Sunday, December 19, 2010



DECEMBER 20, 2010

ISAIAH 7:10-14
Yahweh spoke to Ahaz again and said: Ask Yahweh your God for a sign,
either in the depths of Sheol or in the heights above. But Ahaz said,
'I will not ask. I will not put Yahweh to the test.' He then said:
Listen now, House of David: are you not satisfied with trying human
patience that you should try my God's patience too? The Lord will give
you a sign in any case: It is this: the young woman is with child and
will give birth to a son whom she will call Immanuel.

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.

The faith of Mary gives us great consolation that great things can
happen to any of us. The Lord visits and invites us to trust like Mary
did, that Jesus Christ can also be born to us. In our baptism, we have
been given the seed of faith, which will give us qualities and traits
of the Christian – similar to Jesus Christ. It grants us the gifts of
the Holy Spirit which helps us mature and grow in faith as Christ did.

The Lord invites us not to be afraid to enter into God's will. The
Lord invites us to take courage and choose the path which leads to
goodness. Maybe this very day, we have to make an important choice, an
important decision. We can pray that the angel of the Lord will also
inspire us to do the will of God and to proclaim the same Magnificat,
the same leap of faith that Mary did to let it happen to us according
to God's will. Let us take courage for God has sent us a Savior for
you and me!

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Vicky Fabella
- Susan
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Bill and Carol
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Noelle J. Del Carmen
- Birthday: Ma. Paz K. Fabella
- Birthday: Marcus Ng
- In Memoriam (+): Mary Yang
… 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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