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I t may seem odd that, just as the secular world begins to celebrate peace and joy during the holiday season, we are asked in this week’s Gospel to consider our sinful- ness. The words of John the Baptist echo across the centuries: “Repent, for the king- dom of heaven is at hand!” Isn’t John’s talk about sin, God’s wrath, and the need for repentance a bit of a downer as we prepare for Christmas? It might seem that way, at least until we think about what it means to “repent.” To repent is not just to realize that we have done bad things, or to berate ourselves continually for our errors. Repentance does mean that we confess our failures, but that’s just the beginning. True repentance also entails turning toward those attributes and actions that will allow us to unite more closely with Our Lord. It involves an honest examination of conscience and a firm com- mitment to change. That’s what John is telling us in this week’s reading when he accuses the Pharisees and Sadducees of being a “brood of vi- pers.” He is, in very dramatic fashion, ask- ing them to judge their actions against their words; to see if they are living according to the Word of God or merely mouthing words about God. He is calling them to make the dramatic change that lies at the heart of true repentance. We are asked to do the same thing. What gives us hope is that Jesus, whose birth we will celebrate in a few short weeks, will bring with him the Holy Spirit. This is one of the reasons the Church includes this read- ing during Advent— for it is the Holy Spirit who breaks through the walls of our sinful- ness and pride and illuminates our hearts. It is only through this illumination that we are able to set our feet on a new path, which leads to the abundant life that Jesus has promised is waiting for us. 1 st Reading Reflection ~ Isaiah 11:1–10 ~ This reading begins, “On that day.” For Isaiah, this refers to the coming of the Da- vidic Messiah, made clear by the reference to the “stump of Jesse.” David was the son of Jesse. At the time of Isaiah, the Davidic line was on the throne of the kingdom of Judah, but those following the righteous king Jotham were corrupt. Isaiah’s prophe- cy suggests that at some future point, a king will come forth; not from the family now on the throne, but from the root of the family tree. That prophecy is fulfilled when the Messiah is born in Bethlehem, the an- cestral place of Jesse. The Messiah’s reign will result in a return to a paradisiacal state of peace. It’s important to recognize that the catalyst for this return is that “the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the LORD.” This might re- mind us of that first paradise of Eden, whose inhabitants chose the knowledge of good and evil over the knowledge of God. All those who teach the faith can be confi- dent that passing on the knowledge of the Lord that they’ve received contributes to this eventual return to paradise. (Continue Page 4) ANNUNCIATION CHURCH "As the father sent me, so I send you." 1307 East Longden Ave., Arcadia CA 91006 Parish Office: 2707 Peck Rd., Monrovia, CA 91016 (626) 447-6202 / Fax (626) 447-9834 Website: AnnunciationChurch.net True Repentance

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  • I t may seem odd that, just as the secular world begins to celebrate peace and joy during the holiday season, we are asked in this week’s Gospel to consider our sinful-ness. The words of John the Baptist echo across the centuries: “Repent, for the king-dom of heaven is at hand!” Isn’t John’s talk about sin, God’s wrath, and the need for repentance a bit of a downer as we prepare for Christmas? It might seem that way, at least until we think about what it means to “repent.” To repent is not just to realize that we have done bad things, or to berate ourselves continually for our errors. Repentance does mean that we confess our failures, but that’s just the beginning. True repentance also entails turning toward those attributes and actions that will allow us to unite more closely with Our Lord. It involves an honest examination of conscience and a firm com-mitment to change. That’s what John is telling us in this week’s reading when he accuses the Pharisees and Sadducees of being a “brood of vi-pers.” He is, in very dramatic fashion, ask-ing them to judge their actions against their words; to see if they are living according to the Word of God or merely mouthing words about God. He is calling them to make the dramatic change that lies at the heart of true repentance. We are asked to do the same thing. What gives us hope is that Jesus, whose birth we will celebrate in a few short weeks, will bring with him the Holy Spirit. This is one of the reasons the Church includes this read-

    ing during Advent— for it is the Holy Spirit who breaks through the walls of our sinful-ness and pride and illuminates our hearts. It is only through this illumination that we are able to set our feet on a new path, which leads to the abundant life that Jesus has promised is waiting for us.

