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WSC Reflection – November 19, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
November 19, 2017 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I)

Community Word: God exalts His faithful servants.
Theme: God exalts those who use His gifts and blessings wisely.
Promise: “…everyone who has more will be given and he will grow rich.” (Mt. 25:29a)

God created each one of us with distinct gifts, talents and abilities. He wants us to discover our talents so that we may use them to glorify Him and thus, experience a full life. Our loving Lord wants us to feel whole and complete and it is through these gifts that we can find our unique calling in life.

Our theme for the week is: God exalts those who use His gifts and blessings wisely. This means that we should use our gifts not only for our own benefit, but more importantly, to bless others and to build His kingdom. Because in everything that we do, we should “work heartily as for the Lord,” (Col 3:24a). As we use our gifts to honor God and strengthen others in love, they too will be encouraged to use their gifts to benefit others, and all will be enriched.

If we believe that every good and perfect gift is from above, we will value the way we use His gifts just like the worthy wife in the 1st reading. She has a holy fear of the Lord and uses her gifts wisely. God is pleased with her and sees her as a faithful servant because she is hardworking, industrious, committed and devout. Hardworking because she does not waste time on useless matters but sees to it that everything is in order and everyone in her home is happy and satisfied. She is committed in that after taking care of her family, “She reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy,” (Prv 31: 20). Finally, she is devout, religious and faithful to God’s commands. Similarly in Psalms, the quality of a caring husband who also has a holy fear of the Lord is praised, “Behold, thus is the man blessed who fears the Lord,” (Ps 128: 4).

In the 2nd reading, St. Paul reminds us that we should not be anxious in knowing the day and the hour of the coming of the Lord because “…the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night,” (1 Thes 5: 2b). Instead, we must be more concerned with living our lives that show we are ready for His return and direct our energy towards doing the Father’s will so that we will not be caught in the darkness of evil. We need not fear the darkness because on the day we were baptized we became “children of the light and children of the day,” (1 Thes 5: 5a). Hence, we cannot but stay alert and live in the light of the truth.

In the Parable of the Talents, Jesus teaches us that God will exalt us if we use our blessings and gifts (time, talent and treasures) wisely. The first two servants who were given seed money for investment came back with profit and they were appreciated by their master and received an affirmation: “Well done, my good and faithful servant….come, share your master’s joy,” (Mt 25: 21). Despite being given an investment according to his ability, the third servant did nothing to let it grow; so what little he had, this was taken away by his master.

If we neglect and not use our gifts prudently and wisely, God will look on us as lazy and untrustworthy. It does not matter how great or how little our ability and capability is. What matters to God is whether we make good use of what He gives us. To whom much is given much will be required. If God sees us being faithful in small things, we will be entrusted with higher responsibilities. Even people who are considered poor still has something to give. In like manner, people cannot be very rich as being unable to receive something. Because serving others brings fulfillment, from which wealth, power and possessions can never match. Jesus assures us, “Everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich.” (Mt 25: 29a).

We need to prepare our life and be fruitful with whatever God has given us so that we will be ready to answer this question at the final judgement: How did you use the gifts and blessings that God has given you?

Lord God, You are so gracious and generous. By Your goodness, You entrust us with many gifts and expect us to fruitful. Forgive us if we have failed to act responsibly, misused what You have given us and simply wasted our talents away for fear of failure. By the example of Your Son, Jesus, and guidance of the Holy Spirit, grant us the grace to give fully of ourselves to serve You and our fellowman. Amen.

Reflection Guides:
1. What are the gifts and talents God has entrusted or given you? Have you used them responsibly for yourself, as well as for others?

2. Have you invested your time, talent and treasure to bear fruit that would benefit others in your family, society and community?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
November 19, 2017 (Sun) – Prv 31:10-13, 19, 20, 30, 31/ Ps 128:1-5/1Thes 5:1-6/Mt 25:14-30
November 20, 2017(Mon) – 1Mc 1:10-15,41-43,54-57,62,63/Ps 119:53,61,134,150,155,158/ Lk 18:35-43
November 21, 2017(Tues) – 2Mc 6:18-31/Ps 3:2-7/Lk 19:1-10
November 22, 2017(Wed) – 2Mc 7:1, 20-31/Ps 17:1, 5, 6, 8,15/ Lk 19:11-28
November 23, 2017 (Thur) – 1Mc 2:15-29/Ps 50:1, 2, 5, 6, and 14, 15/ Lk 19:41-44
November 24, 2017 (Fri) – 1Mc 4:3-37, 52-59/ 1Chr 29:10-12/ Lk 19:45-48
November 25, 2017(Sat) – 1Mc 6:1-13/Ps 9:2-4, 6, 16, 19/ Lk 20:27-40

