Tuesday, December 11, 2012



DECEMBER 12, 2012

Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab / Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 39-47

"Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for I am about to come, I shall dwell among you," says Yahweh. "On that day, many nations will join Yahweh and be my people, but my dwelling is among you." The people of Judah will be for Yahweh as his portion in his holy land. He will choose Jerusalem again. Keep still in Yahweh's presence, for he comes, having risen from his holy dwelling."

LUKE 1:26-38
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth. He was sent to a young virgin, who was betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the family of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. The angel came to her and said, "Rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with you." Mary was troubled at these words, wondering what this greeting could mean. But the angel said, "Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you. You shall conceive and bear a son, and you shall call him Jesus. He will be great, and shall rightly be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the kingdom of David, his ancestor; he will rule over the people of Jacob forever, and his reign shall have no end." Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the holy child to be born of you shall be called Son of God. Even your relative Elizabeth is expecting a son in her old age, although she was unable to have a child; and she is now in her sixth month. With God nothing is impossible." Then Mary said, "I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said." And the angel left her.

The year was 1531. The Indians in what is now Mexico were enslaved by Spanish invaders. One winter day, Diego, a simple Christianized peasant dressed against the cold in his tilma (a cloak made of hemp fiber), was on his way to Mass. Suddenly there appeared before him a beautiful young woman, an Indian like himself, her bare feet firmly planted on the ground. She said, "I am the Virgin Mary, Mother of the true God. I earnestly desire that a church be built on this hill of Tepayac close to my helpless children. I will make known my love, compassion, help and protection to all here living in poverty and suffering." The Lady instructed Diego to go to Bishop Zumarraga of Mexico and inform him of this desire. The Bishop was twice unbelieving but finally asked for a sign to confirm the Lady's blessedness. In reply, the Lady sent Diego to pick the flowers blooming on top of the hill. There, amidst weeds, thistles and thorns, Diego found fragrant Castillian roses still wet with dew. The Lady lovingly arranged the roses and wrapped Diego and the roses together in his tilma. Then, she sent him back to the Bishop. There on the 12th day of December, Diego opened his cloak and lo and behold, out cascaded the roses. The Bishop fell on his knees because on the tilma was imprinted the picture of the Lady standing earthbound and clothed with the colors of the seas and skies. Within 10 days, the first adobe chapel was built where now stands the Cathedral and shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Mommy Carmen
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
- Pam Cleveland
… for those affected by Typhoon Pablo
… Birthday: Christopher Davis
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Dolores Tan
- Chhaya Nandi
- Doddie Alvarado
- Bernarda Rivera
- Joel Ordiz
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: Diego Estrella Bate
- Wedding Anniversary: James & Julie Marantan
- Wedding Anniversary: Al & Cita Conception
… 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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