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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 66

Gospel JN 2:1-11

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." And Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come." His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you”.

Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told them, "Fill the jars with water." So they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, "Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter." So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from — although the servers who had drawn the water knew — the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now."

Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.

Gospel Reflection

Today is the second Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the Philippines, we also celebrate a special feast today, that of the Santo Niño’s.

This Sunday, the theme of the Gospel centered on a wedding held at Cana in Galilee. Jesus, Mary, and the disciples were among the guests who were present at the wedding reception. It is during this occasion that Jesus performed His first miracle – turning water into wine. When Mary noticed that wine is running out, she approached Jesus and told him about the impending problem. Mary interceded in behalf of the newly-weds when she approached and asked Jesus for help. Initially adamant, Jesus obediently gave in to His mother’s request and asked the servants to bring him six jars of water. Jesus performed his first miracle, and voila! There is more than plenty of wine! While Jesus initially told His mother that it’s not yet his time, Jesus still performed the miracle - for him to reveal his glory, and for the disciples to believe in him.

Weddings are joyous occasions that families really look forward to attend and be part of. It is quite noticeable that during the wedding ceremony, only a few people attend but during the reception even unexpected people do show up to dine with the newly-weds. Almost always, the newly-weds are confronted with the question - Will there be enough food for everyone? Older people tell us that you have to seek God’s intercession as regards to this problem just like Mary when she noticed the wine running out. Mary prayed and Jesus answered her intercessory prayer with a miracle. Older people further tells us that prayers are offered during cooking so as to ensure that there will be more than enough to feed all the wedding guests. It was said that the cooks are silently praying while they are cooking. This may sound silly for some, but God will surely answer our pleas for help especially when it is for a good and selfless end. God can and will provide miraculously for our needs according to His Holy will.

Viva! Santo Niño! Happy feast day to one and all!

C.G. Santos
 
Date of Posting: 20 January 2019
Posted By: C.G. Santos
The Baptism of the Lord Lectionary: 21

Gospel LK 3:15-16, 21-22

The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

After all the people had been baptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying,
heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."

Gospel Reflection

Every Sunday after the last mass in the morning in our respective parishes, there is usually a baptism held; usually, infant baptism, where we can see a lot of babies being brought to the church for their initial sacrament to the Catholic faith in order to free them from the original sin. It is only through baptism that this original sin can be washed away. In our lifetime, we may have witnessed or even became sponsors to those infant baptisms.

This Sunday, we remember Jesus’ baptism at the river of Jordan. He was baptized by John the Baptist, whose humility is beyond compare when he uttered these words “I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandal”. He emphasized Jesus’ divinity as something as supreme as that of God the Father. After Jesus’ baptism, another manifestation happened, another epiphany unfolded. While Jesus was praying, “heaven was opened and the Third person of the Holy Trinity descended in a form of a dove upon Jesus, with a voice from heaven uttering these words “"You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased”. I can just imagine the euphoric feeling of the people who witnessed this phenomenon. The spectacle would have been so overwhelming that will have left a lot of witnesses dumbfounded. The story of Jesus’ baptism doesn’t end here. The Holy Spirit descended upon Him so that the same Spirit will also descend upon us to renew us with God’s love and presence in our lives.

The Gospel this Sunday is an invitation for us to re-visit our own baptism. As most of us had our infant baptisms, we may not really remember our baptism, but we have this assurance that with our baptism, we became members of Christ’s Body, the Church. Our incorporation into the Church meant sharing Christ’s mission of spreading the good news of Salvation to others. Sit back, relax, and imagine yourself being baptized as a baby. Continue imagining with the milestones in your life as you grow older. Can you say that you have grown in Spirit as you’ve grown physically over the years? Are you aware of the gifts your baptism has given you all these years? Do you allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in your life’s journey? Only you alone can answer these questions.

In closing, let us all invite the Holy Spirit’s presence as we say “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. And kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.

C.G. Santos
 
Date of Posting: 13 January 2019
Posted By: C.G. Santos
The Epiphany of the Lord
Gospel MT 2:1-12

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage." When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They said to him, "In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet: And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler, who is to shepherd my people Israel."

Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star's appearance. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search diligently for the child. When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage." After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.

Gospel Reflection

The long Christmas season comes to an end with this Sunday’s feast. We are celebrating the solemnity of Epiphany today or what is better and popularly known as the Three Kings Day. Or more aptly, this day should be remembered as the day wherein Jesus manifested Himself as the King not only of the Jews but of the whole world. He is the God for all seasons and for all humanity.