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Tunog Pasko



December 10, 2017  8am – 3pm  Bel-Air 3 Covered Court

Tunog Pasko is a day for BLD Manila District to come together to make a joyful noise for the Lord. We encourage everyone to express their yuletide joy through sounds & melodies. It is a time for all of us to be one, be joyful and be grateful to God for all His blessings.


Apostolates have their respective TEAM COLORS & MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS









Please come to our family day with your biggest smiles and wear tops in your team colors.

We will be asking you to make some noise with the musical instrument assigned to your apostolate. And we encourage you to use your creativity by coming up with musical instruments made from recycled/ homemade materials. Be creative, be bold and be easy on the pocket.


Tunog Pasko Presentation Number

As our title implies, we want you to give an interpretation of “Tunog Pasko”. Feel free to come up with any production number, but make sure you use your musical instruments and make a joyful noise. You have 5 minutes for your presentation.


Give Love on Christmas

As always Christmas is a time of giving, we welcome any donation in cash or in kind. Share your blessings this Christmas.


Save the date…. And please wait for other announcements!


May God bless our BLD Manila District!


From:The #petmalufamday committee

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WSC Reflection – November 12, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
November 12, 2017 – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I)
Community Word: God exalts His faithful servants.
Theme: God exalts those who remain vigilant in serving Him.
Promise: “Whoever watches…at dawn shall not be disappointed.” (Wis 6:14)

In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, Jesus teaches us to be ready for the Kingdom of God, and how we should live our life preparing for His coming. In the parable, the bride waits for her beloved groom assisted by her female friends (the virgins in the parable) in the darkness of the night broken by the flickering lights of the oil lamps. But the groom’s coming is delayed. Unfortunately, only the wise virgins who are awake and brought extra oil for the lamps are prepared to greet the groom when he finally arrives; and they are able to accompany him to meet the bride and into the banquet hall. The foolish unprepared virgins are simply left behind.

Jesus draws our attention to the need to be wise and always watchful, to be spiritually prepared. In our life, we could be like the foolish virgins in our neglect to “bring enough oil” and instead waste our time in useless or uncaring pursuit. For example, we know that we should spend more time with our family, but instead choose to be busy with work. We know we need to visit a sick friend in the hospital, but do not go as the traffic will inconvenience us. We know we need to apologize to someone but prefer to ignore it. We know we need to be generous to the needy, but would rather keep the money for personal wants and priorities. We continue to struggle to transform our foolishness and put our preparedness to enter the Kingdom of God at risk. When a person no longer cares for spiritual values, when he no longer respects God and men, he is spiritually asleep and unprepared.

But the good news is that we can transform our foolishness by being vigilant in search of Wisdom. In the 1st reading, Wisdom makes herself known even in advance to those who desire her with all their hearts, for “he (who) for her sake keeps vigil shall quickly be free from care; because she makes her rounds, seeking those worthy of her,” (Wis 6:15-16a). The search for Wisdom is actually the search for knowledge of God and for His tangible and concrete presence in our lives. And as we seek to know God, we also should follow His will for us. As we seek Christ’s presence, Christ will seek us out. Jesus teaches us that every person is responsible to his spiritual condition. We do not have to go far in search of Christ’s presence in our lives. All we need is to be constantly conscious that we meet Jesus whenever we encounter the last, the least, and the lost among our neighbors, and serve them. Our theme for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time states: God exalts those who remain vigilant in serving Him.

To be spiritually awake, wise and prepared means to dedicate our life to our calling as a Christian, active in the service of God and neighbor, living our life to the full, and not delaying or postponing spiritual conversion to the last minute. Life maybe a wait in the darkness of temptation, struggle, and despair. But the “dark night of the soul” will be brightened by the “oil” of intimacy, courage and faithfulness to ones consecration as a Christian. With the oil in the lamp, light is produced that will break the darkness until the night passes by and full salvation dawns. Then we can look forward to seeing Jesus in the glory of God’s Kingdom at the end of time.

