Monday, November 28, 2011
TUESDAY 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT – YEAR I
TUESDAY 1ST WEEK OF ADVENT – YEAR I
Is 11:1-10 / Ps 72:1, 7-8, 12-13, 17 / Lk 10:21-24
From the stump of Jesse a shoot will come forth; from his roots a
branch will grow and bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon
him— a Spirit of wisdom and understanding, a Spirit of counsel and
power, a Spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord. Not by appearances
will he judge, nor by what is said must he decide, but with justice he
will judge the poor and with righteousness decide for the meek. Like a
rod, his word will strike the oppressor, and the breath of his lips
slay the wicked. Justice will be the girdle of his waist, truth the
girdle of his loins. The wolf will dwell with the lamb, the leopard
will rest beside the kid, the calf and the lion cub will feed together
and a little child will lead them. Befriending each other, the cow and
the bear will see their young ones lie down together. Like cattle, the
lion will eat hay. By the cobra's den the infant will play. The child
will put his hand into the viper's lair. No one will harm or destroy
over my holy mountain, for as water fills the sea the earth will be
filled with the knowledge of the Lord. On that day the "Root of Jesse"
will be raised as a signal for the nations. The people will come in
search of him, thus making his dwelling place glorious.
At that time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and
said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for you have
hidden these things from the wise and learned, and made them known to
little ones. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. I have
been given all things by my Father, so that no one knows the Son
except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and he
to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." Then Jesus turned to his
disciples and said to them privately, "Fortunate are you to see what
you see, for I tell you that many prophets and kings would have liked
to see what you see, but did not see it; and to hear what you hear,
but did not hear it."
In today's Gospel reading, Jesus prays in the joy of the Holy Spirit
out of thanksgiving for the gracious will of the Father. The Father
has given and made known everything to Jesus. Jesus came to make known
the graciousness of God's love. However, the mysteries of the kingdom
and Jesus are hidden from those who are blinded by their own
achievements and trophies.
Those who live by competition approach Jesus with a whole series of
accomplishments in order to win his acceptance. Yet Jesus is not
concerned about what we have achieved. Jesus is interested in the
quality of our hearts; that is of ultimate concern to Jesus. Even the
prophets and kings of the Old Testament did not experience what the
disciples saw and heard. In the final analysis, it is to the "merest
children" who come to Jesus in faith that the kingdom is revealed.
During Advent, we are reminded of the depth of God's love. Jesus is
God's loving word for each one of us. We are called to love one
another. To live in God's gracious presence frees us from the
compulsion to compete with others. Through the Spirit of Jesus, we
come to experience others as gifts from God. We come to see all people
grounded in the Father's love.
Today we ask the Lord to focus our eyes not only that we might
recognize Jesus as the one who is coming as the fulfillment of God's
promises to us, but also that we might personally accept the wonder of
a Father's love that He reveals to us in Jesus and in people and
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Jo Marcelo
- Mon Torres
… for the personal intentions of
- Josheil Dapo
- Pal, Blues, Fonzi, Alon, Mygirl, Albi, Lordgin, Rachel Marquez
- Cris Davis, Raymund Davis, Cresencia Davis, Davis & Correa family
… for the eternal repose of the souls of Jon Jon. 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: Ma. Lena Pacheco Del Rosario
- Birthday: Mr. Gilberto M. Duavit
… 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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