Wednesday, September 07, 2011
FEAST OF THE BIRTH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
FEAST OF THE BIRTH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
THURSDAY 23RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Mi 5:1-4 or Rom 8:28-30 / Ps 13: 6, 6 / Mt 1:1-16, 18-23 or 1:18-23
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, so small that you are hardly named among
the clans of Judah, from you shall I raise the one who is to rule over
Israel. For he comes forth from of old, from the ancient times.
Yahweh, therefore, will abandon Israel until such time as she who is
to give birth has given birth. Then the rest of his deported brothers
will return to the people of Israel. He will stand and shepherd his
flock with the strength of Yahweh, in the glorious Name of Yahweh, his
God. They will live safely while he wins renown to the ends of the
earth. He shall be peace. When the Assyrian invades our land and sets
foot on our territory, we will raise against him not one but seven
shepherds, eight warlords.
This is the account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David,
son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of
Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. Jesse was the
father of David, the king. David was the father of Solomon. His mother
had been Uriah's wife. Solomon was the father of Rehoboam. Then came
the kings: Abijah, Asaph, Jehoshaphat, Joram, Uz-ziah, Jotham, Ahaz,
Hezekiah, Manasseh, Amon, Josiah. Jacob was the father of Joseph, the
husband of Mary, and from her came Jesus who is called the Christ— the
Messiah. This is how Jesus Christ was born. Mary his mother had been
given to Joseph in marriage but before they lived together, she was
found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph, her
husband, made plans to divorce her in all secrecy. He was an upright
man, and in no way did he want to discredit her. While he was
pondering over this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream
and said, "Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mar y
as your wife. She has conceived by the Holy Spirit, and now she will
bear a son. You shall call him `Jesus' for he will save his people
from their sins." All this happened in order to fulfill what the Lord
had said through the prophet: The virgin will conceive and bear a son,
and he will be called Emmanuel which means: God-with-us.
The genealogy of Christ presents us with a list of people who were
born to fulfill a certain mission in this world which is to prepare
the world for Christ. But his coming is definitely not the first time
"God-is-with-us" because God has been there from the beginning all
along to craft this master plan of Jesus' birth. He was with each and
every member of Jesus' family, and He is with each and every one of
us. We may not be able to trace our line to any of the names above but
certainly, we were brought together as one family during the birth of
Mary, the Mother of the World. Her role in history will always be
glorified as she did not only bring us salvation through Jesus Christ,
she gave us all a home, a family to belong to.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Jo Marcelo
- Jun Lee
- Jonathan Salazar
- Wally Torres
- Mon Torres
- Luis Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Mrs. Loida Buensalida
…In Thanksgiving: Ochie and Ysabel
… for the personal intentions of
- priests and laity of Maninagar Parish
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Wilfredo Tadiosa
- Lamberto V. Villacorta Sr.
- Anna McAvoy
- Natividad Dizon
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: Bellie Reyes Villanueva
- Birthday: Fr. Rodney Hart, SJ
- Birthday: Bishop Nestor Carino, DD
- Birthday: Carmencita Africa
- Birthday: Vino Nañagas
- In Memoriam (+): Esperanza U. Que (May 5, 1919-Sep 8, 2002)+
… for families who are in need of healing
… 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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