Advent 3 – Friday

John 5:33-36

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

Jesus was sure of Himself and the purpose for which He came. The most confident of beings who ever lived, Jesus believed that His credibility welled up  from the center of His being, he didn’t need to seek approval from men nor from any external mechanisms. His actions cannot be dictated upon by anyone. His decisions were not swayed by public opinions. He wasn’t worried of the stubbornness of His detractors, nevertheless pitied them for their hardened hearts.

He came and accomplished the purpose for which he was born. He even cared less if the crowds nodded of frowned at every word of His pronouncements. In the face of opposition Jesus forged ahead, like a kite, he rose against the wind – not with it. He was confident that he bore truth and believed in Himself a hundred percent.

When answering the charges of His opponents He was well aware that no amount of self-testimony would stand by the norms neither by the minds of those interested only to see Him trip in the logic of His speech. He knew that even if John the Baptist testified on His behalf it was not lasting enough to overturn hearts that were irreversibly locked against seeing the light. Above it all, His words and deeds should be the judge of the person that he is. He knew and anchored on the truth that the Father is in Him and He is with the Father. It is the Father who sent Him and there is no other testimony greater than what He Himself is. No wonder He was sure about Himself; like a cyclone, Jesus derived His power from the calm center of His self. (Fr. Nielo Cantilado, SVD Bible Diary 2005)

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December 16, 2016 Friday

Today marks the happy start of one of our very dear and very Filipino tradition: the “Simbang- gabi,” or “Misa de Gallo.” This nine-day novena of Thanksgiving Masses is observed wherever there are Filipino communities worldwide; the Masses are even made available to all Filipinos in the diaspora via the internet.

This said, what do the readings (God’s messages to us) tell and teach us? In the first reading we are instructed to “observe what is right, do what is just.” If we do this we are blessed. Furthermore the Lord reminds us that His house is a “house of prayer for all people.” A timely reminder for our Simbang-gabi. Being in God’s house of prayer we are to behave accordingly, with reverence and proper devotion. Let no one forget to focus on the Word of God and the Eucharist. Socializing with friends and checking text and facebook messages can be done after the “main event.”

In the Gospel, Jesus sets the record straight concerning the role of John the Baptist. As the “burning and shining” forerunner of the Messiah, John gives a testimony to the arrival of the Christ.  But when Jesus comes on the scene, John’s testimony ends, and a greater testimony to the Father’s works in His Son Jesus begins. The attention is now on Christ, and our task is to follow His light, so we may no longer walk in the darkness of sin and the night of unbelief. Believing that Jesus was sent by the Father to be our Savior becomes a reality when we follow what the Lord says through the prophet Isaiah: “Observe what is right, do what is just.” Then we become blessed, for God’s salvation has arrived in our lives. (Fr. Lino Evora Nicasio, SVD | National Shrine of Saint Jude  addeus Bible Diary 2016)

rveritas-asia.org/daily-reflection/1066-december-16-2016-friday

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KALIGAYAHAN NG KAPASKUHAN: Reflection for CHRISTMAS NOVENA DAY 1 – SIMBANG GABI – December 16, 2014

Simula na naman ng Misa de Gallo.  Siyam na araw na naman tayong gigising ng maaga at iindahin ang lamig ng tubig sa pagligo.  Apat na Linggo ang ibinigay na Simbahang paghahanda na ang tawag natin ay Adbiyento.  Siyam na araw naman itong nobenang ating sinisimulang bilang paghahanda sa pagdiriwang ng Kapistahan ng Kapaskuhan.  Ang mga ito ay ibinibigay sa atin ng Inang Simbahan upang makahuugan nating maipagdiwang ang Pasko ng Pagsilang ng Panginoon. May mga espesyal tayong pagdiriwang na kasabay ng pagpasok ng masayang panahong ito. Sinimulan natin sa unang araw  ng Adbiyento ang Year of the Poor na kung saan ay hinahamon tayong balikan muli ang ating pagiging Simbahan ng mga Dukha o Church of the Poor.  Pinaghahandaan din natin ang pagbisita ng Santo Papa sa darating na taong 2015, isang malaking pagpapala para sa ating Simbahan dito sa Pilipinas.  At ngayon araw ding ito ay ipinagdiriwang din natin ang Pandaigdigang Taon ng mga Kabataan na kung saan binibigyan natin ng natatanging pagtingin ang mga kabataan sa ating Simbahan.  Katulad na Jesus na dumaan din sa pagiging kabataan, ang hangarin natin sa mundong ito ay mabuhay ng maligaya.  Para saan pa ang buhay kung tayo naman ay mabubuhay na malungkot?  Kaya nga ang katanungang magandang sagutin ay “ano ba ang makapagpapaligaya sa akin sa Paskong ito?”  Marahil nais natin ng bagong cellphone o tablet.  O baka naman gusto natin ng bagong damit o kotse.  May mga iba na ang nais ay mapalitan ang kanilang status na SINGLE sa IN A RELATIONSHIP. Dahil pag hindi ito nangyari ay magiging certified member na naman sila ng SMP o Samahan ng Malalamig ang Pasko. Sa unang araw ng Simbang Gabi ay ibinibigay sa atin si Juan Bautista bilang halimbawa ng tunay na pagpapatotoo kay Kristo.  Katulad ni Juan Bautista, tayo ay hinahamon na manindigan sa katotohanan.  Ito ay nangangahulugan ng pagpili natin sa tama at hindi sa mali sa tuwing tayo ay nagdedesisyon sa buhay.  Sinasabihan din tayong sikaping tanggalin ang ating mga masasamang pag-uugali at tahakin ang daan tungo sa tunay na pagbabalik-loob.  Dito nakasalalay ang maligayang pagdiriwang ng Pasko.  Kapos man tayo sa pera o wala man tayong bagong damit o gamit ay magiging masaya pa rin ang ating paghahanda sa kapaskuhan.  Ito ay sapagkat alam natin ang nagbibigay sa atin ng tunay na kaligayahan sa Kapaskuhan.  Tanging si Jesus ang dahilan ng ating pagdiriwang. Jesus is the “Reason of the Season”.  Sana ay maituon natin ang ating sarili sa tunay na kaligayahan ng kapaskuhan! Ipinaskil ni kalakbay ng kabataan

kiliti-ng-diyos.blogspot.com/2014/12/kaligayahan-ng-kapaskuhan-unang-araw-ng.html