In one article I’ve read, epiphany is simply described as “a sudden realization or a moment of clarity”. This sounded like epiphany is something magical as what had happened to the three magis. They all came from the East, bearing gifts just like when they visit a royalty. But in this particular journey, they did not know the king they are visiting, as they are non-Jews. But just the same, they have chosen to give their complete trust in Him who was born, guided by the shining Star. They brought with them gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The three magis must have very good reasons for bringing these gifts. Gold is something given to kings as this is very precious. Frankincense is for burnt offering to God, and myrrh is that substance applied to dead people during embalming to preserve the corpse.

The visit of the magis to the King of the Jews is very rich in symbolisms. The gold symbolizes the Kingship of the One born in a manger. Frankincense symbolizes Christ’s offering of Himself to God for us to gain salvation, and myrrh symbolizes death and mourning that will happen in the latter life of the same baby born in the manger.

I invite you dear reader to reflect on your own epiphany. Allow our respective epiphanies to lead us to become God’s instrument in bringing hope, mercy, compassion, and justice for all humankind. I pray that each one of us will also shine like the Star of Bethlehem – to light and guide those who are in darkness.

Happy New Year 2019! Shine like a star and be a blessing to everyone you encounter!
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C.G. Santos
 
Date of Posting: 06 January 2019
Posted By: C.G. Santos
Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Lectionary: 17
Gospel LK 2: 41-52

Each year, Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. Then his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us?
Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them;
and his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor
before God and man.

Gospel Reflection

We celebrate today the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

The family is the basic unit in every society. The nuclear family is composed of the mother, father, and child or children. Ideally, all families should be intact. But reality tells us they aren’t, as there are no perfect families. Perfect families are just ideals, just like what we see in movies. However, imperfect families can be happy families. And they can also be successful families, as well as helping families. Despite being imperfect, families can be positive agents of harmony and love in this world.

In today’s Gospel, St. Luke described Jesus’ family as a normal family who went to the feast of Passover in Jerusalem when Jesus was just 12 years old. At the day’s end, they have to go home, but Jesus instead, remained behind without telling his parents Mary and Joseph. When they discovered that Jesus was missing, they went back to Jerusalem and found Him after 3 days inside the temple. Afterwards, they all went back to Nazareth.

What is not normal in the passage is Jesus asking His anxious parents why they were looking for Him. He was missing for three days and Jesus found nothing wrong with it? He replied further to his parents saying, “Did you not know I’m in my Father’s house?” Even though they did not understand His replies, Jesus’ parents remained calm and took Him along as they went back to Nazareth. Whatever questions Mary had then, she just kept everything in her heart, choosing to trust rather than question Jesus’ ways.

This reminded me of my experience when I thought I lost my first–born in a shopping mall while trying to find school shoes that will fit him. I still remember feeling Mary’s anxiety when I called for him and there was nobody responding. I panicked not seeing where I left him. The minutes of not knowing where he was gave me shivers that made me weak and weep. Those few minutes felt like ages. Fortunately, his dad took him and did not inform me, just like what Jesus did. He was not missing at all. Like Mary, I didn’t understand why I became anxious and even cried thinking my son was lost. But finding him and seeing him being carried by his dad is a relief and nothing else mattered. Motherly love prevailed.

May the Holy Family of Nazareth guide, bless, and protect all our families as we welcome 2019.

C.G. Santos
 
Date of Posting: 30 December 2018
Posted By: C.G. Santos
Fourth Sunday of Advent Lectionary: 12
Gospel LK 1: 39-45

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."

Gospel Reflection

Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent. It is the last Sunday of our preparation for Jesus’ coming.

This Sunday’s Gospel speaks about the “visitation” of Mary to her much older cousin, Elizabeth, who was then heavy with a child in her womb. Elizabeth was on her 6th month of pregnancy, a rather difficult stage that made Mary stay for the next three months. Upon hearing about Elizabeth’s condition, Mary fled to Jerusalem from Nazareth. Conscious of the fact that Elizabeth needs her support, pregnant Mary stayed with her cousin and left just in time when Elizabeth was about to give birth.

In today’s Gospel we see the “essence of women” as was described by 1997 Miss Universe, Sushmita Sen. When asked the question what is the essence of a woman? Ms. Sen replied with so much confidence and said, “Just being a woman is God’s gift. The origin of a child is a mother, a woman. She shows a man what sharing, caring, and loving is all about. That is the essence of a woman.” The two child-bearers of life, Mary and Elizabeth, brought not only babies in their wombs, but obedience and humility in their hearts following God’s holy will upon them. The visitation showed how Mary and Elizabeth shared, cared, and loved.

As Christmas draws closer, we ask the Almighty God to free us from all self-centeredness. And let our hearts be filled with love and generosity. May we imitate Mary’s ways of giving ourselves for the loving service of others and experience the fulfilment and joy it brings during our encounters with them.

