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Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:18

December 2, 2017

A GospelGospel: Lk 21:34-36 -
        Be on your guard: don‘t immerse yourselves in a life of pleasure, drunkenness and worldly cares, lest that day catch you unaware, like a trap! For, like a snare, will that day come upon all the inhabitants of the earth. But watch at all times and pray, that you may be able to escape all that is going to happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.“

“Daniel was troubled of the vision he had. He was in anguish and very much terrified of what he has witnessed in vision. Like Daniel, we are terrified and afraid when we think of the last things, more particularly of death. When we heard of earthquakes, famine, suffering, wars, etc. mentioned in the gospel narratives the more we become fearful. Why do we fear or terrified and in anguish? These will not come to us if we follow Jesus‘ exhortations: “Don‘t immerse yourselves in a life of pleasures, drunkenness and worldly cares.“ “Watch all times and pray, that you may escape all that is going to happen.“ Too much joy of the earthly goods and pleasures will make us attached to the world. Anticipate the joy in the company of our heavenly friends, it will inspire you to be there the soonest.
May we not be tempted of the thought that because the world will end and everything will pass away, we no longer do more, aspire to be more and become more. At the end of our journey, we will give accounting of our life and of the gifts we received.

Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:16

December 1, 2017

A GospelGospel: Lk 21:29-33 -
         And Jesus added this comparison, “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as their buds sprout, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I tell you, this generation will not pass away, until all this has happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

To be a visionary is a gift. It is a charism given to some. The prophet Daniel is one among them. He speaks today of his vision about the four kingdoms in the history of Israel. The kingdoms were strong but did not last. At the end God controlled them. “God‘s dominion is eternal, shall never pass away, His kingdom will never be destroyed.“ “Heaven and earth will pass, but my words will not pass away.“ is Jesus‘ assurance to us all. God is a faithful God. He will never fail us. Let‘s aim at things that endure forever. Let‘s store wealth that lasts, that will not rot nor can be stolen.
God gives signs for the coming of His Son in glory, the time for the world to end. The signs are not yet the end, they are just reminders pointing to what is to come. God‘s sign can come in many ways. Most of God‘s manifestations come not in spectacular ways but in the simple, ordinary and humble events. We have therefore to be familiar with His ways, lest we miss his passing by. Spending time with Him in silence, in prayer and reflection is imperative.

Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:14

November 30, 2017

A GospelGospel: Mt 4:18-22 -
         As Jesus walked by the lake of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come, follow me; and I will make you fish for people.“
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He went on from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. Jesus called them.
At once, they left the boat, and their father, and followed him.

Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium said that the joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness “(EG, 1). But there‘s something more for those who share the good news. The Pope said: “How much good it does when Jesus once more touches our lives and impels us to share his new life. What then happens is that “we speak of what we have seen and heard“ ! Its beauty will amaze us and constantly excite us…and there‘s nothing more precious which we can give others.“ (EG, 264).
The Pope is actually telling us that there is a joy, and in fact, an indescribable joy in sharing the good news. For this, the messengers of good news are blessed. St. Paul in the first reading, also speaks highly of those who become instruments of the proclamation of the word of God: “How beautiful are the feet of the messenger of good news.“
And this is the reward and the privilege that St. Andrew, the saint we are honoring today, received after following the Lord and after preaching the gospel of Christ even to the extent of offering his life to it.
St. Andrew gave us his lifelong career and lifestyle, leaving everything behind, to follow Jesus. His undying faith in a difficult world is an inspiration to us.

Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:13

November 29, 2017

A GospelGospel: Lk 21:12-19 -
         Before all these things happen, people will lay their hands on you and persecute you; you will be delivered to the synagogues and put in prison, and for my sake you will be brought before kings and governors. This will be your opportunity to bear witness.
So keep this in mind: do not worry in advance about what to say, for I will give you words and wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict.
You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends, and some of you will be put to death. But even though, because of my name, you will be hated by everyone, not a hair of your head will perish. By your patient endurance you will save your souls.

