28 November 2016
Monday, 1ST Week of Advent
St. Catherine Laboure, Religious
Is 4: 2 – 6 / Mt 8: 5 – 11
St. Catherine Laboure (1806 – 1876), a religious of the Daughters of Charity had appearances of Our Lady in 1830 at their motherhouse in Paris. These appearances encouraged devotion to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.
From the 1st Reading: Is 4: 2 – 4
On that day the Shoot of Yahweh will be beautiful and glorious; and the Fruit of the earth will be honor and splendor for the survivors of Israel. Those who are left in Zion and remain in Jerusalem will be called holy all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem, when Yahweh washes away the filth of the women of Zion and purges Jerusalem of the bloodstains in its midst with the blast of searing judgment, the blast of fire.
Gospel Reading: Mt 8: 5 - 11
When Jesus entered Capernaum, an army captain approached him to ask his help, "Sir, my servant lies sick at home. He is paralyzed and suffers terribly." Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him."
The captain answered, "I am not worthy to have you under my roof. Just give an order and my boy will be healed. For I myself, a junior officer, give orders to my soldiers. And if I say to one: 'Go,' he goes, and if I say to another: 'Come,' he comes, and to my servant: 'Do this,' he does it."
When Jesus heard this he was astonished and said to those who were following him, "I tell you, I have not found such faith in Israel. I say to you, many will come from east and west and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob at the feast in the kingdom of heaven;
The Roman centurion displays a particular kind of faith that even astonishes Jesus. As someone from a high position in that period, giving commands to a number of soldiers, he exemplifies the act of compassion for his servant, exemplying those who do not have a voice in society, those who are often overlooked by society. Just like the centurion, we should look to those in need with the same kind of sympathy regardless of our status. Jesus has great respect for those who look beyond their own situation and even defy society's expectations for the sheer well-being of those that suffer.
As Christ stated in the gospel "I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven." He promises to those that take the extra step, by transcending what is presumed of their position, a grand reward which awaits them which is a place in His everlasting Kingdom.
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IN MEMORIAM (+)
Albert The Seng Liong
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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