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ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH HAVE SEEN THE SALVATION OF OUR GOD

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD – CHRISTMAS DAY ?Isa 52:7-10; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6 (R.v.3cd) ?”ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH HAVE SEEN THE SALVATION OF OUR GOD” (Ps 98:3) Celebrating this year’s Christmas within the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are invited to reflect on the great love of God, the Father, which pushed him to send his only begotten son into the world and allow him to die for our sake. In that way, we are called to imitate that great mercy by being its agents towards others.??? The prophet Isaiah tells us about...

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The People Who Walked In Darkness Have Seen a Great Light

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

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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 ?”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...

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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...

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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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JESUS, THE WOUNDED HEALER!

⏰SATURDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK 📖Heb 4:12-16; Ps 19: 8, 9, 10, 15 (R. see John 6:63c); Mark 2:13-17 Can you try and make a spiritual journey with me for a moment? Assume the position of Levi in Mark 2:13-17. Imagine yourself at the commercial centre of the city making serious money like Levi, and then Jesus comes along to call you. Can you leave all your wealth behind to follow him as Levi did? Apart from that, Levi was considered a public sinner by the same society to which Jesus belonged. Yet Jesus broke protocols to call him. That...

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FAITH IS YOUR KEY!

⏰FRIDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK 📖Heb 4:1-5, 11; Ps 78: 3 and 4bc, 6c7, 8 (R.v.7b); Mark 2:1-12 Are you sure you have faith in God? If you do, you need a little perseverance to support it. There is bound to be challenges to your faith; you might even meet obstacles on your way to meet Christ. Do not be shaken! Your victory is in Christ (cf. Rom 8:37), and the key to unlock that victory is faith. Consider the case of the paralytic in Mark 2:1-12. The crowd formed an obstacle to him and his friends who were helping...

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Jesus Became One Like Us to Save Us

WEDNESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK Readings: Heb 2:14-18; Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9 (R.v.8a); Mark 1:29-39   Following the prophecy of Isaiah, the name of the child to be born the saviour is Immanuel, which means, God is with us (Isa 7:14). That prophecy is interpreted as having its perfect fulfillment in Jesus (Matt 1:23). Rightly so, Jesus came and immersed himself in the midst of the people. Remember what we said on Sunday concerning his baptism; he joined the queue of sinners going for baptism that he might identify with them. The Letter to the Hebrews reiterated the above...

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Give Jesus A Chance!

TUESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK Readings: Heb 2:5-12; Ps 8:2ab and 5, 6-7a, 7b-9 (R.v.7a); Mark 1:21b-28  In Matt 28:18, Jesus exclaimed, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” That is not just a mere claim because when Jesus was exercising his ministry, the people could feel that authority oozing from him (Mark 1:22). Even the evil spirit perceived it and cried out, “Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God” (Mark 1:23-24). Why not! Did he not walk over the sea (Mark 6:49) which is the...

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Jesus I Love You

TUESDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF EASTER Readings: Acts 2:36-41; Ps 33:4-5, 18-19, 20 and 22 (R.v.5b); John 20:11-18 Have you learnt anything yet from Mary Magdalene since the resurrection of Jesus? She has taught me what it means to be a faithful disciple of Jesus. In addition, she seems to know what it means to have hope against hope. She has taught me what it means to love Jesus. Her encounter with Jesus in John 20:14-16 confirms the saying of Jesus in the story of the Good Shepherd (John 10); the sheep knows the Shepherd and listens to his voice...

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