There is a clear difference between those who believe and those who do not, those who hope and those who do not. Let us be vigilant in seeking Jesus in every person we meet and in every circumstance. Let us embrace Jesus as our Lord, as the true meaning and reason for being, even as we await for His coming. By doing so, we pray that all of us can transform our struggle with foolishness to victory during this “in-between time” and be worthy to enter the wedding feast with our Lord. Because as promised to us: “Whoever watches…at dawn, shall not be disappointed,” (Wis 6:14).

Heavenly Father, grant me Your divine wisdom that I may be wise in everything that I do. For Your wisdom will guide me in being watchful and prepared. Do not allow my eyes be blurred by the darkness of this world, but rather fill me with the light of Your promise of salvation. In Jesus name. Amen.

Reflection Guides:
1. How can I develop a disposition of readiness for the Lord?

2. Do I take responsibility for my own spiritual growth? What aspects of my personal life still needs to be transformed?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
November 12, 2017 (Sun) – Wis 6:12-16/Ps 63:2, 3-8/1Thes 4:13-18/ Mt 25:1-13
November 13, 2017(Mon) – Wis 1:1-7/Ps 139:1-10,Lk 17:1-6
November 14, 2017(Tues) – Wis 2:23-3:9,16-19/Lk 17:7-10
November 15, 2017(Wed) – Wis 6:1-11/Ps 82:3-7/Lk 17:11-19
November 16, 2017 (Thur) – Wis 7:22-8:1/Ps 119:89,-91,130,135/Lk 17:20-25
November 17, 2017 (Fri) – Wis 13:1-9/Ps 19:2-5/Lk 17:26-37
November 18, 2017(Sat) – Wis 18:14-19,19:6-9/Ps 105:2,3,36-37,42,43/Lk 18:1-6

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Bulletin – November 8, 2017




Nov. 15 No Activity – Due to ASEAN Summit
Nov. 22 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Nov. 29 CW SDSA CW / Healing Night
Dec. 6 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Dec. 10 EC Bel-Air Village, Makati City EC / Christmas Family


Marriage Encounter No. 291 on Nov. 10–12 at the Covenant House, Dasmarinas City. For PIS forms, please contact Jover and Eileen Reyes at 09209063545 or 09175450431.




Annual Sportsfest: 11 DAYS TO GO before the BLD MNL Sportsfest (Nov. 19, Sunday, at The Village Sports Club, BF Homes Paranaque). Let us all unite and raise funds for our Sportfest to support our Encounter retreats, mission outreaches, Family Day and operational expenses for the 4th quarter. Please send your referrals to your respective Team Coordinators or to Beth Sumbiof the Secretariat at 478 9782.

  • MARK ORANGE (Management / Formation)

Team Coordinator: Sonny Ginete (0917 885 1611)

  • LUKE GREEN (Mission)

Team Coordinator: Edwin Ocampo (0906 288 3592)

  • JOHN BLUE (Evangelization / Pastoral)

Team Coordinator: Mike Jael (0917 848 2073)

  • MATTHEW RED (Viva Prayer Group)

Team Coordinator: Philip Valenzuela (09152682498)

Let us all pray for a successful Sportfest! Let us take this opportunity to fellowship and take care of our personal wellness. God bless us all!


Nov. 12 (Sunday)


Tunasan, Muntinlupa
Nov. 18 (Saturday)


Haven for Women
Nov. 18 (Saturday)


San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish, Naujan, Mindoro(please contactEran / DorlieCarandan)
Nov. 19 (Sunday)


Euro Maralit
Nov. 19(Sunday)


Risen Christ Parish (Smokey


Nov. 25 (Saturday)


GK Villa Paraiso
Nov. 26 (Sunday)


Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan
Nov. 26 (Sunday)


Target Range, Paranaque

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




We praise and thank the Lord for a victorious and spirit-filled Youth Encounter No. 28 last weekend, Nov. 4-5, at the Covenant House with 38 candidates.


Advent Recollection with Fr. Godwin Tatlonghari on Dec. 2, Saturday, 1PM–5PM, 3F Two E-Com Bldg., SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.




Service Ministry Teaching: Christian Maturity Program 1 – Part 2 on Nov. 11, Saturday, from 8AM–5PM at the Secretariat. The teaching covers: (1) Renewing the Mind; (2) Walking in the Spirit; (3) Overcoming The World and The Flesh; (4) Overcoming The Works of Evil Spirits; (5) The Body and Blood of Christ; (6) Christian Community.


