First Sunday of Advent

Jeremiah 33:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2; Luke 21:25-28;34-36
The history of salvation has been  very dynamic. It  has moved forward with a promise and the consequent hope, and the fulfillment of the promise.

Christ the King

Dan 7:13-14; Rev 1:5-8; Jn 18:3-37

The contemporaries of Jesus grew up  hearing the stories of the cruelty of the ancient kings and rulers. Biblical Accounts give vivid descriptions of the cruelty of the Assyrians. In 722 BC Assyrian armies swept through the Near East . They became notorious for their cruelty.  There are caves in Palestine to this day where we can find etched into cave-walls depictions of Assyrian cruelty: men beheaded,

33rd Sunday in the Ordinary Time

  Dan 12:1-3; Heb 10:11-14,18 ; Mk13:24-32

In today's gospel, Jesus speaks about the displacement of celestial bodies at the end of the world, followed by the appearance of the Son of Man in glory to establish the Reign of God. The coming of the Son of Man, "in clouds with great power and glory," echoes a passage in the Daniel. Cosmic disturbances of the sun, moon and stars are images traditionally associated with the manifestations of God's judgment of Israel.

32nd Sunday in the Ordinary Time

1 Kings 17:10-16 ; Heb 9:24-28 ; Mk 12:38-44

In the temple of Jerusalem there were  thirteen collecting boxes. They were for the contributions for the sacrifices and daily expenses of the temple. Many people threw in quite considerable contributions. Then came a widow. She flung in two  mites. It was the smallest coin. Yet Jesus  said her tiny contribution was  greater than all the others for the others had  thrown in what they could spare, and the widow had flung in everything she had.

31st Sunday in the Ordinary Time

Deut 6:2-6 ; Heb 7:22-28 ; Mk 12:28-34.

The central message of today's readings is the most fundamental principle of all religions. It is to love God in loving others and to love others in loving God.

In history we find thousands of  people who have  manifested their  love for God even by sacrificing  their lives.