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WSC Reflection – January 14, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
January 14, 2018 – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: Jesus Christ is the Light that leads us to the Truth.
Theme: We are led to the truth when we make Christ known to others. 
Promise: “Whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one Spirit with him.” (1Cor 6:17)

Reflection:
In today’s gospel, Jesus asks his would-be disciples: “What are you looking for?” (Jn 1:38). This is the same question that Jesus continues to ask us. What are we really trying to get out of our lives? Is it security, rewarding career, successful relationship, prosperity, popularity, peace? Scripture says that first and foremost, look for God and seek His kingdom first before you are able to acquire other benefits in your life. It was Andrew’s great joy to bring his brother, Simon, to meet Jesus and his desire to share the excitement of finding the Messiah. Like Andrew, we should be able to bring others to Jesus, the light who leads us to the Truth. “Come, and you will see” (Jn 1:39) is the invitation of our Lord for us to go to Him and experience Him. Accepting Jesus makes us His faithful disciples and we become His witnesses in making Christ known to others.

Jesus called a few men to follow Him and their lives were transformed, sharing the fullness of grace to everyone who believed. Every believer is commissioned to bring people to Christ. The Lord is not asking us to do something impossible or impractical. While it is not easy to be a witness of Christ, our lives have to be patterned after the character of the Lord so that the power of the Holy Spirt, by His gifts and fruit, will enable us to testify boldly to the truth that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. Indeed, there is a great need for good and holy men and women, who are in touch with God, to help and lead people in their search for the true purpose and meaning of life and to look to Jesus who is the way, truth and life. Through Jesus, we will understand who God is. Having a deep relationship with Jesus, brings us to a deeper and holy relationship with God. And having experienced Jesus, we become true disciples and we can joyfully lead others to Him.

In bringing Christ to others, we should not be disappointed if people do not show the response that we expect. Renewal and transformation take time and one should exhibit patience, understanding and perseverance along the way. Our job is to lift Jesus up (Jn 12:32) and that takes place when we present the love and forgiving grace of God. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts sin (Jn 16:8, 9). If we try to impose guilt or coerce a conversion, people might reject our message. On the other hand, when we invite others to come to Jesus, telling them of His wondrous love and sharing with them what Jesus has done in our lives, the gentleness of Christ is seen in us and others will be drawn to Him. Anyone desiring to lead another person to Christ needs to be aware of John 3: 8: “The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, and you don’t know where it comes from or where it’s going. So, it is with everyone that is born of the Spirit.” Accepting Christ and be born again is the work of the Holy Spirit. As we respond to the call to minister to others, let us allow the Holy Spirit to do His work through us.

What are you looking for? The Lord is telling us today to direct our invitation to those who are waiting for us to bring them to Jesus. Surely there is one or many out there who need to be invited to ‘come and see’ Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior. And as Paul tells the people of Corinth: “Whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one Spirit with him.” (1Cor 6:17). This promise is received by anyone who comes to Christ and believes in Him.

Prayer:
Thank you, Almighty Father for giving us your incarnate Word, Jesus Christ. Grant me the grace to be an obedient disciple in your community and church. Give me a sensitivity of heart to understand and grow in love with your Word. Let the light of your Word shine in my being that I will be able to respond to your every calling and testify to Your saving presence in my life. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. Recall when the invitation of Jesus started in your life. Do you still hear His calling? Are you responding as in John 1: 38-39?

2. What is my personal response to Jesus Christ? How do I share the life-giving Word to others?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
January 14, 2018 (Sun) – 1 Sm 3:3-10/Ps 40:2, 4, 7, 8-10, /1Cor 6:3-15, 17-20/Jn 1:35-42
January 15, 2018 (Mon) – 1 Sm 15:16-23/Ps 50:8, 9, 16-17, 21, 23/Mk 2:18-22
January 16, 2018 (Tue) – 1 Sm 16:1-13/Ps 89:20-22, 27, 28/Mk 2:23-28
January 17, 2018 (Wed) – 1 Sm 17:32-33, 37, 40-51/Ps 144:1, 2, 9, 10/Mk 3:1-6
January 18, 2018 (Thu) – 1 Sm 18:6-9, 19:1-7/Ps 56:2, 3, 9-13/Mk: 3:7-12
January 19, 2018 (Fri) – 1 Sm 24:3-21/Ps 57:2-4, 6, 11/Mk 3:13-19
January 20, 2018 (Sat) – 2 Sm 1:1-4, 11, 12, 23-27/Ps 80:2, 3, 5-7/Mk 3:20-21

