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Bulletin – April 11, 2018

 

EVANGELIZATION

Apr. 18 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Apr. 25 CW SDSA CW / Healing Night
May 2 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
May 9 EC SDSA EC / YLSS#37 Invocation Mass
May 16 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
May 23 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
May 30 CW SDSA CW / Healing Night

 

Family Encounter No. 106 on May 4-6, 2018 at the BLD Covenant house. For PIS forms, please contact Teddy & Edith Leonardo at 09188883339 & 09088158317.

 

Renewal Seminar for EMHC & LECOM on 5 May 2018 at the Lay Formation Chapel, San Carlos Seminary, EDSA, Guadalupe, Makati City. EMHC: 8:00AM-12:00NN;. LECOM: 1:00PM-5:00PM. Fee is P100. Please fill up forms and submit requirements to Jimmie & Maris Carrillo, Liturgy Coordinators. Deadline of submission is on 11 April 2018, Wednesday.

 

Commissioning for New EMHC & LECOM on 09 May  2018, Wednesday. For EMHC, please wear white long sleeves barong, black pants & black shoes. Please bring white EMHC hood. For LECOM, pls wear white lector uniform or white dress & black closed shoes. Please bring your Lector’s Pin.

 

MANAGEMENT

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND
As of March 31, 2018 7,769,122.97
April 2, 2018 3,000.00
April 10, 2018 11,000.00
As of April 4, 2018 7,783,122.97
TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
Date EC/CW Secretariat TOTAL
April 4 65,011.00   65,011.00
TOTAL 65,011.00   65,011.00
Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

         

 

PASTORAL

Singles Encounter No. 76 on 20-22 April, 2018 at the BLD Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Sheila Masiclat at 09178190800 and Lalaine Luza at 09153043815.

 

Youth Life in the Spirit Seminar #37 on May 12-13, 2018 at the Lay Formation Center, EDSA, Guadalupe, Makati City. Please invite your children ages 13-21 years old. Shepherding every Saturday, 2:00PM at Sunshine Place, Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati City. For any inquiries, please contact Justin Chong at 09173158830.

 

FORMATION

Intercessory Ministry Teaching

SHEPHERDS TRAINING on 14-15 April 2018, Saturday/Sunday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM at BLD Secretariat. We encourage those who are transferring to Discipling Homestead to please attend. Covenanted members who have yet to take the teaching, or needs a refresher of the teaching, are also invited to attend.

 

PRAYER LEADERSHIP FOR NON CORPORATE WORSHIP on 19 April 2018, Thursday from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at BLD Secretariat.

 

MISSION

The Community is on “FIRE!” – Fruitful, Inspired, Renewed and Empowered! We are grateful to the Risen Lord for the revival of the BLD Paranaque Prayer Group by giving it a new home at the 2nd floor, St. Michael Hall, San Isidro Labrador Parish, right beside SM Southmall, Alabang-Zapote Road, Las PinasCity.

 

We are also grateful to Bishop Jesse Mercado of the Diocese of Paranaque, and Fr. Rodel Paulino, Vicar of the Diocese, for directing the prayer group to its new home. The prayer group is administered by BLD Manila’s mission apostolate arm, the Poverty Alleviation Ministry, under the coordination of Bobby & Enda Villar,

 

May we request our brothers and sisters in BLD Manila to invite our brothers and sisters residing south of Manila, especially those inactive, to commune and worship with the prayer group.

 

All are welcome, including those who does not have community, to worship and experience a time of refreshing. Prayer meeting this April is on the 13th and 27th, every Friday, 7:30 PM.

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Apr. 15 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

GK Villa Paraiso
Apr. 15 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

GK Euro Maralit
Apr. 15 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Risen Christ Parish,

Smokey Mountain

Apr. 21(Saturday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolention Parish (Pls. get in touch with eran & Dorlie Carandan)
Apr. 22 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Target Range, Parañaque
Apr. 22 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan

 

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WSC Reflection – April 22, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
April 22, 2018 – 4th Sunday of Easter (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: The resurrection of Jesus Christ strengthens our faith.

Theme: Our faith is strengthened when we serve others in self-giving sacrifice.

Promise: “… we are God’s children now; what shall be revealed is … we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1Jn 3:2)

Reflection:
The 4th Sunday of Easter is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. In the gospel of John, Jesus declares: “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father. Because of this, I give my life for my sheep,” (Jn10:14-15). To this day and until the end of times, Jesus remains the one true and divine Shepherd of mankind. And He wants to share this mission with His chosen disciples. Through the shepherds He sends us, He gives us visible and continuing signs of His love and care for His people.

