December 30 – 6th Day of Christmas

Luke 2:36-40

OTHER HOMILY SOURCES:

Someone said that the word “FAMILY” stands for “Father And Mother I Love You.”

How is your family? There are three marks of a good family: close to God, close to one another, and close to other people.

How is your family? Is your family prayerful? Is your family loving? Is your family joyful?

Remember, success outside the family cannot compensate for failure inside your family.

As we come to the end of the year, let us thank God for our family, our “Tanging Yaman” in this world. Let us lift up to the Lord and to Mama Mary our families and loved ones especially those who need healing, forgiveness, and conversion. (Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD Bible Diary 2002)

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There are some people who when growing old become apprehensive, anxious, afraid, insecure and even bitter. But there are also others who when growing old who grow old gracefully and productively. Paolo Picasso lived to be 91 years old. During the last 20 years of his life, he remained productive and energetic, persistently experimenting with new art forms and ideas. At 88, Michaelangelo did architectural plans for the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli. At 94, Bertrand Russell was active in international peace drives. At 80, George Burns won an academy Award. And in the gospel reading today we have Anna who was very active in the temple as a prophetess. Although she was widowed after seven years of marriage, she was neither bitter, nor resentful nor rebellious towards God. Rather she grew closer to God in her old age through constant prayer in the temple and in the private. Her piety gave her joy and peace in the twilight of her life.

Why some people are afraid of getting old or feel bitter when they are old is because of their perspective about life and death, and attitude towards other people. If one cannot see beyond  this life, then there will be fear and even despair. But if we have faith like Anna who saw  God as a loving God in spite of her trials and tribulations, then the future will be full of hope. Some psychologists say that if during our life time we are just concerned about ourselves and are indifferent to the needs of others, then we grow old there will be a feeling of insecurity and bitterness. From the beginning Anna was already actively serving, teaching and praying with the people. No wonder in her old age her life was full of gratitude and love. (Fr. Titus Mananzan, SVD Bible Diary 2004)

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

6TH DAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS (YEAR C)

Lukas 2:36-40 – UNSA MAY ANGAY NATONG HUPTAN KON KITA IG-ABOT NA SA PAGKATIGULANG? Uban sa pangedaron ang hinayhinay nga pagkaluya ug ang mga sakit-sakit sa lawas. Kon walay saktong gihawiran, ang mga tigulang dali rang mahutdag pailob ug mawad-ag paglaom. Ning mga adlawa, gipaila kita sa duha ka mga tigulang, si Simeon ug si Ana, nga nagpabiling lig-on haloyo sa ilang pangedaron. Unsa may ilang sekreto? Una, wala sila mohunong sa pag-adto sa templo ug pagsimba sa Ginoo. Ikaduha, hugot ang ilang pagtoo sa gisaad nga kaluwasan sa Ginoo, nga para kanila mao ang pinakabililhon sa tanan. Ug sa katapusan, nagpabilin silang malaumon bisan sa daghang kalisod ug pagsulay nga ilang naagi-an. Kining tulo ka mga hiyas – gugma, pagtoo, ug paglaum sa Dios maoy angay natong hawiran, ilabina kon kita ig-abot na sa katigulang. Posted by Abet Uy

abetuy.blogspot.com/2015/12/6th-day-of-within-octave-of-christmas.html

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GOD’S ON-TIME DELIVERY – She gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem. – Luke 2:38

“Prepare yourself for the revelation of a special message I have for you, which will be given on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.” She felt that this message spoken to her by a community leader during a retreat in 1999 was about her lifetime partner. December 8 came and went that year, but she received no message. She became anxious and impatient.

In 2008, she went to the U.S. to look for work. She met someone who became a good friend. That same year, they became a couple. In March 2009, the guy proposed to her. It was only then that her fiance’s brother revealed that when he first saw her, God told him that she was the woman his brother would marry. He got that message on December 8, 2008. After nine years, God delivered His message on the promised date.

Anna, just like any devout Jew, awaited the fulfillment of God’s promise of a Messiah. When Anna saw the Child Jesus during the presentation in the temple, she knew that He was the One God had promised to redeem Jerusalem. When God promises, He delivers. Judith Concepcion (svp_jmc@yahoo.com)

Reflection: “For the vision is a witness for the appointed time, a testimony to the end; it will not disappoint. If it delays, wait for it, it will surely come, it will not be late.” (Habbakuk 2:3)

Lord, teach me the value of patient waiting for it is in patience that I grow in trust and receive the best of what You have promised.

kerygmafamily.com/modules/dailyreadings/read.php?date=2015-12-30

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1 Jn 2: 12-17; Lk 2: 36-40

Finding Jesus

The Christmas time is a season when we joyfully meditate on the mystery of the incarnation of the Word of God. The Word incarnate is the visible sign of God’s love for us.  He is Jesus who guarantees our salvation. Those who welcome Jesus into their hearts and lives become heirs of God’s love and salvation. The condition to welcome Jesus into our lives, according to the first reading of the day is to love this world less. St. John is very clear about this. He writes: The love of the father is not in those who love the world. Those who love the world more love Jesus less. It has to be so as the values of Jesus are incompatible with that of the world. During this Christmas time we have to evaluate how far have we appropriated the values of Jesus in our lives. Have these values such as love, joy, peace, justice, forgiveness and sharing found ample space in our lives? We have to sincerely ask whether we have found Jesus and his values this Christmas season or just like the modern trend in the world, has our Christmas celebration ended in overspending, excessive eating and drinking and mindless commercialization? A Christmas celebration without finding Jesus and without helping someone else find Jesus through us, is a sad celebration. In the Gospel today we see prophetess Anna finding Jesus in the temple when his parents brought him to be presented to God. She was a woman who kept herself away from the world, a woman of faith and prayer. She had no difficulty in identifying Jesus who was God’s gift for our salvation. She praised God for this wonderful gift. She bore witness to him with great joy. For a woman who spent many years in the temple worshipping God, to find him in human flesh was indeed a great thing. If we have not found Jesus in this Christmas season, turn back and search for him.

The humble attitude of Jesus’ parents too is worthy of imitation. Their faithful obedience to the customs and traditions of their religion paved the way for many to see Jesus personally. A Christmas card, a small gift during Christmas time, a beautiful crib, a visit to our neighbour, a symbolic help to a needy person, faithful observance of liturgical rites, though very simple and ordinary to our mind, may prompt somebody to think about Jesus and search for him. Have we celebrated Christmas sharing Jesus and his love with others?  Let us prayerfully reflect. Fr. Emmanuel Kariyapurayidam CMI

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See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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