Tuesday, December 29, 2009
WEDNESDAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS
WEDNESDAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS
1 JOHN 2:12-17
I am writing to you, children, because your sins have been forgiven
for his name's sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know
him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because
you have conquered the Evil One. I write to you, children, because you
know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is
from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong
and the word of God remains in you, and you have conquered the Evil
One. Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves
the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in
the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious
life, is not from the Father but is from the world. Yet the world and
its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God
There was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of
Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her
husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-
four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with
fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave
thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the
redemption of Jerusalem. When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions
of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of
Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and
the favor of God was upon him.
In today's Gospel reading, the prophetess Anna saw the baby Jesus for
only a few minutes, but it changed her life forever. From that day on,
she spoke about the child to all who were waiting with hope for the
redemption of Jerusalem. Anna is an example of the type of prophet we
are all called to be. Whenever we speak, we are being prophets of
something or other. Are we prophets of the Good News?
We all have opportunities to speak about Jesus to those who are
awaiting their Redeemer. Is there anyone in our family who is in
anguish, longing for deliverance from their troubles? Every time we
open our mouths, we have a decision to make. We can either speak good
news or curses; encouragement or complaints.
It is not difficult to be God's prophet. All it takes is a desire to
help. We have good news to share! We don't have to be theologians to
share it. By getting in touch with our own day-to-day need for the
Savior, we can compassionately recognize the needs of others and
respond with the gift of uplifting words that reveal Jesus' saving
power. And by peeking out of the shell of our own self-enclosed worlds
to notice that others have an emptiness that is similar to what Jesus
has healed in us, we can figure out what to say that will make a
difference in their lives. In doing so, we will be pointing them
toward their Redeemer so that they, too, will find his help.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Francis Torres
- Mon Torres
... In Thanksgiving for all the blessing received and to come: Josheil
… Birthday: Nor Marasigan
… for the personal intentions of Richard Condor
… for the victims of natural disasters
… for the eternal repose of the souls of 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 all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Josefina C. Padua
- Birthday: Christopher S. Lim
- Birthday: Allan N. Garcia
- Birthday: Amalia M. Lalana
- Wedding Anniversary: Joseph & Leslie Peralta
- Wedding Anniversary: Leonidas and Adelaida Lombos
- Wedding Anniversary: Mr. & Mrs. Saturnino Lumboy
- Wedding Anniversary: Mr. & Mrs. Justin Caballa
- In Memoriam (+): Paz Cabrera Bengzon
… 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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