“Patience is a virtue.“ We are all familiar with that cliché, and many of us know that patience is listed by Paul (Galatians 5:2) among the fruits of the Spirit. So there‘s no argument that we Christians ought to be patient. But what is patience and why do we need to be patient?
Patience comes from Latin word patior, pati, passus, meaning to suffer. Thus, as a virtue, it disposes one to endure discomfort without complaint. It often goes with the virtues of self-control, humility, and generosity. And we need to be patient because the road to holiness and way to heaven is not easy. As a matter of fact, the insistence of Jesus with which Jesus speaks of persecution made us think that for Him persecution is a very ordinary happening in the life of the Church and its followers. Thus, in moments like this, we need to adopt this evangelical attitude; because, as Jesus would tell us in the gospel, it is “by patient endurance that we will save our lives.“

Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:12

November 28, 2017

A GospelGospel: Lk 21:5-11 -
         While some people were talking about the temple, remarking that it was adorned with fine stonework and rich gifts, Jesus said to them, “The days will come when there shall not be left one stone upon another of all that you now admire; all will be torn down.“ And they asked him, “Master, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?“
Jesus said, “Take care not to be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he; the time is near at hand!‘ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and troubled times, don‘t be frightened; for all these things must happen first, even though the end is not so soon.“
And Jesus said, “Nations will fight each other and kingdom will oppose kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and plagues; in many places strange and terrifying signs from heaven will be seen.

W. Somerset Maugham once said that “Nothing in this world is permanent.“ Indeed, everything will pass away, as Jesus prophesied (Luke 21:33). Yes, even the most powerful kingdom, as we have heard in the first reading, will crumble into pieces. Even the most grandiose temple of Jerusalem, as the gospel has mentioned, will be torn down. And what remains is the Kingdom of God, a kingdom which was inaugurated by Jesus never to be destroyed.
In the first reading we see the destruction of the earthly kingdoms and the establishment of a new Kingdom by God as the prophecy concerning the coming of God‘s Kingdom to be established by Jesus.
The destruction of the temple described in the gospel reading marks the inauguration of God‘s kingdom and its sacrament which is the Church by Jesus.
The readings remind us that nothing is permanent in this world. Only God is permanent, and His kingdom. Let us thank God for establishing his Kingdom on earth and for inviting us to be part of this Kingdom. Let us then be active and faithful members of His kingdom.

Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:11

November 27, 2017

A GospelGospel: Lk 21:1-4
       Jesus looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury of the temple. He also saw a poor widow, who dropped in two small coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow put in more than all of them. For all of them gave an offering from their plenty; but she, out of her poverty, gave all she had to live on.“

Robert Louis Stevenson said that “you can give without loving but you cannot love without giving.“ Often times, we are influenced by the criterion: the bigger or higher the amount of the gift, the better. And we forget that what counts in giving is not the gift but the giver; it‘s not the gift in itself but the thoughts and intentions that go with it. In fact, what counts most is the love that accompanies the gift for we can give without loving.
And this is what the gospel is telling us. Jesus‘ criteria are different from us. He qualifies our giving not by amount, but by the quota of sacrifice, love and commitment of life that presupposes.
The poor widow gave more than everybody else because her two coins represented a part of her life and security. In giving them away she was expressing her faith in trust that God was her whole security and only pledge of her life.

Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:09

November 26, 2017

A GospelGospel: Mt 25:31-46
         When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all his angels, he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be brought before him; and, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, so will he do with them, placing the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left.
The king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, blessed of my Father! Take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you welcomed me into your home. I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to see me.‘
Then the righteous will ask him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, and give you food; thirsty, and give you something to drink; or a stranger, and welcome you; or naked, and clothe you? When did we see you sick, or in prison, and go to see you?‘ The king will answer, ‘Truly I say to you: just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it to me.‘
Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Go, cursed people, out of my sight, into the eternal fire, which has been prepared for the devil and his angels! For I was hungry, and you did not give me anything to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not welcome me into your house; I was naked, and you did not clothe me; I was sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me.‘
They, too, will ask, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry, thirsty, naked or a stranger, sick or in prison, and did not help you?‘ The king will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you: just as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me.‘
And these will go into eternal punishment; but the just, to eternal life.“

Read: Yahweh declares himself as the God of Israel. The Gospel presents the Last Judgement where Christ, the judge, bares our soul to us. Christ, the King, will finally deliver the Kingdom to the Father, having defeated death once and for all.
Reflect: How funny or strange it would have been, if the people on the right answered thus: “Yeah, Lord, we knew it was you we were serving when we fed the hungry and clothed the naked.“ It doesn‘t fit the script, right? The remarkable thing is, these good souls had no idea they were serving Christ when they were engaging in these acts of mercy! Doing good was just their second (or first?) nature. Goodness is never so better when it is done unawares. How about you?
Pray: Pray that good be done to the world through you without you being aware of it.
Act: Make a prayer of consecration to Christ, the King.

Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:08

November 25, 2017

A GospelGospel: Lk 20:27-40 -
Then some Sadducees arrived. These people claim that there is no resurrection, and they asked Jesus this question, “Master, in the law Moses told us, ‘If anyone dies leaving a wife but no children, his brother must take the wife, and any child born to them will be regarded as the child of the deceased.‘ Now, there were seven brothers: the first married, but died without children. The second married the woman, but also died childless. And then the third married her, and in this same way all seven died, leaving no children. Last of all the woman died. On the day of the resurrection, to which of them will the woman be a wife? For all seven had her as a wife.“
And Jesus replied, “Taking a husband or a wife is proper to people of this world, but for those who are considered worthy of the world to come, and of resurrection from the dead, there is no more marriage. Besides, they cannot die, for they are like the angels. They are sons and daughters of God, because they are born of the resurrection.
Yes, the dead will be raised, as Moses revealed at the burning bush, when he called the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. For God is God of the living, and not of the dead, for to him everyone is alive.“
Some teachers of the law then agreed with Jesus, “Master, you have spoken well.“ They didn‘t dare ask him anything else.

“Many are the plans in man‘s but it‘s the decision of the Lord that prevails“, the Book of Proverbs says. King Antiochus, in the first reading had so many evil plans. But things had not turned out the way he had planned so he remained overcome by terrible anguish.
Many times, we are also in the same position where our plans and the Lord‘s purposes are not in sync and so we become frustrated. In most cases, our plans are shaped by our beliefs and orientation. Plans born out of wrong beliefs are meant to fail, as shown to us in the gospel reading. The Sadducees had the plan to insist upon Jesus and to shame him that there is no resurrection. But Jesus refuted them.
So how do we keep our plans in conformity with the Lord‘s purposes? Two things: Godly desire and Godly goal. We must desire only good things and we must pursue only good things. Let God‘s purposes prevail in us by seeking Him and His will in prayer regularly.

Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:07

November 24, 2017

A GospelGospel: Lk 19:45-48 -
        Then Jesus entered the temple area and began to drive out the merchants. And he said to them, “God says in the Scriptures, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have turned it into a den of robbers!“
Jesus was teaching every day in the temple. The chief priests and teachers of the law wanted to kill him, and the elders of the Jews as well, but they were unable to do anything, for all the people were listening to him and hanging on his words.

For the Jews, their temple is an important and sacred place. It is where God meets his people and lives among them. Unfortunately, their temple suffered desecration from the hands of the gentiles as narrated to us in the First Reading, and even from the Jews themselves as we have seen in the Gospel Reading. It needed Judas to purify and re-dedicate the temple desecrated by the Gentiles. It needed Jesus, prefigured by Judas in the First Reading, to cleanse the temple that the Jews turned to a “den of thieves“.
There is a similarity between the temple and our soul, which by baptism becomes temple of the Holy Spirit. The condition of the desecrated temple is the same as the condition of a soul desecrated by sin. The purification and re-dedication of the temple resembles the sacrament of Reconciliation. As purification cleanses the temple, so reconciliation cleanses the soul from the stain of sins.
As we make our physical church clean and a conducive place to communion with God, let us also make our souls clean and a conducive place where God can meet us and make his dwelling in us.

Thursday, 12 January 2017 16:06

November 23, 2017

A GospelGospel: Lk 19:41-44 -
       When Jesus had come in sight of the city, he wept over it, and said, “If only today you knew the ways of peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. Yet days will come upon you, when your enemies will surround you with barricades, and shut you in, and press on you from every side. And they will dash you to the ground and your children with you, and not leave stone upon stone within you, for you did not recognize the time and the visitation of your God.“

The entire Mystery of Incarnation is considered to be God‘s visitation to his people. God, through his son made man, visited his people more than two thousand years ago. Sad to say, as the gospel would say, they failed to recognize the time of their visitation. They failed to recognize Him. They were very concerned about their political hopes so that their spiritual life was neglected. They interpreted the Bible in the political sense instead of believing in the teachings of Jesus. In short, they did not welcome Jesus and they rejected him because they failed to recognize in him the God visiting his people.
Even after Jesus had returned to the Father, He still continuously “visits“ His people. He “visits“ His people through the ministers of the Church, through the Word of God being proclaimed, and through the sacraments especially the Eucharist that the Church celebrates. Jesus also makes His presence felt every time a community is gathered in His name. He also “visits“ us through the ordinary events of our life.
Like the Jews during Jesus‘ times, many times we also failed to recognize Him. We failed to welcome Him and let Him enter into our life. Thus, we missed a lot of blessings which we could have received from Him.
Let us now be conscious of His “ visits“ to us, recognize Him, welcome Him and let Him stay in our life.

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