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Haven for Women Healing of Memories

 

“THAT I MAY BE YOUR HEART TODAY, LORD”

HEALING OF MEMORIES AT HAVEN FOR WOMEN

“Where there is fear I can allay . . . Where there is pain I can heal . . . Where there are wounds I can bind . . .”   Putting to heart the lyrics of the song, 13 from Solo Parents, 9 from Singles, 9 from Homestead 2 and 1 from Intercessory, joined the tricords of Institutional Services Ministry, led by Coordinator, Rudy and Ves San Pedro, at Haven for Women last Saturday, March 4, 2017 to share God’s love to the abused and help initiate their recovery through the Healing of Memories.

Some of the victims have been there for years and have chosen to keep a tight lip about their harrowing   experience; their ability to trust painfully crushed,   especially those whose abuser was a trusted family member or friend.  Several were robbed of their innocence at a young age while a number have been beaten by their parents or relatives and forced to flee from home. A few were unwittingly deceived into prostitution which bore them children from different fathers.

In the Opening Prayer,  Dodie Tejero’s affirmation of her deliverance from the oppression of  painful memories and her moving from being victim to victor, through God’s healing graces,  initiated the residents’ confidence in BLD’s sincere efforts to assist them embrace the reality that though they have been abused, the healing power of Jesus can restore their dignity and respect. The opening remarks of Mariecorr Deliverio in her sharing, “Ako ay nilikhang maganda. Ako ay mahalaga. Ako ay mahal ng Diyos.” gave them hope that indeed there is light at the end of the tunnel where they can drink from the Lord’s refreshing springs of love and peace.  Baby Delarmente, prayer leader for the Healing of Memories, lovingly expressed her empathy, “Noong nakita ko kayo, nalungkot ako sa kalagayan niyo. Para na rin kayong mga anak ko o mga apo.”  Her powerful prayer moved them from being unresponsive and unbending at the start, to surrender to the love of Jesus that paved the way in melting their stony hearts, hardened by years of pent-up anger and pain.

While not all the 45 participants were focused during the healing prayer, with a few murmuring to one another or even giggling, the one-on-one ministering exempted no one from pouring out her   emotional burdens that had been weighing her down for years.  One heaved a big sigh of relief as she revealed how this was the first time that tears flowed from her eyes.  The tender loving care and compassion extended by the healing ministers through their listening ear and intercessory prayers were enough start the healing process.  Although our visits are scheduled quarterly, their frequent exposure to the Mass and Word of God through other organizations could hasten their liberation from   the shackles of mistrust, indifference, and/or hatred.

During the healing session, members of the Solo Parents Ministry led by their Coordinator, Benny & Badette Nana, attended to 15 babies and kids. Donated toys kept the kids busy at play.  3 sacks of donated unclaimed clothes from a Laundromat through Ton and Ella Flores, LSM Coord., drew the participants to a shopping spree for free with each participant bringing home as much as 6 blouse/shorts/skirt, some of which are even branded.  Sincere thanks are likewise in order, for the regular donor of coffee/energen/candies/toiletries through Ada Rodriguez of HS2.

 

The outreach at Haven for Women was very timely in the light of our Lenten observance of fasting as called for in Isaiah 58: 9-14 which happened to be the 1st reading on that day: to  remove from your midst, oppression . . .and satisfy the afflicted . . .”  While reaching the venue was not easy, some having driven kilometers from as far as Quezon City and others commuting,  having had to negotiate traffic jams,  each volunteer willingly endured the hazards of serving,  out of love for the Lord and the desire to share His love  “that I may be Your heart today” as the song mentioned in the 1st paragraph ends.  Indeed, serving the needs of the less fortunate has its fulfillment as can be seen in the frequent visits of BLD members despite the inconveniences and the fact that they may be wounded as well.  Likewise, they may be enjoying the benefits of the promise from Isaiah 58 which motivate them to persevere despite the obstacles,  through the power of the Holy Spirit: “Then light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday; Then the LORD will guide you always and give you plenty even on the parched land. He will renew your strength, and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring whose water never fails.”

Ultimately, it will be such a privilege for those who serve wholeheartedly,  to enter heaven and hear the words from the lips of Jesus Christ our Lord Himself,  “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21)

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

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Community Reflection for March 2017

Community Word:
True faith overcomes temptation.

