Thursday, December 04, 2014
Friday, First Week of Advent
December 5, 2014
Friday, First Week of Advent
Is 29: 17-24/ Ps 27: 1, 4, 13-14/ Mt 9: 27-31
Reading: Is 29: 17-24
In a very short time, Lebanon will become a fruitful field and the fruitful field will be as a forest. On that day the deaf will hear the words of the book, and out of the dark and obscurity the eyes of the blind will see. The meek will find joy and the poor among men will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the tyrant will be no more and the scoffers gone forever, and all who plan to do evil will be cut down - those who by a word make a you guilty, those who for a bribe can lay a snare and send home the just empty-handed. Therefore Yahweh, Abraham's redeemer, speaks concerning the people of Jacob: No longer will Jacob be ashamed; no longer will his face grow pale. When he sees the work of my hands, his children again in his midst, they will sanctify my name, they will sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and stand in awe of the God of Israel. Those who err in spirit will understand; those who murmur will learn.
Gospel: Matthew 9.27-31
As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" When he entered the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, "Yes, Lord." Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith let it be done to you." And their eyes were opened. Then Jesus sternly ordered them, "See that no one knows of this." But they went away and spread the news about him throughout that district.
Do you believe that in one way or another we are all blind? Yes, we may not be blind physically but in most cases, we are blind spiritually. We cry out to Jesus to be healed of our infirmities, our sins, our false hopes, our illusive dreams, our lost faith, our doubts, our broken relationships, our fears of failure and impending death.
When Christ enters the house, the blind men found hope. If we were to be this bold in our quest for spiritual enlightenment from Christ, we would surely be raised to great levels of holiness. And so now that Christ has left the earth and gone to sit on his throne at the right hand of the Father, let us not hold back but follow him with our humble supplication even to the heights of heaven.
Jesus asks "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" Perhaps our faith may falter. Why would Jesus ask us this? Is not our tortuous search for him evidence of our belief? Has he spotted doubts in us which we were unaware? Even then, let us say: "Lord, we believe, help our little faith."
Let's prepare our heart now especially during this Advent season. Prepare it through humility, holy trust and childlike simplicity without which we cannot enter His kingdom. Or better still, we must speak out our profession of faith in Jesus Christ before all publicly as we attend the Misa de Gallo. "We believe Lord that you will come!" Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus, our King and Savior!
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
* Emersom Maguikay
... for world peace and reconciliation
... for the birthday intentions of Nene Sy
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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