A Thought for Today     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

December 10, Saturday, 2nd Week of Advent ["Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but they did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands." Matthew 17:10-13] Elijah suffered much for his people during his days, and now Jesus is clearly saying that He too will suffer including those who follow him. Following Jesus is never easy! Lord, as I continue this Advent journey, help me to become aware of the challenges for me in following you. Your way of life challenges me a lot. May your coming this Christmas be the source of my stringent and inspiration as I go on with the journey of life, keep me aware that You are always with me. Amen.

A Thought for Today     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

December 9, Friday, 2nd Week of Advent [For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon'; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds." Matthew 11:16-19] Both John and Jesus reveal to the people what God is like, but they are misunderstood and cruelly rejected… What is striking here for me is the response of Jesus (and John). They never give up on the people no matter how badly they were treated. Jesus knew that he could not please all of the people around him. He remained true to his vision and truth. Jesus is also inviting me this season of advent not to give up on people around me especially those who misunderstood me (and sometimes mistreated me) in many ways. This is what advent is all about, to keep loving my neighbors (especially those whom I am having some difficulties with) as part of my preparation for the coming of Christ this Christmas. I also pray that I may not be distracted from following Jesus by trying to win the approval of others. Amen.

Mary      by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

December 8, Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Who served Jesus Christ better than the Blessed Virgin? She was a servant and a perfect adorer. Mary adored perfectly, even surpassing the angels with a purity so great that our Lord found his delight in her. At Bethlehem and during her entire life, Mary was with him, following him. Mary was the first adorer of the Blessed Sacrament, watching over him constantly. (Conference, Paris, July 31, 1859)

"Come to Me'     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

December 7, Wednesday, 2nd Week of Advent [“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28] Jesus’ invitation “Come to me…” is an invitation to allow Him to relieve me from the burdens of life itself. Today I just feel like my energy is really going down. The experience of longtime ‘home quarantine’ is making me burdened, emotionally, psychologically, physically and even spiritually! Where is God amid this pandemic? But today, God is assuring me of His presence among us, inviting me to rest in His presence.

Caring the Lost and the Least     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

December 6, Tuesday, 2nd Week of Advent [Jesus said to his disciples: "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish." Matthew 18:12-14] This little parable tells me how God is caring and merciful for the least and lost sheep. God affords to leave the 99 to look for lost one. This gives me confidence that the Lord never leaves his people, seeks the lost even though it wanders away!

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