I close this reflection with my sincere prayer that we all will be able to recognize and experience the presence of God in the most simple and common things we do every day. May the joy and peace of Christmas be with you all throughout the year! Wishing you a season of blessings from heaven above. Merry Christmas to one and all!

C.G. Santos
 
Date of Posting: 23 December 2018
Posted By: C.G. Santos
Third Sunday of Advent Lectionary: 9
Gospel LK 3:10-18

The crowds asked John the Baptist, “What should we do?” He said to them in reply, “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He answered them, “stop collecting more than what is prescribed.” Soldiers also asked him, “and what is it that we should do?” He told them, do not practice extortion, do not falsely accuse anyone and be satisfied with your wages.

Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn,
but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” Exhorting them in many other ways, he preached good news to the people.

Gospel Reflection

Today is Gaudete Sunday or the third Sunday of Advent. Gaudete is a Latin word for “rejoice”. It is also known as the “Pink Sunday”, where rose-colored vestments are used. It is also during this Sunday that the pink Advent candle is lit.

This Sunday’s Gospel is focused on John the Baptist, the one who is making way for the coming of the Messiah. At one point, the people then thought that it was John the Baptist who is the Messiah. But John was quick in denying this by saying “One mightier is coming, He will be baptizing with the Holy Spirit and fire”. John the Baptist’s job is to prepare and pave the way for His coming. His purpose is to bear witness to who Jesus really is. When asked by the crowd how they would prepare for the coming of the Messiah, He replied very simply, social justice or equality among humankind, citing sharing with others what one has, being just as for the tax collectors and for the soldiers being content with the wages they receive. The second half of the Gospel dealt with the characteristics of the Mighty One coming as described by John.

As we are almost 75% there in Advent, we see a joyful tone in our Gospel reading. The longing and waiting is almost done as He is coming and is very near. How have we prepared the past three weeks so far? The tone is joyful as we hear a lot of Christmas carols sung and played. We see a lot of shoppers going out of malls and “tiangges” with their shopping hauls with big grins. The atmosphere is joyful even to those we call “yagit”.

Christmas is a season of giving. It is that time of the year that generosity is almost everywhere. It is also during this special time that we bring out the best in us to care for the downtrodden, people having very little or nothing at all. We need not do something grand; simple acts of kindness like sharing our time, talents, and resources can already make them feel loved and see God’s light through us. Through these means, just like John the Baptist, we become witnesses to the Messiah’s light that will shine to those people we encounter.

“Don’t shine so that others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see Him.” C.S. Lewis

C.G. Santos
 
Date of Posting: 16 December 2018
Posted By: C.G. Santos
Second Sunday of Advent Lectionary: 6
Gospel LK 3:1-6

Jesus said to his disciples:
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert. John went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah:

A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

Gospel Reflection

Today is the second Sunday of Advent. Again, the theme of the Gospel is that of preparation that will eventually lead to salvation. How far have we gone preparing for the coming of the Son of Man?

A week ago, I chose to take my ride home via the Divisoria-Garay route out of curiosity. I didn’t do any shopping but went straight to the bus terminal. Divisoria is one busy place during Christmastime. We see a lot of people doing their shopping, completing their material gifts for their loved ones, making sure each one gets something. It took me by surprise that I didn’t get to have a seat on the first bus, as it is full of “cargamentos”, as the bus conductor said so. I’m quite amused at the sight, that instead of people sitting on the bus seats, the cargos were the ones occupying the seats. The few people who were seated had big plastic bags on their laps. Indeed, there is so much focus on material things during this season.

Just as the first bus was leaving, the second bus came. I boarded it and took a window seat, as I would like to close my eyes when I pray the rosary while travelling. While praying, so many images were playing in my mind, the overloaded bus with so many material stuff for Christmas, the people carrying overloaded plastic bags, the Christmas rush, the rush-hour traffic. After praying the rosary, I opened my eyes while wondering how many people prepared their hearts for Christmas. The preparations for Christmas were all material, but what about the spirit? The red traffic light flashed and our bus came into a halt. Then, I saw the street children singing carols and afterwards, begging for some coins from passengers of jeepneys. The sight is a complete contrast of the earlier one I observed at the bus terminal.

As the green light ushered the bus to proceed, I wondered how come there is so much imbalance in our society. At one end, there are people who have more than they ought to have, and at the other end, people with very little or nothing at all that they have to beg to be able to eat. Why can’t the resources be evenly distributed so that all will have something for themselves? The deprivation of those who have less or very little will continue unless we all do our share in making sure the equilibrium is met.

As we look forward to welcome Jesus anew, let us take the time to look back and ask ourselves what we have done so far in uplifting the downtrodden and how have we contributed in propagating a fair and just culture in our society.

C.G. Santos
 
Date of Posting: 09 December 2018
Posted By: C.G. Santos
First Sunday of Advent Lectionary: 3
Gospel LK 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.”

