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FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT- YEAR C

We should have peace if we would not busy ourselves with the sayings and doings of others– Thomas Kempis -

“God, here I am! I am coming to obey your will”. Heb 10:7

As we come closer to Christmas, it is a very useful question to ask, why did the second person of the Blessed Trinity become man? Naturally, the answer that comes to us is that he became man to save us. But then one may press on and ask, why did he save us? And here the answer is given by Christ in the words of prophet “God here I am. I am coming to do obey your will”.

He was the only person who ever was and ever will be perfectly obedient to the will of God. He is one who never did what he liked, but what God liked. He was one sent by his Father. He was one under orders. He was not his own, he was God’s man. Jesus lived under the consciousness that he had not to do what he liked. We shall see him in his childhood-staying behind in Jerusalem. His remaining behind in Jerusalem. His reply to the parents was: “did you not know …

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Readings: Zeph 3:14-18; Phil 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18

Theme: “Rejoice in the Lord; again I say: rejoice. Give proof to all of your
forbearance (let your discipline be known to all) the Lord is near”

“Love your neighbour, but do not pull down the hedge” - Swiss proverb –

The leading idea in today’s liturgy is “The Lord is at hand” it is today’s focal point.
The Christian thinks of the Lord as someone who is always at hand. Not as someone who once lived visibly among us and has simply gone away to Heaven. For the Christian the Lord is abiding with him in his spirit. He finds him in his word. He sees him in various circumstances of life. The Lord is nearby, he sees him in his fellow man in spite of his weakness and malice. He sees him in his various circumstances of life. The Lord is nearby, he is at hand in the sense that “He is coming”, he is coming to penetrate into the life of the Christian, to take full possession of him, to absorb his life ever more.
It’s that kin…

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

THE JOY OF SALVATION

Readings: Baruch 5:1-9; Phil 1:4-6, 8-11; Luke 3:1-6

“If you have no joy in your religion, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere” - W. A Sunday -

Joy is distinctly a Christian word and a Christian thing. It is the reverse of happiness. Happiness is the result of what happens of an agreeable sort. Joy has its spring down inside, and that spring never runs dry, no matter what happens. Only Jesus gives that joy. He had joy, singing its music within, even under the shadow of the cross. It is an unknown word and thing except as he has sway within.
Awaiting for Christ so that he may reveal himself and make his presence felt in a new way giving us an intense experience of the joy of salvation. That joy does not come to us by lighting a Christmas light, balloons, cards and planting “father Christmas” at the gates of supermarkets. Salvation is free, yes, but it is not cheap. We have to work for it; breaking the chains we have bound ourselves with moments in our lives t…

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ADVENT- A TIME TO LEARN HOW TO WAIT

Advent is a season with four weeks which prepare for Christmas and form the beginning of the liturgical year. They are characterized by the curtailing of festivities: no Gloria is said (Except on Feast of Immaculate Conception) and the liturgical colour is penitential violet (except for the third Sunday of Advent, when roses may be used). “Advent” also refers to Christ’s “second coming” at the end of history.

“When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand” (Luke 21:28)

Carlo Carretto, a renowned spiritual writer, spent years of living alone as a hermit in the Sahara desert. He spent his years of solitude in writing. In all these he wrote a letter to people like us who are very busy living in the world. What is God trying to say to us in our busy lives? He suggests this:

“Be patient! Learn to wait for each other, for love, for happiness, for God. Learn to wait! That is not something we can do easily and many of our proble…

RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER IN A POLARIZED COMMUNITY

We live today in a highly polarized world and within highly polarized churches. In this, we are not unique. It’s normal and healthy. The bitterness, mean-spirit, and lack of respect that characterizes much of our political-ecclesial and moral discourse today is not normal and is far from healthy.