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WSC Reflection – January 21, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
January 21, 2018 – Feast of Sto. Niño (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: Jesus Christ is the Light that leads us to the Truth.
Theme: We are led to the truth when we accept the kingdom of God with a pure heart.
Promise: “God may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of Him.” (Eph 1:17)

Reflection: 
The Feast of Sto. Niño in the Philippines recalls the Christmas mystery of God offering His love to humanity in the Child Jesus. This is popular to us, Filipinos, for reason of history. The devotion dates back to the beginnings of Christianity in the country as the image came to the Philippines with Magellan in 1521 and is now enshrined in the Cebu Basilica. In the Catechism for Filipino Catholics, Sto. Niño is one of the “three popular Filipino images of Christ that are particularly expressive…imaging the innocence, simplicity, child-like wonder of Christ…responding to the Filipino’s natural love for children. Filipinos have traditionally recognized children as a gift from God. They experience the birth of a baby into the world as a special moment when God’s creative power is so intimately united with their own human parental procreative powers.” Moreover, as we have natural intimacy with children, our yearning for God’s intimacy with us becomes real in the Child Jesus.

In the Gospel, St. Mark describes a custom among the Jews of bringing their children before a rabbi, who is expected to give a blessing to accompany the children all their life. The disciples prevented them from coming close to Jesus for just like in most ancient cultures, children are considered as without value; they are essentially dependent nonproductive, ignorant. They believe that Jesus’ work is “serious” adult business requiring maturity, experience, merit and achievement. Like the Scribes and the Pharisees, the disciples believe that only those who know and observe the Mosaic Law count before God.

But Jesus receives the children, embraces and blesses them. Not only does he accept the Jewish practice but also points to the child as the prototype of a redeemed person. They are models of those who belong to God’s kingdom in their pristine humility, in their trust and complete dependence upon their parents. They have never been touched by the cunning of the world and so they never cease to amaze with their spontaneity and unconditional trust. To them is revealed the way to the kingdom that was hidden to the clever and the wise (1Cor.1:27). St. Mark saw in the child the promise of eternity: “…for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these,” (Mk.10:14b). The Kingdom is a gratuitous gift given to everyone, worthy or unworthy, not because they know and observe the law. For as the Lord promises: “God may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of Him,” (Eph 1:17).

God came to us as a baby because he knows that it is by being reborn that we can love him unconditionally with a pure heart, and be renewed to start all over again. A baby will always be a sign of hope, abundant joy and great rejoicing, to reunite, to heal, to form bonds, to reconcile, “For there is a child born for us…and this is the name they give him: Wonder-counselor, Mighty-God, Eternal-Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isa.9:5). A baby will always be one with whoever takes care of him/her. There is always a symbiotic relationship with the caregiver.

God is more than a caregiver. He is Father and Creator! Our adult life in Christ poses a challenge for us to reinvent the stage in our life that is long been past and forgotten. St. Paul reminds us that God “…chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ…” (Eph.1:3b). It is not enough that we utter words of protestations as a response to God, but like Mary in her fiat, we are to live the Word each and every day of our life. She is a bearer of Christ and therefore is fully aware that the reason of her being is to lead others to her Son, Jesus. In turn we are given this stewardship of God’s grace and truth of His kingdom. We have a fitting theme for this week in this feast to honor the Sto. Nino: We are led to the truth when we accept the kingdom of God with a pure heart.

Let not our devotion to the Sto. Nino be stunted into a ritual or merely into a superstitious endeavor. May we see in the Child Jesus the potentiality of the human race being born again, with our great responsibility towards human life.

Prayer: 
Father, You have freely given us Your Kingdom out of Your over-flowing love for us. As You have revealed Jesus, your Son, our Savior, as a child to reunite, to heal, to form bonds, to reconcile, may He reveal our true selves to us. Jesus, help us to revisit our childhood and get in touch with who we were in our innocent trust and dependence upon the Father. And may the Holy Spirit empower us to lead the children to Jesus so we can truly be stewards of Your grace and proclaim that truly we have seen a great light. Amen.

Reflection Guide Questions: 
1. What are the ways in which you can bring children to Jesus in the Sto. Niño devotion that can strengthen the family?

