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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Friday, January 21, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, January 23: Matthew 4:12-23

My Reflections:
During the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday the environs of the church is in darkness until the start of Mass ceremony wherein the Pascal candle is lighted with a fire from a bonfire. Then as the faithful enters the church the Paschal candle is put in the Sanctuary after which the faithful light their candles from the fire of the Paschal candle.

The fire of the Paschal candle symbolizes Jesus as our light, the light that is always in the midst of His believers.

After the arrest of John his followers was in darkness as to who will lead them until Jesus took the mantle of leadership. Then John’s followers who were in darkness suddenly had seen a great light on Jesus. The prophet Isaiah in the first reading prophesied this when he said:  The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone (Isaiah 9:1).

Then afterwards Jesus called the first four disciples who were all fishermen.

There will be moments of darkness too in our lives regardless whoever we are, no one is exempt from this darkness moment. We may be rich, we may be poor but we will still be passing thru this darkness moment.

In the middle of this darkness there’s always Jesus who’s always ready to step into our lives to give us light. The light that He gives will give us hope, will give us strength to pick-up the shattered pieces of our lives. …

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