In the readings, Jesus exemplifies the true shepherd, showing us how a devoted shepherd should take care of his flock. A true and good shepherd knows his flock, loves and protects, guides and leads them to good pasture and fresh waters. He does not mislead or mistreat his flock. When we joined our BLD Community, we made a decision to follow the Good Shepherd. Given the freedom to make our personal choice, our presence here proves that we opted to follow the Good Shepherd through this community and its under-shepherds. But how well are we doing in responding to our Lord’s call?

To be true to our calling, we should be guided by this week’s theme: Our faith is strengthened when we serve others in self-giving sacrifice. Like Jesus we need to die to ourselves, to our self-centeredness and self-indulgence, and devote more time and attention to helping meet the needs of people under our care. To lead, guide, and protect our loved ones and those entrusted to our care is not a matter of personal choice or option, but a commitment and responsibility. Though we ourselves may be struggling, Jesus expects us to be like Him in shepherding the flock entrusted to our care, be it our immediate family members, members of our community or even strangers. If we want to reap God’s promises to us, we have to follow His ways; there is no other way.

When we face our Good Shepherd and Divine Judge at the end of time, our eternal happiness will depend largely on how much we gave of ourselves, and how we have loved and served our brothers during our lifetime. Our God will judge us on our sincerity and by the love and service we gave to his flock and by the kind of life we lived. We are saved bygrace through Christ’s great sacrifice on the cross. But we can lose this grace by our hardness of heart in the way we deal with the people around us, especially the last, the least and the lost. We will be held to account for our failure to respond to His call to holiness, justice and mercy.

And just as there are false prophets, there may also exist false shepherds who would simply be going through the motions, appearing to serve God, but are really ravenous wolves interested only in lording over their lambs. These false shepherds are unable to forego personal comfort and convenience. They are the ones of whom the Lord says: “I myself will tend my sheep … I myself will give them rest … I will shepherd them in judgment,” (Ez34; 11-16).

Properly shepherded, “lambs” may know and experience the mercy and compassion of Jesus and be led to the pasture of eternal life, where there will be no more pain, no more tears, no more hunger, and no more thirst. It is to them and for all faithful under-shepherds that the Lord has promised: “… we are God’s children now; what shall be revealed is … we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1Jn 3:2)

Prayer:
Lord forgive us, when we don’t measure up to the ideal of a good shepherd, like You. We know Lord that you suffered and died, as the Paschal sacrifice for us, your lambs. But for us, we fall short of the small sacrifices required of us when we leave the comforts of home and undertake mission to help those whom we don’t even know. Grant us Lord, the spirit of self-sacrifice and compassion that we may be more and more like you, the Good Shepherd. Thank you for never giving up on us, for leading us and protecting us from harm. Above all for showing us the way when we were lost, and leading us back to the fold when we went astray. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. Is Jesus the Lord of every aspect of my life? What areas in my life that I’m struggling with, but I do not allow the Lord to guide me through?

2. How can I show my appreciation to Jesus for all He has done in my life?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:

April 22, 2018 (Sun) – Acts 4:8-12/Ps 118:1,8,9,21-23,26,28,29/1Jn 3:1,/Jn 10:11-18
April 23, 2018 (Mon) – Acts 11:1-18/Ps 42:2, 3; 43:3-4/Jn 10:1-10
April 24, 2018 (Tue) – Acts 11:19-26/Ps 87:1-7/Jn 10:22-30
April 25, 2018 (Wed) – 1 Pt 5:5-14/Ps 89:2, 3, 6, 7, 16, 17/Mk 16:15-20
April 26, 2018 (Thu) – Acts 13:13-25/Ps 89:2, 3, 2, 22, 25, 27/Jn 13:16-20
April 27, 2018 (Fri) – Acts 13:26-33/Ps 2:6-11/Jn 14:1-6
April 28, 2018 (Sat) – Acts 13:44-52/Ps 98:2-4/Jn 14:7-14

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

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Counsel – April 4, 2018

EVANGELIZATION
Apr. 11 EC SDSA Mass/Nomination Day for DCS
Apr. 18 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Apr. 25 CW SDSA CW / Healing Night
May 2 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
May 9 EC SDSA Eucharistic Celebration
May 16 CW SDSA Eucharistic Celebration
May 23 CW SDSA Eucharistic Celebration
May 30 CW SDSA CW / Healing Night

Family Encounter No. 106 on May 4-6, 2018 at the BLD Covenant house. For PIS forms, please contact Teddy & Edith Leonardo at 09188883339 & 09088158317.

Renewal Seminar for EMHC & LECOM on 5 May 2018 at the Lay Formation Chapel, San Carlos Seminary, EDSA, Guadalupe, Makati City. EMHC: 8:00AM-12:00NN;. LECOM: 1:00PM-5:00PM. Fee is P100. Please fill up forms and submit requirements to Jimmie & Maris Carril-lo, Liturgy Coordinators. Deadline of submission is on 11 April 2018, Wednesday.

