Sunday, December 03, 2017
MONDAY, 1st Week of Advent
December 4, 2017 – MONDAY, 1st Week of Advent
St. John of Damascus Priest and Doctor of the Church
Is 2: 1 - 5 / Mt 8: 5 - 11
St. John of Damascus (675 - 749), a defender of the use of images in religious worship, is considered the last Father of the Church.
FROM THE FIRST READING: Is 2: 3, 5
All the nations shall stream to it, saying, "Come, let us go to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and we may walk in his paths. For the Teaching comes from Zion, and from Jerusalem the word of Yahweh.... 0 nation of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!"
GOSPEL READING: Mt 8: 5- 11
When Jesus entered Capernaum, an army captain approached him to ask for help, "Sir, my servant lies sick at home. He is paralyzed and suffers terribly." Jesus said to him, "I will come and heal him."
The captain answered, "I am not worthy to have you under my roof. Just give an order and my boy will be healed. For I myself, a junior officer, give orders to my soldiers. And if I say to one, 'Go,' he goes, and if I say to another, 'Come,' he comes, and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it."
When Jesus heard this he was astonished and said to those who were following him, "I tell you, I have not found such faith in Israel. I say to you, many will come from east and west and sit down with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob at the feast in the kingdom of heaven."
In a world of uncertainty and chaos, in the first reading the Prophet Isaiah invites us to "the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and we may walk in his paths. For the Teaching comes from Zion, and from Jerusalem the word of Yahweh."
During the season of Advent we prepare for the coming of the Lord, the Messiah who, as light of the Lord, will bring us truth and peace.
In the Gospel reading we hear of the Lord Jesus curing the servant of a military officer whose faith amazed and impressed Jesus, '"I am not worthy to have you under my roof. Just give an order and my boy will be healed.' I tell you, I have not found such faith in Israel."
We pray for similar faith in God, for the faith that can even move mountains: "If only you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could tell that mountain to move from here to there, and the mountain would obey. Nothing would be impossible for you." (Mt17:20)
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
EMILEE A. TEE
ENGR. PETER F. CASTRO
MAR B. ESPEJO
JESUS & MARITESS PINEDA & FAMILY
Have a good day!
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