Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The false Christmas vs. the true one

Advent 1, Cycle A

We celebrate Christmas year after year, but are we truly celebrating Christmas?

The gospel today challenges us to be awake to the lures of the world that we forget the true meaning of Christmas.  May we distinguish between a true and false Christmas:

a kind of Christmas that corrupts, and let us be alert from all these:
1. A Christless Christmas vs. a Christ-filled Christmas -  goodness may be innate, but if we continue to distance ourselves from Jesus, our goodness will not last.  Without Christ we are nothing.
2. A commercialized Christmas vs. a renewed Christmas - cease to make Christmas a costly one and we shall utilize all efforts to get to know the real source of Christmas.  Have we really known Jesus Christ all these years.  If we have, how come we have less time for him while we have more time for worldly concerns?
3. A comfortable Christmas vs. a sacrificing Christmas - since the original Christmas didn't have any tinge of merry-making, eating, and Karaoke-singing, let us make this resolve that as the day approaches, so too is our commitment to serve the Divine Master, even if it means carrying our crosses for the sake for lifting others specially the poor and embracing a simpler lifestyle.

When Christ comes, may he find us Christ-filled, offering, and enlivened.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Christ the King

Cycle C, Solemnity of Christ the King

Never for once could the kingship of Jesus be similar to that of earthly kings and queens, presidents and those in power we see today.  He humbled himself, but God exulted him, giving him the name above all names, for it shall be proclaimed by all that Jesus Christ is LORD.

What makes him a king above all the rest?  Three things:
1. His power emanated from His Father in heaven - thus all goodness and justice would be exercised by him;
2. His kingship is eternal while others tried in vain to perpetuate themselves in power - What lasting legacy we would leave our children and our people? Of course, the things that would reach eternity;
3. His power reaches to down below - to the depths of man's reality, and from there he starts the path of healing.  Let us finally commit ourselves to uplifting those who in time have reached the lowest ebb of their lives; let us help to lift them up and bring back their dignity.

Jesus' power as king reaches to the ends of the earth, to the highest and lowest of life, to the shortest of time till eternity, to lift us all.  May we who are limited, small and weak, commit our lives to do what the Master pleases.