Order:
“Listen to Him.”(Mt 17: 5b)

Reflection:
The month of March ushers in an important season of the Church – Lent.  During this 40-day period prior to the commemoration of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection, we are encouraged to purify ourselves and deepen our faith through prayers, fasting and generous almsgiving or charitable works.  Our focus though should not really be on depriving ourselves of something, as much as devoting ourselves to God.  The readings of the 1st to the 4th Sunday of Lent remind us to reflect on and understand how Jesus’s salvific mission helps us to avoid temptation and sin, and receive God’s grace of forgiveness and mercy.
For the 1st week of Lent, our theme is:We overcome temptation when we fast, pray and stand on God’s Word.  The gospel of the 1st Sunday of Lent narrates how the devil had tempted Jesus after fasting for forty days and nights in the desert.  Jesus shows us by example how the power of God’s word is be able to thwart the snares of Satan in tempting us to succumb to our rebellious desires to satisfy our cravings for pleasure, material things and selfishness.  Our community word for March states: True faith overcomes temptation.  If we follow and imitate the heart of Jesus, we will benefit from the Lord’s promise for the week:  “…thru the obedience of one, the many will be made righteous,”(Rom 5:19b).
The theme for the 2nd week of Lent gives us a way out of temptation to commit sin: We overcome temptation when we listen to God’s voice.  The transfiguration of Jesus prepared the apostles for His passion.  It gave them a vision that goes beyond death – a beatific vision of heaven.  Jesus was able to face suffering and death because He was obedient to do the will of His Father.  In like manner, we must also allow ourselves to be transformed, from darkness to light, and die to our sinful selves.  By this, we may begin to live a life which reflects a new awareness of our relationship with God who loves us beyond this world.  If we listen to His voice, His promise is: “I will make of you a great nation and I will bless you,” (Gn 12:2).
In the Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Lent, Jesus promises the Samaritan woman at the well, “Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst,” (Jn 4:14a).  Although sin clouds our thoughts that God has forgotten us, especially during our direst need, we have to believe that God never leaves us and He is always here.  He waits for us to come to Him and be dependent upon Him for consolation as we go through every wilderness and temptation in life.  But, we will truly be helped if we align our will to God’s will and be reminded of our theme this week: We overcome temptation when we do the Father’s will.
Our Theme for the 4th Sunday of Lent is:We overcome temptation when we remain in God’s presence.  As we allow ourselves to be purified by the presence of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, we will have the strength and fortitude to fight temptation that beset us even in the smallest concerns of our life.  One of this is discouragement, when we feel hopeless and our trust in the goodness of God is being challenged.  The devil uses this tactic so that we will slowly be separated from God and thus remain in the darkness of our sins.  But like the blind man in the Gospel, Jesus promises us that we will not remain in darkness for long if we truly seek Him with all our heart.  St. Paul captures the Lord’s promise in his letter to the Ephesians:  “Christ will give you light,” (Eph 5:14b).
Prayer
Lord, thank you for not giving up on us, but making us aware of Yourunfailing grace.  We thank You for, through Your Son, Jesus Christ, You have shown us that love meansunconditional obedience to Your will even when we are faced with temptation, trials and difficulties.  You gave us hope in Jesus by listening to Him and following His light.  May our reflection during the Lenten season bring us to realization that we must fully accept the grace of salvation in our thoughts, words and deeds, as true witness of Your Kingdom thru Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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Community Word for April 2017

WORD, THEMES AND PROMISES

READINGS
April 2 Ez 37:12-14/Ps 130:1-8/Rom 8:8-11/Jn 11:1-45
April 9 Is 50:L4-7/Ps 22:8-9, 17, 20, 23, 24/Phil 2:6-11/Mt 26:14-27:66
April 16 Acts 10:34, 37-43/Ps 118:1-2, 16, 17, 22, 23/Col 3:1-4/Jn 20:1-9
April 23 Acts 2:42-47/Ps 118:2-4,13-15,22-24/1Pt 1:3-9/Jn 20:19-31
April 30 Acts 2:14, 22, 23/Ps 16:1, 2, 5, 7-111/1Pt 1:17-21/Lk 24:13-35

COMMUNITY WORD
The glory of God shines to those who truly believe.

