Wednesday, December 08, 2010



DECEMBER 9, 2010

ISAIAH 41:13-20
For I, Yahweh, your God, I grasp you by your right hand; I tell you,
'Do not be afraid, I shall help you.' Do not be afraid, Jacob, you
worm! You little handful of Israel! I shall help you, declares Yahweh;
your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel. Look, I am making you into a
threshing-sledge, new, with double teeth; you will thresh and beat the
mountains to dust and reduce the hills to straw. You will winnow them
and the wind will carry them off, the gale will scatter them; whereas
you will rejoice in Yahweh, will glory in the Holy One of Israel. The
oppressed and needy search for water, and there is none, their tongue
is parched with thirst. I, Yahweh, shall answer them, I, the God of
Israel, shall not abandon them. I shall open up rivers on barren
heights and water-holes down in the ravines; I shall turn the desert
into a lake and dry ground into springs of water. I shall plant the
desert with cedar trees, acacias, myrtles and olives; in the
wastelands I shall put cypress trees, plane trees and box trees side
by side; so that people may see and know, so that they may all observe
and understand that the hand of Yahweh has done this, that the Holy
One of Israel has created it.

MATTHEW 11:11-15
'In truth I tell you, of all the children born to women, there has
never been anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the
kingdom of Heaven is greater than he. Since John the Baptist came, up
to this present time, the kingdom of Heaven has been subjected to
violence and the violent are taking it by storm. Because it was
towards John that all the prophecies of the prophets and of the Law
were leading; and he, if you will believe me, is the Elijah who was to
return. Anyone who has ears should listen!

To have all the five senses is truly a blessing. We interact with the
world around us through what we see, what we hear, what we touch, what
we smell, what we taste. Without any one of these human sensors, we'd
be missing out on what's out there. However, people with disabilities
and those who possess a physical deficiency still manage to function
in society. That is pretty admirable. But, to those who are unable to
listen to Mozart because of their disability, they may be curious to
know how it sounds. The visual representations of the music as
interpreted on a computer screen may help in some way towards
appreciating music. Similarly, anyone who have never seen a sunset on
a beach, would probably take the trouble to experience that daily
miraculous light show for themselves, even just to feel the heat of
day subtly turn into the cold of night.

Jesus is pleading with us to listen and understand. Today's readings
may be complex, but he doesn't radically divert from what was
prophesied by Elijah and John the Baptist. He reinforces what they've

Having hearing and comprehension is a grace. But, if we choose to
remain spiritually deaf and dumb to the Good News, we would be missing
out on God's simple, yet profound, message of hope and love for 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
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, Mon Torres, Fleur Torres, Peping Torres, John
- Marife
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- 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
- Luis Torres
- Veca Yap
…In Thanksgiving: Barayoga Family, Vergara Family, Manzon Family
… Birthday:
- Fred de Leon
- Nel de Leon
… 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: Kris C. Malcontento
- Birthday: Julie Gamilla
- Birthday: Msgr. Alfredo B. Rodriguez
- Wedding Anniversary: Dr. Moises and Susan Soncuya
… 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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