    1 st Reading Reflection ~ Isaiah 11:1–10 ~  This reading begins, “On that day.” For Isaiah, this refers to the coming of the Da-vidic Messiah, made clear by the reference to the “stump of Jesse.” David was the son of Jesse. At the time of Isaiah, the Davidic line was on the throne of the kingdom of Judah, but those following the righteous king Jotham were corrupt. Isaiah’s prophe-cy suggests that at some future point, a king will come forth; not from the family now on the throne, but from the root of the family tree. That prophecy is fulfilled when the Messiah is born in Bethlehem, the an-cestral place of Jesse. The Messiah’s reign will result in a return to a paradisiacal state of peace. It’s important to recognize that the catalyst for this return is that “the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the LORD.” This might re-mind us of that first paradise of Eden, whose inhabitants chose the knowledge of good and evil over the knowledge of God. All those who teach the faith can be confi-dent that passing on the knowledge of the Lord that they’ve received contributes to this eventual return to paradise.

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    ANNUNCIATION CHURCH "As the father sent me, so I send you."

    1307 East Longden Ave., Arcadia CA 91006 Parish Office: 2707 Peck Rd., Monrovia, CA 91016

    (626) 447-6202 / Fax (626) 447-9834 Website: AnnunciationChurch.net

    True Repentance

  • Annunciation Church Masses for This Week Saturday, Dec. 7th 5:30 p.m. Msgr. O’Connell RIP Maria Adragna Sunday, Dec. 8th 7:30 a.m. Fr. Chua S.I. Ador and Maricel Camiling RIP Alejandro Camiling, Todd Brown and Eileen Kolling 9:00 a.m. Fr. Chua S.I. Marie Nimmrich 10:30 a.m. Fr. Herbert RIP Frances and Adna Saul, Violeta de Quintero and Aleksander and Anastazja Lukjaniec 12:00 p.m. SPANISH Fr. Gonzalez RIP Martha Gomez 3:00 p.m. Fr. Nguyen 4:45 p.m. Evening Prayer Lay Minister Monday, Dec. 9th Immac. Concept. 8:30 a.m. Msgr. O’Connell RIP Natalie Ignatowski Tuesday, Dec. 10th 8:30 a.m. Fr. Chua RIP Danny Do Wednesday, Dec. 11th 7:30 p.m. Fr. Herbert RIP Raul Martinez Thursday, Dec. 12th 4:00 a.m. Fr. Chua 5:00 a.m. SPANISH Visiting Priests 8:30 a.m. Msgr. O’Connell S.I. For Our Blessed Mother Mary Friday, Dec. 13th 8:30 a.m. Fr. Herbert RIP Virginia Brown

    Masses for Next Week Saturday, Dec. 14th 5:30 p.m. Fr. Herbert RIP Robert Menard Sunday, Dec. 15th 6:00 a.m. SIMBANG GABI Fr. Chua S.I. Antonio Baclit 7:30 a.m. Msgr. O’Connell RIP Cesar Cajucom 9:00 a.m. Fr. Herbert S.I. Roger Kline and Johanna Locke RIP Todd Brown and Richrd Keil 10:30 a.m. Fr. Chua S.I. The Parishioners of Annunciation 12:00 p.m. SPANISH Fr. Chua S.I. Mary and Carmen Nichols, Gary Hopper, Dawn and Scott Frisbie 3:00 p.m. Fr. Nguyen 4:45 p.m. Evening Prayer Lay Minister Monday, Dec. 16th 6:00 a.m. SIMBANG GABI Fr. Chua S.I. Antonio Baclit 8:30 a.m. Fr. Herbert RIP Teresita Diaz 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CONFESSIONS 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. CONFESSIONS Tuesday, Dec. 17th 6:00 a.m. SIMBANG GABI Fr. Chua S.I. Danny and Selya Arce MASS SCHEDULE CONTINUED ABOVE

    Mass Schedule Continued: Tuesday, Dec. 17th Friday, Dec. 20th 8:30 a.m. Fr. Chua 6:00 a.m. SIMBANG GABI Fr. Chua RIP Danny Do S.I. Antonio Baclit Wednesday, Dec. 18th 8:30 a.m. Msgr. O’Connell 6:00 a.m. SIMBANG GABI Fr. Chua S.I. Mila and Emer Cruz S.I. Melita Busante Saturday, Dec. 21st . 7:30 p.m. Msgr. O’Connell 7:00 a.m. SIMBANG GABI Fr. Chua et al S.I. Antonio Baclit S.I. The Parishioners of Annunciation Thursday, Dec. 19th 6:00 a.m. SIMBANG GABI Fr. Chua S.I. Teresita Camiling 8:30 a.m. Fr. Herbert RIP Ramon Rondilla, Sr. and Jr. Retirement Fund for Religious Collection This Weekend: This weekend, we take up our annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Reli-gious. Your gift helps provide medications, nursing care, and more for tens of thou-sands of elderly religious. It also helps ensure younger members can continue the good works of their elders. Thank you for your contribution.