ORDER
“…Live and declare the works of the Lord.” (Ps 118:17)

PROPHECIES:
1. “If you die to hatred, you will live in peace and harmony with one another.”
2. “Have faith in Me.”

DIRECTIONS:
1. Share God’s presence with those seeking fulfillment in life, through scripture readings, teaching and devoting time in prayer.
2. Repent and be reconciled with the Father and experience His divine mercy.
3. Be a living witness of the Gospel.

THEMES AND PROMISES

Week#1(5thSunday of Lent)
Theme: The glory of God shines through us when we remain steadfast in our faith.
Promise: “I will put my spirit in you that you may live.” (Ez 37:14a)

Week#2(Palm Sunday)
Theme: The glory of God shines through us when we are obedient to His will.
Promise:“The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I shall not be put to shame.” (Is 50:17)

Week#3(Easter Sunday)
Theme: The glory of God shines through us when we rejoice in Christ’s resurrection.
Promise: “Everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10:43b)

Week#4(2nd Sunday of Easter)
Theme: The glory of God shines through us when the peace of Christ lives in our heart.
Promise: “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (Jn 20:29b)

Week#5 (3rd Sunday of Easter)
Theme: The glory of God shines through us when our hearts are open to the understanding of scriptures.
Promise:“You will show me the path to life, abounding joys in your presence. (Ps 16:11)

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WSC Reflection for February 26, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Peace in Christ!

Below is the WSC Reflection for February 26, 2017 – 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

You can also access this from the BLD Global Facebook account:   https://www.facebook.com/BldWorldCovenantCommunity/

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I)

February 26, 2017

Community Word: 

Our proclamation of the gospel is an affirmation of God’s power and Spirit.

Theme:     

We affirm God’s power and Spirit when we surrender all our worries to Him.

Promise:

“Do not worry… tomorrow will take care of itself.” (Mt 6:34a)

Reflection:    

The words of Jesus in this gospel reading have been called the most beautiful in all of Scripture and the most impractical, yet they are very down to earth!  The Lord is specific and absolute, “no one can serve two masters”.  If God is God for us, then to trust in His providence is wise and will strengthen our life.  Clearly, He is not calling us to abandon prudence and sit back passively awaiting divine intervention to meet all our needs.  God gave us common sense, intelligence, and will to help us fend for ourselves.  It is a matter of choice we make everyday between the presence of God in our life and sense of security from that presence, or the single-minded pursuit of material wealth.  This has to do with how much we trust God.

We simply set our hearts upon God’s righteousness and what this means for us.  Once we can focus on His righteousness, everything else should fall into place for us.  God created man to know Him and love Him, and to live with his fellowmen in a way God intended.  This is “seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness”.  If man gives his best effort, divine providence will not withhold his needs. . He can be trusted with the details. Worrying about the future betrays lack of faith and trust in God.  How could you mistrust the love of your Father?  There are real challenges God wants you to face, and worrying keeps you from meeting those challenges.  If you concentrate on doing or accepting God’s will, you will not have time to worry. Why indeed worry about tomorrow? Tomorrow may never even happen, or may not bring about any of the things you have been worrying about!  Great love can drive out other irrelevant concern.

God will take care of us. His plans are always for our good, He desires our safety and success.  He will grant what is best and beneficial for us.  So we should rely on Him.  Material possessions should serve to create and strengthen harmonious relationships and friendships, to make life better and more meaningful, not only for ourselves but for our neighbors.  They should be the source of blessings for those in need.  Money and wealth are not in themselves sinful but they entail social responsibility and should be used and spent to improve and to promote one’s own life and those of others, especially those who have little, or nothing in life.

St. Ambrose of Milan wisely observed that, “a man’s true wealth does not consist in what he kept, but in what he gave away.”  Our entry into heaven depends on how we use what God has entrusted to our care, and sharing manifests that we are serving the one true Master, our God.  St. Ignatius of Loyola’s motto captures the message of the gospel, “pray as if everything depends on God; work as if everything depends upon you.”  In the same vein, when Mother Teresa of Calcutta was asked if she did not worry about what would happen to her projects once she was gone, she gently replied, “God does not expect me to be successful, but only to be faithful.”