2. How can the devotion to Sto. Niño enrich your life in maintaining a pure and humble heart in your relationship with the Lord through others?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
January 21, 2018 (Sun) – Is 9:1-6/Ps 98:1-6/Eph 1:3-6, 15-18/Mk 10:13-16
January 22, 2018 (Mon) – 2Sm 5:1-7, 10/Ps 89:20-22, 25, 26/Mk 3:22-30
January 23, 2018 (Tue) – 2Sm 6:12-15, 17-19/Ps 24:7-10/Mk 3:31-35
January 24, 2018 (Wed) – 2Sm 7:4-17/Ps 89:4, 5, 27-30/Mk 4:1-20
January 25, 2018 (Thu) – Acts 22:3-16/Ps 117:1, 2/Mk 16:15-18
January 26, 2018 (Fri) – 2Tm 1:1-8/Ps 96:1-3, 7, 8, 10/Mk 4:26-34
January 27, 2018 (Sat) – 2Sm 12:1-7, 10-17/Ps 51:12-17/Mk 4:35-41

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Reflection for January 2018

Community Word: Jesus Christ is the Light who leads us to the Truth.
Order: “Rise up… the glory of the Lord shines upon you.” (Is 60:1)

Reflection:
Christ is the Light of the world when He declared that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. As we start the New Year, our community word tells us: Jesus Christ is the Light who leads us to the Truth. God gave us His Son, our Emmanuel and Savior, to manifest His immense love for us. During the month of January, salvation starts unfolding as Jesus reveals Himself to us, declaring God’s kingdom to all men of goodwill in Isaiah: “Rise up….the glory of the Lord shines upon you,” (Is 60:1).

The theme for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord is – We are led to the truth when we look to Jesus as our Redeemer. The magi of the east may have found a frail baby in a manger. But, led by the star of Bethlehem, they knew that this lovely infant is the promised Messiah whose light would shine over the darkness of the earth. Jesus continues to reveal Himself to us to this day and His light is our light of faith that brings us closer to God. The glory of God is in us and we are blessed beyond what we deserved in this promise: “… you shall be radiant at what you see… the wealth of nations shall be brought to you,” (Is 60:5).

We are led to the truth when we make Christ known to others. This is our theme for the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. As Christian disciples, we are called to share the Good News as our way of spreading the Gospel of redemption. In the letter of Paul to the Corinthians, we are reminded of God’s promise: “Whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one Spirit with him,” (1Cor 6:17). Thru constant prayer and deepening faith, we can grow in our relationship with the Lord and become one with Him. His thoughts become our thoughts and His ways become our ways. Our being becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit and we carry the fullness of Jesus Christ that will enable us to bring forth His truth and grace to others.

The theme for the Feast of Sto. Niño, a special feast celebrated in the Philippines, is – We are led to the truth when we accept the kingdom of God with a pure heart. We repeatedly hear of this beautiful passage from the gospel of Mark: “Let the children come to me…for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these,” (Mk 10:14b). Sto. Nino feast day reminds us that Jesus came into the world as a helpless child. The message of the Gospel exhorts us to be childlike in our relationship with God – trusting, totally dependent and with purity of heart. We may likely forget and do otherwise, but God knows that it is a challenge for us to follow His ways. Yet, if we are obedient to His will “God may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of Him,” (Eph 1:17).

For the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (International Readings), the theme is – We are led to the truth when we respond to God’s call to be followers of Christ. God’s horizon is incomparably wider and far-reaching than ours. Just as Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James and John to follow Him, He is also telling us to widen our horizon and embrace God’s vision for our lives. We need to continuously repent and die to our limited vision and lifestyles – “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel,” (Mk 1:15). We are reminded to be totally dependent in the Lord for everything. Obedience to Him brings us in the righteous path because “…the Lord shows sinners the way… and teaches the humble his way,” (Ps 26:8b-9).

Finally, our theme for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time is: We are led to the truth when we speak God’s word with authority. For Christians, Jesus is the ultimate authority, not only by the authority of His teachings and works, but more so by the authority of His life, death and resurrection as God’s Son who redeemed the world. Many witnessed how He healed the man in Capernaum by the authority given Him when commanded the devil, “Be silent, and come out of him!” (Mk 1:25). There is no power greater than the power of God’s spoken word. When we believe that His word is our highest authority, we claim God’s promise to us – “I will raise up for them a prophet… and will put my words into his mouth; he shall tell them all that I command him,” (Dt 18:18).

