Thursday, December 31, 2015

The First of January

On the first of January, the Church celebrates the feast of the Mother of God – the Octave of Christmas.

Most Church-goers believe that they go to the Church on this day to usher in the New Year at Church. It is in fact called “New Year’s Mass”. It is of course the first of January and the New Year’s Day, but the day is of much more significance than just being the first day of a new year.

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Eyes That Wept For Lazarus

Jesus came in to this world to open the doors of mercy for us and Jesus Himself is the Door of Mercy.

God created us in His mercy and love. He formed us in love and out of love, because God is love and in love he abides (1Jn 4:16). Bible throughout is a story of God’s love for mankind, the betrayal of man and God’s mercy in pardoning the myriad offences of His children. It begins with love and it ends with mercy.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Joy to the World!

Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him “Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” (Mt 1:23)

Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. (Mk 1:3)

To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. (Lk 2:11)

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (Jn 1:14)

Yes, the Saviour is born to be with us unto the end of the age. Let us receive Him into our lives and pay homage to Him. Let the Word become flesh and dwell in our hearts. Let us be filled with joy on seeing the Lord.

Merry Christmas to all. God bless. God is with us.  

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The above image was given by our Mother to a humble peasant on December 12, 1531 as a token of her appearance and the urge to build a Shrine in her name for the sake of conversion of sinners. The image was formed on a piece of garment worn by the peasant with colors so beautiful that were not to be found anywhere on earth. The bishop was astounded at the sight of the image and passed orders to build a Shrine in honor of the Blessed Virgin. Many people believed and turned from their evil ways.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Feast of Immaculate Conception

Today is Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the holy, solemn day to commemorate the immaculate conception of the Blessed Mother.

While most people know the phrase “Immaculate Conception,” there is at least one common misconception about the doctrine. The Immaculate Conception does not refer to the conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary (for which we have the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord on March 25th), but rather the conception of Mary to her mother, Saint Anne.

Monday, December 7, 2015

The Prayer of the Pharisee

Jesus was a bold, bold man. He is the kind of person who would take up some really annoying examples which directly apply to you and throw it right into your face. One such episode is the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, said in the presence of precisely those people whom it referred to in the parable (Lk 18:9-14).

The Pharisee was condescending, sanctimonious and judgmental while the tax collector was simple, humble and accepting of his own mistakes. He was realistic and exactly knew what he was. He had the insight to see himself exactly as he was. The Pharisee, on the other hand, no matter what he thought of himself to be, was highly deluded. The man lived with a false sense of self-worth, with a sense of righteousness which actually never existed. And isn’t that just a little sad?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A Voice Cries Out!

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. (Is 11:1-5)

A voice cries out: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.  Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Is 40:3-5)

Happy Advent Everyone!