Prayer

Lord Jesus, despite my many worries, I choose to depend on You and in Your promise that You will provide for all my needs.  Help me not to focus on my anxieties for the future, but rather guide me to do the things that give meaning to my life, in accord with Your plan.  Lead me to make the right choices and maintain godly values so that I will recognize what really counts for my salvation.  Inspire me to live simply that others my simply live.  Amen.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What part of my life have I entrusted to God?  Have I pledged my commitment to Jesus Christ whose kingship continues on to a life that never ends?
  1. Am I anxious about my life, my needs and my desires which distract me in seeking God’s kingdom and His righteousness?  What actions should I take to put true meaning to my life?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:

February 26, 2017 (Sun) – Is 49:14-15/Ps 62:2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9/1Cor 4:1-5/Mt 6:24-34

February 27, 2017 (Mon) – Sir 17:20-24/Ps 32:1, 2, 5-7/Mk 10:17-27

February 28, 2017 (Tue) – Sir 35:1-12/Ps 50:5-8, 14, 23/Mk 10:28-31

March 1, 2017 (Wed) – Jl 2:12-18/Ps 51:3-6, 12-14, 17/2Cor 5:20-6:2/Mt6:1-6, 16-18

March 2, 2017 (Thu) – Dt 30:15-20/Ps 1:1-4, 6/Lk 9:22-25

March 3, 2017 (Fri) – Is 58:1-9/Ps 51:3-6, 18, 19/Mt 9:14-15

March 4, 2017 (Sat) – Is 58:9-14/Ps 86:1-6/Lk 5:27-32

 

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Teaching at Tunasan Prayer Group last Sunday, Feb. 19

 

“Our Heavenly Father Makes the Sun Rises on Everyone..”

The Lord’s assurance which was  lifted from a verse in last Sunday’s Gospel eloquently applies to our five Mission outreaches at Tunasan, Muntilupa, BF Target Range, Lower Bicutan, GK Villa Paraiso and GK Euro Maralit. The Prayer Groups were formed as part of the holistic approach for our SOH Scholarship program where we require the parents  of the children to be immersed in our spiritual formation. The rationale is that the success of the scholarship program depends to a large extent on a stable family providing a healthy moral environment and guidance to the children.

It may be noted that the profile of the parents and accordingly the membership of the Prayer Group to which they belong does   not  generally conform with the normal standard of BLD. Many of them are just living-in or not married in church (hindrance includes legal impediment) which is  anathema or a big no no if not scandalous relative to  the rules and culture of the Community.  But while most do not meet the criteria for our entry point, our Prayer Groups freely welcome  and   provide them with all the guidance and formation to develop a personal relationship with Christ. This brings to mind,  the  exhortation made by Pope Francis during the Annual Convocation of Renewal in the Spirit on June 2, 2014 and we quote: “Yes you need organization and rules but do not lose the grace of letting God be God!” He warned not to cage the Holy Spirit.

Teaching at Tunasan Prayer Group last Sunday, Feb. 19

As a continuation of the members’ spiritual formation, Wing Aguila gave a teaching on How to reflect on God’s Word for  Word Sharing Circle (WSC).  Instead of the usual procedural rules, he focused on the more substantive part in meditating   on the Word of God. He emphasized that the   Scripture always  conveys a story/message and a lesson with a challenge for one to obey or act on it. He further underscores, “Christ is the Word and conscientiously reflecting and living the message of the Word is to have an intimate knowledge and personal relationship with Him.”

During the  WSC, one member shared her story about the Gospel of  “loving one’s enemy.” She narrated that a friend whom she treated as a daughter,  betrayed her over a property and even maligned her whole family. Forgiving was not in her vocabulary but since she started attending our teachings and WSC, she learned the value of forgiving which was further reinforced through the teaching of Wing.  Now, she is gradually opening her heart to forgive the  person who caused her so much pain and suffering.

It is worthy to note that relative to Wing’s teaching last month on “Tithing/Love Offering,  one member made a heartwarming testimony.  She said that right after the teaching, they started to set aside an average of P300 every day (Monday to Saturday) for tithing from their earnings in selling cooked food at their house. She testified on the truth in God’s promise that He will open the flood gate of heaven and pour blessings without measure on those who obey Him. She observed that since then, their small business continues to flourish noticeably.

