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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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Reflection for Sunday November 29, First Sunday of Advent; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

Gospel: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
Jesus said to his disciples: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”
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A fishing vessel encountered a strong storm in the middle of the ocean. As such the vessel was tossed like a ping pong ball by the violent storm. The captain of the vessel who was a deeply religious man told his crew, let us pray so that the Lord may come to save us. While they were praying they suddenly notice the violent waves calming like a pristine river in a forest.

Today is the first Sunday of Advent, what does Advent mean? Advent means coming or arrival and who is going to come? Of course we very well know that the one who is coming is Jesus. Through the coming of Jesus we will once again find hope, strength and motivation to conquer our many fears and worries.   

But what should we do before the Lord comes? Of course we also have to be worthy of His coming thus we must prepare! How shall we prepare or how could we best prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord? We can best prepare by cleaning ourselves from all forms of sinfulness. And this we can do best when we decide to humble ourselves before the Lord in the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession.

We all are sinful, we all are in dire need of His healing, mercy and forgiveness. The first Sunday of Advent is the most opportune time to heal all these sins before He comes. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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