Category: Advent

FAITH WITHOUT WORK IS TOTALLY DEAD

THURSDAY ?Isa 26:1-6; Ps 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a, (R.v.26a); Matt 7:21, 24-27 ?FAITH WITHOUT WORK IS TOTALLY DEAD (cf. Jas 2:17) Without prejudice to the context in which St James used the above quote, we shall apply it to our message of today. So 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.?? The prophet Isaiah reminds us that in God, our security is ensured. For them who trust in the Lord, the Lord God will be their everlasting rock...

WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

TUESDAY “WITH GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE” (Luke 1:37) My dear, remember what we said on Sunday about the character of Advent season; it is a period of hope resuscitation. Today, the prophecy of Isaiah in Isa 11:1-10 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 spectacular about how the prophet achieves that purpose...

EVERYONE WHO HAS LEFT [EVERYTHING]… WILL INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE

FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT MONDAY “EVERYONE WHO HAS LEFT [EVERYTHING]… WILL INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE” (Matt 19:29) My dear, it is yet another beginning – a new working week, the first in the season of Advent, and one which ushers us into the last month of the secular calendar year. Providentially, on this first day of the week, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Andrew, one of the very first apostles of Jesus.? The account of the call of the first four apostles, in the Gospel of Matthew, tells us something very important about their response, “Immediately, they left their...

From You Shall Come Forth One Who Is To Be Ruler In Israel

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT (YEAR C) ?Mic 5:1-4a;Ps 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16a, 18-19 (R.v.4); Heb 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45 ?“FROM YOU SHALL COME FORTH ONE WHO IS TO BE RULER IN ISRAEL” My dear, God is coming to visit you today in that your very challenging situation. He is about to lift you up to greater heights; such heights unimaginable that you would ever reach. He is coming to change you story line for the better. Are you ready to receive him?? We are already in the fourth week of our preparation for Christmas. By now, it is expected that we...

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 ?”REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS” (Phil 4:4) 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 reorientate 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...

God Will Lead Israel With Joy

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 ?”GOD WILL LEAD ISRAEL WITH JOY… WITH THE MERCY AND RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT COME FROM HIM” (Bar 5:9) Have you heard? It is all about the extraordinary year of mercy which Pope Francis declared would be observed in the Church from December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, to November 20. It is going to be a holy year of mercy in which we shall be invited to reflect deeply on the ever merciful nature of God and how we can...

WAIT FOR YOUR REDEMPTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS

⏰FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT (Year C) 📕Jer 33:14-16; Ps 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14 (R.v.1); 1 Thess 3:12 4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Today, we begin a new Liturgical Year in the life of the Church. Hence, I wish to say a happy new year to you. My prayer is that in this new liturgical year, our spiritual strength would be more strengthened and we may be more prepared to meet Christ any time he calls us to come back to him. Amen. The readings of today invite us to allow our resolutions in this new liturgical year to be one...

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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...