December 24 Thursday Late Advent


gospelreflection #catholicreflection #dailygospel Reflection for December 24, Thursday Late Advent Weekdays: Luke 1:67-79

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    Gospel: Luke 1:67-79
    Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied, saying: “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; for he has come to his people and set them free. He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of his servant David.

Through his prophets he promised of old that he would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us. He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant. This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hand of our enemies, free to worship him without fear, holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

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    Reflection:
    Have you already done something to prepare the way of the Lord? Have you already called for repentance like what John did? By virtue of our Baptism we also share in the mission of John, we also take into our hearts what his father Zechariah had said to him.

Imagine these words of Zechariah for his son John being addressed to you as well : You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way, to give his people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1:76-79).”

This Christmas season is the best time to share Jesus with others; we do this by giving something from ourselves to our fellow men and women especially to those who are in need. Many of us tend to forget that Christmas is not about anyone of us.

Christmas is about Jesus so we have to share the Jesus. God shared to us His only begotten so that we could also share Him with others. The true essence of Christmas is sharing not only of gifts but most essentially sharing of Jesus the incarnate God who is already known to many of us.

When you share Jesus you therefore prepare His way and you become like His precursor John. The year 2020 is already coming to an end, have you already prepared the way for Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

#gospelreflection #catholicreflection #dailygospel Reflection for December 21 Monday Late Advent Weekdays: Luke 1:39-45
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Gospel: Luke 1:39-45
Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”
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Reflection:
Who moves you to forget your own personal needs so that you could make life better for others? He is no other than Jesus. If Jesus is an integral part of your life you would easily forget yourself. And your own personal circumstances so that you could make life easier and comfortable for others.

Let us take a deeper look on the actions of the Blessed Mother in the gospel. The Blessed Mother disregarded her own personal safety so she could give comfort and care to her cousin Elizabeth. What moved her to risk her life considering that she was also pregnant during that time? And considering also that she had to travel a very long distance?  It was the baby Jesus in her womb; she was carrying in her womb the greatest gift that we could ever have. She wanted therefore to share the blessing of Jesus to her cousin Elizabeth.

During these days of materialism and consumerism Christmas is slowly becoming gift centered rather than Jesus centered. We have a tendency to focus more on gifts and not on Jesus. Jesus is slowly being eased out in place of materialism and consumerism.

Many are also forlorn brought about by the covid-19 pandemic let us bring Jesus to them by giving them something. Or if we can’t give them something we simply spend time with them and share Jesus with them. Many of the greatest treasures that last a lifetime are not material things but the things that are not measured by material things.

Let us refocus our Christmas celebration to Jesus. Let us make the forthcoming birth of Jesus as our first priority and the gifts not our priority.  Hence let us emulate our Blessed Mother.  Let us forget ourselves and let us remember to share Jesus with our relatives in particular and with fellow men and women in general.

Would you share Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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