I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

My Gospel Reflections Nov. 29 First Sunday of Advent; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

My Reflections:There was a story of a man who was in the throes of death sensing that the end of his earthly journey is about to end. He asked his relatives to call a priest so that he will be given the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Afterwards the priest arrived and he asked him if he want to avail of the Sacrament of Confession. He said yes. Then, he was given the Sacrament of Holy Communion and after that the priest anointed him with Holy oil.

The man in the throes of death was able to properly prepare himself for his own end times experience in this world. This actually is the proper send-off for anyone to prepare himself to new phase in his life. That is everlasting life where he will finally meet God.

Jesus talks about the end times in the first part of the gospel of course we only have two choices on how we will meet this seemingly catastrophic end. First is to be afraid; who would not be afraid when the earth is crumbling before us? The second one is not to be afraid because there’s a higher being that tells us that we must take courage for the reason that there’s a new doorway going to eternity with God that awaits us.

In this season of Advent we prepare ourselves for the coming of our Savior and this is what Jesus is telling us in the second part of our gospel. Do we plan to submit ourselves to the Healing Sacrament of Confession so that we shall be worthy of His forthcoming birth. Do we plan to make amends with those whom we have not spoken to for sometime? Do we want to heal those who are hungry and suffering by doing Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy?

The best preparation for the coming of our Lord is always on the spiritual side, the things that money can’t buy. Things that will leave a healing imprint in our spirits and in the spirits of others. ...

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