It is 12th December 2019. We celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The readings are from Isaiah 41:13-20; and the Gospel from Matthew 11:11-15. In true and authentic love, there is no room for fear. God’s love for us permanent. Fear disappears by loving God constantly. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4). In the first reading, the prophet Isaiah assures that there is nothing to fear when we have the Messiah, the Redeemer is God for our life. God promises us to hold our hands and walk and to answer all our prayers and will never abandon us. “I, the Lord, your God, I am holding you by the right hand; I tell you, ‘Do not be afraid, I will help you – the Holy One of Israel is your redeemer.” (Is.41:13,15). It is not any human power only God alone can remove our fear and anxiety. God never hesitate to assist us and create a new relationship with us when we are eagerly waiting for a saviour. The responsorial Psalm acclaims, “The Lord is kind and full of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in love.” (Ps.144:8). In the Gospel Jesus hails John the Baptist to more than a prophet who prepared God’s people to receive the Messiah, Jesus himself. We all need to play our part in pointing out the Redeemer Jesus to the other. We must never attempt to replace Jesus with someone. We all have to work for the kingdom of God. The Advent is the grace-filled time to rebuild our communities. Let us be open and be available for God. If possible, take a day off for time of silence, solitude and prayer to regroup ourselves as we are coming to the close of the year. It is worth spending some quality time for our spiritual life and plan for the year ahead with the introspection, and profound conversion. May we accept the rule of God through Jesus, the Only Son of God. May you have a good day. God bless you.

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