Thursday, December 14, 2017
FRIDAY, 2nd Week of Advent
December 15, 2017 – FRIDAY, 2nd Week of Advent
Is 48: 17- 19 / Mt 11: 16 – 19
FROM THE FIRST READING: Is 48: 17 - 18
Thus says Yahweh, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I, Yahweh, your God, teach you what is best for you; I lead you in the way that you must go. Had you paid attention to my commandments, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
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 and you would not cry!'
"For John came fasting and people said: 'He is possessed.' Then the Son of Man came, he ate and he 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 from the Prophet Isaiah God assures that, if we follow and are obedient to his commands, we would be blessed with his peace.
In the Gospel reading Jesus chastises the Pharisees and his other critics. They are like children who do not know what to do: they would not dance to joyful music nor would they weep at a funeral song. John the Baptist came fasting and in penance and they said he was "possessed by a demon." Jesus ate and drank with whoever, including sinners and tax collectors and they said he was "a glutton and a drunkard." All the critics of Jesus did was to find fault: they would not listen and evaluate his message nor would they see the meaning of the great signs and cures he performed because their eyes and ears were closed.
If we had a society which followed God's command and guidance, we would see less broken families, less crime and less abandoned children on our streets, less hate and more love.
And if any of us failed and wandered from God, in his mercy, as a good shepherd, he would seek out the lost.
Let us pray for wisdom to see and hear God in our lives. Let us pray for the grace and strength to remain obedient and faithful to his urgings and commands.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
ARNOLD P. PARAGSA
CELIA C. JAO
IN MEMORIAM (†)
JOSE F. UNSON
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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