    Parish Advent Penance Services Scheduled: The Churches of immaculate Conception, St. Luke’s, Holy Angels, Annunciation, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Nativity will hold their Advent Penance Services according to the following schedule: Please note that each service begins at 7:00 p.m.:

    ♦ St. Luke’s—Monday, Dec. 9th ♦ Holy Angels—Tuesday, Dec. 10th ♦ Annunciation, Friday, Dec. 13th ♦ Our Lady of Guadalupe—Thursday, Dec. 19th ♦ Nativity—Friday, Dec. 20th Private Confessions will be held on Monday, December 16th from 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon and from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day: All are cordially invited to attend Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration this Thursday, Dec. 12th. There will be entertainment and fellowship in the Parish Hall following Mass. The morning’s schedule is as follows: 4:00 a.m. (Mañanitas-Mariachis); 4:35 a.m. (Aztec Dancers); 5:00 a.m. (Mass in Spanish); 6:00 a.m. (Fellowship in Hall—there will be tamales, Mexican bread and hot chocolate); 6:15 a.m. (Folklorico Dancers).

    Estan todos cordialmente invitados a la celebracion de Nuestra Sra. De Guada-lupe el Jueves, 12 de Diciembre. Vamos a tener entretenimiento y convivio despues de la misa en el salon parroquial. El programa es: 4:00 a.m. (Las Mananitas-Mariachis); 4:35 a.m. (Dansantes Aztecas); 5:00 a.m. (Misa en espa-nol); 6:00 a.m. (Convivio en el salon (por favor vengan tendremos tamales, pan dulce y chocolate); 6:15 a.m. (Baile Folklorico).

    Bi-Lingual Parish Posada Scheduled: Annunciation Church vitiates you and your family to celebrate our traditional bi-lingual Parish Posada on Sunday, Dec. 15th at 6:00 p.m. in the church. Children (and adults) should come dressed as shepherds. Some costumes are available if needed. A reception in the Parish Hall will follow with a piñata, hot chocolate and sweet breads. If you would like to bring a dish to share, please call Lupe Sheets at (626) 447-9479.

    Christian Service Center: As we have done in the past, we would like to provide Christmas funds for 175 families. We are asking for your help to provide for our neighbors in need. Please make your donation by using the special green envelope included in your monthly envelope package, or the blue envelopes in the pews, being sure to check the box next to the words “Christian Service Center”. Thank you!

  • 2nd Sunday of Advent Dec. 8, 2019

    April 7, 2002

    Offering Collection $9,310.50

    Thank you and God bless you.

    Christian Service Center Thank You: Thanks to all who contributed so generously to our Thanksgiving collection and to all who donated food and volunteered their time to help at our Thanksgiving meal. Many people had a delicious lunch and all had an en-joyable time.

    Annual Men’s Retreat Announced: Annunciation’s Retreat For Men will be held at Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center on the weekend of January 17-19, 2020. The Pas-sionist retreat team offers inspirational talks, as well as time for quiet prayer, Mass, Con-fession and Stations of the Cross. It begins on Friday evening with a buffet supper and concludes on Sunday following Mass. Please call Bruce Kvidahl at (626) 444–1123, our Parish Retreat Captain, for additional information, or to make your reservation.

    Knights of Columbus Walk For Life: The Knights of Columbus Council 9986 invite you to join them for their 2020 Walk For Life West Coast bus trip to San Francisco on Jan. 24-26, 2020. The cost is $85.00 per seat. Hotel accommodations can be made through the Event Coordinator. For more information, please contact Pro-Life Director Jose Gomez at (951) 722-4331 (evenings only and no texts, please).

