Sunday, December 06, 2015
MONDAY, 2ND Week of Advent
December 7, 2015 MONDAY, 2ND Week of Advent
St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Is 35:1–10 / Lk 5:17 -26
[St. Ambrose (340 – 397), Bishop of Milan, opposed Arianism in the West and converted St. Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430).]
Reading: Is 35:1 – 10
Let the wilderness and the arid land rejoice, the desert be glad and blossom. Covered with flowers, it sings and shouts with joy, adorned with the splendor of Lebanon, the magnificence of Carmel and Sharon. They, my people, see the glory of Yahweh, the majesty of our God.
Give vigor to weary hands and strength to enfeebled knees. Say to those who are afraid: "Have courage, do not fear. See, your God comes, demanding justice.
He is the God who rewards, the God who comes to save you."
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unsealed. Then will the lame leap as a hart and the tongue of the dumb sing and shout. For water will break out in the wilderness and streams gush forth from the desert.
The thirsty ground will become a pool, the arid land springs of water. In the haunts where once reptiles lay, grass will grow with reeds and rushes.
There will be a highway which will be called The Way of Holiness; no one unclean will pass over it nor any wicked fool stray there. No lion will be found there nor any beast of prey. Only the redeemed will walk there.
For the ransomed of Yahweh will return: with everlasting joy upon their heads, they will come to Zion singing, gladness and joy marching with them, while sorrow and sighing flee away.
Gospel: Lk 5:17 - 26
One day Jesus was teaching and many Pharisees and teachers of the Law had come from every part of Galilee and Judea and even from Jerusalem. They were sitting there while the power of the Lord was at work to heal the sick. Then some men brought a paralyzed man who lay on his mat. They tried to enter the house to place him before Jesus, but they couldn't find a way through the crowd. So they went up on the roof and, removing the tiles, they lowered him on his mat into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, "My friend, your sins are forgiven." At once the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees began to wonder, "This man insults God! Who can forgive sins but only God?"
But Jesus knew their thoughts and asked them, "Why are you reacting like this? Which is easier to say: 'Your sins are forgiven,' or: 'Get up and walk'? Now you shall know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." And Jesus said to the paralyzed man, "Get up, take your mat and go home." At once the man stood before them. He took up the mat he had been lying on and went home praising God.
Amazement seized the people and they praised God. They were filled with a holy fear and said, "What wonderful things we have seen today!"
In the first reading, through the prophet Isaiah, God assures Israel of his promised redemption: "Have courage, do not fear. See your God comes, demanding justice. He is the God who rewards, the God who saves you."
Advent is the time in the Church focused on the longing for and the fulfillment of God's coming as Savior.
In the Gospel reading we see God's work of redemption in the forgiveness of sins of the paralytic man: "Now you shall know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins," and in the physical cure of his paralysis: "Then will the lame leap as a hart . . . " (Is 35: 6a).
The Gospel passage ends, "Amazement seized the people and they praised God, 'What wonderful things we have seen today! '" Isaiah said, when God's redemption comes, "they will come to Zion singing, gladness and joy, marching with them, while sorrow and sighing flee away." (Is 35: 10b)
Jesus was impressed with the faith and imagination of the men who brought the paralytic before Jesus through the roof. The Gospel text said that Jesus forgave the man his sins on seeing their faith: "when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, 'My friend, your sins are forgiven. ' "
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
GIANELA NOELLE DY SY
IN MEMORIAM (+)
ALBERT THE SENG LIONG
CATHERINE JOY YU CO (NOV 14, 1988 – DEC 7, 1997)
CARMELITA YU CO (FEB 10, 1949 – DEC 7, 1997)
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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