Being beloved – a foundational message

Readings: Is 40,1-5.9-11; Ps 104,1-2.3-4.24-25.27-28.29-30; Ti 2, 11-14.3,4-7; Lk 3, 15-16.21-22

The word of God for us on the Feast of the Lord’s baptism presents to us foundational message of being beloved by God. What God says about His only begotten Son is what He says about each one of us. We ought to listen to that life-giving word: You are a beloved son/daughter of God, chosen and favoured! This is the positive foundation with which we are to begin our spiritual journeys.

Read more: The Baptism of the Lord

Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8,10-11,11-12, Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6, Mathew 2:1-12

Seeking and following the star, the way to walk as Christians 

The circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus did not present an extraordinary reality. Most people at his time did not realize who he was or perhaps even doubted because of the ordinariness of the way it happened. He is born in the filth of the kraal, in a manger only known better by the mouths of the cows that fed on it and by the hands of the shepherd who often filled it with hay. This of course is contrary to everyone's expectations for the birth of a king and savior. Yet he manifests himself in such a humble state.

Read more: Feast of Epiphany

An endless hug of love

Readings: Is 52,7-10; Ps 98,1-2.3ab.3cd-4.5-6; Heb 1,1-6; Jn 1,1-18

The Danish theologian and philosopher Sören Kierkegaard once said: „The two worlds that have always been separated, the divine and the human have collided with Christ. A collision not for an explosion, but for a hug.“ Christmas is here. It is a meeting of the world of God and the world of human beings through an eternal hug that can never be destroyed. In the mystery of Christmas we contemplate an encounter between the divine and the human taking place in an endless hug of love.

Read more: Christmas Day - Solemnity

New year, new adventure

Readings: Num 6,22-27; Ps 67,2-3.5.6.8; Gal 4,4-7; Lk 2,16-21

The first day of the year fills us all with wonder and amazement at the great love of God. There is a danger of getting lost in the many festive events that surround this day. What we ought to remember is the mystery of the Lord’s nativity. Mary is our model in saying yes to God’s love and in being a channel of the same love for others. Let us be blessed at the beginning of the year so that we may be a blessing for each other!

Read more: Mary, Mother of God - Solemnity

Readings: Micah 5:2-5a. Psalm 80:2and315-16.18-19, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-45

The Lord comes in lowliness and through the lowly

Last Sunday, the readings were calling us to rejoice in the Lord for our salvation is near. The Lord whom we are waiting for and who is so close to us now than before. The joy that we were called to share in is the joy that comes out of a concrete experience of him. A joy that is born out of hope in his word that is being incarnated into human flesh.

Read more: 4th Sunday of Advent, Year C

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