Thursday, December 02, 2010
MEMORIAL, ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, PRIEST
MEMORIAL, ST. FRANCIS XAVIER, PRIEST
FRIDAY 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT – YEAR II
Is it not true that in a very short time the Lebanon will become
productive ground, so productive you might take it for a forest? That
day the deaf will hear the words of the book and, delivered from
shadow and darkness, the eyes of the blind will see. The lowly will
find ever more joy in Yahweh and the poorest of people will delight in
the Holy One of Israel; for the tyrant will be no more, the scoffer
has vanished and all those on the look-out for evil have been
destroyed: those who incriminate others by their words, those who lay
traps for the arbitrator at the gate and groundlessly deprive the
upright of fair judgement. That is why Yahweh, God of the House of
Jacob, Abraham's redeemer, says this, 'No longer shall Jacob be
disappointed, no more shall his face grow pale, for when he sees his
children, my creatures, home again with him, he will acknowledge my
name as holy, he will acknowledge the Holy One of Jacob to be holy and
will hold the God of Israel in awe. Erring spirits will learn to
understand and murmurers accept instruction.'
As Jesus went on his way two blind men followed him shouting, 'Take
pity on us, son of David.' And when Jesus reached the house the blind
men came up to him and he said to them, 'Do you believe I can do
this?' They said, 'Lord, we do.' Then he touched their eyes saying,
'According to your faith, let it be done to you.' And their sight
returned. Then Jesus sternly warned them, 'Take care that no one
learns about this.' But when they had gone away, they talked about him
all over the countryside.
When Jesus performed his miracles, he did not do it for the sake of
publicity so that the crowds may believe in him, expecting him to
perform even more wonders. Usually, he would perform a miracle for one
or a few individuals with the effect of strengthening their faith in
Faith that is based only on the expectation of seeing spectacles can
be shaky and superficial. Once the expectation is unmet, this kind of
faith easily disappears. On the other hand, faith that is based on a
personal encounter with Jesus, of having been touched by him as the
two blind men were, is so strong that one cannot keep from proclaiming
What is the basis of our faith and discipleship? Is it because we are
expecting something from God? Let us ask the Lord, during this Advent
season, to come and touch us as he only can. Then we shall stop
seeking miracles because we have found the Lord himself.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Abraham A.
- Josefina T. Hong, Jason Foenander, Ramon Ibanga, Nikki Bharwani
- Deacon Joe Nicholas
… for the personal intentions of Josheil Dapo
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Jermine Louen Abalos
- Ramon Ibanga
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: Francisco T. Del Carmen
- Birthday: Leonida G. Casiano
- Birthday: Nico T. Sun
- Birthday: Cathy Diokno
- Wedding Anniversary: Beny & Soraya Chua
… 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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