Friday, December 16, 2011



DECEMBER 17, 2011

Gn 49: 2, 8-10 / Ps 72: 1-2, 3-4, 7-8, 17 / Mt 1: 1-17

GENESIS 49: 2, 8-10
"Gather round, sons of Jacob. And listen to your father Israel!
Judah, your brothers will praise you! You shall seize your enemies by
the neck! Your father's sons shall bow before you. Judah, a young
lion! You return from the prey, my son! Like a lion he stoops and
crouches, and like a lioness, who dares to rouse him? The scepter
shall not be taken from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his
feet, until he comes to whom it belongs, and who has the obedience of
the nations.

MATTHEW 1:1-17
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. Judah was the
father of Perez and Zerah (their mother was Tamar), Perez was the
father of Hezron, and Hezron of Aram. Aram was the father of Aminadab,
Aminadab of Nahshon, Nahshon of Salmon. Solomon was the father of
Rehoboam. Then came the kings: Abijah, Asaph, Jehoshaphat, Joram,
Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, Amon, Josiah. Josiah was the
father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the depor tation
to Babylon. After the deportation to Babylon Jechoniah was the father
of Salathiel and Salathiel of Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel was the father of
Abiud, Abiud of Eliakim, and Eliakim of Azor. Azor was the father of
Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, and Akim the father of Eliud. Eliud
was the father of Eleazar, Eleazar of Mat than, and Matthan of Jacob.
Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and from her came
Jesus who is called the Christ the Messiah. There were then four teen
generations in all from Abraham to David, and fourteen generations
from David to the deportation to Babylon, and fourteen generations
from the deportation to Babylon to the bir th of Christ.

In Jesus' family tree, there was a family of sinners. Tamar dressed
up as a prostitute to deceptively get children by her father-in-law,
Judah. Rahab is most probably the harlot of Jericho who assisted the
Israelite spies, deceiving her own people. King David plot ted the
murder of Uriah to cover up his love affair with Bathsheba. Solomon,
who started right with God, but eventually joined his wives in
worshipping idols. The only good woman mentioned in Jesus' ancestry is
Mary his mother who has become our mother.

In today's readings, Matthew somehow summarizes the whole mission of
Jesus. Jesus came into this world not to call the righteous but the
sinners. In Jesus, there will no longer be a distinction between pagan
and Jew, between man and woman, between saint and sinner. Paul would
later write to the Galatians, "There is no longer any difference
between Jew and Greek, or between slave and freeman, or between man
and woman but all of you are one in Christ Jesus."

Today, let us pray, that Jesus may continue to draw us closer into
him, in spite of our circumstances in life.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo
- Patricia White
- Shonee Mendoza
… for the personal intentions of
- Dr. Ugo Anyaugo, Mr. Ogechi Anyaugo, Barr Obinna Okoronkwo, Barr Mrs
Barbs Adaugo Okoronkwo, Mr .Ifeanyi Anyaugo, Mr Chuboy Anyaugo,
Cordelia Anyaugo
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Rhonda White
- Domingo Tomacruz Bautista
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: Felixon Dean A. Saw
- Birthday: Celia Lim
- Birthday: Annie Dee
- Wedding Anniversary: Irene Dizon & Jimmy Juan
- Thanksgiving: Tony, Susan, Norie & CJ Sanchez
- In Memoriam (+): Miguela P. Magsasay
- In Memoriam (+): Wellington C. Chan
… 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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