Sunday, December 08, 2019
TUESDAY, 2nd Week of Advent
(Manila: Dedication of Metropolitan Cathedral, 1958)
Is 40: 1 – 11 / Mt 18: 12 – 14
FROM THE 1ST READING: Is 40: 3 – 5, 10 – 11
A voice cries: "In the wilderness prepare the way for Yahweh. Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up; every mountain and hill will be laid low. The stumbling blocks shall become level and the rugged places smooth. The glory of Yahweh will be revealed, and all mortals together will see it: for the mouth of the Yahweh has spoken."
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Here comes your God with might; his strong arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and here before him is his booty. Like a shepherd he tends his flock: he gathers the lambs in his arm; he carries them in his bosom, gently leading those that are with young.
GOSPEL READING: Mt 18: 12 – 14
Then Jesus said, "What do you think? If some one has a hundred sheep and one of them strays, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hillside, and go to look for the stray one? And I tell you, when he finally finds it, he is more pleased about it than about the ninety-nine that did not get lost. "It is the same with your Father in heaven: there they do not want even one of these little ones to be lost."
In the first reading the prophet Isaiah speaks of Yahweh caring for and leading his people, "Like a shepherd he tends his flock: he gathers the lambs in his arm; he carries them in his bosom, gently leading those that are with young."
At the appointed time John the Baptist emerged from the desert to prepare the people for the coming of the Messiah through his teaching and baptism as repentance for sins.
In the Gospel reading we see Jesus the Good Shepherd seeking for the lost sheep, even leaving the rest of the flock on the hillside while he sought to find the lost one. And Jesus the Good Shepherd rejoices at the recovery of the lost sheep.
In the same way our heavenly Father, as pictured in the Parable of the Prodigal Son, watches over us, seeks for the lost one and rejoices and celebrates at the return of the lost one(s).
During the Advent season we prepare for the joyful celebration of the birth of God-made-Man. We also prepare for the Lord's glorious Second Coming at the end of time.
How do we celebrate Christ's birth as man? How do we prepare for his Second Coming as Judge and King? We do our best to live in accordance to his commandments; we do our share in proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom; we do our share in seeking, praying for and helping those who have strayed from God's path.
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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