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Advent 2018: Daily Reflections from ITCJ

14 December, second week of Advent

Paul Nikiema Sch. P

Is 48, 17-19
Ps 1, 1-2, 3, 4.6
Mt 11, 16-19

Putting God In The Center Of Our Lives

The prophet Isaiah facing the people of Israel shows the greatness of God that promises happiness and prosperity. But this guarantee of happiness conditioned by the observance of the commandments. As the prophet Isaiah explains, "if only you had paid attention to my commandments (...)". This call of Isaiah today reaches out to us each in his condition. In the sense that rather than meditating on his law day and night, we prefer the works of darkness.

13 December, second week of Advent

RANOARIVONY Andriamparany Edilbert, S.J.

Is 41, 13-20

Ps 144 (145), 1.9, 10-11, 12-13ab
Mt 11, 11-15

Today, the gospel tells us about Saint John the Baptist, the precursor of the Messiah, and the violence that the kingdom of heaven experiences. I would like to focus on this second point. “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force” (Mt 11: 12). What kind of violence is that? Is it permissible then while the kingdom of heaven is made for the meek and humble of heart? (Mt 5: 1 – 3).

12 December, second week of Advent

Milandou GOMAS Dan Prince Emmanuel (of St. Francis of Assisi, Sch. P.)

 

Is 40, 25-31
Ps 102 (103), 1-2, 3-4, 8.10
Mt 11, 28-30

Come to me, all you who labour
As we continue our journey toward Christmas, Christ shows us the way to follow him. Peter asked later, "To whom shall we go, Lord? " (John 6: 68) and the texts of this day come to answer this question of Peter who has become ours through time, in the midst of the many forms of beliefs that are proposed to us.

11 December, first week of Advent

Sr Françoise Agathe Sègnidomi Vignon (Religious of the Assumption)

Is 40: 1 - 11
Ps 95 (96)
Mt 18.12 to 14
Witnesses of mercy, to live back.
The pericope proposed for our meditation in the Gospel (Mt 18.12 to 14) is extracted from a series of speeches that address community life. Its parallel in Lk 15:3-7 is part of the three parables of mercy.

The Evangelist Matthew addresses a community in crisis composed of people "faithful to the Law" and Judeo-Christians attracted by the message of Christ "came to seek and save that which was lost"(Lk 9:10). But what do we see and hear in this Gospel?

10 December, second week of Advent

ADJAHO Togla Renaud SJ

Is 35: 1-10

Ps 84 (85), 9a-b.10
Lk 5: 17-26

The texts of the liturgy of this day converge in a theme, that of the "Announcement of news."

The announcement of news sometimes haunts us. Whether it is the result of a medical review, the verdict of a trial, after a job interview, etc., the announcement raises tensions within us. As long as the news has not been delivered, it feeds our imagination where many ideas burst forth: I will soon die, I will spend the rest of my life in jail, I'll finally have a stable job, I'll be the happiest man in the world, etc.

9 December, second week of Advent

Fr. Jean-François Niamke, OP

Ba 5, 1-9

Ps 125 (126), 1-2ab, 2cd-3, 4-5, 6
Ph 1, 4-6.8-11
Lk 3, 1-6

Luke begins by situating his narrative in history. In this, he acts as a historian by evoking the most important characters of the time. His intention is to show that his narrative is neither a fable nor a fiction, but that it lies in time and that it is possible for all, even for the more sceptics to verify the veracity of his words. Luke’s list has the characteristic of being composed of two types of characters: the political figures (Tiberius, Pontius Pilate, Herod, Philip, Lysanias) and the religious characters (Hanne and Caiaphas).

8 December, first week of Advent

Frère Kouadio Rauol-Désiré, ofmcap

Gen. 3: 9-15.20

Ps 97 98: 1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4
Eph 1: 3-6.11-12
Lk 1: 26-38

Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This means that Mary was preserved from the earliest moments of her life from the original sin. The texts proposed by the Liturgy of this day are familiar to us. The first reading is the narrative of the dialogue between God and the first couple after they had eaten of the forbidden tree.

7 December, first week of Advent

By Dlephu Andile Lucas

Is 29, 17-24

Ps 26 (27), 1, 4abcd, 13-14
Mt 9, 27-31

We are in the time of Advent. Advent teaches us patience and to be patient you need to have hope. This is the time when we stay in hope with joy, knowing that the son of God is coming, as John the Baptist will tell us in the gospel of tomorrow. In the first reading, God says that “it is just a very little while until Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field… in that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book” (Is 29, 17).

Deepening our relationship with Christ

By Sr. Lucie Irié Ta Lou Gounan

Reflection from ITCJ, 6 December, the first week of Advent

Isaiah 26, 1-6
Ps 117 (118), 1.8, 19-20, 21.25, 26)
Mt 7, 21.24-27

Today’s Gospel passage provokes at least one question, namely: What necessitates Jesus’ admonition to his disciples? Verses 15 and 16 might offer us a hint: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits, you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?”

An invitation deeply rooted in faith and perserverance

By Evans Adomako Appiah SJ

ITCJ Reflections, 5 December, the first week of Advent

Is 25: 6-10a

Ps 22 (23), 1-2ab, 2cd-3, 4, 5, 6
Mt 15: 29-37

In the Gospel of today, Matthew draws the attention of his audience to Christ as the fulfilment of the prophet Isaiah’s prophesy. Isaiah’s message of consolation to the Israelites, who were in captivity at the time, is also relevant to us today.

Your Kingdom Come

By Frère Yanisse Dedhiou

ITCJ Reflections, 4 December, the first week of Advent

Isaiah 11, 1-10
Ps 71 (72), 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Luke 10, 21-24

The liturgical texts proposed for our meditation today are enameled by two extremely rich concepts that characterize the person of our Lord and King, Jesus Christ. Yes, these two concepts, justice, and joy, perfectly express His identity to which anyone who wants to walk in His footsteps is called.