Commissioning for New EMHC & LECOM on 09 May 2018, Wednesday. For EMHC, please wear white long sleeves barong, black pants & black shoes. Please bring white EMHC hood. For LECOM, pls wear white lector uni-form or white dress & black closed shoes. Please bring your Lector’s Pin.

MISSION

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

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Apr. 8 (Sunday)
1:00PM–5:00PM Tunasan, Muntinlupa
Apr. 15 (Sunday)
2:00PM–5:00PM GK Villa Paraiso
Apr. 15 (Sunday)
2:00PM–5:00PM GK Euro Maralit
Apr. 15 (Sunday)
2:00PM–5:00PM Risen Christ Parish,
Smokey Mountain
Apr. 21(Saturday)
2:00PM–5:00PM Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolention Parish (Pls. get in touch with eran & Dorlie Carandan)
Apr. 22 (Sunday)
2:00PM–5:00PM Target Range, Parañaque
Apr. 22 (Sunday)
2:00PM–5:00PM 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

MANAGEMENT
2018 Emergence
Apr. 4, 2018 – Nomination Day for CSL and CS.
Apr. 11, 2018 – Nomination Day for DCS.

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND
As of March 31, 2018 7,769,122.97
April 2, 2018 3,000.00
As of April 4, 2018 7,772,122.97
TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
Date EC/CW Secretariat TOTAL
Mar. 7 55,249.00 12,000.00 67,249.00
Mar. 14 50,030.00 5,000.00 55,030.00
Mar. 21 57,665.00 57,665.00
Mar. 31 22,035.75 22,035.75
TOTAL 184,979.75 17,000.00 201,979.75
Please make all check donations payable to:
BLD MANILA
PASTORAL
We praise and thank the Lord for the success of Singles Encounter No. 75 held last weekend at the BLD Cove-nant House with 32 graduates.

Singles Ministry is inviting everyone to attend the 40 Days Mass for our dear bother Almond Arapeles on April 5, Thursday 7:30PM at the Penthouse, Oppen Bldg.

Singles Encounter No. 76 on 20-22 April, 2018 at the BLD Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Sheila Masiclat at 09178190800 and Lalaine Luza at 09153043815.

Youth Life in the Spirit Seminar #37 on May 12-13, 2018 at the Lay Formation Center, EDSA, Guadalupe, Makati City. Please invite your children ages 13-21 years old. Shepherding every Saturday, 2:00PM at Sunshine Place, Jupiter St., Bel-Air, Makati City. For any inquiries, please contact Justin Chong at 09173158830.

FORMATION
Service Ministry Teaching
INTRODUCTION TO INTERCESSION on 10 April 2018, Tuesday from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at BLD Secretariat.

Intercessory Ministry Teaching
SHEPHERDS TRAINING on 14-15 April 2018, Satur-day/Sunday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM at BLD Secretariat. We encourage those who are transferring to Discipling Homestead to please attend and also covenanted members who have not taken the teaching yet.

PRAYER LEADERSHIP FOR NON CORPORATE WOR-SHIP on 19 April 2018, Thursday from 7:00PM to 9:00PM at BLD Secretariat.

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Community Word for June 2018

COMMUNITY WORD FOR JUNE 2018
(WORD, THEMES AND PROMISES)

READINGS
June 3 – Ex 24:3-8/Ps 116:12, 13, 15-18/Heb 9:11-15/Mk 14:12-16, 22-24
June 10 – Gn 3:9-15/Ps 130:1-8/2Cor 4:13-5:1/Mk 3:20-35
June 17 – Ez 17:22-24/Ps 92:2, 3, 13-16/2Cor 5:6-10/Mk 4:26-34
June 24 – Is 49:1-6/Ps 139:1-3, 13-15/Acts 13:22-26/Lk 1:57-66, 80

COMMUNITY WORD
God’s great mercy keeps us in communion with Christ

ORDER
“Take it; this is my body…this is my blood of the covenant.” (Mk 16:22b, 24)

PROPHECIES:
• You will be the bread of life to the poor and the hungry as you receive Me in the Eucharist.

DIRECTIONS:
• Live out the meaning of the Eucharist by serving Christ through acts of charity.

