Thursday, December 20, 2012
FRIDAY 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT – YEAR II
MEMORIAL, ST PETER CANISIUS
FRIDAY 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT – YEAR II
Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18a / Lk 1:39-45
Cry out with joy, O daughter of Zion; rejoice, O people of Israel! Sing joyfully with all your heart, daughter of Jerusalem! Yahweh has lifted your sentence and has driven your enemies away. Yahweh, the king of Israel is with you; do not fear any misfortune. On that day they will say to Jerusalem: Do not be afraid nor let your hands tremble, for Yahweh your God is within you, Yahweh, saving warrior. He will jump for joy on seeing you, for he has revived his love. For you he will cry out with joy, as you do in the days of the Feast. I will drive away the evil I warned you about, and you will no longer be shamed.
Mary then set out for a town in the hill country of Judah. She entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leapt in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with holy spirit, and giving a loud cry, said, "You are most blessed among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! How is it that the mother of my Lord comes to me? The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby within me suddenly leapt for joy. Blessed are you who believed that the Lord's word would come true!"
When Elizabeth sees Mary come to visit her, she is beside herself because the baby in her womb had leapt for joy. So she immediately exclaims, "Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb!" How could Elizabeth say this if she was not inspired by the Holy Spirit? Here you have two women who have both conceived by the grace of God, but it is Mary who is privileged to bear the Son of God. Elizabeth recognizes this and so she gives Mary the highest praises and calls her "most blessed among women." That Mary is and that is why we revere her and call her `Mother.'
The encounter of Mary and Elizabeth is also an excellent example of two persons sharing with each other the graces God has bestowed on them. When God gives us graces, they are meant to be shared. Christian fellowship is the occasion to tell the Christian assembly what God has done for us. We should celebrate God's goodness and proclaim his mighty deeds in the Christian assembly. When we do so, the faithful will have a reason to rejoice together and give thanks to the Lord. Let us not be ashamed to recount the mighty deeds God has done for us. Remember how Mary proclaims the goodness of God in her Magnificat. As great was the Fiat she gave in the Annunciation, so marvelous and inspiring were her words in the Magnificat!
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
… for the personal intentions of
- Beny Chua
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Catherine Pasquella
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: Cresencia V. Roleda
- Birthday: Maura F. Castillo
- Birthday: Tess Catindig
- Birthday: Janet Sibala
- Birthday: Susan Sarmiento
- Birthday: Fr. Bienvenido Luke Dobles
- Birthday: Cecilia Fernandez
- Birthday: Arjan Ramnani
- Wedding Anniversary: Philip & Nancy Young
- Thanksgiving: Elmer Suba & Family
… 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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