Friday, December 03, 2010
SATURDAY 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT – YEAR II
SATURDAY 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT – YEAR II
ISAIAH 30:19-21, 23-26
Yes, people of Zion living in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He
will be gracious to you when your cry for help rings out; as soon as
he hears it, he will answer you. When the Lord has given you the bread
of suffering and the water of distress, he who is your teacher will
hide no longer, and you will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your
ears will hear these words behind you, 'This is the way, keep to it,'
whether you turn to right or left. He will send rain for the seed you
sow in the ground, and the bread that the ground provides will be rich
and nourishing. That day, your cattle will graze in wide pastures.
Oxen and donkeys that work the land will eat for fodder wild sorrel,
spread by the shovel-load and fork-load. On every lofty mountain, on
every high hill there will be streams and water-courses, on the day of
the great slaughter when the strongholds fall. Then moonlight will be
bright as sunlight and sunlight itself be seven times brighter -- like
the light of seven days in one -- on the day Yahweh dresses his
people's wound and heals the scars of the blows they have received.
MATTHEW 9:35--10:1, 6-8
Jesus made a tour through all the towns and villages, teaching in
their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing
all kinds of disease and all kinds of illness. And when he saw the
crowds he felt sorry for them because they were harassed and dejected,
like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The
harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the
harvest to send out labourers to his harvest.' He summoned his twelve
disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits with power to
drive them out and to cure all kinds of disease and all kinds of
illness. go instead to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And as
you go, proclaim that the kingdom of Heaven is close at hand. Cure the
sick, raise the dead, cleanse those suffering from virulent skin-
diseases, drive out devils. You received without charge, give without
Whenever there's a disaster we always blame the government. We shake
our heads and shoo away the beggars in the streets. We accuse our
officials of corruption. We just never look at the mirror and say that
we can do something. God made us, the answer is in us. What are we
doing about the catastrophes surrounding us? Do we get up from our
comfortable chairs and really do something to relieve the suffering of
a fellow man? Or do we just sit back, relax, shake our heads? How can
we enjoy the comforts that we have when there are millions out there
needing our help? Why blame others when God created us? Yes, we should
be the solution to the misfortunes of our poor brothers. We can help.
In today's gospel, Jesus is talking to us of His harvest. It is really
up to us to work it out. Very few people donate to the needy. We give
only our loose change, we share only our excesses, we hold back more
for ourselves. Often times, we are so poor in spirit, poor in faith,
lacking in our trust in God, that we are apprehensive to give too
much. We are afraid to be hungry, worried of being poor ourselves. Let
us be generous and think of Christ's harvest.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Deacon Joe Nicholas
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, Mon Torres, Fleur Torres, Peping Torres, John
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Luis Torres
… 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: Arsenia P. Anlacan
- Prayer Intention: Johnson Ho Gotamco
- In Memoriam (+): Miguel Lorenz C. Santos
… 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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