    Lord, Protect Them Joseph Villamayor Air Force Elizabeth Villamayor Air Force Robert James Logan IV Army Adrian Mc Nally Army Ronnel Resurrecion Navy Daniel Smith Marines Patrick Thompson Navy Catherine Holdren Coast Guard Robert Wrischnik Marines Brandon Tennis Navy Rafael Hernandez, Jr. Marines Mario Monoz Marines Emma Larenas Navy Gabriel Jimenez Air Force Brian Griffiths Marines John B. Goss Marines Noe Villanueva Army Stephen Cain Marines R. Michael Rodriguez Army Preston Ellis Air Force Matthew Aldrete Army Patrick Parra Army Justin R. Lozano Marines Vianca Medina Army Carlos Casillas Army Alex Quesada-Bocanegra Marines Carlos Rodriguez Army Jacob Davis Navy Shannon S. Everitt Air Force Liezl Sarte Air Force Mariel Constantino Air Force Christopher Moss Marines Nicholas Goddard Army David Aguilera Army Jason Smith Marines Brandon Patanjo Navy Michael Stanton Army Alex Ascanio Marines Matthew Martinez Army Osvaldo Santillan Air Force Lazarus Fuentes Marines Cristian Jesus Garcia Army Marco Andres Garcia Army Michael Beltran Navy

    Last Week’s Offertory Collections Dec. 1, 2019: $ 8,122.00 Last Year: $ 9,424.00 Online Giving: $ 1,031.00 Together in Mission—2019

    Goal Amount: $55,700.00 Amount Pledged: $67,045.00 Amount Paid: $62,794,53 Difference OVER Amount Paid: $ 7,094.53

    Calendar of Events: Sunday, December 8th Ch—7:30 AM Y.M. Toy Sales, Mary Pat Wiard Speaking about Santa Breakfast at Masses B2—8:30 AM 10:30 Choir H,HK,C1,C2—9:00 AM Viet. Advent Retreat Ch—10:30 AM Dismissal B2—2:30 PM Aztec Dance Practice D1,Field—3:00 PM Boy Scouts Ch—5:15 PM Aztec Dance Rehearsal Monday, December 9th Feast of the Immaculate Conception OC1—1:00 PM Senior Group Meeting OC1—4:00 PM Rosary Prayer Group Ch—5:30 PM Grupo de Oración B2—6:30 PM 10:30 Choir 7:00 PM St. Luke’s Penance Service Tuesday, December 10th Ch —4:30 PM OLOG Rehearsal OC1—5:00 PM Mariachi Practice B1,C1,C2—6:30 PM Family Catechesis PO—7:00 PM Liturgy Meeting B2—7:00 PM Intercession Prayer Ministry OC1,OK—7:00 PM Spanish Bible Study Ch—7:00 PM Christmas Play Rehearsal 7:00 PM Holy Angels Penance Service Wednesday, December 11th Ch—10:00 AM OLOG Decorations Setup Ch—4:30 PM OLOG Dance Rehearsal B2—5:00 PM 7:30 Choir B2—6:30 PM 10:30 Choir B1—7;00 PM BLD Prayer Group Ch—7:00 PM Rosary Before Mass OC1—7:00 PM Meditation Group Thursday, December 12th Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day H,HK—4:00 AM OLOG Reception Ch —4:00 AM Mañanitas and Mass H,Sch,B1-C2—3:00 PM R.E. Classes B2—6:00 PM 9:00 Choir ORE,D1—6:30 PM Youth Ministry OC1—7:00 PM RCIA Friday, December 13th OC1—3:00 PM OA B2—6:00 PM 12:00 Choir OC1—6:30 PM Girl Scouts D1—7:00 PM Encuentro Matrimonial H,HK—7:00 PM BLD Prayer Group 7:00 PM Annunciation Penance Service B2—7:30 PM Intercession Prayer Ministry Saturday, December 14th H,HK—8:00 AM Santa Breakfast Setup Ch—10:00 AM Christmas Play Rehearsal Ch—5:30 PM R.E. 3rd Grade Mass and Monks at Mass

