Sunday Reflections

3rd Sunday of Advent (B)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

3rd. Sunday of Advent (B) Jn 1:6-8, 19-28 – Dec. 17, 2017

The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor.“

A simple story we hear today: "There was a man named John, sent by God to give testimony to the Light so that all might believe through him." There are three key words that give us a clear idea of who John the Baptist was, the verbs sent, give testimony, and believe. Then when people want to know more about the reason why is he baptizing, he quotes the Old Testament Isaiah:"I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, make straight the way of the Lord." Being sent identifies an apostle, and giving testimony identifies a martyr. And John was both. He was an apostle because he was sent to proclaim the coming of the Christ and his kingdom, and he was a martyr because he gave testimony with his blood to the truth. As John pointed Jesus as the Lamb of God we came to believe.

2nd Sunday of Advent (B)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

2nd Sunday of Advent (B) Mc. 1:1-8 – Dec. 04, 11

A voice cries: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.“


Once a famous artist had painted a beautiful image of Jesus and had it in his workshop. It portrayed John the Baptist pointing with his finger to Jesus. The painter decided one day to donate his masterpiece to his parish church and took the portrait to the rectory, and when the grateful pastor saw how beautiful it was, asked the artist, “Why do you decide to bring such a great piece of art to our church?” The painter said, "Because I am that finger and I want each one of your parishioners feel like that finger also." Our reflection could be, "Do our lives point people to Christ? Or do they turn them away from Him?” It is a challenge to remember what Gandhi once said, "I would have become a Christian if ever I had met one.

Jesus Christ King of the Universe (A)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST THE KING (A) Mt. 25:31-46   November. 26, 2017

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? (…) Whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me. “


The American author Mark Twain wrote in 1881 the novel The Prince and the Pauper about the story of two young boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty a pauper who lives with his abusive family in London and Edward VI of England, son of Henry VIII of England. One day, Tom Canty, the impoverished boy and Prince Edward, the son of King Henry VIII meet and want to know how to feel being a common poor boy, and the other one how to be a rich prince, so, they switch clothes. While dressed in the pauper's rags, the Prince leaves the palace and since the boys look remarkably alike and because they had switched clothes, the palace guards throw the prince out into the street. The Prince wanders poorly in London as he insists on proclaiming his identity as the true Prince of Wales. Meanwhile despite Tom's repeated denial of his birthright, the court and the King insist that he is the true prince gone mad. Edward eventually runs into Tom's family and a gang of thieves. After the death of his father Henry VIII, Edward interrupts Tom's coronation and the boys explain, switch places, and Edward is crowned King of England.

First Sunday of Advent (B)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

1st Sunday of Advent (B) Mc. 13:33-37 – December 3, 2017

Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.“

Clive S. Lewis, the Irish writer, in his novel The Screwtape Letters, tells that once Satan was training his student devils, but before he sent them to the earth, he interviewed them. To the first he asked: “What will be your strategy?” He said: “I will tell people that God does not exist.” The Devil shook his head and said: "Most know our Enemy exists." The next said: "I will instruct people hell does not exist." Satan was not satisfied: "After so many crimes, terrorism and corruption, people know hell exists.” Then the last one was a young devil and said: “I will tell them not to worry, they have plenty time to change and be good.” Satan was happy and said: “You are a bright devil. You will be in charge of the whole legion.

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

BILINGUAL REFLECTIONS FOR SUNDAY

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) Mt. 25:14-30 – November 19 2017

“Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share you master’s joy. “


Once I heard a funny story a family told me. They were coming out of Mass. Mr. Complain says to his wife, "That was a poor sermon that priest gave." Mrs. Complain adds, "Yes, and the choir sang out of tune." Walking along with them was their little son who has been listening to his parents' conversation. He also speaks up, "It seemed all right to me," he says, "especially considering that it only cost us a dollar!"


In this case, it does not mean that you get what you pay for. Jesus is not an expert on finances, but he teaches us this Sunday about investing what we receive. He tells the famous parable of the talents: A man going on a journey calls his servants and entrusts his possessions to them. To one, he gives five talents; to another, two; to a third, one; each according to his ability. When the master returns, he finds out that the servant who was given five talents made five more; the one given two talents made two more. They are happy in receiving the master's praise for having used their abilities in a creative way, and he tells to each one of them: “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master´s joy.” However, the servant who received one talent had hidden the talent out of fear, and now brings the talent back to the master. The master calls him a wicked, lazy servant, and orders that he be punished.

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