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December 14, 2014

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          Each of today’s four scriptural roles—disciple, prophet, apostle, herald— forms a facet of our life in Christ as we live it day by day. Isaiah tells us that a prophet is anointed, as we were anointed at our baptism in water and the Spirit, to bring glad tidings and to promote God’s reign of healing, justice, and peace. An apostle, like Paul, is one who is “sent.” Each of us, in his or her own way, is sent by Christ to be a voice of rejoicing, to encourage prophetic voices in the world, and to make sure that the work of the Spirit thrives. John the Baptist shows us the job of the herald, making the Lord’s way straight, announcing the coming of the Light of the world.
     Today we also hear from Mary, model disciple. Her song, the Magnificat, shows us the world we must believe in and work for: one in which God is praised, where God’s favor is bestowed on the humble, where the hungry are filled and the rich are sent away empty, a world that continues to know and rejoice in the mercy of God that lasts for all ages.

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         Cada uno de los cuatro roles en las Escrituras de hoy —discípulo, profeta, apóstol, testigo— forma una faceta de la vida en Cristo que vivimos día a día. Isaías nos dice que el profeta es ungido, tal como fuimos ungidos en el Bautismo con agua y con el Espíritu, para traer la Buena Nueva y promover el Reino de Dios, un reino de salvación, justicia y paz. El apóstol, como Pablo, es un “enviado”. Cada uno de nosotros, a su manera, es enviado por Cristo a ser una voz de alegría, a animar las voces proféticas en el mundo y asegurar que prospere la obra del Espíritu. Juan Bautista nos muestra la labor del testigo, enderezando el camino del Señor, anunciando la venida de la Luz del
      Hoy escuchamos también a María, discípulo modelo. Su canto, el “Magnificat”, nos muestra el mundo en que debemos creer y por el cual laborar: uno en donde Dios sea alabado, donde el favor de Dios se derrama sobre los humildes, donde los hambrientos quedan repletos y los ricos se despiden vacíos, un mundo que continúa conociendo y celebrando la misericordia de Dios que perdura por todos los siglos.

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“Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.”
— 1 Thessalonians 5:16
   "Vivan siempre alegres, oren sin cesar."
— 1 Tesalonicenses 5:16





  Dear Parishioners and Friends,


          Today is the Third Sunday of Advent or “Gaudete Sunday”. The Latin word “Gaudete” means Rejoice.

          Pope Francis identified 10 Secrets to Happiness. These secrets to happiness are timetested and true.

  1. Live and let live. Happiness is not trying to control the lives of others. Instead, focus on what God is asking us to do. “Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?” (Mt 7:3).
  2. Be giving of yourself to others. When we are open and generous with others, especially those in need, whenever we share material goods, offer emotional support, extend a helping hand, or provide spiritual sustenance, we become closer to Christ who is the source of all joy. “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, you do it to Me.” (Mt 25:40
  3. Proceed calmly. “Happiness is jeopardized when our lives become hectic and out of control.” When we establish a deep spiritual life, we maintain calmness no matter what is happening. “When we are centered on God, what happens on the surface of our lives may ruffle us a little, but it will not disturb our deep inner peace.
  4. Develop a healthy sense of leisure. “We live in a secular world that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many of us deal with stressful demands and other commitments…. Spending time with family members are being lost in the busyness of daily life. It is important to set aside time to turn off the television, communicate with one another, read together, engage in playful activities, and eat dinner together as a family, as well as explore the arts, culture, and nature.”
  5. Make Sunday a holy day. Pope Francis suggests that a surefire way to find happiness is to reclaim Sunday as a holy day. He also suggests that Sunday should be a family day. You can start to make Sunday holy by going to Mass every week…. Observing Sunday as a holy day offers us the opportunity to reflect on the spiritual side of our existence, appreciate the blessings of family, and discover true happiness.
  6. Create jobs for young people. Assign household chores to the children. That will teach them the importance of making a contribution to the family. Involve preteens and adolescents in volunteer service projects where they can use their God-give gifts and talents. When we find way to raise them up, we will discover in them and in ourselves a deeper sense of happiness.
  7. Respect and take care of nature. We are the stewards of God’s creation and we have a responsibility to preserve and protect it—not just for ourselves, but for future generations…. We can start in our own homes, schools, and workplaces by recycling, reusing, and cutting back on pollutants and wastes.
  8. Stop being negative. Constant complaining, biting criticism, back-stabbing, and gossip are like poisons that kill happiness. “Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem,” Pope Francis explains. “That means, I feel so low that instead of picking myself up, I have to cut others down.” Being negative or positive is a personal choice. Make a concerted effort to stop ourselves from negative thoughts and words as soon as possible. “Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy and leads to a more positive and a happier outlook on life.”
  9. Respect others’ beliefs. We all have family members, friends, and acquaintances who do not share our Catholic beliefs. “We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating.” When we live as authentic witnesses to Christ, other people are attracted by the inner peace and joy that emanate from us.
  10. Work for peace. We are called to stand up for peace. Pope Francis says, “The call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet; peace is always proactive.” We may not be able to bring about peace on a global scale, but we can pray for world peace. We can also work for peace in our homes, neighborhoods, schools, and places of employment. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9).

Living as authentic disciples of Jesus Christ will bring the kind of deep inner happiness and peace that nothing can ever take away.
(Reference: Our Sunday Visitor)

                                                                                                 Fr. Manny Ediza


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