The Good Shepherd     by:   Sr. Leizle J. Pangngay, SSS

December 7, 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] Among us siblings, I remember when I was a still in my early primary school until high school, I kept hearing from other people (be it our neighbors, classmates and some friends) telling me that I was the most ‘not-so-good-looking’ among my sisters, but my father always assured me that I am beautiful in my own way. His words always gave me an assurance that I am loved and I am my father’s daughter. This little parable tells me how God is caring 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!

Persistent Charity     by:   Sr. Leizle Pangngay, SSS

December 6, Monday, 2nd Week of Advent [And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence. But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus. Luke 5:17–26] The paralyzed man found himself at the feet of Jesus through the active and persistent charity of his friends who carried him physically and finding ways of lowering him down from the hole of the rooftop. I can imagine how helpless and hopeless the paralyzed man was but he was given the hope and got healed through his friends’ determination and act of charity. I asked myself, when was the last time I truly care for my friend? Am I giving hope and helping others to stand up? Lord, increase my hope in You so that I can also give hope to others. Amen.

‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.’     by:   Sr. Leizle J. Pangngay, SSS

December 5, Second Sunday of Advent. [“A voice of one crying out in the desert. ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.’” Luke 3:1-6(C)] Today’s Second Sunday of Advent, St. John is inviting me ‘to prepare the way of the Lord’. I am called to open myself for a further conversion of heart, to a deeper listening to the voice of God speaking in my heart, to a deeper trust and faith in His ways. ‘Lord, what do you want me to do?’

'The harvest is abundant but the labourers are few'     by:   Sr. Leizle J. Pangngay, SSS

December 4, Saturday, 1st Week of Advent [“The harvest is abundant but the labourers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out labourers for his harvest.” Matthew 9:37–38] I am one of the few whom God has called to be a labourer for his harvest. By virtue of my religious profession, I commit myself to the full and glorious fulfilment of God’s mission in accordance to our Rule of Life. So help me God that I may be faithful to my calling… Amen.

Lord, have mercy on your people     by:   Sr. Leizle J. Pangngay, SSS

December 3, Friday, 1st Week of Advent [As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, crying loudly, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" When he entered the house, the blind men came to Him, and Jesus said to them, ‘Do you believe that I can do this? Matthew 9:27-31] The cry of the two blind men is also the cry of my heart. With humble heart, I say; Lord, have mercy on your people! Comfort us and please make this pandemic end soon… Amen

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