Category: Advent

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YOU SHALL WEEP NO MORE! (Isa 30:19)

⏰Saturday of the First Week of Advent (09 December 2017) ????Isa 30:19-21, 23-26; Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 (R. Isa 30:18); Matt 9:35 – 10:1, 5a, 6-8 My dear, listen to Isaiah talking to all of us, Blessed are all those who wait for the Lord (Isa 30:18). The people of Israel had neglected Gods earlier warnings against forming alliance with foreign nations (see Isa 7). Here, in Isa 30:18-26, the prophet tries to assure the people that God has not given up on them, and that if they come back to God and remain with him, he will wipe their...

“THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD; THERE IS NOTHING I SHALL WANT” (Ps 23:1)

⏰Wednesday of the First Week of Advent (06 Dec. 2017) ????Isa 25:6-10a; Ps 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6 (R.v.6cd); Matt 15:29-37 My dear, our journey of hope continues with the prophet Isaiah in a setting on the mountain of God (cf. Isa 25:6-10). Remember that the mountain is a place of encounter with God. Isaiah gives us a picture of what comes out of that encounter: our hunger is satisfied, our thirst quenched, and our tears wiped away. Does that not fit into the attitude of the Shepherd as the psalmist depicts in Psalm 23? Notice that the psalmist stated from...

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“BLESSED BE THE LORD THE GOD OF ISRAEL” (Luke 1:67)

⏰24 December 2016 (Morning Mass) ????2 Sam 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29 (R.v.2a); Luke 1:67-79 ????”BLESSED BE THE LORD THE GOD OF ISRAEL” (Luke 1:67) Do you not have any cause in your life to give thanks to God? Zechariah bursted out to sing the ‘Benedictus’ (Luke 1:67-79); Mary sang the ‘Magnificat’ (Luke 1:46-56) just like Hannah (1 Sam 2:1-11). Even if you think that your life and situations have been something close to hell this year, St Paul still encourages you, “Give thanks to God in all circumstances for that is the will of...

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“I WILL SEND YOU ELIJAH, THE PROPHET, BEFORE THE DAY OF THE LORD COMES” (Mal 4:3)

⏰23 December 2016 ????Mal 3:1-4, 4:5-6 (or May 3:1-4, 23-24); Ps 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14 (R. Luke 21:28); Luke 1:57-66 ????”I WILL SEND YOU ELIJAH, THE PROPHET, BEFORE THE DAY OF THE LORD COMES” (Mal 4:3) We thank the Lord for the gift of life and for the grace and opportunity to share his Word this morning. He has shown me so great love and I will continue to serve him even with my last breadth till it pleases him that I should breath my last. May his name be glorified both now and for ever. Amen. The Day...

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LEARN TO GIVE BACK TO GOD

⏰22 December 2016 ????1 Sam 1:24-28; 1 Sam 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd (R.v.1a); Luke 1:46-56 LEARN TO GIVE BACK TO GOD Do you think that God has done any great thing for you? Have you ever thought of giving back something to him in appreciation? Sometimes, many of us even go to the extent of making promises to God, as Hannah did, in order to receive favour from God; ????Lord, if you let me get this favour, I will serve with my whole life; ????Lord, let me pass this exam and I will praise your name for ever; ????Lord, please...

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“ARISE, MY LOVE… AND COME AWAY” (Song 2:10)

⏰21 December 2016 ????Song 2:8-14; Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21 (R.v.1a, 3a); Luke 1:39-45 ????”ARISE, MY LOVE… AND COME AWAY” (Song 2:10) My dear, join us in giving thanks to God for restoring our joy and laughter. Indeed, we have cause to celebrate. May his name be protected and glorified in us both and forever. Amen.???????? The Book of the Song of Songs contains some poems that expresses a kind of love between the lover and the beloved. A theological interpretation of that sees God as the lover and we the beloved. In Song 2:8-14, the lover advances to meet the...

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“YOU WILL CONCEIVE IN YOUR WOMB AND BEAR A SON” (Luke 1:31)

⏰20 December 2016 ????Isa 7:10-14; Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 (R.v.7c, 10c); Luke 1:26-38 ????”YOU WILL CONCEIVE IN YOUR WOMB AND BEAR A SON” (Luke 1:31) Did you say ‘amen’ to that? I just hope you did, and so shall it be for you through Christ our Lord. Amen. You see! The conception we make reference to here does not necessarily mean the conception of a child in the womb of a woman. It is the conception of a good news that turns your pains into joy and replaces your fears and hopelessness with hopeful situations. Consider the circumstances around the...

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“BEHOLD, YOU ARE BARREN AND HAVE NO CHILDREN; BUT YOU SHALL CONCEIVE AND BEAR A SON” (Judg 13:3)

⏰19 December 2016 ????Judg 13:2-7, 24-25a; Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17 (R.v.8a); Luke 1:5-25 ????”BEHOLD, YOU ARE BARREN AND HAVE NO CHILDREN; BUT YOU SHALL CONCEIVE AND BEAR A SON” (Judg 13:3) My dear, you are a child of destiny. Never allow the enemy to minister failure into your life. The God who created you did so for a purpose. So never think that the Lord has abandoned you or does not answer you in time of your needs. Have you read the account of the announcement of the birth of Samson (Judg 13:2-25) or that of John the Baptist (Luke...

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THE SOUND OF CHRISTMAS: IMMANUEL

⏰Fourth Sunday of Advent (Year A) ????Isa 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6, (R.v.7c, 10c); Rom 1:1-7; Matt 1:18-24 ????THE SOUND OF CHRISTMAS: IMMANUEL The Hebrew word, Immanuel, as we all probably know by now means “God-is-with-us.” This is reflected literally in both the First Reading and the Gospel. In both accounts, the promised child that would bear this name is a child that would portray the destiny of God’s people. This child is going to be a special child, though Isaiah, in the First Reading might not have had a clear view on how special the child was going to...

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“THAT ALL MAY BE SAVED” (1 Tim 2:4)

⏰17 December 2016 ????Gen 49:2, 8-10, ; Ps 72:1-2, 3-4ab, 7-8, 17 (R.v.7); Matt 1:1-17 ????”THAT ALL MAY BE SAVED” (1 Tim 2:4) Right from the beginning, after the fall of man, God had a plan for his salvation. Jacob must therefore have been inspired to make that prophecy concerning Judah that, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah…until he comes to whom it belongs; and to him shall be the obedience of the people” (Gen 49:10). We can understand that that prophecy preempts the promise made to David that his dynasty shall last for ever (2 Sam 7:13), which...