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December 16 MISA DE GALLO

Juan 5:33-36.SA UNSA MANG PAAGIHA KITA MAHIMONG KAHAYAG SA KATILINGBAN? Gipakasama ni Hesus si Juan sa “usa ka suga nga nagsiga ug nagdan-ag.” Ang suga dili makahatag og kahayag pinaagi sa iyang kaugalingon lamang. Kinahanglan adunay magdagkot niini. Si Juan nisiga ug naghatag og lamdag tungod kay siya nadagkotan man sa kalayo sa Espiritu Santo. Sama nga ang natural nga kahayag mobuntog sa kangitngit ug modan-ag sa agianan, ang Espiritu sa Dios mobuntog usab sa kangitngit sa atong kinabuhi ug modan-ag sa dalan nga atong pagalaktan dinhi sa kalibotan. Ang Espiritu Santo maghatag kanato og kahayag kon sa matag adlaw kita mag-ampo, mamalandong sa Pulong sa Dios, ug maningkamot sa pagsunod sa mga panig-ingnan ni Hesus.

Ning kapaskohan:

Mamalandong kita kon asa man dapita sa atong kaugalingon, sa pamilya, ug sa katilingban ang giharian pa sa kangitngit?

Atong pangayoon sa Espiritu Santo nga padilaabon ang gugma sa Dios diha sa atong kasingkasing aron nga malamdagan ang atong kinabuhi ug aron nga makahatag kita og kahayag ngadto sa uban diha sa panimalay ug katilingban. Abet Uy

abetuy.blogspot.com/2015/12/december-16-misa-de-gallo.html

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Reflection for December 16, Wednesday 1st day of Misa de Gallo (Simbang Gabi), in the Philippines; John 5:33-36

Reflection: The people during Jesus’ time thought that John was the promised messiah but John humbly told them that he’s not. After John was beheaded Jesus started His three years public ministry. Jesus called for repentance, Jesus’ healed the sick, gave hope to the hopeless and the like.

But they still found fault and did not believe. This is due to the scheming of the high priest and those who were in position of authority. In this season of advent Jesus calls us to believe in Him, to learn from Him, to have hope and to give hope on His behalf and to repent from our sins.

As we witness for Jesus the devil will temp us to put ourselves prominently in front than Jesus. The devil will temp us to own for ourselves the wisdom that we have. But let us fight these temptations by looking at John, by following his humility and fidelity towards Jesus.

As John has said: It is necessary that He must increase and I must decrease. (John 3:30) This must also be our guiding principle Jesus must always shine brightly in our life. How about us? Never mind, let us simply fade away and let Jesus take the center stage. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

mjdasma.blogspot.com/2015/12/reflection-for-december-16-wednesday.html

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Friday, December 16, 2016

DECEMBER 16 – JUAN 5:33-36. UNSAON MAN NATO PAGKAHIMONG TIGPAMATUOD KANG KRISTO? Gipamatud-an ni Hesus ang iyang pagka-Anak sa Dios pinaagi sa mga buhat nga iyang gipanghimo, apil niini ang daghang mga milagro ug ang mga pagtulon-an nga nagpadayag sa kabubut-on sa iyang Langitnong Amahan. Sama kang Juan, kita gitawag nga magpamatuod ug magpaila kang Kristo ngadto sa tanang katawhan, pinaagi sa pulong ug binuhatan. Atong dalhon si Kristo, ang kahayag sa atong kinabuhi, aron sama sa mga lampara nga gasiga, kita maghatag og lamdag sa kalibotan. Ning kapaskohan, atong mapamatud-an si Kristo pinaagi sa pagpakighiuli ug pagpasaylo sa mga kaaway ug sa pagpaambit og mga grasya ngadto sa mga kabos. Hinumduman nato: “Real witnesses for Jesus do not just observe people in need, they help.” Posted by Abet Uy

abetuy.blogspot.com/2016/12/december-16-of-advent-weekday.html

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December 16, 2016

One feature of the Old Testament which is quite striking is the complete misunderstanding which the Israelites had of God’s plan of salvation and of their role in it. Since they were God’s Chosen People (Ex 19:5; etc.), they conclude that God had no use for other peoples, and consequently they looked down on the rest of the world. But in God’s plan, Israel was merely a kind of spiritual funnel through which “all the communities of the earth shall find blessing,” as God told Abraham (Gen 12:3). The choice of Israel was only the first step in God’s plan. The second step would come with the sending of his Son in a desperate attempt to bring back lost Israel. And the third step would be the sending of Jesus’ disciples throughout the world to “make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19). This universalist perspective is occasionally reflected in some prophetic texts such as the one of Second-Isaiah in today’s first reading: “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

Some Catholics are a bit like Israel of old. They cannot easily imagine that God wants to save all human beings, including Buddhists and Hindus, Muslims and animists—yes, atheists and agnostics. These people, too, are God’s Chosen People.

schoolofthewordonline.com/scriptural-library/daily-gospel/english/item/3735-december-16-2016

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See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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