Attendance  during the monthly outreach has included the youth and singles with some mothers even bringing their kids as young as two months old.  This clearly manifests their deep longing to hear the Word of God and to develop a personal relationship with Him. Real changes in their spiritual lives are shown by the examples given above.

Prayer: Lord,  we thank  you for making us your instruments in bringing glad tidings to our poor brothers and sisters at Tunasan and other Prayer Groups.  We find  joy and fulfillment in seeing them getting  closer and closer to you. We rejoice  that as they seek your heavenly kingdom and your righteousness,  they will find peace and comfort in your embrace. Amen.

To GOD BE THE GLORY & HONOR!

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Community Reflection for February 2017

 

 

REFLECTION FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY

It is such a privilege that Jesus Christ entrusted to us, Christians, the mission to carry on with the work that He came to this world to accomplish. Before ascending to Heaven, He told His disciples, “… you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth,” (Acts 1:8). Jesus could have ordered the angels to proclaim the Good News and it would have been done more quickly. Or He could have returned to earth, visit different groups of people every month and single-handedly accomplish the job much better than us. No. He chose to empower us with the Holy Spirit and commissioned us to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth. So, for the month of February, our discerned Community Word says: Our proclamation of the gospel is an affirmation of God’s power and Spirit.

The Holy Spirit writes the law of love and truth in our hearts. He gives us wisdom and understanding of God’s ways that enable us to be transformed into the likeness of Christ. This blessing ought to be shared with others so that God’s goodness and love will be known. In this way we allow the Light of Christ to shine through us because this is what Jesus wants us to do through our Order for this month: “Your light must shine,” (Mt 5:16a).

To be Christ’s light means that we should show through our words and actions that the character of Jesus is in us – His love, compassion and forgiveness. When people see Jesus in our attitude, habits, expressions, values, way of life, they will recognize the power of God at work in us. This is the theme for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – We affirm God’s power and Spirit when the light of Christ in us shines before others. By sharing our Christ-like life, others may see the truth of the gospel and they too may be freed from the blindness of sin and deception and will benefit from the Lord’s promise this week: “Light shall rise for you in the darkness,” (Is 58:10b)

The theme for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time is – We affirm God’s power and Spirit when we observe His law and keep it with all our heart. Some people may feel that observing God’s law and keeping it in their hearts is burdensome and would limit their personal freedom and desires. But our Savior teaches us that true and lasting freedom comes only from following His instructions and precepts. God gives the Commandments for our benefit. They are loving directions for our unconditional happiness, for our spiritual as well as our physical well-being. As followers of Jesus, we must love His commandments and hate every form of sin and wrongdoing. If we do this, we can be assured of the Lord’s promise this week: “… keep the commandments, they will save you,” (Sir 15:15).

God’s word brings light, might, and delight to our lives. We are counseled not only to hide His words in our hearts, but also to apply them in our daily life. This is the theme for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – We affirm God’s power and Spirit when we keep His word and do what it says. Reading the Holy Bible often requires time, focus and study so that we will be able to internalize it and make it the guide in our daily life. Exploring God’s word is not something we only do in isolation. Studying with other members of the community or group will also help us see and understand His word in new ways. Our sharing of experiences on God’s faithfulness during the Word Sharing Circle, or Living Word Group, should motivate and inspire us to remain anchored in His word and be blessed. This is God’s promise this week: “He redeems your life from destruction, he crowns you with kindness and compassion,” (Ps 103:4).

Aren’t we tired of second guessing God in managing our life? When we insist on seating at the driver’s seat of our life, the result is worry, guilt, bitterness, resentment, fear, fatigue, depression and despair. The theme for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time is – We affirm God’s power and Spirit when we surrender all our worries to Him. We should realized by now that trying to be in total control of our lives is the main reason of our daily stress. Anxiety is neither helpful nor necessary because it robs us of our faith and confidence in God’s help, and weakens our energy to do the right thing. Jesus admonishes His followers to put Him first in our life and to fully surrender to His will, so that we will enjoy peace, power, strength, wisdom, and purpose. The Lord’s promise for this week says it clearly, “Do not worry… tomorrow will take care of itself,” (Mt 6:34a).

