Sunday, November 28, 2010
A new season, a new year in the church. A new beginning for us, a chance to start all over, to start anew, and a new opportunity to love , to forgive, to serve, and to do good.
Advent comes from the Latin word "adventus" which means 'coming'. For this season is the preparation for the advent of our savior Jesus Christ, the preparation for His Birthday, for Christmas.
This season invites each of us to have the Spirit, the right attitude as we prepare. And the spirit is mentioned in the gospel today when Jesus said: "Stay awake and be prepared for we do not know when the son of man will come."
VIGILARE, Being attentive, being awake,aware, and eager is the spirit and attitude of advent.
Being awake and aware and attentive, yes, first of all it reminds us of the end time when we will finally come face to face with God our creator. It is being aware and prepared for the end to come.
But there is another way of understanding being aware or vigilant or staying awake.
Like when we are driving we should be awake and attentive and vigilant so as not to hit someone.
Or like a mother who is attentive and awake specially when she hear the cry of the baby in the middle of the night.
This kind of being aware, being awake or vigilant is done because we have to do it, it is by obligation.
But there is another way of being awake and vigilant, and it happens when
we see a person who needs help and you are there to help that person even if he or she does not see you.
or being attentive and aware to the needs of your parents or your kids. when you know your mom or husband is busy or having a headache you don't bug her
or like when the priest is vesting at the back and you are there to help to assist not because you want to choke the priest but want to help
this is the kind of being aware and attentive and being awake, you do it because you want to and because you love.
and this is the spirit of advent and of Christmas.
Be attentive and aware and awake to the needs of others.
Be attentive and awake and aware to the goodness of God in your life, do not just see the troubles.
Be attentive to goodness of others not only his fault
Be attentive, be awake and be aware, that's the spirit that we should have this advent.
May we prepare for the coming of the saviour meaningfully, with joy in our hearts and right spirit, a spirit of vigilance for coming of Jesus. Amen
Friday, November 26, 2010
The Coming of the Kingdom
Can be understood in Different ways:
1. It can mean the end time when we finally get the meet our creator and be with Him in His Kingdom in heaven.
2. It can also mean the Birth of our Savior as we prepare to celebrate Christmas.
3. It can also be understood as the Coming of Jesus into our Hearts, in our Lives in our family. It is the establishment of the Kingdom here on earth. A kingdom where we live with Love, peace, unity and Happiness and service for others.
Jesus said in the Gospel: “The Kingdom is among you already.”
When we come together at the table of the Lord to celebrate the Eucharist, when we as a family are united in Love and Peace, when we offer our goodness and help those who are in need , these are some signs that the kingdom is with us and that Jesus is in our hearts.
It may not be perfect yet, for that’s how it is here on earth but we believe we will have its perfection in heaven.
Maybe you have seen that advertisement on the Internet and TV of a funny lady, who was all excited waiting for black Friday shopping, Or maybe like those falling in line very early before the stores open or even those camping outside two days before.
That may sound weird or funny
But that’s the kind of excitement that we should have as we wait for Jesus. As we prepare for Christmas.
It is just sad because we give such excitement for shopping or other things but not for Christ.
A friend asked me: "why did Jerusalem fell? And I answered because that’s how it should happen. Whatever rises, one day it will also fall.
The End is a reality. Just as there is beginning, the end will also come
And the end is also important. One could just imagine if the things we do here on earth will have no end, it would really be boring.
Just imagine if we start the mass and it will go on and on without end.
It reminds us also that If in Life we have troubles and pains and sufferings. There will be an end to it, someday.
I have a lot to thank the Good Lord for.
So many Blessings has been given to me and many I never even expected or asked for or even deserved to receive them and yet offered to me.
I say Thank you to the Lord this Thanksgiving celebration.
Teach me Lord
I go around greeting my friends and love ones with Happy Thanksgiving today
But I asked the Good Lord to give me the strength and enlightenment to offer the greeting to my friends who are experiencing troubles and pain these days.
Truly I find it hard and I feel sad.
For how could I really say meaningfully HAPPY THANKSGIVING?
To a friend who is in pain and dying of cancer in the hospice.
To a friend who got separated from his wife and cannot be together with the family these holidays.
To a family in financial trouble these past days.
To a mother who lost his only son who committed suicide.
Please teach me Lord.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Today as we honor Jesus Christ our King
A clear picture is given to us in the gospel about his Kingship.
It will help us know more and more about our Lord, about how He is as our king and would help us grow in our relationship and love for Him and His life tells us also a lot about how to live as his followers.
We are reminded today that Jesus our King is unique and one of a kind
1. Unlike the usual image of a King with all their power and possessions and palaces. Jesus our King lived a life of simplicity and humility. “The son of man came and even never had a place to lay his head.”
2. Kings demand respect and be served. But Jesus came to serve, not to be served. Jesus lived a Life of total service. Especially for the lost, the poor and the sick.
3. Kings sits at their throne with their crown and scepter. Jesus hangs on the cross dying and suffering and still forgiving.
4. “And his Kingdom does not belong to this world.”
It is a kingdom founded on Love and service.
One of a Kind, and Unique,
And you and I, we all belong to this Kingdom.
# Story of Napoleon Bonaparte who wrote a memoir: Caesar, Alexander the Great, Charlemagne, These were great kings who ruled with absolute power and even violence and force...But where are they now? They are gone. And their Kingdom destroyed.
Jesus, He led with simplicity, humility and love and service, and now His kingdom is still flourishing and more men and women follow Him and even offer their lives for Him.
Our King is one of a Kind.
We wonder why do we celebrate Christ our King with this image Hanging on the cross, suffering dying and surrounded by thieves.
Answer: Because He wants to show to us the Kind of King he is to you and me.
1. That He is King who is true to His word. When He said I will Love you and serve you till I die, this He showed on the cross. Very far to what we are as his follower, how often we make promises even simple promises and often we break them and never keep them.
2. He is a King who is not detached or far from us. He shares with us our pains and sufferings. And so when we suffer, when we experience betrayal, hardships and pain, just remember our King is one with us and you are not alone.
3. He is a King who can forgive, and even if we have fallen in Life it’s never too late we can all start all over, because our king is forgiving.
4. And lastly he is a King who will love us whoever we are and whatever we are, it does not matter, we are His children, with dignity and we are loved.
That’s why when He was asked are you the King? He did not answer directly. It is not his title, position and power and money that made him a king but who He was.
And it tells us how to look at ourselves and others.
It is not the externals, titles, power or possessions or even nationality. But who we truly are.
One of a Kind
And the invitation and challenge today for you and me.
Make Christ the King of your heart of your soul
Make Christ the King of your family of your relationship and this community and this country
And just like the thief who accepted Christ, no matter what we experience these days, it may even be pain and suffering and failure and being lost,
Be hopeful and make Christ our king
Today you will be with me in paradise.
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