Anniversary: Art & Marites Macapagal
- Wedding Anniversary: Col. Augusto & Norma Mondoñedo
- In Memoriam (+): Antonio A. Morabe
… 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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