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, December 10, 2016

Reflection for Saturday December 10, Second Week in Advent; Matthew 17:9a, 10-13

Matthew 17:9a, 10-13
As they were coming down from the mountain, the disciples asked Jesus, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”He said in reply, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.
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Why is it that often times we don’t recognize or feel God in our lives? It’s because we don’t listen to the advices of well meaning people who wants to introduce Jesus to us. It’s because of our  inadequate prayer life and so forth.

 For example there are times that we are advised to go to church for Holy Mass or we are counselled to discard bad friends. But we normally don’t listen; we continue to do things our way until we sin and completely drift away from God.

Both Elijah and John the Baptist one way or the other adviced the people of their time to leave behind their sinful lives. And embrace the teaching of Jesus, both of them prepared the way for Jesus. Both of them devoted their lives to help advance the teachings of God.

We too have this unique capacity to be like Elijah and John. In our own humble way we too can prepare the way of Jesus. We do this by humbly living and sharing His teachings this is always the challenge that confronts us as followers of Jesus Christ. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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