THEMES AND PROMISES

Week#1 (Solemnity of the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ)
Theme: We are in communion with Christ when we offer ourselves as a living sacrifice.
Promise: “…those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance.” (Heb 9:15b)

Week#2 (10th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Theme: We are in communion with Christ when we draw others to Him.
Promise: “…more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.” (2Cor 4:15b)

Week#3(11th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Theme: We are in communion with Christ when we allow the word of God to grow in our hearts.
Promise: “They shall bear fruit even in old age; vigorous and sturdy shall they be.” (Ps 92:15)

Week#4 (Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist)
Theme: We are in communion with Christ when we let God empower us to grow strong in spirit.
Promise: “I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” (Is 49: 6b)

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WSC Reflection – April 15, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
April 15, 2018 – 3rdSunday of Easter (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: The resurrection of Jesus Christ strengthens our faith.
Theme: Our faith is strengthened when we open our hearts and minds to God’s word.
Promise: “… whoever keeps his word the love of God is truly perfected in him.” (1Jn 2:5)

Reflection:
“He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,” (Lk 24:45). His disciples were still fearful, troubled and unbelieving so Jesus had to prove to them that he was not a ghost, but truly resurrected in “flesh and bones” leading them tobelieve that he indeed rose from the dead. It takes the Lord’s wisdom and authority to help them understand and accept the truth of his word.Jesus enlightened them and opened their minds to the understanding of what the Scriptures had foretold and meant regarding the Messiah. The Risen Christ guided his disciples then and he continues to lead us to a fuller knowledge of faith. As the community word for the month declares – The resurrection of Jesus Christ strengthens our faith.

“Our faith is strengthened when we open our hearts and minds to God’s word,” is our theme for the week. By his words in the scriptures, Jesus continues to widen our understanding and build up our reason that our spiritual convictions may be strengthened. As our Messiah, he offered the perfect sacrifice for us in order that the gates of heaven would be opened again, surpassing every human expectations. Now, all we need to do is to allow Jesus to enter our hearts and open our minds so that in turn we may have the light and truth of our salvation through his word, and in all his works and promises.

In fulfillment of the Scriptures, Jesus told his disciples: “You are witnesses of these things,” (Lk 24:48) and told them to preach in his name to all nations and they were to do this as witnesses. We, too, are to witness to others that we who believe in the Risen Christ will also rise again with him on the last day. Because of this, we are to live not only for this world but for the next one as well. We are to be witnesses to Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist, the bread that was broken and given for us to partake. The Risen Lord lives in us and helps us to serve one another, to lighten their burdens as we help them, give them words of encouragement and heal them with our prayers.

Our mission to proclaim our Risen Lord is urgent because more people are putting their faith in matters other than God. The influences of technology, media, worldly ideas and ideology are distracting many from the godly truth. In the midst of these earthly challenges, we are to be God’s witnesses by our own lives despite our weaknesses. We can still live our faith. Jesus approaches us in our humanness with our ups and downs. Our encounter with Jesus is filled with deep emotions and love, given and received, and are committed with care, forgiveness and love beyond measure. We encounter him in the community of faith that gathers to celebrate the Eucharist.We encounter him in a mystifying experience when we reflect on God’s word because God speaks to us here. That is why it is so important to read and meditate upon the holy words. It is the way by which God tells us to cleanse our life and come to know Him in an intimate way.

It is easy to be lost in expectations, thinking that the world is open in entirely material manner and believing that only in this way can we have complete joy. But we have learned of the possibility of eternal life and that’s the only triumph that truly matters in the end. Sometimes, unbelief and doubt overwhelm the heart and weaken our faith that God is truly present in our life. But we have the assuring promise that “… whoever keeps his word the love of God is truly perfected in him,”(1Jn 2:5).

Prayer:
Almighty God, You are omniscient and all-loving. Touch our hearts and our minds that we remain strong and steadfast in our Catholic faith. Give us the grace that allows us to encounter You always in the many ways that You seek to encounter us. Help us to grow in Your abundant love and to share that same love and encounters with You with our sisters and brothers in community. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. How do you deepen your understanding of the Scriptures to strengthen your faith?
2. How can you testify that God is truly present in your life after your renewal experience?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
April 15, 2018 (Sun)- Acts 3:13-15, 17-19/Ps 4:2, 4, 7-9/1Jn 2:1-5/Lk 24:35-48
April 16, 2018 (Mon) -Acts 6:8-15/Ps 119:23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30/Jn 6:22-29
April 17, 2018 (Tue) – Acts 7:51-8:1/Ps 31:3,4,6,7,8,17,21/Jn 6:30-35
April 18, 2018 (Wed) – Acts 8:1-8/Ps 66:1-7/Jn 6:35-40
April 19, 2018 (Thu) -Acts 87:26-40/Ps 66:8, 9, 16, 17, 20/Jn 6:44-51
April 20, 2018 (Fri) -Acts 9:1-20/Ps 117:1, 2/Jn 6:52-59
April 21, 2018 (Sat) – Acts 9:31-42/Ps 116:12-17/Jn 6:60-69

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

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WSC Reflection – April 8, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
April 8, 2018– 2nd Sunday of Easter (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: The resurrection of Jesus Christ strengthens our faith.
Theme: Our faith is strengthened when we truly believe in Christ’s presence in our midst. 
Promise: “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (Jn 20:29b)

Reflection: 
Nowadays, it is not uncommon for people to doubt something that they only heard about or haven’t seen even when there are tons of information available in the market of ideas. This was the predicament of many of the Jews even after news of the resurrection of Jesus had spread like wildfire in Jerusalem. And today more than 2,000 years later, we are still caught up in our own doubts and or indifference that prevent us from establishing a more concrete relationship with God that is rooted in humility and obedience. Why? Because the world we are in actually is preventing us from doing so as it offers us a comparative view of both dimensions.