Witness Development Seminar–Workshop (by invitation only) on Nov. 18, Saturday, from 8AM – 5PM at the Secretariat.


Prayer, Healing and Counseling Seminar on Feb. 17–18, 2018 by visiting community teachers from BLD Newark led by Msgr. Paul Shetelick, Spiritual Adviser. Seminar is free and open to all Healing Ministers and Covenant Disciples. Please register with Beth Sumbi of the Secretariat at 4789782 on or before Nov. 15. Limited slots only.


Paranaque Prayer Group: ME No. 2 will join ME No. 291 on November 10–12 at the Covenant House.


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

As of November 7, 2017 7,482,126.64
Date EC/CW Secretariat TOTAL
Oct. 4 67,300.00 67,300.00
Oct. 11 46,783.95 40,000.00 86,783.95
Oct. 18 40,433.00 40,433.00
Oct. 25 44,905.00 12,000.00 56,905.00
TOTAL 199,421.95 52,000.00 251,421.95
Please make all check donations payable to:




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WSC Reflection for November 5 – 13, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
November 5, 2017 – 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I)
Community Word: God exalts His faithful servants.
Theme: God exalts those who serve others with humility.
Promise: “… whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Mt 23:12b)
God saved us for His purpose. He uses our lives to serve Him and His people. As we are called to service, He is ready to give us power and strength, gifts and abilities that we need to perform our mission. But many of us reject the responsibility thinking that we are not worthy or capable or available, that we look lowly in the sight of others. But if only we are meek and allow ourselves to be used as instruments, we will see that God’s grace is sufficient for all our needs in any situation we are in.

The missionary George Bowen writes: “Whatever hinders us from receiving a blessing that God is willing to bestow upon us is not humility, but the mockery of it. A genuine humility will ever feel the need of the largest measures of grace, and will be perfected just in the degree in which that grace is bestowed. The truly humble man will seek to be filled with all the fullness of God, knowing that when so filled there is not the slightest place for pride or for self.”

Our theme for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time states: God exalts those who serve others with humility. As members of the Body of Christ, we are called to serve others. Just as there is no non-functioning part of our human body, there ought not to be a non-functioning member of Christ’s body. A church, community or ministry functions well when everyone uses his or her gifts to up-build other members. We should not boast about our great talents and unique gifts; instead we should serve others with sincere humility. Blessed Giles of Assisi said that “the way to mount high is to descend.”

Our humility must be inward and genuine, not a performance to be seen by others. Whatever we do for others should come from a sincere heart and, needlessly, it will show outwardly. While in most situations serving the poor and needy can be rewarding, there are also times when we could feel some frustration out of it. Sometimes, we feel used, unappreciated, and disrespected. We begin to struggle with temptation to quit as we are exposed to judgements on one hand while facing lots of responsibility on the other. Then we become depressed when we start seeing people’s indifference and we feel unimportant. In the end, we simply want to have nothing to do with it and leave. When this happens, it is time to seek and desire the Holy Spirit who will empower and give us the grace to face these insurmountable trials. He purifies our thoughts, words and actions, allowing us to be renewed and to always realize that service is for God’s greater glory and for the love of Him. Servanthood is not about us.

People in power and position should be reminded that while they possess authority, such authority is not absolute. As leaders, they should never lord it over the people under them and they should be role models instead of leading them astray. Servant leaders and stewards in community are expected to serve and not to be served, out of obedience and dedication to God, our one and only Master. They are accountable for their actions, not to be proud that they are given better talents and skills than what others have. We should be reminded that in church or community, we are family and everyone is of equal importance in the God’s eyes.

When we serve out of pure love and compassion, not expecting anything in return, our reward is so much greater than we could ever imagine. We are living the life of a true servant which is the greatest reward of all because the Lord promises, “… whoever humbles himself will be exalted,” (Mt 23:12b). God will exalt us at the proper time. Our time on earth may require earthly honor and adulation, but our final and true exaltation will be eternal in heaven.

Lord Jesus, set me free from fear and heal the wounds of pride in my heart that I may be a servant of love and compassion for others. Fill me with the joy of the Holy Spirit and transform me to be meek and humble that I may give of myself generously and serve others faithfully for Your sake. Amen

Reflection Guides:
1. What are those things that hold you back from accepting God’s call to serve Him through your fellow man?

