It’s disheartening to see that sometimes our ideology drives us to do what we are against of. I pray for the Catholic Church for its reform and I prayas well for those protesters to reflect of their actions.
Taken from Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s blog
The readings last Sunday may sound apocalyptic and bid us to be ready at all times as we don’t know when is the time the Son of God is coming. Advent is a season of preparation for the coming of Christmas. Symbolically, we are asked again to renew that anticipation to meet Jesus again in His second coming and be accountable always that as followers of this man from Nazareth may found us worthy of such a name and dignity. Sadly, through the course of history, the story of Christmas gradually slipped into a holiday season without relevant underpinning in our personal lives and as a community. I thought, perhaps our Christmas theology needs some fine tuning to the experience and reality of the modern man and woman of today.
For this year, as I prepare for Christmas – I would like to focus on my preparation in welcoming back Jesus into my life as a relevant force, something meaningful and down to earth. I would like to see him as a teacher, priest and prophet for the Kingdom of God. I was accustomed to see him always as the son of God and to a certain extent this made me far to follow him because this kind of thinking somehow reinforced my unworthiness as a sinner to be worthy of such a following. This time around, I would like to have a paradigm shift where Jesus’ image should start where it all begun; in the good news he proclaims in the gospel narratives of our Faith tradition. This way, I hope to get a familiarization of the human Jesus and see its relevance to my life today and apply his teachings with the grace and help of the Holy Spirit.
Some commentators tag the first week of Advent to hope. At first sight, it seems difficult to tag hope with the readings last Sunday due to the apparent end of times scenario. How can God be there when all things seem to pass away? With all ends, specially death is a bothering topic and should be avoided at all costs if possible. But it’s part of reality, one day we’ll face it weather we like it or not. Somehow the Advent season reminds us of this reality that all that we are will end in death, but God promises a new life with him. As our Faith acclaims and believes in the resurrection of the dead and life everlasting, we hope on God’s promise to be with him in that trans-historical reality.Hope enters the scene as we cling to that promise and word. God’s faithfulness is the surest and in it we rejoice because His love endures forever.
Concretely, this hope is translated into an active anticipation to love and serve others. This way our expectation becomes an everlasting thankfulness to the goodness and love of God for that hope in the beatific vision of God.
As we enjoy the cool breeze of the Christmas season, may it remind me always to be warm and ready to bear witness to that hope Christmas brings to our lives.
Thanks be to God.
I just saw this news item and I think it’s a bad call. You cannot counter evil with another evil?
While one’s intention is to curb the rising HIV infections due to needle sharing among addicts, the government setup rooms where addicts can tolerate and use these illegal drugs at the expense of the govenrment’s and people’s money? And they’re expecting more people to use this facility over time?
Curbing HIV incidence among addicts should be focused on the roots, sources of this evil rather than curbing the middleground. The government should focus instead in curbing drug-use, prosecue narcotics trading and implement laws which will stop or eliminate drug trafficing among the population.
While HIV incidence will or may go down among heroin addicts, this will give a wrong understanding that drug-use is alright as long as you do it correctly?
Where is justice?