On one hand is the material world where we live in, the fast-paced search for comfort and luxury; anything that would bring us prestige, wealth and power have kept us glued in this mundane world. On the other is the eternal life that was promised to those who will believe in him. Such belief, however, is premised on our subservience to God’s Holy Will and a life that is anchored on sacrifice and suffering. This last part is what makes people think because most often we want to reap the promise of eternal joy but without the pain and sacrifice attached to it.

It is not that the people do not really believe that Jesus Christ is Lord, but the circumstances of our present lives cause people to dwell in their unbelief. The economic difficulties that people experience nowadays are also a factor that contributes to the estranged relationship between God and the people He has created. When Jesus appeared to his disciples he offered proofs of his resurrection by showing them the wounds of his passion, his pierced hands and side. He calmed their fears and brought them peace, the peace which reconciles sinners and makes one a friend of God. As our theme for this week says: Our faith is strengthened when we truly believe in Christ’s presence in our midst.

Today, this has not changed as Jesus still is offering the same proof at the table of the Paschal sacrifice each time Mass is celebrated. This should serve as a memorial for us that God already took our sins and sufferings to the cross and the peace that He offered to his disciples in the Upper Room is the same kind of peace he is offering to us now. This is what the Feast of Divine Mercy is all about. But in us there will always be a Thomas who will doubt not because we love the Lord less but because we simply lack the courage to stand with Jesus and share his passion and crucifixion. Jesus came back and appeared to his disciples not only to prove he had resurrected from death. He came back because he needed his disciples to establish his Church. In the same way, his disciples and we who now comprise the Church also need Jesus. As we are being sent to make disciples of all nations, we need someone to send us and without Jesus we have no message to bring to all the nations. This means that as Jesus is dependent on us to keep his message alive, we also need Jesus to equip us and empower us by His Holy Spirit.

The one thing to remember is that Jesus needs the Church to keep the fire burning and we need Jesus because he is the very message that we need to know and bring to others. As God sent Jesus to the cross, so Jesus is also sending us now and no one can truly understand why unless we come to realize that the relationship between God and Jesus is premised on Jesus’ obedience and love. And so it must be with us. For us to develop a truly meaningful relationship with Jesus we need to humble ourselves and go down from our pedestal and obey whatever He tells us to do but this subservience to His will must be anchored on love for God and neighbor. Our belief in the resurrection of Christ then leads us to this promise: “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (Jn 20:29b)

Reflection Questions:
1. How are you living your life to show that you truly believe in Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior?
2. Do you received Jesus regularly in the Eucharist and continue to be nurtured in the Holy Scriptures?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
April 8, 2018 (Sun) – Acts 4:32-35/Ps 118:2-4,13-15,22-24/1Jn 5:1-6/Jn 20:19-31
April 9, 2018 (Mon) – Is 7:10-14;8:10/Ps 40:7-11/Heb 10:4-10/Lk 1:26-38
April 10, 2018 (Tue) – Acts 4:32-37/Ps 93:1-2,5/Jn 3:7-15
April 11, 2018 (Wed) – Acts 5:17-26/Ps 34:2-9/Jn 3:16-21
April 12, 2018 (Thu) – Acts 5:27-33/Ps 34:2,9,17-20/Jn 3:31-36
April 13, 2018 (Fri) – Acts 5:34-42/Ps 27:1,4,13,14/Jn 6:1-15
April 14, 2018 (Sat) – Acts 6:1-7/Ps 33:1-5,18-19/Jn 6:16-21

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

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Easter Message

BUKAS LOOB SA DIYOS
Catholic Charismatic Covenant Community

EASTER MESSAGE

The Peace of the Risen Christ be with you all! Alleluia!

It is with great joy, as BLD-Global Community Spiritual Director, to greet and extend to all of you the grace of Easter.

As Jesus is risen and gave new life and new hope, may we too, rise from our old selves and in our apostolate and by our witnessing bring new hope and new life to others also not just this season of Easter but every day of our life so that they too ay mag Bukas-Loob sa Diyos!

I keep you all in my prayers and I bestow on you the blessing of the Risen Lord!

