SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT




REFLECTION FROM THE DESK OF THE PASTOR

We are in the second Sunday of Advent. Many of us are already engrossed in the preparation for Christmas. The trouble, it seems is that our modern society has commercialized Christmas so that we have mistaken icings from the cake, the accidents from the substance. Somebody once made this strange proposal: “Christmas should be abolished because it only makes the poor suffer more. Hence, we need to constantly remind ourselves to “keep Christ on Christmas”. Let us focus more on internal preparation and be ready to share some of our blessings this Christmas that would cheer and somehow alleviate the harsh conditions of our less fortunate brothers and sisters. That is why, in today’s gospel, it instructs us to prepare in the true spirit that is, inwardly by which John the Baptist beautifully announces: “Reform lives, the kingdom of God is at hand.” The Christmas carol, Joy to the World puts it beautifully: “Let every heart prepare Him room.” This is a big event, the coming of God’s Kingdom. Indeed, it is the big event of world history. But John does not worry about his outfit or what he will eat. He simply gets ready for the coming of the Lord. And as God’s messenger, he warns the rest of the people to get ready too. Reform! Repent! Reform your lives! And turn away from sin. Say, ‘We are sorry”,  and walk with it. Do it ! and do it now! Tomorrow may be too late!

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT



REFLECTION FROM THE DESK OF THE PASTOR
First Sunday of Advent is the beginning of the new Liturgical year of the church. The next four weeks are filled with anticipation. What are we anticipating? For many the answer could be a party, Christmas bonus or vacation leave and a gift. All these anticipations are not bad but good. Christ was already born two thousand years ago and had put at our disposal all that we need to save ourselves. What is needed now is our personal response. We have to do our part. One of our responses could be a good preparation of ourselves by which the next four weeks are about preparing a place in our hearts for the one who will prepare a place for us with the Father in heaven. The best preparation that we should do with our lives during this season and the days to come throughout the year is what Mother Theresa of Calcutta had said, “Give until it hurts”. We are good people. We do give. Sometimes we give a lot to show that we are generous and charitable. We even announce it and publish it but we rarely give until it hurts. If we want to be really good, we have to learn to really give. We cannot just give what is extra. We have to give up something we think is important to us and yet others need it all the more.

CHRIST THE KING SUNDAY



REFLECTION FROM THE DESK OF THE PASTOR

Today is the thirty fourth Sunday in ordinary time of church calendar and the last Sunday. Next Sunday will be the first Sunday of Advent. It happens also that today is the anniversary of the declaration of the feast of Christ the King of all nations. In our gospel we hear that Christ is the King of all is being nailed on the cross with the two criminals. His followers and friends are leaving Him. They are afraid that they may also be crucified like their Lord and master and that their lives are in danger. The people and soldiers are mocking at Him, insulting Him and laughing at Him because their own idea of what a king is, is not met by Jesus. Jesus instead of doing the opposite of what they expect He turns upside down their own idea of a Messiah. He shows them a different kind of king – humble and servant king. And the response of Jesus to the mockery and insults coming from soldiers and people, he is able to say, “Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing. Christian forgiveness is an amazing thing that no other forgiveness can overpower. Forgiveness could not be bought and even sold but is freely given by those people who are open and ready to forgive. Yes, it is really very difficult to forgive but we are the children of God who is forgiving God, we too must follow Him as our Father and model. It is not too late to turn to Christ. While there is still life there is still hope even at the point of death. God still forgives. So why not forgive those who committed sins against us.  It is difficult but let us try. Let us hate the sin but let us love the sinners is the message of this feast of Christ the King