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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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Reflection for Friday December 9, Second Week in Advent; Matthew 11:16-19

Matthew 11:16-19
Jesus said to the crowds: “To what shall I compare this generation? It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is vindicated by her works.
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Are you familiar with the word repentance?

The word repentance is perhaps the most ignored word. For example we would often call on people close to us to repent and change their ways for the better. Most often than not this call is ignored and we would reason out that we have nothing to repent.

We often don’t see our sinfulness until a person close to us tells us about it and we don’t normally like to be told about our sins. But the reality of it all is we are sinners we sin by our words, thoughts and actions.

John the Baptist called for repentance asceticism was his lifestyle he wore clothing made of camel’s hair and had a leather belt on his waist his food was locust and wild honey. He prepared the way for Jesus by calling the sinners of his time to repent.

Jesus’ approach was different, He mingled with sinners and non sinners, He healed the sick, He preformed miracles and conducted life changing sermons in that process He called them all to repentance.

This season of Advent the call to repentance intensifies to a crescendo for us to be more worthy of the coming birth of our savior. But only few of us give it an ear, we chose to ignore it. Why not listen to this call? Why not change our ways for the better? Why not humbly submit ourselves to the healing Sacrament of Confession?

If today you hear His voice harden not your hearts. (Hebrew 3:15) – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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