Rejoice in the Lord always

December 16, 2018 6:00 am

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near.” (PHIL 4: 4-5)

Our motives to rejoice don’t come from circumstances or from our daily successes; the motive is one: “the Lord is near.” Joy is His gift and comes from His presence in our lives. Our response to this is our kindness.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.” (Gospel Acclamation)

You were destined

December 15, 2018 6:00 am

“You were destined, it is written, in time to come to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD, to turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons, and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob.” (SIR 48: 10)

God’s providence takes care of everything. Every one of us received different missions and different roles. We do need to know details: when, where and whom we will serve, but for sure in Heaven, we will see what our mission was.

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths: all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” (Gospel Acclamation)

I the Lord, your God, teach you what is for your good

December 14, 2018 6:00 am

“I, the LORD, your God, teach you what is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go.” (IS 48: 17)

It happens that we pray, ask God for something important to us, but God does not answer. The reason is: “the Lord, our God, teaches us what is for our good, and leads us on the way we should go.” Our Lord knows better what is important, where we should go and what is God’s plan for us.

“The Lord will come; go out to meet him! He is the prince of peace.” (Gospel Acclamation).

Fear not, I will help you

December 13, 2018 6:00 am

“I am the LORD, your God, who grasp your right hand; It is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ Fear not, O worm Jacob, O maggot Israel; I will help you, says the LORD; your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.” (IS 41: 13-14)

Our Lord is with us. He is with us not to condemn us, but to help us. He always reminds us: “Fear not, I will help you.” This is why He came to us: to help, to lead, to redeem and to save us. He loves us.

“Let the clouds rain down the Just One, and the earth bring forth a Savior.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste

December 12, 2018 6:00 am

“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.” (LK 1: 39-40)

Our Lady is always where we are in need. She comes to comfort, to help, and to assist; She comes to advise, to correct and to lead. She is an answer for many our questions; She is like the star in the night sky which leads us to Her Son when we are in darkness.

“Blessed are you, holy Virgin Mary, deserving of all praise; from you rose the sun of justice, Christ our God.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Give comfort to my people

December 11, 2018 6:00 am

“Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins.” (IS 40: 1-2)

We have difficult days when we feel abandoned, rejected or misunderstood. We desperately need somebody who can comfort us and bring some hope to our lives. Our God knows it perfectly and tells us today: “comfort, give comfort to my people.” It could be your spouse or one of your children; it could be your coworker or a friend; it could be someone you know. Our Lord opens our eyes to see where we are needed.

“The day of the Lord is near: behold, he comes to save us.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Your sins are forgiven

December 10, 2018 6:00 am

“Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply, ‘What are you thinking in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘rise and walk?’ But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’-he said to the one who was paralyzed, ‘I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.’” (LK 5: 22-24)

First things first; first: “your sins are forgiven,” and second: “rise and walk.” Our Lord knows what is the most important thing; not our health but our strong relationship with God. With Him we receive all we need: “pick up your stretcher, and go home.”

“Behold the king will come, the Lord of the earth, and he himself will lift the yoke of our capacity.” (Gospel Acclamation)

The word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the desert

December 9, 2018 6:00 am

“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.” (LK 3: 1-2)

How precise is the description of God’s word coming to us as we meet in today’s Gospel: when: “in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea,” to whom: “to John the son of Zechariah,” and where: “in the desert.” God knows perfectly our times, where we are and in what circumstances. God knows perfectly when precisely to come to us and how to answer all our needs. We are loved and protected.

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths: all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” (Gospel Acclamation)

I am the handmaid of the Lord

December 8, 2018 6:00 am

“Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.” (LK 1: 38)

Today’s world prefers equality—between man and woman, between marriage and cohabitation, even between God and His creation. Nobody wants to be a “handmaid.” Our Lady changed the history of this world choosing to be a servant of God: “May it be done to me according to your word,” not mine. When marriage and family is based on respect for God’s will, everything becomes right.

“Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women.” (Gospel Acclamation)

The deaf shall hear the words of a book

December 7, 2018 6:00 am

“On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book; and out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see.” (IS 29: 18)

God’s word should be heard and seen. Our Lord wants to come into our hearts with the help of our main doors: through our ears and eyes. The picture of our beloved ones brings some comfort when we are living far away from each other; the voice of him or her when we talk by phone helps us to be closer and to share our lives, but there is nothing to compare with the ability to see and hear our beloved ones. Our Lord heals our ears and our eyes to be closer to us and to assure us about how much He loves us.

“Behold, our Lord shall come with power; he will enlighten the eyes of his servants.” (Gospel Acclamation)

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