Sunday, November 27, 2011



NOVEMBER 28, 2011

Is 2:1-5 / Ps 122:1-2, 3-4, 8-9 / Mt 8:5-11

ISAIAH 2:1–5
The vision of Isaiah, son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In
the last days, the mountain of Yahweh's house shall be set over the
highest mountains and shall tower over the hills. All the nations
shall stream to it, saying, "Come, let us go to the mountain of the
Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways
and we may walk in his paths. For the Teaching comes from Zion, and
from Jerusalem the word of Yahweh. "He will rule over the nations and
settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into
plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not raise
sword against nation; they will train for war no more. "O nation of
Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!"

MATTHEW 8:5-11
When Jesus entered Capernaum, an army captain approached him to ask
his help, "Sir, my servant lies sick at home. He is paralyzed and
suffers terribly." Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him." The
captain answered, "I am not worthy to have you under my roof. Just
give an order and my boy will be healed. For I myself, a junior
officer, give orders to my soldiers. And if I say to one: `Go,' he
goes, and if I say to another: `Come,' he comes, and to my servant:
`Do this,' he does it." When Jesus heard this he was astonished and
said to those who were following him, "I tell you, I have not found
such faith in Israel. I say to you, many will come from east and west
and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob at the feast in the kingdom
of heaven."

The centurion was perhaps a Syrian, certainly a pagan, an officer in
the Roman military. He was clearly a good person, an admirable man.
Yet this foreigner must have respected and cared about his Jewish
serving boy so much that he wanted him relieved of the "dreadful
suffering." Furthermore he was willing to open himself to the censure
of his superiors and to the behind-the-back remarks of his associates
and subordinates by begging humbly to this wandering Jewish healer to
cure his Jewish serving boy. But what really astounded Jesus was the
solidity and firmness of the man's faith.

Has Jesus found faith like this among us? Advent is a time for
strengthening our own faith. It's a time when we renew our faith and
trust in Jesus. Perhaps if we work at strengthening our faith, we will
be pleased to hear Jesus speak of us, although not as fulsomely as he
spoke of the centurion, "I have seen your faith grow."

Reflecting on today's Gospel, what hope does this story give us, in
our faith and in our relationship with Jesus?

We pray
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Susan
- Rico
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Pal, Blues, Fonzi, Alon, Mygirl, Albi, Lordgin, Rachel Marquez
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Atty. Beth de Villa
- In Memoriam (+): Faustino V. Canchela (May 16, 1930-Nov. 28, 1994)
… 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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