Monthly Archive: December 2018

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GOD IS MAKING ALL THINGS NEW

⏰SOLEMNITY OF MARY MOTHER OF GOD (01 January 2019 – World Day of Peace) 📕Num 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6 and 8; Gal 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 Congratulation as you were among the number that made it to the end of this outgoing year 2018. I pray for you especially that it may also translate to an end of all things that oppose the purpose of God for your life. And as we cross over into the new year this night, may this new year be a year of testimonies upon testimonies for you and your family through Christ our Lord. Amen....

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“THE PEOPLE WHO WALKED IN DARKNESS HAVE SEEN A GREAT LIGHT” (Isa 9:2)

⏰CHRISTMAS EVE (MIDNIGHT MASS) 📖Isa 9:2-7; Ps 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 11-12, 13 (R. cf. Luke 2:11); Tit 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14 We have come to a very significant night! We are all keeping Vigil and waiting for the appearing of the Messiah! Great signs accompany him as he appears. The prophet Isaiah points out that he shall appear as the light the enlightens the darkness of our lives. Darkness brings confusion and pains into our lives. It blocks away opportunities and introduces insecurity. This darkness can be in the form of poverty, sickness, unemployment, injustice, oppression, etc. But the Messiah comes with...

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REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS!

⏰Third Sunday in Advent (Year C) 📕Zeph 3:14-18a; Isa 12:2-3, 4bcde, 5-6 (R.v.6); Phil 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18 Obviously, Christmas is a period of joy for most people. Yet the reason for this joy differs from person to person. Some people, in fact, rejoice for wrong reasons and in wrong ways. Hence as the season gradually draws closer to its apex, the Liturgy of today tries to re-orientate us on the reason and ways to rejoice. Both the First and Second Readings inform us that the reason for our joy must come from the fact that the Lord, who is the...

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HE WHO FOLLOWS THE LORD WILL HAVE THE LIGHT OF LIFE (cf. John 8:12)

⏰Friday of the Second Week of Advent (14 December 2018 – Memorial of St. John of the Cross) 📖Isa 48:17-19; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 (R. John 8:12); Matt 11:16-19 Coming into the presence of the Lord yields a much desired positive transformation. The prophet Isaiah informs us today that it would earn us peace, righteousness and every good thing, including having our names in his book of life (cf. Isa 48:17-19). To be in the presence of the Lord is to be without sin. The prophet Isaiah had also noted that it was our sins that separated us...

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“FEAR NOT, I WILL HELP YOU” (Isa 41:13)

⏰Thursday of the Second Week of Advent (13 December 2018 – Memorial of St. Lucy) 📖Isa 41:13-20; Ps 145:1 and 9, 10-11, 12-13ab (R.v.8); Matt 11:11-15 Think of the shame and trauma the Israelites had while they were being led to exile. They suffered humiliation and were helpless in the face of opposition. To worsen the case, they were helplessly turned to slaves in exile. This was the same nation that had been empowered by God to conquer all the nations that stood on their way to the Promised Land. But by now, their self confidence and esteem have been...

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“GOD WILL LEAD ISRAEL WITH JOY… WITH THE MERCY AND RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT COME FROM HIM” (Bar 5:9)

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (YEAR C) Bar 5:1-9; Ps 126:1-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.3); Phil 1:4-6, 8-11; Luke 3:1-6 As we celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent today, the three readings we have for today’s liturgy invite us to anticipate the mercy of God and to prepare ourselves to receive it. In the First Reading, the prophet Baruch, who was, historically, the Secretary of the prophet Jeremiah, encouraged the exiled Jews who were suffering in foreign lands that God is going to restore their joy and visit them with mercy and righteousness (cf. Bar 5:9). Today, I pray that God...

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“THE LORD IS MY LIGHT AND MY SALVATION” (Ps 27:1)

⏰Friday of the First Week of Advent (07 December 2018 – Memorial of St. Ambrose) 📖Isa 29:17-24; Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14, (R.v.1a); Matt 9:27-3 The transition from darkness to light is one of the phenomena that is often used to describe the messianic era in the scriptures. The prophet Isaiah used it to describe the events surrounding the birth of the Child, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. A light has dawned upon those who lived in the land as dark as death” (Isa 9:2). The evangelist Matthew also borrowed that passage to describe the...

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“COME, LET US GO UP TO THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD” (Isa 2:3)

⏰Monaday of the First Week of Advent (03 December 2018 – Memorial of St. Francis Xavier) 📖Isa 2:1-5; Ps 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.1); Matt 8:5-11 My dear, at the beginning of this new working week, and just as we kick off the advent period to the fullest, the prophet Isaiah reminds us that God is set to do something new and better for us. And that would be achieved in our perfect union with God. Recall what happened in 1 Kings 12:26ff. In a bid to protect his newly formed dynasty, King Jeroboam built an altar at Bethel...