(Jonah 3: 1-5, 10 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31 Mark 1: 14-20)
The need and urgency to make the Good News of salvation known to all in every generation is vital in changing and shaping the psyche of every society and human being. We are still weighed down by the heavy load of sin because of our inability to trust and believe in the promise of eternal life through Christ; rather, we are prone to choose a life which has an apparent but transient and elusive joy and happiness which only satisfies the mortal body but destroys the eternal soul. There is the need to help each other to make a better choice of leaning towards Jesus, the redeemer of the world, so that we might be made worthy of his promises of eternal life.
No angel will ever come down to proclaim the good news to us; it is we, just simple, feeble, and sinful human beings, who will be called to do that. No one is an exception and no one is special in the area of vocations and evangelization; we are all called to work so hard in the Lord’s vineyard to accomplish one goal: to draw all souls away from the brink of eternal damnation to God through Christ by amplifying the same message of invitation by Christ as “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” By making this message and invitation viable and available to all, many a soul would turn away from their hopeless and animalistic lives to a life that offers true joy and happiness. This life of true joy and happiness can only be obtained through a life that is centered and rooted in God, for a life without God makes humans and the society behave worse than the wildest beasts in the wild. This truth of human life is all abounding in all that we experience each and every moment of our lives.
(1st Samuel 3: 3-10, 9 1 Corinthians 6: 13-15, 17-20 John 1:35-42)
We have been called in varied ways to spread and live out the two major liturgical themes of Christ our Light and Christ our Life. Jesus’ call suggests us to give up any personal agenda so as to pursue and detail a higher agenda attached to the call. The response to the vocation of Jesus, when answered with free will and assent, makes us the very ambassadors of Jesus’ own message to bring those who live in darkness of death to the light and life of Jesus.
To be an ambassador of Jesus is to carry out the true content of Jesus’ message devoid of any personal opinions and agenda. It also implies losing our personal pride so that we can be effective tangible testimony of the good news we carry out in our lives. Losing any personal pride is tantamount to a life of chastity which is in line with our baptismal character as being priests, prophets and kings. These are, and must be, in consonance with our vacation, despite how some of us who are not willing to be true ambassadors of Jesus characterize them as not being in line with the current view of the world. We are simply to lend our bodies to Jesus in order to help bring all people to the light and life of Jesus until Jesus comes again, as we make his good news of salvation viable and available each moment of our lives.
(2 Samuel 7: 1-5, 8-12, 14, 16 Romans 16: 25-27 Luke 1: 26-38)
As the attention of Advent is now on Christmas, we ponder on the example of how religion must be. Our sin took the place of religion since we did not want to be dependent on God: we wanted our wills be done, and as result we lost all the graces or favors from God, especially the preternatural and supernatural graces. God himself showed us the way be losing his glory and taking upon himself the nature of human beings so as to restore the lost graces. Christ therefore has shown us the way to the true religion: a life of total surrender to the will of God in an act humility and obedience. This is the true worship spoken of when we treat of why we are here on earth: to know God, love God, and worship God.
Mary, pronounced full of grace, became the New Eve as she reversed the arrogance of the Old Eve; she fully and willingly cooperated with the graces she had and responded without any reservation to the will of God. It is a classic example of how to deal with our concupiscence: either we channel it towards God as an acknowledgement that God is the ultimate satisfier of all human desires, or we channel it towards ourselves in search of a lasting satisfaction which always eludes us because we cannot create a lasting satisfaction for ourselves; rather, we end up sinning against God and ourselves. This total surrender of one’s will to the will God is what amounts to our religion and worship. Luckily we are reminded of this fact each day as we pray the Our Father that God’s will be done on earth as it is done in heaven, and end it by the Doxology: For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever.
Tuesday Mass & Adoration 4-6pm
Wednesday - Friday 7:45am
(Wednesday, 18 February 2015)
Lent (first Sunday)
(Sunday, 22 February 2015)