Thursday, December 09, 2010



DECEMBER 10, 2010

ISAIAH 48:17-19
Thus says Yahweh, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am Yahweh
your God and teach you for your own good, I lead you in the way you
ought to go. If only you had listened to my commandments! Your
prosperity would have been like a river and your saving justice like
the waves of the sea. Your descendants would have been numbered like
the sand, your offspring as many as its grains. Their name would never
be cancelled or blotted out from my presence.

MATTHEW 11:16-19
'What comparison can I find for this generation? It is like children
shouting to each other as they sit in the market place: We played the
pipes for you, and you wouldn't dance; we sang dirges, and you
wouldn't be mourners. 'For John came, neither eating nor drinking, and
they say, "He is possessed." The Son of man came, eating and drinking,
and they say, "Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax
collectors and sinners." Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.'

Temple commerce in Jerusalem had become an institutionalized
necessity. Foreign money was considered unclean and could not be
brought inside the Temple area so there was need for merchants who
would exchange them with admissible currency. Animal offerings were
rigidly inspected so it became more and more convenient to obtain them
in the temple market rather than bring them in from the far
countryside with a good risk of them being rejected.

This necessity soon gave way to a lot of abuse. Crafty traders would
often take advantage of the illiterate and unknowing by commanding
unfair exchange rates and peddling overpriced merchandise. While
trading in the temple was perhaps legitimate, what began as needed
help had become clutter and obstruction to the worship it was meant to

In our lives, we do have a lot of necessities, without which we cannot
live decently nor afford to develop a good relationship with God and
serve our neighbor. Without having enough money for example, we would
not be able to send our children to a good school and to be of help to
those in need. However, the unwise pursuit of these necessities can
sometimes lead us astray. Rather than being helpful, they can easily
become distracting, even destructive.

In this season of Advent, let us welcome the Lord who comes to clean
our lives and free it of useless clutter so that he may enter and find
a worthy dwelling place in the Temple of our hearts.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- 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
- 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
- Veca Yap
…In Thanksgiving:
- Barayoga Family, Vergara Family, Manzon Family
- Luis Torres
… Birthday: Aileen C. Olona
… 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
- 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: Anya Celin T. Chu
- Birthday: Dojo S. Cajumban
- Birthday: Jimmy Tee
- Birthday: Paula O'Gorman
- Wedding Anniversary: Manny and Dory Gutierrez
- Wedding Anniversary: Oliver & Ma. Cristina Coronel
- Wedding Anniversary: Romy & Beth de la Paz
… 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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