Prayer
Father God, thank You for manifesting Your presence in Your Son, Jesus Christ, the Light who shines upon the darkness of our world. We have experienced His Light in our lives and we have been empowered and inspired to go out and share His Light to others. Continue to sustain us so that the Light of Jesus may remain forever in our hearts and in the hearts of many, guiding us through our dark moments and finally leading us to Your glory in eternity. This we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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BLD Silent Retreat 2018

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Bulletin – January 10, 2018

 

EVANGELIZATION

 

Jan. 17 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Jan. 24 CW SDSA CW/Healing Night
Jan. 31 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Feb. 7 EC SDSA 1st Wednesday Mass
Feb. 14 EC SDSA Ash Wednesday
Feb. 21 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Feb. 28 CW SDSA CW/Healing Night

 

Basic Formation Seminars for NEW EMHC & LECOM Part I

EMHC BASIC SEMINAR

January 20, 2018 (Saturday), 8:00AM – 5:00PM

LECTORS & COMMENTATORS BASIC SEMINAR

January 27, 2018 (Saturday), 8:00AM – 5:00PM

VENUE: Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, Intramuros, Manila

 

Part II

DOCTRINAL FORMATION for EMHC and LECTORS & COMMENTATORS

March 3, 2018 (Saturday), 8:00AM – 5:00PM

VENUE: Lay Formation Chapel, San Carlos Seminary, Guadalupe, EDSA, Makati

REGISTRATION FEE – Php 250.00

 

Note/Requirements:

  1. Accomplish ALC forms with your respective Ministry Head’s approval and recommendation.
  2. Attached (1) 2×2 photo.
  3. Submit forms and fee to Jimmie, Maris Carrillo, Liturgy Coordinators on or before 10 January, 2018.
  4. Participants are required to attend both Part I & II seminars.
  5. No show for paid participant for basic seminar will be deemed forfeited.
  6. ID will be given on the day of basic formation.

 

PASTORAL

 

Silent Retreat 2018 is scheduled 8am on Jan. 27 to 4pm Jan. 28 at the Sacred Heart Novitiate, Novaliches, Q.C. by Bro. Mon Callo, SDB, M.A.. For reservation and further details please call or text any of the Emmaus Group members or contact Jo Tamayo at 09189997777.

 

Singles Encounter No. 74 will be on Feb. 23-25, 2018 at the BLD Covenant House. PIS is now available with Emmans & Jonnah Nana cp#09175541839 & 09176500703 or Len Manalo cp#09989675422.

FORMATION

 

Prayer Healing and Counseling Seminar on Feb. 17-18, 2018 from 8:00am to 5:00pm, by visiting teachers from BLD Newark led by Msgr. Paul Schetelick, Spiritual Adviser. Venue: TBA

 

MANAGEMENT

 

10th Fr. Pascual Adorable Golf Tournament is on March 5, 2018 at the Ayala Greenfield Golf and Leisure Club in Calamba City, Laguna. Let us support this fundraising project for the first quarter of 2018.

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND
As of December 31, 2017 7,547,073.19
January 3-9, 2018 110,000.00
As of January 10, 2018 7,657,073.19
TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
Date EC/CW Secretariat TOTAL
Dec. 6 62,300.00 62,300.00
Dec. 10 34,770.00 12,000.00 46,770.00
TOTAL 97,070.00 12,000.00 109,070.00
 
Jan. 3 43,070.00   43,070.00
Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

         

 

MISSION

 

Mission Outreach: All are invited, including non BLD members, to join Manila District missions:

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Jan. 14 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

GK Villa Paraiso
Jan. 14 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Target Range, Parañaque
Jan. 14 (Sunday)

1:00PM–5:00PM

Tunasan, Muntinlupa
Jan. 21 (Sunday)

1:30PM–4:30PM

GK Euro Maralit
Jan. 21 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Risen Christ Parish,

Smokey Mountain

Jan. 27 (Saturday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish (Pls. get in touch with Eran & Dorlie Carandan)
Jan. 28 (Sunday)

1:30PM–4:30PM

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan

 

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Counsel – January 3, 2018

 

EVANGELIZATION

 

Jan. 10 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Jan. 17 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Jan. 24 CW SDSA CW/Healing Night
Jan. 31 CW SDSA Corporate Worship

 

ALC, Manila Basic Formation Seminars for NEW EMHC & LECOM Schedules:

Part I

EMHC BASIC SEMINAR

DATE: 20 January 2018 (Saturday)

TIME: 8:00AM – 5:00PM

VENUE: Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, Intramuros, Manila

 

LECTORS & COMMENTATORS BASIC SEMINAR

DATE: 27 January 2018 (Saturday)

TIME: 8:00AM – 5:00PM

VENUE: Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, Intramuros, Manila

 