Prayer:
Lord God, thank You for empowering us with Your Holy Spirit who allows us to enjoy true freedom and inner peace. Thank You for giving us Jesus who is the Light that guides us in our earthly life to follow Your Holy Will. Grant us the grace to share the Light of Christ to others that they too will experience the true meaning of Salvation. Amen.

Therefore He is able to save completely those who came to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” (Hb 7:25)

  • For Priesthood…

Albert Palay, Jerome S. Piedad, John Paulo A. Cirujano, Job Villaviray, Raymart Glen Barcobero, Christoffer Denzel Aquino, Sef Francia, Edgar Joseph Miranda, Miguel Jerico M. Rodriguez, Jerelle Benedict and Mendoza Yap.

  • God’s Healing Hands be upon you…

Jean Anne Templa Gabrinao, Ann Miranda, Dante Elegores, Benita Mercado, Gene Kudemus, Alice Tagle, Olive Zamora, Alexis Ferreras, Vickie Gonzales, Benjamin Balmores, Sr., Sandi Debanate, Dolly Rodriguez, Lito Seminiano, Jhong Miranda, Rachelle Jean Marcelino, Rodel Alcoba, Ernest Joy Cerrera, Eric Cerrera, Prescy Ubay, Boy Ballon, Maribel Dizon, Cynthia Posadas, Lita Bianes, Sofia Castulo, Edward & Art Reyes, Patricia Le Blanc, Jim Carbonilla, Denise Lennon, Arceli Luz-Gomez, Henry Rayos, Nene Victoriano, Orly Maddela, Dick & Gig Villabona, Mercedita & Fatima Valdez, Malou Cabrera, Fr. Joey Espano, Genoveva Espano, Ben Montenegro, Carlo Castro, Remy Apostol, Leonora Menguito, Pete Maat, Pao Maat, Aeisha Amoyan and Nicholas Mararac.

  • May your souls rest in peace…

… Emma Tolin, Purita Maat, Nario Orena, Leticia Reyes, Jacinto M. Mantaring Jr., Pio Sison, Gui Baker, Carmencita De los Santos, Nicomedes Abatayo, Emilia Peralta, Sonia Gomez-Khe, Emilie Reyes Palanca, Anselmo Dela Rea, Benjamin Mensah and Iluminada Tumamak and all the poor souls in purgatory.

Pope’s Intention for February 2017

  • Universal: Welcome the needy

That all those who are afflicted, especially the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our communities.

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Community Reflection for January 2017

As we start the New Year 2017, the BLD Community Word for January – God’s presence brings unspeakable joy to His people, reminds us the reason why we just commemorated and celebrated Christmas, the day Jesus, our Emmanuel (God with us) was born.  The joy of Christmas does not end here. We continue to experience the gladness and rejoicing of the birth of Christ every day of our lives. But, like Mary, we must continue to surrender our will to God whose desire for us is that we may have an abundant life of love, hope, peace and joy. We will experience such joy in our hearts as we start this year and begin reflecting upon God’s messages in the Sunday readings for the month of January.

The first Sunday of January celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and our theme for this week is:  We experience God’s presence when we keep Him in our hearts. Without any doubt, Mary’s ‘yes’ to the salvific plan of God for mankind was realized. Because of her humble obedience to God’s will, Mary was blessed to become the Mother of God – Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. To us who obey and follow God’s will, we too will receive His promise of blessing this month: “The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!  The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!…I will bless them.” (Nb6:24 – 27b)

On the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, our theme is: We experience God’s presence when we diligently seek Him. Jesus was born poor. Although He is God and King, he became man in the form of a delicate and deprived little baby, born outside of a home.  This year, let us change our attitude towards the marginalized people of society. Let us open our hearts of compassion towards them and give them back the respect and human dignity that they deserve as children of God. The Magi of the East came to look for Jesus. In their diligent searching, they found him in a manger in a stable. But still they gave Him gifts befitting a lord and king. Our promise this week is taken from Psalm 72:11 – 12: “All kings shall pay him homage, all nations shall serve him. For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out, and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.”