2. How do you overcome the feeling of pride and self-importance when you attribute your capabilities and successes as your own, without recognizing the ultimate Source of your gifts and talents?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
November 5, 2017 (Sun) – Mal 1:14-2:2, 8-10/Ps 131:1-3/1 Thes 2:7-9, 13/ Mt 23:1-12
November 6, 2017(Mon) – Rom 11:29-36/Ps 69:30-34, 36/ Lk 14:12-14
November 7, 2017(Tues) – Rom 12:5-16/Ps 131:1-3 /Lk 14:15-24
November 8, 2017(Wed) – Rom 13:8-10/Ps 1125:1, 2, 4-5, 9/Lk 14:25-33
November 9, 2017 (Thur) – Ez 47:1,2,8,9,12/ Ps 46:2,3,5,6,8,9/ 1Cor 3:9-13,16-17/Jn 2:13-22
November 10, 2017 (Fri) – Rom 15:14-21/Ps 98:1-4/Lk 16:1-8
November 11, 2017(Sat) – Rom 16:3-9,16,22-27/Ps 145: 2-5, 10,11/ Lk 16:9-15

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Reflection for November 2017

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Reflection for November 2017

Community Word: God exalts His faithful servants.
Order: “Come, share your Master’s joy.” (Mt 25:23c)
The call to servanthood as followers of Jesus Christ is by God’s grace alone. He makes and molds His servants by His will and power, and not according to one’s position in life, education, experience, personality or natural ability. All that is needed is that one’s heart is open, humble and obedient. St. Paul refers himself as a servant of the gospel by God’s grace, but he also says that God’s power works in him to serve. Same is also true of every faithful servant of the gospel. They humbly acknowledge that God is the source of all grace and blessing, and as affirmed by this month’s community word: God exalts His faithful servants. As we wind up the liturgical year (Cycle A, Year II), the Lord shows as that our faithfulness as a Christian follower, through our attitude, words and deeds, will never go unrewarded.

The theme for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time is – God exalts those who serve others with humility. The gospel teaches us that the greatest among servants are those who live in service to others. In order to serve God, it is essential to serve others with meekness and humility. Serving with humility is not that easy; we may be tempted by subtle ways to become prideful and divert the focus of service back to ourselves. Perfect humility requires us to continuously direct our attention to God. Our Lord Jesus is the living example of love and service with humility and meekness. He is our Servant King telling us that to be great is to be the servant of all, for those who makes himself great will be humbled. He then promises a great reward to this kind of service: “…whoever humbles himself will be exalted,” (Mt 23:12b).

God exalts those who remain vigilant in serving Him – is the theme for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. What is needed of us is a continuing inner disposition of readiness – to keep the flame of love for God alive in our hearts, to be spiritually wise, to take responsibility for our own spiritual growth, and to be ready at all times to welcome and meet the Lord. To be spiritual ready is to remain steadfast in faith, to persevere in hope amidst tribulation, and to sustain an expectant heart for an endearing relationship with God through our neighbors. God never tires in reminding us as He speaks to us, “Be watchful and ready, you know not when the Son of Man is coming,” and He promises us, “Whoever watches … at dawn shall not be disappointed,” (Wis 6:14).

The theme for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time is – God exalts those who use His gifts and blessings wisely. How do we help others and build them up by the talents, treasures and time, all material and spiritual gifts, and teaching of the word that God gave us? Our Lord, as He knows us individually and personally, entrusts us with gifts according to our ability, what is right and best for us. He knows our optimal capability and potential. Great responsibilities will be given if we are faithful in small matters, then He calls us to share His joy (Mt 23). He alerts us to be not only hearers but doers of His word. He then gives us this promise: “…everyone who has more will be given and he will grow rich,” (Mt 25:29a).

God exalts those who care for and minister to the poor and the needy – is the theme for the Solemnity of Christ the King. Jesus teaches us that the greatest among many things that man can do is to love – to love God wholly and totally and to love one’s neighbor. God is love and that is why we are able to love too. From God’s love, mercy and compassion follow. To love is to serve especially those who are poor and needy. And as we honor God’s commandments He in turn honors us. The acts of mercy and compassion toward our neighbors when they are hungry and thirsty, when we welcome them, clothe, care and comfort them and visit them in prison, are ways of participating in God’s life and service in His mission. The last, the least and the lost are close to God’s heart and to them our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the universe, vows: “The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, and the sick I will heal,” (Ez 34:16a). By His love, God created us and He calls us to serve our fellowmen. And as Christians and community members, we are exhorted to serve Him through others and bear much fruit, all in the name of love.

