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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Jesus Never Fails


Second Sunday of Advent
09 December 2018


First reading                                                                  Baruch 5:1-9

The Lord says this:
Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem,
and put on forever the beauty of the glory from God.
Put on the robe of the righteousness that comes from God;
put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting;
for God will show your splendor everywhere under heaven.
For God will give you evermore the name,
“Righteous Peace, Godly Glory.”

Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height;
look toward the east,
and see your children gathered from west and east
at the word of the Holy One,
rejoicing that God has remembered them.
For they went out from you on foot,
led away by their enemies;
but God will bring them back to you,
carried in glory, as on a royal throne.
For God has ordered that every high mountain
and the everlasting hills be made low
and the valleys filled up, to make level ground,
so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God.
The woods and every fragrant tree
have shaded Israel at God’s command.
For God will lead Israel with joy,
in the light of his glory,
with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.
Second reading                                                    Philippians 1:3-6, 8-11

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.

For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

Gospel                                                                     
Luke 3:1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the desert.

He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,

“The voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth;
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

Reflection
By Fely Santiago


“The one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it”

I’d like to share the lyrics of a song that has become my favorite because it truly affirms that Jesus never fails. He who began the good work in us, will be faithful to complete it. And we just have to believe in His words and promises. Just believe that He has great plans for us no matter what we may be going through – sickness, suffering, poverty, failures, mistakes, mess. Believe that God is great above everything. We just have to wait and be patient, persevere and never give up. The best is yet to come. God will complete the work that He started upon us.

“You are loving in all Your ways
Gracious through all my days
Faithful in all you say
Jesus You never fail

Mountains bow at Your feet
Oceans part when You speak
Beauty forms when You breathe
Jesus You never fail

I believe in Your word
I believe in Your promise
I believe You'll reveal
Your plans that I can't yet see

You're stronger than any storm
Sovereign above it all
Reigning forevermore
Jesus You never fail

I believe in Your ways
I believe in Your goodness
I believe You'll complete
The work You began in me

In trial or triumph
In sickness of strength
In end and beginning
You will never fail

In drought or abundance
In loss or in gain
In seasons of waiting

You will never fail”

(From the Feast Worship)

I have experienced rock bottom in 2007 when I was buried in the quagmire of debts. And to add to that, we lost our jobs one after the other. But God is faithful. What we thought to be a tragedy, turned into a blessing that transformed our lives and led us to our life's purpose. We are wounded healers helping others change the course of their financial life and now living our dreams while helping many families in their journey to financial independence. God never fails!

Prayer

Jesus, You will never, ever fail us. Increase our faith and trust in You to see what we cannot see. You have great plans for all of us and we know it will be the best. Give us Your wisdom and understanding so whatever we do will bring You greater glory. With Mary, we make this prayer. Amen.

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