In the Philippines, we celebrate the Child Jesus in a very special way – Feast of the Sto. Niño. And so, our theme for this week (for Philippine Districts) is: We experience God’s presence when we manifest childlike faith. The image of the Sto. Niño in the Philippines is a representation of our faith when Christianity was brought to our shores. And when we celebrate this feast, we should be reminded of the humility of Jesus in becoming man like us. Just as Jesus trusted his parents as a child, we must be witnesses to Christ by trusting God with child-like faith. As followers of Christ, as Catholic Christians, we must do what God wants us to do and be willing to share the message of salvation to everyone.  Jesus says: “…become like children, (and) you will enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 18:3)

The theme for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (for International Districts) is: We experience God’s presence when we acknowledge Jesus as His son.  Our faith starts with the belief that Jesus is the Son of God. It is our faith that leads us to recognize who Christ is and become His followers. As Christians, we have received the Holy Spirit who empowered us to be true disciples of Christ. This was the experience of John the Baptist who was sent by God to pave the way for the coming of Jesus, the Lamb of God.  Like John, we are also called to be God’s servants and for this He promised: “I will make you a light to the nationsthat my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Is 49:6b)

The theme for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time is: We experience God’s presence when we respond joyfully to the call of Jesus. As community people, we are here because we are responding to the call of Christ to continue His work of evangelization. To be successful in our mission to preach the gospel of love, mercy and compassion to others, we need to work together as one united and fully committed servants of the Lord. God continues to equip those who He calls with the right attitude and provides them with sufficient means to do so, for as He promised: “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men,” (Mt. 4:19).

The theme for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time is: We experience God’s presence when we hunger and thirst for His righteousness. “The Beatitudes remind us of the true nature of the Gospel. The Gospel cannot be appropriated by the powerful, but it can be adopted by the weak and powerless. The Lord can easily work in a humble and contrite heart. The arrogant and self-sufficient leave very little room for God’s grace to operate. Will we accept His grace? Let us pray that we choose wisely, with the will of God in mind.” (Companion 2017). The Lord’s promise this week is: “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven,” (Mt. 5:12)

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BF Target Range Prayer Group – CHRISTMAS IN JANUARY

BUKÁS–LOÓB SA DIYÓS CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC COVENANT COMMUNITY

MISSION  NEWSLETTER

BF Target Range Prayer Group celebrated its Christmas Fellowship last Saturday, January 28.  While the Holiday Season has already winded down, a certain degree  of Christmas spirit was still in the air with the noticeable presence of a Christmas tree in the venue.  Rey and Lily Castanar  with Homestead 1 prepared an overflowing of gifts such that not only  each and every member received their fair share but much more through the raffle and prizes.

After the short worship prayer, the games were the high point of the affair. All the members  set aside their inhibitions and gave in to their child-like glee and exuberance. The atmosphere of joy and revelry was so electrifying and  contagious that the BLD members who joined the event were likewise lost to themselves, belly laughing in the merriment.

The  Lord Jesus certainly was in the midst of the jubilation which was held for our poor brothers and sisters who are very dear to Him. HE HAD THE LOUDEST  LAUGHTER OF THEM ALL!!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for   commissioning us, your disciples,  to be the SALT OF THE EARTH AND THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. May we proclaim your Good News not only in words, but in deeds, “willing to leave our comfort zones to tend to the needy in the peripheries”  –“sharing our bread”  and doing our piece to uplift  their impoverished spiritual and corporal condition. Amen.

 

To GOD BE THE GLORY & HONOR!

MISSION NEWSLETTER – BF Target Range Jan. 28, 2017

 

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Community Reflection for January 2017

 

Community Word:
God’s presence brings unspeakable joy to His people

Order:
“Rejoice and be glad.”(Mt 5:12a)

Reflection:
As we start the New Year 2017, the BLD Community Word for January – God’s presence brings unspeakable joy to His people, reminds us the reason why we just commemorated and celebrated Christmas, the day Jesus, our Emmanuel (God with us) was born.  The joy of Christmas does not end here.  We continue to experience the gladness and rejoicing of the birth of Christ every day of our lives.  But, like Mary, we must continue to surrender our will to God whose desire for us is that we may have an abundant life of love, hope, peace and joy.  We will experience such joy in our hearts as we start this year and begin reflecting upon God’s messages in the Sunday readings for the month of January.

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WSC Reflection for February 5, 2017

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I)

Community Word:
Our proclamation of the gospel is an affirmation of God’s power and Spirit.

