The toll for the Straight Road

Readings: Bar 5,1-9; Ps 126; Phil 1,4-6.8-11; Lk 3,1-6

The word of God for us on the 2nd Sunday of Advent invites us to contemplate Gods desire to come to human beings in order to bring them peace, healing and reconciliation. He needs a free way to us. We are invited to clear the way; to remove obstacles so that He finds access to us. We have the opportunity to re-imagine ourselves as Gods beloved children. It is time to let God intervene in our favour.

Read more: 2nd Sunday of Advent, year C

Watch!

Readings: Jer 33, 14-16; Ps25, 4-5ab.8-9.10.14; I Thess 3, 12-4,2; Lk 21,25-28.34-36

With the first Sunday of Advent we start a new liturgical year. The word of God for us today  speaks of „comings“. Whereas there are many speculations about the second coming of Christ, we ought to remember that when it will be and what it will be like is not ours to know. What we are certain about is that history is going somewhere. There is a goal ahead of us where Jesus Christ will be Lord of all. Our task in the present time is to be on the watch.

Read more: 1st Sunday of Advent, Year C

Readings: Daniel 12:1-3, Psalm 15:5,8-11, Hebrews 10:11-14,18, Mark 13:24-32

Do not fear, focus on the life after

As we draw close to the end of the liturgical year, the readings direct us to contemplate a reality which often brings fear to our lives and even challenges our faith. Talking about the end of times or the final judgement and the second coming of the Lord, puts us into a certain kind of anxiety simply because we are not sure of when this will happen and we have no idea of ow it will happen. Many false prophets have come out to preach about these and some have made it even the central theme in their messages.

Read more: 33rd Sunday in ordinary time Year B

Readings: Daniel 7:13-14, Psalm 92:1-2, 5, Apocalypse 1:5-8, John 18:33-37

Mine is not a kingdom of this world

The coming of Christ into the universe brought a lot of changes in the understanding of the people of his time and even to us today. Through his life and ministry, he touched many lives; he turned upside down many social systems and mentalities. He associated with the least and the lowliest, the poor, those who needed healing. He identified himself with the marginalized and the abandoned of his time. Such is the kind of King Christ is.

Read more: Solemnity of Christ the King

Letting go and letting God

Readings: 1 Kings 17,10-16; Ps 146,1-10; Heb 9, 24-28; Mk 12, 38-44

The word of God for us on the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time B challenges us with the example of two widows who, out of their trust in the providence of God, were ready to give everything. It is not all about our generosity in giving material things but readiness to give ourselves as total surrender to God who is the source of what we have and what we are.

Read more: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, year B

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