+ANGEL N. LAGDAMEO, D.D.
Apostolic Administrator
Archdiocese of Jaro &
BLD Community Spiritual Director
April 5, 2018

 

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Reflection for April 2018

Community Word: The resurrection of Jesus Christ strengthens our faith.
Order: “Live and declare the works of the Lord.” (Ps 118:17)

Reflection:
There are people to this day who do not believe that Jesus rose from the dead. But for us Christians, if Christ’s resurrection was a hoax, then nothing in our faith has any meaning at all. We are still guilty of sin and those who have died believing in Christ are lost. Living this life and all good things we do including a life of sacrifice will be pointless and useless.

The truth is that Jesus was risen and is alive today and forever, founded on facts, faith and testimonies of his disciples who have witnessed the events after his passion and death. His resurrection is a promise to all of us that our life is not in vain and has temporal and eternal meaning. Jesus conquered death and because of our faith in him we now anticipate victory over the grave. Our community word for this month declares – The resurrection of Jesus Christ strengthens our faith. His triumph gives us courage to endure our tragedies and the wisdom to relish every earthly delight. His victory over the final evil, death, assures us that there is no one dead to sin who cannot be revived and be transformed. And because we are a redeemed people we will continue to “live and declare the works of the Lord,” (Ps 118:17).

The theme for Easter Sunday is – Our faith is strengthened when we testify to Christ’s resurrection. Jesus’ resurrection is the momentous display of God’s mighty power assuring us that, like Christ who suffered, died and has risen, rebirth to new life awaits those who are faithful in following God’s will even in difficult and trying circumstances. We are compelled to believe that even if we experience disappointment, injustice and failure, our faith brings us hope that all will be restored. Thus, we can also testify to God’s love and justice, encouraging others to persevere in their own trials, as we are assured by the Lord’s promise – “When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with Him in glory,” (Col 3:4).

Our faith is strengthened when we truly believe in Christ’s presence in our midst. This is our theme for the 2nd Sunday of Easter. Our faith tells us that Jesus became one of us and he is with us until the end of age. Though sometimes we might lose the sense of God’s presence in our lives, we should never forget that Jesus is our Emmanuel – God is with us. He desires to be with us in our homes, in our family, and in our relationships. He wants to be part of our work and careers, be involved in our finances and health. He wishes to dwell in us and influence every aspect of our lives. For his love cannot separate us from him. In him we are more than conquerors; no one can be against us, no one can condemn us and everything we need will be provided for. We only need to believe in his resurrection and his promise to us – “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed,” (Jn 20:29b).

The theme for the 3rd Sunday of Easter is – Our faith is strengthened when we open our hearts and minds to God’s word. Often times our faith weakens and we struggle with the feelings of discouragement and hopelessness. The good news is that God has the power to strengthen our faith if we only surrender ourselves to Him completely and totally trust in His word. It is not by our own effort that we earn merit from God or do the best we can to raise our spirits. But rather it is by our humility that we cry out to Jesus to help us in our unbelief. We need to listen to his word that not only tells us what to do, but empowers us to act as well. As we continue to trust and follow his direction, his promise is fulfilled in us: “… whoever keeps his word the love of God is truly perfected in him,” (1Jn 2:5).

Our faith is strengthened when we serve others in self-giving sacrifice – is the theme for the 4th Sunday of Easter. God has served our needs when His mercies are bestowed on us by Christ’s sacrificial service on the cross – redeeming us and restoring our heavenly inheritance. By Christ’s ultimate example of service, we are called to serve others to demonstrate our faith and in gratitude for what he had done for us. We serve others not for selfish intentions or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regarding others as more important than ourselves. This means looking beyond our own interests for the interests of others. We draw from the power of Christ’s spirit of servanthood more than what we can produce on our own. When this happens we become God’s instruments of love for others as we look towards His promise: “… we are God’s children now; what shall be revealed is … we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is,” (1Jn 3:2).

Finally, for the 5th Sunday of Easter, the theme is – Our faith is strengthened when we bear much fruit for God’s kingdom. As faithful servants and followers of Christ, we cannot be barren or useless. We are called to remain in Christ and continue to be nourished by his word to be formed and equipped, otherwise we become dry and we will wither like dying plants bereft of spiritual nourishment from the Lord. Our fruitfulness is necessary to build God’s kingdom. We are given gifts to promote and proclaim his gospel of love to others and to build their faith up that they too might experience God’s faithfulness and mercy. Those who believe in Christ, and are in and for Christ, are destined for eternal life. They bear much fruit and become his disciples. And they receive his promise: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you,” (Jn 15:7).

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WSC Reflection – April 1, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: The resurrection of Jesus Christ strengthens our faith.
Theme: Our faith is strengthened when we testify to Christ’s resurrection.
Promise: “When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.” (Col 3:4)

Reflection:
Christ is risen! Alleluia!

