Wednesday, December 29, 2010
THURSDAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS
THURSDAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS
FIRST JOHN 2:12-17
I am writing to you, children, because your sins have been forgiven
through his name. I am writing to you, fathers, because you have come
to know the One who has existed since the beginning. I am writing to
you, young people, because you have overcome the Evil One. I have
written to you, children, because you have come to know the Father. I
have written to you, parents, because you have come to know the One
who has existed since the beginning. I have written to you, young
people, because you are strong, and God's word remains in you, and you
have overcome the Evil One. Do not love the world or what is in the
world. If anyone does love the world, the love of the Father finds no
place in him, because everything there is in the world -- disordered
bodily desires, disordered desires of the eyes, pride in possession --
is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world, with all
its disordered desires, is passing away. But whoever does the will of
God remains for ever.
There was a prophetess, too, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the
tribe of Asher. She was well on in years. Her days of girlhood over,
she had been married for seven years before becoming a widow. She was
now eighty-four years old and never left the Temple, serving God night
and day with fasting and prayer. She came up just at that moment and
began to praise God; and she spoke of the child to all who looked
forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem. When they had done everything
the Law of the Lord required, they went back to Galilee, to their own
town of Nazareth. And as the child grew to maturity, he was filled
with wisdom; and God's favour was with him.
When something promised is fulfilled, it is a time to rejoice. Anna
waited all her life to gaze upon the Messiah. Her heart leapt with
such fervor because God remained faithful.
How often have we been longing to see God's power become something
tangible in our day and age? Wouldn't it be great to have all our
troubles and worries disappear? When a relative or loved one recovers
from a serious illness, it would certainly have us dancing and falling
to our knees in deep admiration and appreciation.
God always remains with us. It is our response and our commitment that
needs strengthening. Anna was in her golden years and she kept the
faith. Can we be as purposeful? Of course, doubt and regret will
challenge us, but through prayer, we can persevere.
Even when things seem bleak, the light of His Presence will arrive.
Even when everything seems lost, He saves us just in time. Even if we
lose faith and hope, He is there to strengthen us. That's how
wonderful God's love is for us. When He says something, He means it.
Let us keep praying for the grace of faithfulness. As we face another
year ahead of us, may we continue to hope and trust in God's plan of
salvation. And when we approach the end of our earthly existence, may
we feel as blessed as Anna to have witnessed God's fulfillment of his
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
- Fabio Dapo
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Haidee and Concepcion Gaw
… Birthday: Honorio J. Marasigan
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Allan Garcia
- Birthday: Christopher S. Lim
- Wedding Anniversary: Leonidas & Adelaida Lombos
- Wedding Anniversary: Saturino & Chit Lumbay
- Wedding Anniversary: Joseph & Leslie Peralta
- In Memoriam (+): Paz Cabrera Bengzon
… 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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