Category: First Week

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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...

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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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LET YOUR FAITH BECOME PERFECT BY YOUR WORKS (cf. Jas 2:22)

⏰Thursday of the First Week of Advent (07 Dec 2017) ????Isa 26:1-6; Ps 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27 (R.v.26a); Matt 7:21, 24-27 My dear, in borrowing the ideas of St. James in the above quotation, instead of using work merely in the context of charity and generosity, we shall extend it here to also mean our active response to our faith in God. We are often distracted from that focus by many worries. Whichever way our worries come from, the prophet Isaiah reminds us that in God, our security is ensured. For them who trust in the Lord, the Lord...

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“WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE” (Luke 1:37)

⏰Tuesday of the First Week of Advent (05 Dec. 2017) ????Isa 11:1-10; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 (R.v.7); Luke 10:21-24 My dear, yesterday, the prophet Isaiah informed us that the coming Messiah shall purify the land and save his people. Today, in Isa 11:1-10, he reminds us of the promise of God to establish a kingdom of justice and peace for his people. To be just to the text, it was a reaction against the moral bankruptcy of the leaders in Israel, hence God’s promise of an ideal leader who would uphold justice and righteousness. But there is something very...

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YOU TOO CAN BE AMONG AMONG THE SAVED

⏰Monday of the First Week of Advent (04 December 2017) ????Isa 4:2-6; Ps 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.1); Matt 8:5-11 ????YOU TOO CAN BE AMONG AMONG THE SAVED Have you heard of this thing called the remnant theology? The prophets in Israel used that to talk about the ones that would be survive among the people, through whom God shall continue and actualize his promises to Abraham. These remnant ones often come from the righteous ones. So, at the beginning of this new working week, and just as we kick off the advent period to the fullest, we are...

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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...