The joyful celebration of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday reminds us once again that this is a life-transforming event for all who believe in Him. Thus, the message of our theme for the week is so expressed: Our faith is strengthened when we testify to Christ’s resurrection. For Peter, John and Mary, their faith was made stronger despite the confusion and bewilderment they felt when they saw the empty tomb. It took them a while to recognize that Jesus truly fulfilled his promise to be the Risen Lord.

The Easter message tells us of the living presence of our Lord to this day. Experiencing the presence of Jesus permanently changed the disciples’ lives. Overwhelmed with love, they ceased to be fearful. They found the courage to proclaim the Easter message – the gospel of love. They passed from darkness into light, and the passage is an appropriate symbol of the Lord’s resurrection which began in sorrow but ended in victory, reviving our hope. And from this hope, we have been commissioned to proclaim the Good News and continue his ministry.

In Psalm 118, Jesus Christ is the “stone which the builders rejected (and) has become the cornerstone.” Regardless, God chose to build His new “temple” in His Son, Jesus, by his death and resurrection. Resurrection is a call to formation. Jesus, as the Risen Christ, continues to guide his disciples today, including ourselves, by leading us to a fuller understanding of our faith. Jesus forms his disciples through his word, and he continues to open our understanding, shed light to our reason, and strengthen our convictions, that we may grow strong in faith. On this greatest of all Christian feasts, let us remember that love must occupy and take first place in our lives – love of God and love of neighbor.

By Jesus’ death and resurrection, we, his followers “have been raised up in company with Christ” (Col 3:1). Therefore, we who believe in Jesus must die to sin and self-interest and rise to the new life which he gave us. Christ raised us up to rise above our human weaknesses and limitations and empowered us to conquer great heights. He raised us up to rise above our human pettiness, our fits of anger, shame, humiliations, defiance, rebellion and disobedience. As “risen people,” let us forget ourselves and live for others. This is the best preparation for eternal happiness. By loving others, we will come ever closer to God and acquire His glory, as we claim the assurance of this promise – “When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with Him in glory,” (Col 3:4).

We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ today as we rise from darkness into his marvelous light. Our Risen Lord, represented by the lighted Easter candle with warmth and light, invites us to leave behind the works of darkness and to renounce anything in our lives that is wrong and self-centered. As true Christians joined to Christ in our baptism, we must choose to follow the footsteps of Jesus and walk as “children of the light.” Let us renew our baptismal promise to reject Satan and all his evil works and turn to Christ who is Light and Truth. Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit who is our Advocate, Teacher, and Guide as he promised to be with us until the end of age. For we are the Easter people, redeemed by Jesus in his death and resurrection.

A blessed Easter to all!

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, we give You all honor, glory and praise for giving us Your Son, Jesus, who redeemed us from sin and death. We thank You for Your great and unconditional love and for granting us forgiveness, restoring our heavenly inheritance in Jesus Christ who raised us from darkness and brought us to Your light. Today, we celebrate the gift of new life, and with stronger faith, we commit to remain Your faithful Easter children as we testify that Christ is risen and He is our Lord and Savior today and forever! Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. In what ways have I been raised to life by Christ? Can I honestly say that I have been brought to light from my sinful and self-centered ways?

2. Is my faith strong to enable me to proclaim the Gospel of Christ to others?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
April 1, 2018 (Sun) – Acts 10:34, 37-43/Ps 118:1, 2, 16, 17, 22, 23/Col 3:1-4/Jn 20:1-9
April 2, 2018 (Mon) – Acts 2:14, 22-33/Ps 16:1, 2, 5, 7-11/Mt 28:8-15
April 3, 2018 (Tue) – Acts 2:36-41/Ps 33:4, 5, 18, 19-22/Jn 20:11-18
April 4, 2018 (Wed) – Acts 66:1-10/Ps 10:1-9/Jn 21:1-14
April 5, 2018 (Thu) – Acts 3:11-26/Ps 8:2, 5, 6, 7, 8-9/Lk 24:35-48
April 6, 2018 (Fri) – Acts 4:1-12/Ps 118:1, 2, 4, 22-24, 25-27/Jn 21:1-14
April 7, 2018 (Sat) – Acts 4:13-21/Ps 118:1, 14, 15, 16-18, 19-21/Mk 16:9-15

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WSC Reflection – March 25, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
March 25, 2018 – Palm Sunday (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: Jesus, our Redeemer, calls us to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Theme: As the temple of the Holy Spirit we allow the Lord to sanctify us through suffering.
Promise: “The Lord God is my help therefore I am not disgraced … I shall not be put to shame.” (Is 50:7)

Reflection: 
We begin the celebration of Holy Week on Palm Sunday. While we usually remember the joyous entrance of Jesus to Jerusalem with the blessing of the palms, this Sunday’s celebration is about the start of the suffering of Jesus Christ towards His eventual death on the cross. This is Passion Sunday ushering the Holy Week in to commemorate the Paschal Mystery – the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. We render the coming week truly holy by expressing gratitude to God with our sincere conversion, resolving to turn away from sin and to remain pleasing in His sight by acts of kindness and love for one another. Radical conversion means a total rejection of sin with the knowledge that sin always offends God.