O God of love, we pray that You continue to inspire and equip us and gift us with Your sublime love that we may readily respond to Your call to love and serve You through our neighbor. Move us to actively participate in Your mission and work in accordance with Your will and way. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

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Community Word for December 2017


December 3 – Is 63:16-17,19; 64:2-7/ Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19/ 1Cor 1:3-9/ Mk 13:33-37 
December 10 – Is 40:1-5, 9-11/Ps 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14/ 2Pt 3:8-14/ Mk 1:1-8
December 17 – Is 61:1-2, 10-11/Lk 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54/ 1Thes 5:16-24/ Jn 1:6-8, 19-28
December 24 – 2Sm 7:1-5,8-12,14,16/ Ps 89:2-3,4-5,27,29/ Rom 16:25-27/ Lk 1:26-38
December 31 – Sir 3:2-6,12-14/ Ps 105:1-2,3-4,6-7,8-9/ Col 3:12-21/ Lk 2:22-40

We celebrate God’s presence in us at all times.

“Be watchful! Be alert!” (Mk 13:33a)

• All will see My salvation. 
• Follow Me wherever I lead you.

• Always seek the Holy Spirit who is our constant help and guide.

Week#1 (1st Sunday of Advent) 
Theme: God’s presence keeps us watchful and fully committed to Christ. 
Promise: “He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Cor 1:8)

Week#2 (2nd Sunday of Advent) 
Theme: God’s presence keeps us yielded to the power of the Holy Spirit.
Promise: “I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way.” (Mk 1:2)

Week#3 (3rd Sunday in Advent) 
Theme: God’s presence keeps us bold enough to lead others to Christ.
Promise: “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it.” (1Thes 5:24)

Week#4 (4th Sunday of Advent) 
Theme: God’s presence keeps us ready and willing to respond to His call.
Promise: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you…nothing will be impossible for God.” (Lk 1:35a, 37)

Week#5 (Feast of the Holy Family) 
Theme: God’s presence keeps us respectful and obedient to our fathers and mothers.
Promise: “Whoever reveres his father will live a long life; he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother.” (Sir 3:6)

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WSC Reflection – October 29 – 30, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
October 29, 2017 – 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I)

Community Word: Obedience to God’s will keeps us growing in holiness.
Theme: We grow in holiness when we manifest love of God and neighbor through our actions.
Promise: “If he cries out to me, I will hear him; for I am compassionate.” (Ex 22:26b)

Jesus summarizes all the commandments in just one word – Love. All his teachings and parables have one underlying message, the message on true unconditional love. He refers to the simplicity of a law we all already know – the law of love. Jesus invites us to pay attention to these words – love of God and love of neighbor, and to reflect upon them again without rushing.

The word for this month encourages us: Obedience to God’s will keeps us growing in holiness. If we truly desire to grow in our lives, we must be energized by love. Love hopes and plans for the good of all. Christ’s love is committed, enduring and tough, not weak and wavering, but strong and persistent. It is not a conditional love, but an open-hearted, generous, self-giving love which God offers to us. And it is His full intent that our love becomes as steadfast as His is.

Christian life is all about love. It is easy to speak about the love of God, but in reality, is it truly our top concern? When we say that we must love God above all things, it means trusting, believing and clinging to Him at all times and in all seasons and times of our life. It means to believe, not in ourselves or in our strength, but in the good that God Himself has promised us, the good things He has prepared for all His children. We are called to share the life of God, to come to a union (communion) with the Triune-God.

The first commandment assumes that the person who loves God does so because he has reasons for loving God. The one who says he loves God says so because he has experienced God’s love in his life. He has seen, heard, and felt deeply in his heart God’s loving concern for him and for others. Everything we experience is a sign of His love, even the trials and difficulties that come our way. When we go through difficulty, it may seem at first, like an insurmountable problem, an obstacle in our path. But later, we realize that it had a lesson to teach us, and in fact, helped us to become better persons.