Part II

DOCTRINAL FORMATION

EMHC and LECTORS & COMMENTATORS

DATE: 03 March 2018 (Saturday)

TIME: 8:00AM – 5:00PM

VENUE: Lay Formation Chapel, San Carlos Seminary, Guadalupe, EDSA, Makati

REGISTRATION FEE – Php 250.00

 

Note/Requirements:

  1. Accomplish ALC forms with your respective Ministry Head’s approval and recommendation.
  2. Attached (1) 2×2 photo.
  3. Submit forms and fee to Jimmie, Maris Carrillo, Liturgy Coordinators on or before 10 January, 2018.
  4. Participants are required to attend both Part I & II seminars.
  5. No show for paid participant for basic seminar will be deemed forfeited.
  6. ID will be given on the day of basic formation.

 

PASTORAL

 

Silent Retreat is scheduled Jan. 27-28 at the Sacred Heart Novitiate, Novaliches, Q.C. For reservation and further details please call or text any of the Emmaus Group members or contact Jo Tamayo at 09189997777.

 

MANAGEMENT

 

10th Fr. Pascual Adorable Golf Tournament is on March 5, 2018 at the Ayala Greenfield Golf and Leisure Club in Calamba City, Laguna. Let us support this fundraising project for the first quarter of 2018.

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND
As of December 31, 2017 7,547,073.19
TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
Date EC/CW Secretariat TOTAL
Dec. 6 62,300.00 62,300.00
Dec. 10 34,770.00 12,000.00 46,770.00
TOTAL 97,070.00 12,000.00 109,070.00
Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

         

 

MISSION

 

Mission Outreach: All are invited, including non BLD members, to join Manila District missions:

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Jan. 14 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

GK Villa Paraiso
Jan. 14 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Target Range, Parañaque
Jan. 14 (Sunday)

1:00PM–5:00PM

Tunasan, Muntinlupa
Jan. 21 (Sunday)

1:30PM–4:30PM

GK Euro Maralit
Jan. 21 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Risen Christ Parish,

Smokey Mountain

Jan. 27 (Saturday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish (Pls. get in touch with Eran & Dorlie Carandan)
Jan. 28 (Sunday)

1:30PM–4:30PM

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan

 

“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed free.” (Lk 4:18)

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WSC Reflection – January 7, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
January 7, 2018 – Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: Jesus Christ is the Light that leads us to the Truth.
Theme: We are led to the truth when we look to Jesus as our Redeemer.
Promise: “… you shall be radiant at what you see… the wealth of nations shall be brought to you.” (Is 60:5)
Reflection:
On the Solemnity of the Epiphany, we celebrate the manifestation of Jesus to the world and His unconditional love for all. It is a celebration of light through the bright guiding star observed by the wise men of the East. As they followed the star of Bethlehem, they were amazed to discover the Light of the world, Jesus Christ.

It was a simple encounter, yet deeply meaningful, that profoundly touched the hearts of the three magi. The magi were non-Jews and the first gentiles to whom Jesus chose to reveal Himself. As wise and learned pagans, but men of goodwill, they searched for the Messiah who they knew about in their scholarly and astrological studies. Thus, when the long awaited star appeared, their strong determination and belief led them to begin an arduous journey to look for the Divine Savior. They found Him, a newborn King in a manger, to poor parents. In spite of such poverty, the magi gave homage and gifts befitting a royalty: gold – a gift to honor a king; frankincense – perfume for a priest; and myrrh – as anointing oil, pre-figuring Christ’s death.

As Christians, we too have our own guiding star and light – our faith. Faith is the guide in our life-long journey to the Father. We imitate the magi in our faith journey and follow their example in diligently searching for Jesus, to be close to Him as we seek His guidance and blessings. The star that shines in our life can change us powerfully when we begin to see more clearly the truth about ourselves, our relationship with God, others and community.

As we begin the New Year, let us be attentive to our star of faith that leads us to the Light of Christ. Our life is all about finding Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. And as we have found Him in our life, we may also bring others to Him that they too may embrace Jesus as their Lord and Savior, as our theme for this week states: We are led to the truth when we look to Jesus as our Redeemer.

The Light of Christ continues to shine in our midst when we celebrate the Holy Eucharist. A life lived in the Eucharist brings unspeakable joy to one’s being amidst trials and tribulations. We receive Jesus in the Eucharist and we receive His light that keeps us going through the many challenges that we encounter. We radiate the light of Jesus to others and by our love and concern, lead them to embrace Him as we pass His light to them. As God gave us a mission to reveal Christ to others, we know that He will not abandon us because we will always feel His light shining in our hearts when we experience hope and joy.

