Have You Ever Desired the Kiss of Your Beloved?

28 November 2010. 1st Sunday of AdventIsaiah 2: 1-5; Psalm 122: Romans 13: 11-14; Matthew 24: 37-44 The bride in the Song of Songs 1, 2-4: Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth.Your love is more delightful than wine;delicate is the fragrance of your perfume…Draw me in your footsteps, let us run…HowContinue reading “Have You Ever Desired the Kiss of Your Beloved?”

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Part IV: The Desire to Be Part of God’s Plan

Final Installment for the Advent Season Note: I would like to share with you four dimensions of Advent. Each dimension will correspond to the four Sundays of the liturgical season. And just as it prepares us for the Christmas season, we too are being led to ally with God’s plan to save humankind. So theContinue reading “Part IV: The Desire to Be Part of God’s Plan”

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Day 5: Simbanggabi

20 December 2009. 4th Sunday of AdventMicah 5, 1-4; Psalm 80; Hebrew 10, 5-10; Luke 1, 39 – 45We remember that the message of the Annunciation was that both Mary and Elizabeth would become pregnant. The visit of Mary to Elizabeth confirms what the angel had told her, and it was a proof that GodContinue reading “Day 5: Simbanggabi”

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Advent Part III: The Face of Joy

13 December 2009: 3rd Sunday of AdventZephaniah 3, 14-18; Philippians 4, 4-7; Luke 3, 10-18 Note: I would like to share with you four dimensions of Advent. Each dimension will correspond to the four Sundays of the liturgical season. And just as it prepares us for the Christmas season, we too are being led toContinue reading “Advent Part III: The Face of Joy”

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Advent Part II: The Face of Remorse and Reconciliation

6 December 2009 2nd Sunday of AdventBar 5,1-9; Psalm 126; Phil 1, 4-11; Luke 3, 1-6 Note: I would like to share with you four dimensions of Advent. Each dimension will correspond to the four Sundays of the liturgical season. And just as it prepares us for the Christmas season, we too are being ledContinue reading “Advent Part II: The Face of Remorse and Reconciliation”

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Advent Part 1: The Face of a Promise

29 November 2009 First Sunday of AdventJer 33, 14-16; Psalm 25; 1 Thes 3, 12 – 4,2; Luke 21, 25-36 Note: I would like to share with you four dimensions of Advent. Each dimension will correspond to the four Sundays of the liturgical season. And just as it prepares us for the Christmas season, weContinue reading “Advent Part 1: The Face of a Promise”

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In God’s Hands

15 December 2008. Monday of the 3rd Week of AdventNumbers 24, 2-17; Psalm 25, 4-9; Matthew 21, 23-27 The debate about Jesus’ authority in the Gospel today is part of a series of controversies that would put Jesus to death. In this debate, the chief priests and elders are the opponents. Eventually, they would beContinue reading “In God’s Hands”

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Joy in the Season of Advent

14 December 2008. 3rd Sunday of AdventIsaiah 61, 1-11; Luke 1, 46-54; 1 Thes 5, 16-24; John 1, 6-8.19-28Many people have the impression that the core of Christian life is suffering, especially when Catholic popular piety have influenced a large part of their culture. But the readings today remind us that the center of ourContinue reading “Joy in the Season of Advent”

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Our Hunger and Thirst

11 December 2008 Thursday of the 2nd Week of AdventIsaiah 41, 13-20; Psalm 145; Matthew 11, 11-15 The readings today tell us about our thirst. The first reading conjures the images of the afflicted and needy whose tongue seeks water like desert seeking water. But those thirsting for water will find water through the graciousnessContinue reading “Our Hunger and Thirst”

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Unadulterated Desire

2 December 2008 Tuesday of the First Week of AdventIsaiah 11, 1-10; Psalm 72; Luke 10, 21-24 The Israelites pined their hopes on a future king, in the line of David, “from the stump of Jesse”. They prayed for a king that is far greater than any other king because the Lord is upon him.Continue reading “Unadulterated Desire”

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Waiting is Sacred

30 November 2008 1st Sunday of AdventIsaiah 63: 16-19, 64:2-7; Psalm 80; 1 Cor 1, 3-9; Mark 13, 33-37 Have you ever waited for someone to come, or something to arrive that you have oriented your life, your decisions, your attention to it? Many people have experienced this type of waiting. Some pined for theContinue reading “Waiting is Sacred”

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Foundation Stones

6 December 2007 Thursday of the 1st Week of AdventIsaiah 26, 1-6; Matthew 7, 21, 24-27 The readings today are about strong foundations. The book of Isaiah says, “the city of the Lord is built on rock”, and therefore no enemy can destroy it. In Jerusalem, there is a famous landmark called, the Dome ofContinue reading “Foundation Stones”

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