Let us not deceive ourselves in thinking that it’s healthy or, worse yet, in the name of truth or justice or God, try to rationalize our lack of respect for those who think differently than we do. We aren’t holy warriors, just angry people with highly selective compassions. We are split into two, and instead of seeing ourselves as one community caught in a common struggle, we talk rather in terms of us and them, like warring tribes. There is no longer plural.

We no longer have respectful conversation with each other. Today its rare to have a discussion on any sensitive political, moral, or ecclesial issues that doesn’t degenerate into name-calling and disrespect, Empathy, understanding, and com…

34th SUNDAY

CHRIST THE KING
“Wherever God rules over human heart as king there is the kingdom of God”- Paul W. Harrison


1st Reading (Dan 7; 13-14). The prophet Daniel foresees the coming of one who will have dominion over all peoples. Christians see this as a reference to Christ, the universal king.

2nd Reading (Rev 1;5-8). Christ will take full possession of his kingdom only at the end of time.

Gospel (John 18:33-37). Jesus declares before Pilate that he is indeed a king, but that his kingdom is not like the kingdom of the world.

Idolatry doesn't belong to our grandfathers and neither grandmothers nor our people who have never have stepped into the ‘the house of a mzungu’ the church. We too have our idols. How we worship them! Today its not only money idol we worship but these and others – possessions, pleasures, success fame, power we are simply living a superficial life, worse to a law inner life. The harm idolatry does is to forget the giver of all we have and love (God). Have you ever thought…

CONVERSION

CONVERSION

Metanoia

Conversion of heart or metanoia is an interior repentance, a radical reorientation of our whole life, and a return to God with all our heart, an end to sin or a turning away from evil (cf CCC 1431). Metanoia is not simply repentance, but a radical change of direction from a negative fundamental option towards God. This entails the desire and resolution to change one’s life with hope in God’s mercy and trust in the help of his grace.

In the New Testament the term metanoia does not have root from any profane context, but from a religious one, as it comes from the Old Testament. It involves the participation of the whole being. The prophets stressed very much the importance of the conversion as the necessary way to salvation (Jeremiah, Deutero-Isaiah, Ezekiel). In the New Testament John the Baptist calls to repentance as preparation for the coming of the Messiah. But Jesus further deepens its concept. The mercy of God for the salvation of humanity is freely offered throu…

CONSERVATIVES AND LIBERALS- WE NEED BOTH

“As the flower is before the fruit, so is faith before good works” Richard Whately

The late Malcolm X was raised a Christian but, at one point in his life, became a Muslim, both in his own mind and his ministry; he never ceased being a Christian. He used to carry both the Koran and the New Testament with him. He felt the need for both. Here is how he explains it: Most of the people I work with need the hard discipline of Allah in order to get some order into their lives, particularly their religious and moral lives. Later after they have the essentials more in hand, will be the time for the more liberal love of Jesus. What Malcolm X brilliantly juxtaposes here is the tension that perennially exists between discipline and personal maturity, between the letter of the law and its spirit, between conservatives and liberals. And he affirms that we need both: prescribed discipline and personal maturity, law and spirit, conservatives and liberals.
Sadly today this kind of voice is rare on both…

MY WORDS WILL REMAIN

THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY YEAR BMY WORDS WILL REMAINThanks to the writer of the gospel, the words of the Lord remain with us to the very day. They are with us to teach us, to guide us, to inspire us, to comfort us, and to challenge us. How do we listen to his words, and how hard do we try to practice them in our lives?First Reading(Dan 12:1-3). This is of a vision of the prophet Daniel about the end of time. It introduces the belief in resurrection of the dead and the retribution after death.Second Reading(Heb 10:11-14, 18). This reading insists on the superiority of Christ’s sacrifice over the sacrifices of the old law.Third Reading - Gospel - (Mk 13:24-32). This talks about the second coming of Christ, the time of which id s known only by God.“A right is worth fighting for only when it can be put into operation” – - Woodrow Wilson - THE END OF THE WORLDA woman was hurrying home from work. This was her bingo night. Suddenly she spots the fellow standing in the edge of the pavement holding a…