Gospel Reflection

One might say “What a way to open the 1st Sunday of Advent!” after hearing this Sunday’s Gospel of St. Luke. As Advent symbolizes “hope”, one can’t help but react to this reading. It tells about the end times and how people will react, mostly with fear. But listening further, the fear becomes more of hopefulness, as the Son of Man is coming and redemption and salvation is at hand. The second half of the reading gives cautions and precautions on how to prepare for such times.

I believe the reading is not to be frightened about as it is only stating a fact or reality that every person is about to experience; as to the exactness of the time and date, nobody knows. The passage is simply reminding each one to have an active faith, keeping it alive and awake at all times, leaving no room for complacency. The signs may be frightening if you have not prepared yourself at all for the coming of the Savior.

Today is the first Sunday of Advent. Do we all really know the meaning of Advent? Simply translated, it means coming. For Christians, coming means the arrival of that One who will lead us to our salvation. For others having different faith, it could mean something different like the one mentioned in the first half of the passage, something negative that will have devastating effects.

Two things are possible should the end times arrive. First, we can allow fear to set in and feel doomed, and second, we can stay calm, trust God’s wisdom, and let hope prevail, because we have prepared for such coming. The choice is ours alone. God is inviting us to prepare for the coming of His Son. How are we preparing? How are we responding to His invitation?

Today, we ask ourselves this question…how have I fared in my life’s journey? Pray as you reflect and answer the question. God bless you!

C.G. Santos
 
Date of Posting: 02 December 2018
Posted By: C.G. Santos
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Gospel JN 18:33B-37

Pilate said to Jesus, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Do you say this on your own
or have others told you about me?" Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?"

Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world,
my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not here."

So Pilate said to him, "Then you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."

Gospel Reflection

November 25, 2018 marks the catholic observance of the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe or what is popularly known as the Christ the King Sunday. It is during this particular Sunday that we remember with loving respect the King of Kings whose kingdom is not of this world.

When I was a lot younger, my notion of a king is someone who is very rich and powerful, who rules over others and people look up to him as someone who has wisdom over all things like those portrayed in fairy tales. As years passed, this notion has been re-shaped by different situations that happened along the way. I realized that not all kings are good nor are they that powerful or influential. There are also bad and sometimes, weak kings.

But now that I have aged, there is just one true King for me, a king who is all GOOD and very loving at that. He is the only ONE who stood by me in all my life experiences, not only during the good and happy times, but more especially during the turbulent episodes in my life. The trials I underwent in the past decade or so were the most difficult lessons I have learned so far. Difficult though they may seem on the surface, deep inside me something was made stronger – my faith. It is during the lowest point in my life that I realized I became closer to my King. Instead of nurturing the feeling of brokenness, God allowed humility to set in my heart which enabled me to be a lot more submissive to His Holy will. It is only with humility that we can discern who God is in our life and what kind of relationship we must have with Him. Kudos to the only true King, our Lord and our God!

C.G. Santos
 
Date of Posting: 25 November 2018
Posted By: C.G. Santos
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 158
Gospel MK 13:24-32

Jesus said to his disciples: "In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

"And then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds' with great power and glory and then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.

Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening know that he is near at the gates. Amen I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.

"But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

Gospel Reflection

Every Sunday, after attending the 7:30 am mass in our parish, it is a common sight to see a group of women walking with their long, stick umbrellas and knocking at the doors of houses along their route. These women belong to the Jehovah’s Witness, a millenarian, restorationist Christian denomination with non-Trinitarian beliefs. The Jehovah’s Witness followers are very well known for their door-to-door preaching. Predictions of the “end times” or “final Judgment” is also associated with the Jehovah’s Witnesses with its founder initially predicting it to happen in 1914. Four more predictions followed but to no avail. The last prediction was made in 1995.

These predictions on the Final Judgement are very much contrary to what is being said in our Gospel reading this Sunday: no one knows except the Father, who created all things, including us and everything around us. No single person, not the angels nor the Son of God can tell when the world would end. It is only God the Father who does.

The Gospel I believe, does not intend to frighten us or instill fear among us. It is simply reminding us that all things will come to an end according to the Father’s plan; as to the exact date and time, nobody knows. It is more of a reminder to us followers of Christ to look into our lives and reflect on how far our relationship with God has deepened and how we have been obeying His commands. It calls for introspection and action on things we have yet to accomplish to fulfill God’s plan for us. The operative word is preparation. Are we preparing well for the eventuality? Do we have that much faith in God to trust Him for our salvation?

I close this reflection with one of Steve Jobs’ famous lines – “Live your day as if it was your last”. Have a blessed week ahead!

C.G. Santos
 
Date of Posting: 18 November 2018
Posted By: C.G. Santos

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