The solemn entrance of Jesus to Jerusalem was the decisive step Jesus took so that his suffering and death would be accomplished as his time had already come. It was the hour when he had to offer himself as sacrifice on the cross. He died for each and every one of us by this supreme offering of life, for it is the will of our heavenly Father to ransom people from sin and death. This is God’s love for us.

We re-echo this reflection of a Christian columnist: 
“Jesus made the problems of the world his own. He teaches us to trust not in our will but in the will of the one who knows how to love and to save. He was willing to undergo what hatred and persecution meant, and embraced the most difficult part of our human experiences. He embraced all these to make us realize that he will journey with us and not abandon us, he will help us not removing all the pains of life but by assuming all these pains in himself. He did this to manifest to us that in our pains, we are not alone, we are not abandoned. Holy Week is important to us who follow Jesus because we believe that by his love, he changed the world and the history of our lives. In our world today, we need love most of all but only true love. Jesus can make a difference and can bring change to us.”

The simplicity of Mark’s account focuses on the humility of Jesus. He came to suffer and die as revealed in earlier prophecies of his betrayal and death. The gospel illustrates a cruel human abandonment of Jesus – Judas betrays him, all the other disciples flee at his arrest and Peter denying knowledge of him. Jesus dies feeling abandoned even by God, crying out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me”. The Father’s reply to His Son’s cry soon comes as Jesus carry out His sacrifice. The curtain in the temple is torn in two – from top to bottom, as a sign of the passing away of the old temple and the coming of the new one. This is what we contemplate on our community word for this month – Jesus, our Redeemer, calls us to be the temple of Holy Spirit.

The gospel tells us that though Jesus is being manifested as the Son of God through the authority and power of his teachings and miracles, we will not be able to understand his true identity until we see him die on the cross, obedient to the end. Through his ultimate suffering, Jesus can address all our longings and hardships. There are moments in our lives as Christians when we need desperately to cry out – My God, why are you forsaking me. As we go through difficult times, we have this Holy Week’s theme to ponder upon: As the temple of the Holy Spirit we allow the Lord to sanctify us through suffering. As we meditate on the cross, let us reflect on what it means to strengthen and deepen our declaration of faith that Jesus, in his obedient suffering and death, revealed himself to us as the Son of God. This is the most opportune time to renew our commitment to follow him in our struggle to die to ourselves so that he will again be the Lord of our lives.

Let us humbly examine the many ways we have betrayed and failed Jesus because of our sins, make a sincere confession and finally ask for the grace to always remain as his faithful servants. Let us go through our sufferings and join them to the One who truly gives sense to all of our pains. And as we are there, let us be assured with this Holy Week promise: “The Lord God is my help therefore I am not disgraced … I shall not be put to shame,” (Is 50:7).

Prayer: 
We adore you O Christ and we praise you. By your holy cross, you have redeemed the world! May our meditation on your passion, suffering, and death transform our whole lives and being into a living sacrifice of praise to our all-loving Savior and Redeemer!

Reflection Questions: 
1. Jesus walks with us and shares our loneliness, sorrows and sufferings. How do you respond to such amazing love and genuine solidarity?

2. Passion Sunday invites us to “empty” ourselves of our own interests, fears and needs for the sake of others. How would you reach out to heal those who are hurting and comfort the despairing around despite your own denials and betrayals?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
March 25, 2018 (Sun) – Is 50:4-7/Ps 22:8, 9, 17-24/Phil 2:6-11/Mk 14:1-15:47
March 26, 2018 (Mon) – Is 42:1-7/Ps 27:1-3, 13, 14/Jn 12:1-11
March 27, 2018 (Tue) – Is 49:1-6/Ps 71:1-6, 15, 17/Jn 13:21-33, 36-38
March 28, 2018 (Wed) – Is 50:4-9/Ps 69:8-*10, 21-22, 31, 33, 34/Mt 26:14-25
March 29, 2018 (Thu) – Is 61:1-3, 8, 9/Ps 89:21, 2, 25, 27/Rv 1:5-8/Lk 4:16-21
March 30, 2018 (Fri) – Ex 12:1-8, 11-14/Ps 116:12, 13, 15, 16-18/12/1Cor 11:23-26/Jn 13:1-15
March 31, 2018 (Sat) – Is 52:13-53:12/Ps 31:2,6.12,13-16,17,25/Hb 4:14-16;5:7-9/Jn 18:1-19:42

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

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