Friday, December 11, 2015
SATURDAY, 2ND Week of Advent
December 12, 2015 SATURDAY, 2ND Week of Advent
Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Patroness of the Philippines
Zec 2:14–17 / Lk 1:26 - 38
[The image of Our Lady on the tilma of St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474 – 1548) is miraculously preserved at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Our Lady of Guadalupe is Patroness of the Americas and of the Philippines.]
Reading: Zec 2:14 - 17
"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."
Gospel: Lk 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 if 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 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.
In the first reading the prophet Zechariah announces God's coming to dwell in Zion, his people.
In the Gospel reading of the Annunciation we hear of God's coming to dwell among us as a man, made incarnate in the womb of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. "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."
Mary was the Lord's generous cooperator in God's plan of salvation for mankind: "I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said."
May each one of us be, like Mary, a person of faith, generous and courageous in responding to God's initiatives for us.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
MAVERICK LEONARDO T. JAVIER
SR. MA. SURORA V. MEDEL, RVM
AL & CITA CONCEPTION
JAMES & JULIE MARANTAN
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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