Tuesday, December 28, 2010
WEDNESDAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS
WEDNESDAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS
FIRST JOHN 2:3-11
In this way we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his
commandments. Whoever says, 'I know him' without keeping his
commandments, is a liar, and truth has no place in him. But anyone who
does keep his word, in such a one God's love truly reaches its
perfection. This is the proof that we are in God. Whoever claims to
remain in him must act as he acted. My dear friends, this is not a new
commandment I am writing for you, but an old commandment that you have
had from the beginning; the old commandment is the message you have
heard. Yet in another way, I am writing a new commandment for you --
and this is true for you, just as much as for him -- for darkness is
passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever claims to
be in light but hates his brother is still in darkness. Anyone who
loves his brother remains in light and there is in him nothing to make
him fall away. But whoever hates his brother is in darkness and is
walking about in darkness not knowing where he is going, because
darkness has blinded him.
And when the day came for them to be purified in keeping with the Law
of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord -
observing what is written in the Law of the Lord: Every first-born
male must be consecrated to the Lord - and also to offer in sacrifice,
in accordance with what is prescribed in the Law of the Lord, a pair
of turtledoves or two young pigeons. Now in Jerusalem there was a man
named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man; he looked forward to
the restoration of Israel and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had
been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death
until he had set eyes on the Christ of the Lord. Prompted by the
Spirit he came to the Temple; and when the parents brought in the
child Jesus to do for him what the Law required, he took him into his
arms and blessed God; and he said: Now, Master, you are letting your
servant go in peace as you promised; for my eyes have seen the
salvation which you have made ready in the sight of the nations; a
light of revelation for the gentiles and glory for your people Israel.
As the child's father and mother were wondering at the things that
were being said about him, Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his
mother, 'Look, he is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in
Israel, destined to be a sign that is opposed- and a sword will pierce
your soul too -- so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid
In today's gospel, Mother Mary offered the child Jesus in the Temple.
During the Eucharist, Jesus is present through the Body and Blood in
the form of bread and wine. By the power of the Holy Spirit it is
transformed for us to receive Him and for us to unite ourselves with
Him for the same purpose in Love. Reminded of this, we present our
children in faith to be baptized with the Holy Spirit; that we may
raise them to become the children God had originally intended them to
be and that they can become His beloved children.
Let us pray that we may become just and devout so that we put God
first. Let us pray, that the Holy Spirit may bless and enlighten our
minds and hearts so that we can do His will.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Vicky Fabella
- Nel de Leon
- Jo Marcelo, Jun Lee, John Lawrence
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Haidee and Concepcion Gaw
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Nancy Amin Tan
- Birthday: Honorata P. Suyosa
- Birthday: EC Escamillan
- Birthday: Danilo Ravello
- Birthday: Nora Vicencio
- In Memoriam (+): Juanita Limqueco+
… 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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