December 21, 2017 – THURSDAY, 3rd Week of Advent
[Misa de Gallo, White, with Gloria]
Zep 3: 14- 18a / Lk 1: 39- 45
FROM THE FIRST READING: Zep 3: 15 - 17
Yahweh has lifted your sentence and has driven your enemies away. Yahweh, the King of Israel, is with you; do not fear any misfortune. On that day they will say to Jerusalem: Do not be afraid nor let your hands tremble. For Yahweh your God is within you, Yahweh saving Warrior. He will jump for joy on seeing you, for he has revived his love. For you he will cry out with joy, as you do in the days of the Feast.
GOSPEL READING: Lk 1: 39- 45
Mary then set out for a town in the hills of Judah. She entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leapt in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and, giving a loud cry, said, "You are most blessed among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb! How is it that the mother of my Lord comes to me? The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby within me suddenly leapt for joy. Blessed are you who believed that the Lord's word would come true."
From the Gospel reading today we see the beautiful encounter of two blessed women of deep faith, the Virgin Mary and her cousin Elizabeth.
Being told by the angel Gabriel that her cousin Elizabeth was with child in her old age, Mary comes to be of help to Elizabeth in her child-bearing. Mary herself was with child with the Son of God by the power of the Holy Spirit.
At Mary's coming, Elizabeth and the baby in her womb were overjoyed: "You are most blessed among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb! How is it that the mother of my Lord comes to me? The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby within me suddenly leapt for joy. Blessed are you who believed that the Lord's word would come true!"
Two women of great faith came together to celebrate God's love for them and for humankind.
If our life is attuned to God, we are sensitive to God's urgings and action in our lives: God is with us; God is within us, trying to speak to us through the events of our lives, through people we meet, through the Scriptures we read, through the teachings we hear. Indeed God is present in the people with us in the jeepney, bus or train. God is present in the sidewalk vendors and passersby. God is present in our children and
family and friends.
As we prepare for the celebration of the coming of the Christ Child, of God-made-Man, let us pray for the grace to see and recognize him in the daily and ordinary events of our lives.
Let us pray that he be "re-born" for us and with us in our lives.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
CRESENCIA V ROLEDA
NANCY ANG PAUL PERRY A. BAYANI
IN MEMORIAM (†)
MARTIN DE JESUS
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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