Friday, February 01, 2013
FEAST, PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
FEAST, PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
SATURDAY 3RD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Mal 3: 1-4 / Ps 24: 7. 8. 9. 10 / Heb 2: 14-18 / Lk 2: 22-40
MALACHI 3: 1-4
Now I am sending my messenger ahead of me to clear the way; then suddenly the Lord for whom you long will enter the sanctuary. The envoy of the covenant which you so greatly desire already comes, says Yahweh of hosts. Who can bear the day of his coming and remain standing when he appears? For he will be like fire in the foundry and like the lye used for bleaching. He will be as a refiner or a fuller. He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver. So Yahweh will have priests who will present the offering as it should be. Then Yahweh will accept with pleasure the offering of Judah and Jerusalem, as in former days.
HEBREWS 2: 14-18
And because all those children share one same nature of flesh and blood, Jesus likewise had to share this nature. This is why his death destroyed the one holding the power of death, that is the devil, and freed those who remained in bond age all their lifetime because of the fear of death. Jesus came to take by the hand not the angels but the human race. So he had to be like his brothers and sisters in every respect, in order to be the High Priest faithful to God and merciful to them, a priest able to ask pardon and atone for their sins. Having been tested through suffering, he is able to help those who are tested.
LUKE 2: 22-40
When the day came for the purification according to the law of Moses, they brought the baby up to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord, as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every first born male shall be consecrated to God. And they offered a sacrifice, as ordered in the law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. There lived in Jerusalem at this time a very upright and devout man named Simeon; the Holy Spirit was in him. He looked forward to the time when the Lord would comfort Israel, and he had been assured, by the Holy Spirit, that he would not die before seeing the Messiah of the Lord. So he was led into the Temple by the Holy Spirit at the time the parents brought the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law. Simeon took the child in his arms, and blessed God, saying, "Now, O Lord, you can dismiss your servant in peace, for you have fulfilled your word and my eyes have seen your salvation, which you display for all the people to see. Here is the light you will reveal to the nations, and the glory of your people Israel." His father and mother wondered at what was said about the child. Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary, his mother, "Know this: your son is a sign, a sign established for the falling and rising of many in Israel, a sign of contradiction; and a sword will pierce your own soul, so that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed." There was also a prophetess named Anna, daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. After leaving her father's home, she had been seven years with her husband, and since then she had been continually about the Temple, serving God as a widow night and day in fasting and prayer. She was now eighty-four. Coming up at that time, she gave praise to God, and spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem. When the parents had fulfilled all that was required by the law of the Lord, they returned to their town, Nazareth in Galilee. There the child grew in stature and strength, and was filled with wisdom: the grace of God was upon him.
Worries, trials, problems – these are ever present in our lives. They come, they go. They can make or break you. But just like in today's first reading, as well as in the gospel, there is an unseen power who is above all these if we only have faith – faith in God. We just need to be open to God's grace and to pray for understanding so that we will be able to get the meaning of His messages. We have to look at the positive side of every painful experience we encounter for us to be strong in character. We should always count our blessings for us to be reminded how loving our God is. If we have faith, we will believe in God's plans for us. We will be ready to be His messenger by the lives we lead. Our lives will be our testimony that God indeed is alive.
1 Thessalonians 1: 8 says: "Your lives are echoing the Master's word – the news of your faith in God is out." We don't even have to say anything anymore. You're the message.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Nick Lucena
- Chief Samrose Anyaugo; for protection and personal intentions of Dr Ugo Anyaugo, Oge Anyaugo,Barr (Mrs) adaugo Barbara Okoronkwo,Engr. Ifeanyi Matt Anyaugo, Chuba Anyaugo and Ezinne Cordelia Anyaugo
- Noel Raquel
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Agustina Fallaria
… for the personal intentions of
- Emma Quicho
- Maria Joshell
- Josheil Dapo
… for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Edna D. Fundan
- Gaspar C. Guevara
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: Stephanie Braganza
- Wedding Anniversary: Victor & Helen Yao
- Wedding Anniversary: Delfin & Josita Abadco
- Wedding Anniversary: Jason & Badette Co
- Birthday: Justina Vallejo Garcia (+)
- In Memoriam (+): Valentino Chao (Feb 14, 1957 - Feb 2, 1983)
- In Memoriam (+): Joel Ang Denate
… 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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