Feast of St. Andrew 30/11/16
In todays Gospel Matt 4:18-22, we saw Jesus call Andrew and Peter. He told them come follow me and they left all and followed the Master. In the same way we are all being called to follow Jesus this Advent, to renew our souls and be in communion with Him.
The season of Advent invites us to better prepare ourselves for Christ’s arrival through prayer and works of penance. We pray that more Catholics choose to frequent Mass and Confession during this time of year. And may the joy of Christmas be greater realized because of an Advent more fully observed.
According to Pope Benedict XVI Advent is taken from the latin word “adventus^ which can be translated to be ‘presence’ ‘arrival ‘ or ‘coming’., In the ancient world it was a technical term used to indicate the arrival of a functionary or a visit of a kind or emperor to a province. It could also be used to indicate the coming of a divinity which comes out of concealment to manifest itself with power. The Pope also said that christians adopted the word Advent to express their relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus is King which has entered this poor province called earth, to visit everyone He brings to participate in His Advent- those who believes inHim.
Advent means more than just a season,it is the start of a new liturgical year and so heralds the not only the next season of Christmas but the whole of the economy of salvation.
Let us look at Advent vis a vis the two nature of Christ that is, the first is Christ coming at Christmas, which most of us are certainly thinking about as we see advent as a preparation for Christmas. To eat drink and visit places of intetest. And the second, is more necessary for us today, is the necessity to prepare for the time when Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead.
Now as we go about our nornal duties we commit various types of sin, we know the consequences of these sins but and most of the times we do not care to think about these consiquences. If we are to teturn to God now, in what state are we returning to God: in the state of righteousness or sin. hence the Universal Church gives us this season to enable us to once again consider our readiness to meet our maker
We would also observe that the colour used for Advent is the same as that of lent, this brings about the aspcect of the nature of advent that is often overlooked, and this is the fasting and penitential nature of the season. Part of our Advent should be examination of conscience, confession, absolution and a mood of penitence and self denial that befits our realisation that we have failed to live in love of Christ.
According to Pope Frances, Advent is a period of expectations, enounter and renewal. We are all on a pilgrimage of faith to encounter the Lord and most of all, to allow ourselves to be enountered by Him..Letting ourselves be encounteted by God means to let ourselves be loved by God.
Now allow you hearts to embrace the proper expectations and to be brought into the glory of being in God’s chikd this advent. The Pope said if we create space in our hearts and in our days to actualize the celebration of Christ coming at Christmas then we will eagerly awaits His return.
So friends as we make our journey through the Advent season, a time of spiritual preparation, time for spiritual rebirth. We will try to look at the two-fold nature of Christ at Advent. First we look inwardly at our readiness to meet Christ by examining our souls. Here we learn of our need of Christ and begin to make efforts to reconcile our souls woth Christ. Secondly having seen our failures we now take all the necessary steps to come back to God especially looking onto Christ who alone can save us..
Today’s GospelLk 21;20-28…24/11/16
Jesus in todays Gospel tells us to be ready for His glorious coming. . In the face of poverty and hardship look onto Him, in our opulence and riches look onto Him, in dejection and in prison look onto Him in perse ution lòok onto Him in slavery look onto Him. In whatever situation you find yourself be prepared fo His coming.
Being prepared means we are living fully in His grace and mercy and are living in accord with His perfect will. If His return were at this moment, how prepared would you be?
Lord, may Your Kingdom come and Your will be done. Please do come, Jesus, and establish Your glorious Kingdom in my life here and now. And as Your Kingdom is established in my life, help me to be prepared for Your glorious and total return at the end of the ages.
May you all be richly blessed
Today’s Gospel Lk 21: 12-19… 23/11/16
Jeus in today’s Gospel has warned us on the cost of following Him…persecution, prison , rejection death… this His followers will suffer in the hsnds of relations, friends snd authorities. But Jesus also gave us a more beautiful cost of following Him. In the court, we should not worry on what to say, the Holy Spirit will speak for us. Some of you will be put to death but don’t worry not a single haur of your head will perish. If we persevere to the end we will be victorious.
Those who follow the Lord, should expect thorns in the form of persecution, yet this path is a noble path a secure path and a safe path where not a hair of your head will be harmed.
Let us always be prayerful praying the rosary regularly,, be forgiving and making use of the confession. Avail yourself with the Holy Eucharist..
Lord, I offer You my crosses, hurts and persecution. I offer to You every way that I have been mistreated. For those small injustices, I beg for mercy. And when the hatred of others causes me much distress, I pray that I will be able to persevere in Your grace. Jesus, I trust in You.
Todays Gospel Lk 21: 5-11… 22/11/16
Our Lord Jesus Christ want us to pay less attention to signs, because these signs will be occurring now and again till the final day. Jesus want us to be teady by taking care of our souls. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit so we must keep ot clean. So be prayerfull, be charitable forgive those who offend you and ask for forgiveness from those you offend ,make use of the sacrament of reconciliations. May God give us the grace to run the successfully to the end. Amen
Memorial of St. Cicilia martyr
PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
In today’s Gospel Lk 21:1-4….. 21/11/16
Jesus praised the widow who put two small coins into the treasury because, for Jesus she offered her whole livelihood. According to Jesus it is not the amount or quantity that matters, instead the sacrifices that we offer. Our giving must be sacrificial. We do not have much. It is not out of our surplus that we must give
Nothing given in love is worthless
What we have to offer may look very small and not worth much, but if we put all we have at the Lord’s disposal, no matter how insignificant it may seem, then God can do with it and with us what is beyond our reckoning. Do you give out of love and gratitude for what God has already given to you?
Giving, in this case, is in reference to money. But this is simply an illustration of all forms of giving we are called to offer. For example, we are also called to give of our time and talents to God for the love of others, the upbuilding of the Church and the spreading of the Gospel.
“Lord Jesus, your love knows no bounds and you give without measure. All that I have comes from you. May I give freely and generously in gratitude for all that you have given to me. Take my life and all that I possess – my gifts, talents, time and resources – and use them as you see fit for your glory
May God bless, protect and guide us on all we do today. Amen
Robbers enter a house, asks for all the money and valuables.
After they collect what they can, they give the man of the house a gun with instructions to shoot his wife or else he be shot himself.
The man gets the gun, points it at his wife and hesitates.
He is thinking of what he has gone through in life with his wife and how she has suffered and sacrificed for him.
He hands back the gun and says, “I am sorry I can’t do this…
“The boss of the robbers silently grabs the gun from him and passes it on to the wife with the same instruction.
The wife gets the gun and without any single hesitation points to her husband’s head and pulls the trigger.
But at last, the gun had no bullets in it. The robbers get their gun
and walk out of the house laughing.
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
1. If you were the man in that house how would you react towards your
2. If you were the wife, what explanation can you give to your
3. If you were invited to bring peace between this couples, what advice
would you give?
Drop your Comments & this should really be an interesting topic to discuss as counsellors.
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