    ¿Sabia Que? Como parte de nuestro compromiso de proporcionar atención pastoral y apoyar el proceso de sanación para las victimas-sobrevivientes, la Ar-quidiócesis de Los Angeles junto con otras cinco diócesis en California, están participando en el Programa de Indemnización Independiente para Victimas-Sobrevivientes de Abuso Sexual de Menores por Sacerdotes Diocesanos (ICP, en ingléso)). El ICP es administrado independiente-mente de la Iglesia por Kenneth Feinberg y Camille Biros, dos expertos en administración de reclamos reconocidos a nivel nacional. El programa está aceptando inscripciones de calquier persona que, como menor de edad, haya sido abusada sexualmente por sacerdotes diocesanos de las diócesis participantes, sin importer la fecha de cuando ocurrió el abuso. Los fondos para el programa en nuestra Arquidiócesis vendrán de reser-vas de seguro designadas para este propósito. Oramos para que este Nuevo programa pueda proporcionar otra vía hacia la sanación y la esperanza. Para obtener máa información sobre el ICP, por favor visite: www.californiadiocesesiep.com. You will find this information in English posted in the bulletin board

    of the vestibule of the church.

  • 2 nd Reading Reflection ~ Romans 15:4–9 ~ In this reading, Paul concerns him-self primarily with the Scriptures; the written portion of Revelation. Specif-ically here, he refers to the Old Tes-tament when he says that we (the Romans and Christians of every age) should derive “hope” and “encouragement” from what we find in Scripture. He says to accept one another, likely in reference to some tensions between Jewish and Gen-tile Christians. The conclusion he draws from what is revealed in Scripture is that Christ served the Jewish people as their Messiah, in faithfulness to the promises made by God through the prophets. He has also saved the Gentiles as their Christ, so that they might bear wit-ness to God’s mercy to those be-yond the covenant with Israel. Just two verses after this reading, St. Paul cites a line from our first reading from Isaiah, which prophe-sies that the root of Jesse will be sought out by the Gentiles, as proof that the revealed plan of God is to

    bring all nations into unity under the headship of Christ, the Messiah of the Jews. Today, we still live in this age of mercy to the Gentiles; we will celebrate this mercy Incarnate in the baby born in Bethlehem.

    G ospel Reflection ~Matthew 24:37–44~ John the Baptist is the man who stands at the seam of the Old Tes-tament and the New. St. Augustine teaches that John’s birth to elderly parents (Elizabeth and Zechariah) represents the antiquity of Israel, and that his leaping for joy while still in his mother’s womb at the Visita-tion of Mary suggests the newness of his coming prophetic proclama-tion. In his appearance and actions, John sums up the whole of the Old Testament. His clothing is the same as Elijah’s, the greatest prophet of the Old Testament. He calls Israel out into the desert for purification as Moses did, and prepares the people to be led into the new Promised Land by the new Joshua (Yeshua=Jesus). His diet consists of locusts, which are symbolic of pestilence, and honey, which is the food of the Promised Land. John the Baptist’s most prominent virtue is humility. “I am not worthy to carry his sandals,” he says of Our Lord. Carrying one’s sandals at this time would be the work of a slave—and John sees himself as unworthy of even that office! If we’re to pre-pare ourselves and others for the coming of the great King this Ad-vent, then we should first turn our

    attention to our need for a humility like that of St. John the Baptist, the first herald of Christ .

    D igging Deeper for iscussion FORMED members can watch this week’s short “Opening the Word” VIDEO at: AnnunciationChurch.FORMED.org

    With friends or family, reflect on the following questions: Have you ever experienced an an-

    swer to prayer that led you to reevaluate your life and make posi-tive changes? If you are comforta-ble, please share with the group.

    Why is repentance an essential part of faith? What does it mean to “return to the Truth”?

    P RAYER: Imagine that you are standing on the banks of the Jordan River listening to John the Baptist. You hear him say, “Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” What do you think as you hear those words? What areas of your life come to mind where you might not be bearing good fruit?

    R esolution: What is one thing—one “good fruit”—that you could do this week that would show your sincere desire to repent? Make a commitment to act on this thought by writing down a specific action you can do and a time you can do it . Reflections reprinted here with permission from

    Augustine Institute

    Fellowship with Divine Mercy (Ephphatha’s TOPIC)

  • Chúa Nhật II

    Mùa Vọng Năm A

    TV 71

    Triều đại Người, đua

    nở hoa công lý và thái

    bình thịnh trị đến

    muôn đời.

    Suy Niệm

    Mùa Vọng là mùa sám hối

    để đón Chúa đến. Chúa đã

    đến âm thầm ở Bêlem.

