Friday, June 23, 2017

 

SATURDAY, NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

June 24, 2017 – SATURDAY, NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

Solemnity, White

 

Vigil: Jer 1: 4 - 10 / 1 Pt 1: 8- 12 / Lk 1: 5 - 17

Day: Is 49: 1 - 6 I Acts 13: 22- 26 / Lk 1: 57- 66, 80

 

FROM THE FIRST READING (Day):     Is 49: 1 - 5, 6b

     Listen to me, O islands, pay attention, peoples from distant lands. Yahweh called me from my mother's womb; he pronounced my name before I was born. He made my mouth like a sharpened sword. He hid me in the shadow of his hand. He made me into a polished arrow set apart in his quiver. He said to me, "You are Israel, my servant, through you I will be known." "I have labored in vain, I thought and spent my strength for nothing."

 

     And now Yahweh has spoken, he who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, to gather Israel to him.... I will make you the light of the nations, that my salvation will reach to the ends of the earth."

 

FROM THE 2ND READING (Day):     Acts 13: 23 - 25

     It is from the descendants of David that God has now raised up the promised Savior of Israel, Jesus. Before he appeared, John proclaimed a baptism of repentance for all the people of Israel. As John was ending his life's work, he said: "I am not what you think I am, for after me another one is coming whose sandal I am not worthy to untie."

 

FROM THE GOSPEL READINGS:     Lk 1: 13, 17, 76- 77

     But the angel said to Zechariah, "Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son and you shall name him John.... He himself will open the way to the Lord with the spirit and power of the prophet Elijah; he will reconcile fathers and children, and lead the disobedient to wisdom and righteousness, in order to make ready for the Lord a people prepared." ...

 

     "And you, my child, shall be called prophet of the Most High, for you shall go before the Lord to prepare the way for him and enable his people to know of their salvation when he comes to forgive their sins."

 

REFLECTION

     What is the purpose of your life?

 

     A research on College students (Rahman and Khaleque, 1996) compared students who enjoyed their lives and studies with students who were least comfortable with their lives and environment. A major difference in the two groups was their sense of underlying purpose in life. Twice as many of the happy group had a clear purpose in life.

 

     Without a purpose, nothing matters. Many of us work forty hours a week, come home to cook, clean and do various activities. But, if there is no clear reason for doing all this, none of these activities will mean anything.

 

     Say, you are a student. Why should you study for a test? You could say, to do well in your course. Why do you care to get a degree? Because it would help for a good paying job. Now, the good job may be years away, but it is a foundation, a motive, upon which your efforts are directed. Take away the desired outcome and all the steps in-between would just be killing time.

 

     What is God's purpose for my life? His only desire for us is that each one may have the fullness of life and happiness. The key to this is finding and doing God's will for us.

 

     But how do we find God's purpose for us? For John the Baptist, the purpose of his life was clearly revealed by the angel even from his conception. Mary was also told by the angel God's will for her Child-to-be Jesus.

 

     For many of us and even for some of the greatest saints, God reveals the purpose of our life slowly and quietly. We have to truly desire to discern God's will for us, by listening to people, events and circumstances of our life.

 

     What is God's purpose for my life? May we find God's will for us, the key to fullness of life and joy.

 

WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:

 

BIRTHDAY

     ELAINE MARGARET W. CUYEGKENG

 

IN MEMORIAM (†)

     TAN SUI YET (JUL 29, 1910 - JUN 24,1986)

 

OTHER INTENTIONS:

For the speedy recovery and complete healing of Renan Lacida.

 

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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