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GAUDETE SUNDAY

The Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday because the focus of the liturgy is joy. JOY means Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last. The Word of God invites us to rejoice for the kingdom of God is breaking into our human lives. It is a joyful expectation and anticipation for the coming of the Lord.  Jesus is the …

ORIGINAL BEAUTY

Advent season is a call to prepare the way for the Lord. He comes to us to restore our original identity and dignity. We are created in the likeness and image of God. That is our original beauty. However, because of sin that original beauty is lost. But that is not the end of the story. the good news is …

Advent

Advent comes from the Latin word, ‘Adventus’, which means coming. It is a time to prepare for the coming of the Lord. It is always God’s initiative to come to us because He is the potter and we are the clay. He wants to mold us, heal us and strengthen us. There are three important comings of Jesus in our …

The Humble and True King

The Solemnity of Christ the King ends the liturgical year and ushers the start of the Advent Season. Jesus’ kingship is different from the kings of the world. “My kingdom is not of this world! (John 18:36)” The kings of this world use their power and authority to save and serve themselves. Instead, Jesus, the King of kings, uses His …

WISDOM

All people by nature desire to know. It is because we are created in the likeness and image of God and thus, gifted with intelligence. We explore and invent new things. We are able to advance in technology, science, art, poetry, music, philosophy. Wisdom is right understanding and good judgment for the common good. In the Book of Wisdom, the …

THANKSGIVING

The sacrament of the Eucharist is thanksgiving because we show our gratitude to God for His total and extravagant love for us. For God so loved the world so that He gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16). The celebration of the Holy Eucharist is to make present the perfect sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross which is pleasing to …

HUMBLE SERVANT

At the heart of the Gospel of Matthew proclaimed last Sunday is the truth. Jesus said, “The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted! (Matthew 23:12)” Greatness means service because service is love in action. The saints understood that because they became humble servants. Jesus, the Author …

THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT

A scholar of the law tested Jesus by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest? (Matthew 22:36)” This was a tricky question because there was a long standing debate among the Jews as to which commandment had the supreme importance. In the Old Testament, there are 613 commandments: 248 refer to the positive laws and 365 are …

THE LORD OF HISTORY

In Isaiah 45:1-6, the prophet called Cyrus, the king of Persia, as the anointed one, the Messiah which were titles used for David and especially for Jesus. Cyrus was not a Jew and did not know and acknowledge Yahweh, the God of Israel. He defeated the Babylonians and became the greatest benefactor of Israel by granting freedom to the Jews, …

MAGNITUDE OF GOD’S OFFER

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet and Garment points to the magnitude of God’s ofer of love to us (Mathew 22:1-14). Jesus uses exaggerated language and shocking words in the parable to reveal God’s extravagant, universal love and enormous generosity. The king invited the guests to the wedding banquet of his son. Yet they refused and ignored the invitaton. They …