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Theme: Here I am

A simple glance at the readings of today will enable us to identify a unifying theme which is ‘vocation’. Samuel was called by God serve and was aided to discern the authenticity of his vocation by Eli. Every Christian vocation is a personal invitation to come and see Christ.

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Theme:  The right star

One thing is to have a vision and a star that guides another thing to share that vision because your star is real and universal with a possibility of being realized. Epiphany with its star and wise people from afar is a day that allows wisdom to guide our common mission of discovering baby Jesus amidst our uncertainties. Epiphany is a day when children become missionaries by requesting them be generous in helping fellow children in need anywhere in the world.

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Theme: The gift of a holy Family

On this feast of the Holy Family we are invited to reflect beyond models and personalities who have figured so importantly in our history of salvation by looking critically upon one universal family of humankind. Unfortunately, due to a variety of factors; the ties that used to bind global network of families have suffered serious assaults over the past generations. Relational weakness and decay of values is affecting us heavily to the point of suffocating the once obvious joy.

Dec 30, 2017

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Thank you God for giving me also year 2018

Time is now, the Lord is presenting to all of us yet another precious gift called time. Do I have an agenda before hand so as to benefit from it? What history do I request God to allow me the energy and opportunity to make good use of God’s time here and now!

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Theme: God bless and keep us

In many countries around the world family members gather to receive blessings from God and from each other. Both old and the newly born want to begin the New Year under protection and grace from above. In a similar way; we are invited today to come together so that we can be blessed. This blessing installs on us love, hope and faith so that we can have life in its fullness.

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Theme: God Lives here

In many countries throughout the world the Christmas crib is on of the most recognizable symbols of the season. Mary, Joseph, shepherds, magi and farm animals cluster around a trough of hay within which an image of the baby Jesus is placed to mark yet another celebration of his birth. Children, having their first experience of the crib are apt to ask questions which cause adults to stop and think before attempting a response. One question in particular remains fresh in my memory. Where does Jesus live for the rest of the year?

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Theme: Today a Saviour has been born to you

Christmas is finally here. All four weeks of Advent we have been waiting and praying for the coming blessings of Christmas. And now Christmas is here. Today the angels are bringing us the good news of great joy for all the people, for to us is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. This good news of great joy is for all the people of God. As people of God we have a claim to the joy and the peace that the birth of Christ brings to the world. But how do I personally enter into this ‘great joy’ of Christmas? Christmas rings out ‘joy to the world’, yes, but how do I make this joy my own? This is the question at hand. Even though God has declared joy to the whole world, there are still many among us who do not know how to claim and make it their own.

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Theme: Light of Day

Today, the Christians world over celebrate a mother and the Son to whom she has given birth. This unique baby is the messiah, Jesus Christ in whom God has come to dwell among us. Through him all darkness that had previously threatened to overwhelm humankind is now on notice.  Light has come to birth, the strong hold of night has been broken.

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Theme: Hope!

As we hear the scripture for the second Sunday of Advent, we can almost hear the people of the day shouting in excitement waiting for the messiah. If there were newspapers in Jesus’ time, then surely he would have made the headline news! The event of God becoming human in Jesus Christ is not just an editorial comment but is, in fact, the headline news reading that ‘the Word has become flesh. He now lives among us!’ God becoming human in Jesus Christ was the event of the century and the millennium that would change the world forever. Today, this is not just regular news but great news!

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Theme: Experience

Every year we celebrate the incarnation of Christ on 25 December and none of us need to be reminded about that date. However, the Church also supplies a period of preparation. Advent is a time to prepare and anticipate the coming of Christ. It is a time to get excited about the reality of God’s plans for humanity. It is a time that reminds us to stay alert and watchful. To be practical; there are various ways we can prepare this Advent including putting aside some of our savings so as to support the needy, whose who have no family and those who cannot afford any celebration. Advent prepares us for the coming into time and space the person of Jesus in human flesh thus allowing us to share the mystery of faith. This is a great gift that God allows us.

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Theme: The end is the beginning

Today the 34th and last ordinary Sunday in the liturgical year the Church we celebrate the feast of Christ the King instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925. This was meant to give a proper catechesis to the faithful on who is the true King of the universe. While Emperors and secular kings exist in history books; we still honor Christ as the King of the Universe, by enthroned in our hearts. Today the Church presents Jesus, whom we have contemplated preaching, teaching and healing us daily; so that we can truly celebrate him as Lord and God. During this feast we are called to a renewal our loyalty. On this we can borrow a leaf from St. Polycarp, the bishop of Smyrna.

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Theme: Expectation

Another liturgical year is fading away, leaving behind the ever-shifting sands of our daily lives thoughts about the end. The Word of God today reminds us that worry and anxiety are exercises in futility since no one knows the specific time or moment when this world will be utterly transformed by Jesus’ second coming. As believers we are of course, aware that the end time will indeed come, but the fact that the eschatological climax has been so long delayed may cause an attitude of passivity. Aware of these pitfalls which plague the human psyche; the Church invites us to reflect on the last things when we are still alive.

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Theme: Waiting in hope

What is wisdom? What does it mean to be wise? These are the questions put before us today. In an attempt to find a fresh approach on this timeless topic, I decided to consult the mouths of babes where an eleven-year-old orphan replied: ‘Wisdom means ‘knowing a lot of something’. Then, I asked if there were a difference between being smart and being wise. After a few moments, the response was, ‘A smart person knows a lot of facts but a wise person has knowledge that comes from experience’. Then I put the same question to a catechumen who responded: ‘Wisdom means knowing right from wrong and making right choices’. When I asked again how a person gets wisdom, the reply was, ‘I guess you have to ask God’.

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Theme:  Leaders or bosses?

Today’s liturgy puts before us the theme of leadership and point out that humanity is most times poorly served by insincere leaders. It goes ahead to describe qualities a leader should foster for the well-being of the community. True leaders are a medium through which others can come to know and accept or reject their ideas and authority.

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Theme: Make your life meaningful

God’s love for us is a mandate and a command. We need to respond not by mere feelings but with decisive conviction. Feelings come and go as they wish; instead love is a mandate, a choice, a decision, and a commitment to do things the best way possible. That is why Jesus is commanding us to love others. It’s what we do to others, not how we feel toward them that matters.

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Theme: Not mere words but action

World Mission Sunday

Today’s readings invite us to recognize the hand of God at work in human history while revealing a sense of the sacred within the most secular circumstance. Isaiah tells his contemporaries that their political fortunes are changing for the better, not simply because one earthly power is prevailing over another but because God has willed it to happen. When Jesus is confronted by adversaries about their legality to paying taxes, he tells them to respect and obey civil authorities without forgetting their obligations to God since all authority comes from God. The Gospel transforms all of us and asks us to collaborate with God.

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