Category: Advent

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LEARN TO GIVE BACK TO GOD

⏰22 December 2020 📖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 This is always a day of thanksgiving for me. It is on this day, in 2014, that God saved me from a terrible accident which tore my car into pieces but miraculously left me without a scratch. Join me then singing praises to the Lord and in praying that I will always honour him with holiness of life. Do you think that God has done any great thing for you? Have you ever thought of giving back something to him...

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JESUS IS THE TRUE MESSIAH, THE SON OF GOD, THE SON OF DAVID, THE SON OF MARY

⏰FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT, YEAR B 📖2 Sam 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29 (R.2a); Rom 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 🎤JESUS IS THE TRUE MESSIAH, THE SON OF GOD, THE SON OF DAVID, THE SON OF MARY It is the last Sunday before Christmas! The liturgy of today exposes to us the real identity of Jesus and challenges us on our contribution in revealing that identity of Jesus to the world. In the First Reading, God makes a promise through the prophet Nathan to build an eternal dynasty for David and that his son would sit on...

THE LORD, OUR GOD, IS THE ONE LORD

⏰Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent (16 December 2020) 📖Isa 45:6b-8, 18, 21b-25; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14, (R. see Isa 45:8); Luke 7:19-22 🎤”THE LORD, OUR GOD, IS THE ONE LORD” (Deut 6:4) Fresh from the land of exile and slavery, where they experienced polytheism (the idea of many gods) and religious prostitution, the people of Israel needed to be reminded that they have only one God, who is able to do all things well for them, and under whom they shall experience victory and glory (see Isa 45:6-25). That reminder is equally very important for us...

THE LOWLY ONE CALLED AND THE LORD HEARD HIM (cf. Ps 34:6)

⏰Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent (15 December 2020) 📖Zeph 3:1-2, 9-13; Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19 and 23, (R.v.7a); Matt 21:28-32 🎤THE LOWLY ONE CALLED AND THE LORD HEARD HIM (cf. Ps 34:6) The scripture says in 2 Chron 7:14, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal the land.” The prophet Zephaniah reiterates this point in Zeph 3:1-13. The defiled, rebellious and oppressing city is invited to change her...

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JOY TO THE WORLD!

⏰Third Sunday in Advent (Year B) 📖Isa 61:1-2a, 10-11; Luke 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54 (R. Isa 61:10b); 1 Thess 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28 🎤JOY TO THE WORLD! Today is traditionally called the “Gaudete Sunday,” a special day in which we are reminded that Christianity brings joy to all things. With less than two weeks to the proper celebration of the Christmas, this reminder is important to keep our minds focused on the real things that matter in this season and the real attitude we ought to embrace. Both the First Reading and the Gospel announce the presence of the Messiah among...

“BE STRONG, FEAR NOT!” (Isa 35:4)

⏰Monday of the Second Week of Advent (07 December 2020 – Memorial of St. Ambrose) 📖Isa 35:1-10; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14, (R. Isa 35:4ff); Luke 5:17-26 “BE STRONG, FEAR NOT!” (Isa 35:4) Beloved in Christ, God wants you to begin this new work week with smiles and strong faith in him; do not allow anything to rob you of that. Learn from the determination of the friends of this paralytic in Luke 5:18-26. The crowd proved to be an obstacle to them but they still found a way to reach Jesus through the roof. There can be a...

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PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD

⏰Second Sunday in Advent (Year B) 📖Isa 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 (R.v.8); 2 Pet 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8 🎤PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD At the beginning of Advent last Sunday, we were informed of the basic components of Advent period. It is a period of waiting for the King of kings, which is why we use the purple colour in the Church at this time, indicating expectancy, repentance and royalty. Last Sunday, being watchful dominated the message. But on this Second Sunday, the theme of preparing the way for the Lord runs through all the readings....

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COME LORD JESUS

FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT YEAR B Isa 63:16d-17, 64:1, 3b-8; Ps 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16a, 18-19 (R.v.4); 1 Cor 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37 It is the first day of the Church’s Liturgical Year, and I say happy new year to you. My prayer is that in this new liturgical year, our spiritual strength would be more strengthened and we be more prepared to meet Christ any time he calls us to come back to him. Amen. We also call this Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent. It is a period of waiting for the coming of the Lord. The prophet Isaiah...

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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...