07 December 2016
Wednesday, 2nd Week of Advent
St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church.
Is 40:25 – 31 / Mt 11:28 – 30
St. Ambrose (340 – 397), Bishop of Milan, opposed Arianism in the West. He converted and baptized St. Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430).
From the 1st Reading: Is 40: 27 – 31
How can you say, O Jacob, how can you complain, O Israel, that your destiny is hidden from me, that your rights are ignored by Yahweh? Have you not known, have you not heard that Yahweh is an everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth? He does not grow tired or weary, his knowledge is without limit. He gives strength to the enfeebled, he give vigor to the wearied. Youth may grow tired and faint, young men will stumble and fall, but those who hope in Yahweh will renew their strength. They will soar as with eagle's wings; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and never tire.
Gospel Reading: Mt 11: 28 – 30
Jesus said to his disciples, "Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will find rest. For my yoke is good and my burden light."
Everything today is instant: fast food, wireless communications, people rushing to work, deadlines piling up. When things slow down or don't go the way we planned, when our lives get compounded with health problems in the family, then we become despondent. Exhausted, we go to bed with our troubled minds full of plans for the next day. Our busy day may even take away the time to talk to God. How long can we last this way without a source of power to keep us going, without that constant inspiration or motivation to hang on?
In both readings, from the prophet Isaiah and the Gospel of Matthew, God assures us of his concern and support for us: Isaiah says, "He gives strength to the enfeebled, he gives vigor to the wearied. Youth may grow tired and faint, young men will stumble and fall, but those who hope in Yahweh will renew their strength. They will soar as with eagle's wings; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and never tire." And Jesus tells his disciples, "Come to me, all you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens and I will refresh you."
What further assurance do we need? We ask for the grace for strong faith and child-like trust in the Lord in the midst of all our burdens and challenges in life.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Ginela Noelle Dy Sy
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Carmelita Yu Co (Feb 10, 1949 – Dec 7, 1997)
Catherine Joy Yu (Nov 14, 1988 – Dec 7, 1997)
For the successful surgery & healing of Rita Go.
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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