    Chúa sẽ đến khải hoàn vào

    ngày tận thế. Chúa vẫn

    đang đến với chúng ta mỗi

    ngày qua các bí tích và các

    biến cố lớn nhỏ. Sám hối là

    nhìn nhận mình đã gieo rắc

    bao gương mù khiến khuôn

    mặt Ðức Giêsu trở nên khó

    tin. Sám hối là tự vấn về

    những hành động gây chia

    rẽ các anh em Kitô hữu với

    nhau. Sám hối là ăn năn về

    những cử chỉ thiếu khoan

    dung, về việc đôi khi dùng

    bạo lực để bắt người khác

    chấp nhận chân lý. Sám

    hối là nhìn nhận phần trách

    nhiệm của mình trước bao

    sự ác của thế giới hôm nay.

    Ðây không phải là việc của

    cá nhân, nhưng là việc của

    cả Hội Thánh. Một Hội

    Thánh có can đảm sám hối

    là một Hội Thánh đang

    vươn tới sự thánh thiện.

    Chúng ta cần nghe lại

    những lời nhắc nhở của

    Gioan. Ông kéo chúng ta ra

    khỏi sự tự mãn: “Ðừng

    tưởng mình có cha là Apra-

    ham.” (Mt 3,9) Ðừng tưởng

    mình đương nhiên được

    vào Nước Trời. Gioan mời

    mọi người xưng thú tội lỗi

    (Mt 3,6). Sông Giođan đã

    thành nơi con người làm

    hoà với Thiên Chúa.

    Bài đọc 1 Is 11,1-10 Chúa xét xử công minh cho người thấp cổ bé miệng.

    Bài đọc 2 Rm 15,4-9 Đức Ki-tô cứu độ hết mọi người.

    Tin Mừng Mt 3,1-12

    ✠ Tin Mừng Chúa Giê-su Ki-tô theo thánh Mát-thêu.

    Hồi ấy, ông Gio-an Tẩy Giả đến rao giảng trong hoang địa miền

    Giu-đê rằng: “Anh em hãy sám hối, vì Nước Trời đã đến gần.”

    Ông chính là người đã được ngôn sứ I-sai-a nói tới: Có tiếng

    người hô trong hoang địa: Hãy dọn sẵn con đường cho Đức

    Chúa, sửa lối cho thẳng để Người đi. Ông Gio-an mặc áo lông

    lạc đà, thắt lưng bằng dây da, lấy châu chấu và mật ong rừng

    làm thức ăn. Bấy giờ, người ta từ Giê-ru-sa-lem và khắp miền

    Giu-đê, cùng khắp vùng ven sông Gio-đan, kéo đến với ông. Họ

    thú tội, và ông làm phép rửa cho họ trong sông Gio-đan. Thấy

    nhiều người thuộc phái Pha-ri-sêu và phái Xađốc đến chịu phép

    rửa, ông nói với họ rằng: “Nòi rắn độc kia, ai đã chỉ cho các anh

    cách trốn cơn thịnh nộ của Thiên Chúa sắp giáng xuống vậy?

    Các anh hãy sinh hoa quả để chứng tỏ lòng sám hối. Đừng

    tưởng có thể bảo mình rằng: ‘Chúng ta đã có tổ phụ Áp-ra-ham.’

    Vì, tôi nói cho các anh hay, Thiên Chúa có thể làm cho những

    hòn đá này trở nên con cháu ông Áp-ra-ham. Cái rìu đã đặt sát

    gốc cây: bất cứ cây nào không sinh quả tốt đều bị chặt đi và

    quăng vào lửa. Phần tôi, tôi làm phép rửa cho các anh bằng

    nước để giục lòng các anh sám hối. Còn Đấng đến sau tôi thì

    quyền thế hơn tôi, tôi không đáng xách dép cho Người. Người

    sẽ làm phép rửa cho các anh bằng Thánh Thần và bằng lửa.

    Tay Người cầm nia, Người sẽ rê sạch lúa trong sân: thóc mẩy

    thì thu vào kho lẫm, còn thóc lép thì bỏ vào lửa không hề tắt mà

    đốt đi.”

