14 December 2016
Wednesday, 3rd Week of Advent
St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church.
Is 45:6c - 8, 18, 21c – 25 / Lk 7: 18b – 23
Born near Avila in Spain, St. John of the Cross (1542 – 1591) worked with St. Teresa of Avila (1515 – 1582) in reforming the Carmelites and as a result suffered much, even imprisonment. While in prison he wrote ark Night of the Soul, a profound work of mysticism.
Gospel Reading: Lk 7: 18 – 23
The disciples of John gave him all this news. So he called two of them and sent them to the Lord with this message, "Are you the one we are expecting, or should we wait for another?" These men came to Jesus and said, "John the Baptist sent us to ask you: Are you the one we are to expect, or should we wait for another?"
At that time Jesus healed many people of their sicknesses or diseases; he freed them from evil spirits and he gave sight to the blind. Then he answered the messengers, "Go back and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind see again, the lame walk, lepers are made clean, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the poor are given good news. Now, listen: Fortunate are those who encounter me, but not for their downfall."
Whenever we stumble, get into a bad situation that seems unredeemable, more often than not we ask ourselves: why is God allowing this to happen to us?
The Lord may have blessed us with so many good and wonderful things in our life, but then a sudden unnerving circumstance may cause our faith in the good Lord to waver or even to fail.
In the Gospel reading, through messengers John wished to be assured that Jesus, whom he had baptized at the Jordan river, "was the one we are expecting." Jesus assures him by pointing to what he was doing, which was what the Messiah was prophesied to do: "Go back and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind see again, the lame walk, lepers are made clean, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the poor are given good news."
Let us put our complete trust and faith in God whose love for us is unconditional. The support of community, as in prayer groups, bible studies, a talk with a good friend, more frequent attendance at Mass – all of these can help build up our faith.
We are strengthened by the assurance that "the same Eternal Father who takes care of you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day of your life. Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it." (St. Francis de Sales, in A Catholic Prayer Book).
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Hubert See Co
Cecile P. Catindig
Carlos & Lynda Lao
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Celestino Eugenio Rivera
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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