Theme:     We affirm God’s power and Spirit when the light of Christ in us shines before others.

Promise:“Light shall rise for you in the darkness.” (Is 58:10b)

Reflection:

Jesus exhorts all His followers to be the salt of the earth.  Salt is used for flavoring; to give taste to food.  It is also used as a preservative. As followers of Christ, we have tasted His goodness, His great love and mercy. We have received His word and have been given the gift of prayer and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We have accepted Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior. We are now sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. We have been “seasoned” as new creations.

We should “preserve” this new life that Jesus has given us. Therefore we should remain firm in our faith and continue to deepen our relationship with Christ. We should exercise the gifts of the Holy Spirit daily in our personal capacity and in community. Daily we should adore and worship God, praising Him from our hearts, praying and singing in tongues; and thanking Him. Daily we should meditate on His Word. As we quiet down our spirits, we should allow the Holy Spirit to convict us of any unrighteousness that remain embedded in our hearts. Then we can truly repent, confess our sins, and cultivate a pure heart where Jesus can dwell. Our ideal is to attain the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22); for as we demonstrate these fruits in our lives, other people will see us as authentic witnesses of Christ. Then they too, may be inclined to be “seasoned” by Christ.

If we are not diligent enough and lose our interest in prayer, in His word and in following our covenant with the Lord; being connected to Jesus like the branches to the vine, we will not be effective witnesses. People will not listen to what we have to say and we lose our effectiveness as witnesses, as Jesus points out in Matthew 5:13: “But if the salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

We read in second letter to the Corinthians, that “the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that they may not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God,”(2Cor4:4).  What most people hear are the messages of media.  They only see the neon lights of this world. Their basic message is “buy me, buy me, so you can be beautiful, handsome, and acceptable like movie actors and actresses.” Their message goes on – you can be the best, the number one to be idolized by others.  And so people strive to excel, to accumulate things, wealth, and human esteem and adulation.  Later in life, they realized that they have climbed the “ladder of success” that leads nowhere. They failed to see the glory of God; they failed to perceive and receive God’s goodness, love, and mercy.

As we remain “seasoned” in Christ, we then allow the light of Christ to penetrate our hearts; keeping it pure. But we still have to manifest the light of Christ in our deeds by “sharing our bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; clothing the naked when we see them and not turning our backs on our own. We should remove oppression from our midst; false accusation and malicious speech and satisfy the afflicted. Then our light shall break forth and rise for us in the darkness; and the gloom shall become for us like midday,”(Isaiah 58: 7-10). Let the admonition of Mother Teresa guide us: “Keep the light of Christ always burning in your heart, for He alone is the Way to walk.He is the Life to live.  He is the Love to love.”

As we persevere in following Jesus by being the salt of the earth and the light of the world; we glorify our Father in heaven. We can then have the Promise of the Week: “Light shall rise for you in the darkness” (Is 58:10b).

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, grant me the grace to be your true witness to others that Your teachings of love and compassion may be heard in the words that I speak and in the deeds that I do.  Give me perseverance in face of challenges that I may encounter as I follow Your direction to be the “salt of the earth and light of the world.” In Your Name, I pray.  Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. How can I be an authentic Christian witness for Christ to my family, friends, officemates and community brethren?

2. What prevents me from doing acts of mercy, like sharing food, clothing and shelter to the poor?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
February 5, 2017 (Sun)-Is 58:7-10/Ps 112:4-9/1Cor 2:1-5/Mt 5:13-16
February 6, 2017 (Mon)- Gn 1”1-19/Ps 104:1,2,5,6,10,12,24,25/Mk 6:53-56
February 7, 2017 (Tue) – Gn 1:20-2:4/Ps 8:4-9/Mk 7:1-13
February 8, 2017 (Wed)- Gn 2:4-9,15-17/Ps 104:1-2,27-30/Mk 7:14-23
February 9, 2017 (Thu)- Gn 2:18-25/Ps 128:1-5/Mk 7:24-30
February 10,2017 (Fri) – Gn 3:1-8/Ps 132:1,2,5-7/Mk 7:31-37
February 11, 2017 (Sat)- Gn3:9-24/Ps 90:2-6,12,13/Mk8:1-10

“Ignorance of the Bible is ignorance of Christ.  Read your Bible daily!”

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