  • ¿ Recuerdas el Edén? Dios creó a las personas y todas las creaturas con y por amor. La falta de la humanidad registrada en el libro del Génesis es que desde el principio las personas tienden a desear, no a ser como Dios, sino a ser dioses. En lugar de ver la hue-lla de nuestro creador en los de-más, tendemos a verlas como la competencia. Donde hay abundan-cia, vemos escases. Buscamos las cosas de este mundo en lugar de buscar y encontrar la vida de Dios y la bondad en medio de nosotros. El escritor de Isaías describe una mejor escena, la cual los cristianos la han visto como una predicción

    de Cristo, el Ungido de Dios, Je-sús.

    EL REINO DE DIOS ESTÁ CERCA Conociendo a Jesús como Aquél por quien el pueblo de Dios había anhelado, nos ayuda a entender las fuertes palabras que Juan el Bautista les dijo a los fariseos y saduceos en el pasaje del Evange-lio de hoy. Ellos tenían la respon-sabilidad de guiar al pueblo hacia una justa relación con Dios y con los demás, pero habían fallado en lograr producir los frutos de vivir fielmente ellos mismos. Juan no les impidió que se acercaran a él para

    el bautismo de arrepentimiento, sino que les pidió cambiar sus vi-das más fielmente hacia Dios y vi-vir en este sentido. Juan mismo entendió que el mismo era el pre-cursor de Aquél por quien las per-sonas habían estado esperando, aquél en quien estaría el espíritu del Señor, espíritu de sabiduría, entendimiento, consejo y fortaleza, conocimiento y miedo al Señor. En Adviento, preparamos nuestros corazones y mentes para la venida del Señor. No porque el Señor no haya venido, o que el Señor no es-té en medio de nosotros; al contra-rio, tomamos este tiempo para apreciar en una nueva forma más llena la venida del Señor como un niño en Belén y el regreso prometi-do de Cristo está cerca del estable-cimiento del Reino de Dios, ya en medio de nosotros y todavía sin conocerse en su plenitud hasta el regreso glorioso del Señor. Lecturas de hoy: Is 11:1–10; Sal 72 (71):1–2, 7–8, 12

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    ANNUNCIATION CHURCH 1307 East Longden Avenue, Arcadia CA ~ www.annunciationchurch.net

    OFFICE: 2701 Peck Road Monrovia, CA 91016 Telephone: (626) 447-6202 Fax: (626) 447-9834 Monday – Friday 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (Closed for lunch from 12:00—1:00 P.M.) Office Manager Ms. Christine Hunt Ext. 11 Receptionist Mrs. Kathleen Trinaystich Ext. 10 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION 2701 South Peck Road Monrovia, CA 91016 Telephone: (626) 446-1625 Monday & Wednesday 5:00—8:00 P.M. Tuesday & Thursday 2:00—8:00 P.M Closed on Fridays Director Arcie Reza Office Staff: Alexandra Dixon and Jessica Tang Confirmation/Youth Ministry Arcie Reza R.C.I.A. (Adults Only) Sandra Rivera (626) 506-9068 R.C.I.A. for Children/F.I.R.E. Children’s Liturgy Esther and Susan (626) 446-1625

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    LITURGIES Saturday Evening Vigil 5:30 PM Sunday 7:30 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 12:00 Noon (Español) 3:00 p.m. (Vietnamese) 4:45 p.m.—Liturgy of the Hours Weekday Mass Schedule 8;30 a.m. Mon. Tue. Thurs. Friday Wed. [Marian Devotion] with O.L.O.P.H. Devotion 7:00 P.M. Rosary 7:30 P.M. Mass of the B.V.M. First Friday Schedule 7:45 A.M. Reconciliation 8:30 A.M. Mass & Exposition All Day Adoration 7:30 P.M. Benediction Fatima First Saturday Devotion 7:00 P.M. Adoration 8:00 P.M. Mass Holy Days Vigil: 5:30 P.M. 8:30 A.M. and 7:30 P.M. Reconciliation Saturday: 3:30 to 5:00 P.M. or by appointment Matrimony Six months notice required. Please contact the Parish Office to schedule an appointment with the Pastor. Baptism Please stop by the Parish Office to pick up the necessary paperwork and to be given the name and phone number of the Baptism Catechist to contact and pre-register for your classes. Child Abuse Hotline Reporting Sexual Abuse: (800) 355-2545 Heather T. Banis (213) 637-7650 Ph.D