With Christ in us, our joy is new every day. God is with us and He wants everyone to be saved. Thus He will always call us from our old life of sin to a new life with Him. We journey through the various stages of our life, growing and bearing the losses that increase with time and age. There are days of celebration and sadness, of grace and sin, of realization, consolation and tribulation. But having found the Lord in our search for truth and light, we must believe that He will never abandon us and completely trust that God will always be faithful.

The glory of God is risen among us and we are blessed beyond what we deserve. Jesus, our Redeemer is here. Let us receive Him with great joy and be expectant of His promise in Isaiah: “…you shall be radiant at what you see …the wealth of nations shall be brought to you,” (Is 60:5).

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us the star of hope and faith that lead us to Your Holy Word, teaching us to know, love, and serve You more each day and continually nourishing as we go through with our daily journey.

Almighty Father, as we look back to 2017, we are amazed that You are our God who remained manifested in our lives with such joy and power that enabled us to prevail the past year despite all odds and tribulations. Thank you for the love, mercy and graciousness accorded to us far beyond what we have expected and deserved. You are indeed a marvelous living God. We look at 2018 with excitement and expectant faith, and we pray that all our hopes and plans, both personal and communitarian, be in accord to Your holy will, all for Your greater honor and glory. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. At what moment in my life did I discover and start to feel God’s presence as I lived my life at home, work, in school and community?

2. Share the fullness of joy and hope that you have been experiencing since you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
January 7, 2018 (Sun) – Is 60:1-6/Ps 72:1, 2, 7, 8, 10-13/Eph 3:2, 3, 5, 6/Mt 2:1-12
January 8, 2018 (Mon) – 1 Sm 55:1-11/Is 12:2-6/Mk 1:7-11
January 9, 2018 (Tue) – 1 Sm 1:1-8/Ps 116:12-19/Mk 1:14-20
January 10, 2018 (Wed) – 1 Sm 3:1-10, 19, 20/Ps 40:2, 5, 7-10/ Mk 1:29-39
January 11, 2018 (Thu) – 1 Sm 4:1-11/Ps 44:10.11, 14, 15, 24, 25/ Mk 1:40-45
January 12, 2018 (Fri) – 1 Sm 8:4-7, 10-22/Ps 89:16-19/ Mk 2:1-12
January 13, 2018 (Sat) – 1 Sm 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1/Ps 21:2-7/ Mk 2:13-17

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Community Word for February 2018

COMMUNITY WORD for February 2018
(WORD, THEMES AND PROMISES)

READINGS
February 4 – Jb 7:1-4, 6-7/Ps 147:1-6/1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23/Mk 1:29-39
February 11 – Lv 13:1, 2, 44-46/Ps 32:1, 2, 5, 11/1Cor 10:31-11:1/Mk 1:40-45
February 18 – Gn 9:8-15/Ps 25:4-9/1Pt 3:18-22Mk 1:12-15
February 25 – Gn 22:1, 2, 9-13, 15-18/Ps 116:10, 15-19/Rm 8:31-34/Mk 9:2-10

COMMUNITY WORD
Our relationship with the Father gives us hope and fullness of life.

ORDER
“Listen to him.” (Mk 9:7b)

PROPHECIES:
• I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. As I have faith in My Father, have faith in Me.

DIRECTIONS:
• Pray unceasingly and read God’s word daily, reflecting as you do, to understand God’s message for you this Lenten season.

THEMES AND PROMISES
Week#1 (5th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Theme: We receive fullness of life when we take time to pray and preach the gospel.
Promise: “Great is our Lord and mighty in power; to his wisdom there is no limit.” (Ps 147: 5)

Week#2 (6th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Theme: We receive fullness of life when we forgive others out of love and compassion.
Promise: “Blessed is he whose fault is taken away, whose sin is covered.” (Ps 32:1)

Week#3 (1st Sunday of Lent)
Theme: We receive fullness of life when we repent and firmly believe in the gospel.
Promise: “The Lord shows the sinners the way. He guides the humble to justice, he teaches the humble his way.” (Ps 25: 8 – 9)

Week#4(2nd Sunday of Lent)
Theme: We receive fullness of life when we listen to God’s voice to transform us.
Promise: “I will bless you abundantly…because you obeyed my command.” (Gn 22:17a, 18b)

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