Hearing the word of God is not enough, we need to act upon it, as our theme this week exhorts us: We grow in holiness when we manifest love of God and neighbor through our actions. Our love of God is made known and made visible in our love of neighbor. To love ourselves and others, we need our hearts to be opened and healed by the touch of divine love. Our love of God pushes us into active compassion and concern for the neighbor who needs our help, although at times, our love is restricted by our fear of getting hurt or going out of our comfort zone. We see people in great need and our Christian faith enables us to see the face of Jesus in each person, especially the lost and the least.

If we truly love God, then we can accept and trust the neighbor who failed us, or fell short of our expectations, just as we may expect our neighbor to overlook our own shortcomings. If we honestly love God, then we will be sensitive to the urgent needs of our neighbor and will not hesitate to forgive those who have wronged us. To love our neighbor is to show willingness to serve, to understand and to forebear and forgive.

The love of God and love of neighbor gives us both grace and mission. God’s love pours grace upon us, love of neighbor gives us our mission. Jesus calls us to be part of this community of faith to extend His compassion to others and to be instruments of His peace. And in so doing, we hold on to His promise: “If he cries out to me, I will hear him for I am compassionate.” (Ex 22:26b).

Our loving God and Father, Your love for us is beyond what we can grasp with our minds and hearts. May we do to others what You have done for us. May your unfailing love awaken in us true love for You and lead us to a genuine service of our neighbor. Amen.

Reflection Guides:
1. What steps do I take to grow in my love for God?
2. What have I done to demonstrate my love of neighbor?
3. Who are those I should love but have not loved sincerely and truthfully?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
October 29, 2017 (Sun) – Ex 22:20-26/Ps 18:2-4, 47, 51/1Thes 1:5-10/Mt 22:34-40
October 30, 2017(Mon) – Rom 8:12-17/Ps 68:2, 4, 6, 7, and 20, 21/Lk 13:10-17
October 31 2017(Tues) – Rom 8:18-25/Ps 126:1-6/Lk 13:18-21
November 1, 2017(Wed) – Rev 7:2-4, 9-14/Ps 24:1-6/1Jn 3:1-3/Mt 5:1-12
November 2, 2017 (Thur) – 2Mc 12:43-46/Ps 103/Rom 8:31-35, 37-39/Jn 14:1-6
November 3, 2017 (Fri) – Rom 9:1-5/Ps 147:1-15, 19, 20/Lk 14:1-6
November 4, 2017(Sat) – Rom 11:1, 2, 11, 12, 25-29/Ps 94:12-15, 17, 18/Lk 14:1, 7-11

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

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Bulletin – October 18, 2017




Oct. 25 CW SDSA CW / Healing Night
Nov. 8 EC SDSA Eucharistic Celebration
Nov. 15 – Cancelled due to Asean Summit
Nov. 22 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Nov. 29 CW SDSA CW / Healing Night
Dec. 6 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Dec. 10 EC SDSA EC/Christmas Family Day

Marriage Encounter No. 291: Nov. 10-12 at the Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Jover & Eileen Reyes at 09209063545 or 09175450431.




Annual Sportsfest: It’s 32 DAYS TO GO before the BLD MNL Sportsfest. Have you sent your referral external donor or corporate sponsor to the Sportfest? Let us all unite for the Sportfest fundraising that will support our Encounter retreats, mission outreaches, Family Day & operational expenses for the 4th quarter. Please send your referrals (name/company name, address, telephone/cellphone nos. & email) to your respective Team Coordinators or at BLD Secretariat bld@bldmanila.org. Let us all pray for a successful Sportfest & thriving 4th quarter! God bless us all!


Seed of Faith (SOF): The House of Worship Finance Team will still be accepting your pledges during Wednesday’s Corporate Worship. Those who have no SOF envelope yet, please approach them at the SOF desk or at the Secretariat office and look for Beth Sumbi. The HOW finance team is also ready to accept your monthly pledges and you will be issued an official receipt for proper monitoring, The Community is exhorted to support the SOF for the District’s future home, the BLD Manila House of Worship (HOW).



Ending Sept. 30, 2017 7,192,761.30
Launching Oct. 4 EC    130,000.00
Oct. 11 CW      91,500.00
As of October 17, 2017 7,414,261.30
Date EC/CW Secretariat TOTAL
Oct. 4   67,300.00     67,300.00
Oct. 11   46,783.95 40,000.00   86,783.95
TOTAL 114,083.75 40,000.00 154,083.95


Thank you very much for your generosity!


Please make all check donations payable to:BLD MANILA

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