Thursday, December 08, 2016
Friday, 2nd Week of Advent
09 December 2016
Friday, 2nd Week of Advent
St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin
Is 48: 17 – 19 / Mt 11: 16 – 19.
Our Lady appeared a few times to St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474 – 1548), a simple Mexican farmer, and gave him a miraculous image of herself on his tilma, preserved until today at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.
From the 1st Reading: Is 48: 17 - 19
Thus says Yahweh, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I, Yahweh, your God, teach you what is best for you; I will lead you in the way that you must go.
Had you paid attention to my commandments, your peace woud have been lile a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Your descendants woud have been like the sand, and those born of your stock like its grains, their names never cut off nor blotted out from my presence.
Gospel Reading: Mt 11: 16 - 19
Jesus said, "Now, to what can I compare the people of this day? They are like children sitting in the marketplace, about whom their companions complain: 'We played the flute for you but you would not dance. We sang a funeral-song but you would not cry!'
"For John came fasting and people said: 'He is possessed.' Then the Son of Man came, he ate and drank, and people said: 'Look at this man! A glutton and drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet the outcome will prove Wisdom to be right."
In the first reading, with the Israelites now exiled to Babylon, God bemoaned the fact that if Israel had only followed his commandments, she would not be in her sad situation. God always wants the best things for us – happiness, integrity, stability, success, etc. But we must be ready to obey his commandments.
In the Gospel reading, Jesus reminds us to listen to his voice. In our lives, we often go astray because we follow the dictates of the world. For example, we have a chance at financial success but it would entail for us to be a little bit corrupt. What must we do? Ask God's guidance and seek advice from fellow Christians who will help us to recognize the trappings of the devil. Then obey God's will. You will discover that the path of the Lord is easy if we want to take it.
God is not always stern despite our shortcomings and wrongdoings. He is very encouraging when we fall and will give us another chance. But when we have been stubborn for a long time does he correct us more strongly for our own good. So whatever God's message to us is at any given situation or period of our lives, let us obey what he wants, what he suggests.
Our guardian angels are also there to guide and to guard us. Let us be men and women of prayer and discernment for we will not stumble if we heed God's voice.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Dr. Moises & Susana Soncuya
Jay & Cherry Javellana
For the eternal repose of the soul 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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