Tuesday, December 07, 2010



DECEMBER 8, 2010

GENESIS 3:9-15, 20
But Yahweh God called to the man. 'Where are you?' he asked. 'I heard
the sound of you in the garden,' he replied. 'I was afraid because I
was naked, so I hid.' 'Who told you that you were naked?' he asked.
'Have you been eating from the tree I forbade you to eat?' The man
replied, 'It was the woman you put with me; she gave me some fruit
from the tree, and I ate it.' Then Yahweh God said to the woman, 'Why
did you do that?' The woman replied, 'The snake tempted me and I ate.'
Then Yahweh God said to the snake, 'Because you have done this,
Accursed be you of all animals wild and tame! On your belly you will
go and on dust you will feed as long as you live. I shall put enmity
between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; it
will bruise your head and you will strike its heel.' The man named his
wife 'Eve' because she was the mother of all those who live.

EPHESIANS 1:3-6, 11-12
Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us
with all the spiritual blessings of heaven in Christ. Thus he chose us
in Christ before the world was made to be holy and faultless before
him in love, marking us out for himself beforehand, to be adopted
sons, through Jesus Christ. Such was his purpose and good pleasure, to
the praise of the glory of his grace, his free gift to us in the
Beloved, And it is in him that we have received our heritage, marked
out beforehand as we were, under the plan of the One who guides all
things as he decides by his own will, chosen to be, for the praise of
his glory, the people who would put their hopes in Christ before he

LUKE 1:26-38
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in
Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the House of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. He went in and
said to her, 'Rejoice, you who enjoy God's favour! The Lord is with
you.' She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what
this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, 'Mary, do not be
afraid; you have won God's favour. Look! You are to conceive in your
womb and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and
will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the
throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for
ever and his reign will have no end.' Mary said to the angel, 'But how
can this come about, since I have no knowledge of man?' The angel
answered, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the
Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be
holy and will be called Son of God. And I tell you this too: your
cousin Elizabeth also, in her old age, has conceived a son, and she
whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is
impossible to God.' Mary said, 'You see before you the Lord's servant,
let it happen to me as you have said.' And the angel left her.

When the Angel Gabriel told Mary she would be the mother of the Son of
the Most High, she could not believe it! How could an ordinary person
like her be part in saving humanity? How could she bear child when she
is a virgin? She was scared. Having a child out of wedlock would cost
her dear life, losing Joseph and facing the harsh judgments of the
people around her. There were so many questions that needed answers,
yet she obediently and courageously replied, "let it be with me
according to your word." Her faith allowed her to totally surrender
herself to God.

It was through Mary's faith that we are celebrating Christmas, the
birth of Christ, our Savior. What would have happened to humanity if
Mary declined? When Mary agreed to be the mother of Christ, she
believed that God is with her all the way. She would never be alone;
she entrusted her life to God. Her faith allowed her to courageously
face whatever there is to come. Mary should be our example of what it
means to have faith: total surrender and absolute obedience to God.
Like Mary, let us allow God to work through us so we too can be His
instruments in effectively and affectionately spreading his love and
hope to others. We should not be afraid as we go on our life journey
because we know, from the depths of our hearts, that God is with us.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Vicky Fabella
- Angela Sanders, Henrietta Spinnato, Jesus Arroyo III, Norma Morante,
Sheldon Villanueva, Nancy Solas
- Elizabeth B. Santos
- Konnie Lo
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Cherie Torres
- Julie and Glenn Manzon, Glenn Dale and John Dale, Glenda Bisco,
Estelita Escamilla, Mary Ann Castro, Ma Fe De Castro, Sandara Vergara
- Reetha, Litty, Johnson, Britta, Jeril, Rosy, Shaji, Shancy, Shilcy,
Jairaj Kidangan Mani
- Sheldon and Kristine, John and Rica, Mycel and Mark, Eunice and
Jojo, Maryann and Jack
- Amida Angeles
- Edwina A. Reunilla
- Aileen C. Olona
- Maxiene Ponce De Leon
- Carlito P. Santos, Maria Karen B. Santos, Karlo Eliezer B. Santos,
Jhoanna Leiko B. Hagiwara
…In Thanksgiving: Barayoga Family, Vergara Family, Manzon Family
… In Memoriam:
- Lourdes Barayoga and Domingo Barayoga Sr., Charlie Castro
- Eufemia Los Banos, Antonio Vallejo, Leticia Vallejo
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Father Mel Sprute
- Terry Bowen
- Johnny Guerrero
- Romeo Angeles
- Felino Manas Santos, Gregoria Pahati Santos
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: Bong B. Banaag
- Birthday: Juliana P. Salazar
- Birthday: Jun V. Morabe
- Thanksgiving: Anna Pashmina
- Wedding Anniversary: Charlene & Manolette Carlos
- Wedding Anniversary: Mamerto & Vergie Domingo
- Prayer Intention: Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary -1996
- In Memoriam (+): Chua Chen
… 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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