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WSC Reflection – May 20, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
May 20, 2018–Pentecost Sunday(Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word:God’s love empowers us to make disciples of all nations.
Theme: We make disciples of all nations when we use our spiritual gifts to unite the Body of Christ.
Promise:“Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them.” (Jn 20:22a)

Reflection:
Today, Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the birth of the Church. Happy birthday to all believers in the Christian faith! On the Feast of Pentecost, we experience and celebrate the immense outpouring of gifts of the Holy Spirit upon the Church, upon all followers of the Risen Lord. Pentecost is the fulfillment of the Lord’s promise that He would not leave us orphans and that He would return to His Father so He can send the Holy Spirit – the Paraclete, the Comforter and Advocate, to bestow His many empowering gifts upon us.

The Holy Spirit is God of love and has the power to create love in our hearts. In Christ Jesus and with faith working through love, our task is to bring all people to God and to work in building His kingdom, as we acknowledge the Lordship of God, our Creator. As disciples of the Lord, we direct our lives to be one with Him, responding to the mission He gave us: “As the Father has sent me, so am I sending you.”

We make disciples of all nations when we use our spiritual gifts to unite the Body of Christ – is the theme for this week. “There is diversity of gifts, diversity of ministries, diversity of works, but the same God works in all. The Spirit reveals His presence in each one with a gift that is also a service,” (1Cor: 7-11). The gifts of the Holy Spirit must be put to good use, otherwise what good are these gifts if they remain dormant? The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: “Charisms are to be accepted with gratitude by the person who receives them and by all members of the Church as well…for the apostolic vitality and for the holiness of the entire Body of Christ…” (CCC 800). Gifts are received in fullness in our Baptism and confirmed in the sacrament of Confirmation. But they only come to life and stirred up into action when we are baptized in the Spirit, such as what transpires in the LSS.

In today’s feast, we need to ponder deeply on the particular roles that God has given us and the particular contribution(s) we can make to the mission of the church, particularly, through our community. Be it as servants, stewards, teachers, sharers, worship leaders or members of an apostolate or ministry, we all work together in different ways towards one noble spiritual goal. As community members, let us embrace and put to action our BLD vision – “A community of disciples inspired by the Holy Spirit to be living witnesses for transformation in Christ to bring about a world of justice, human development and true peace.” The Holy Spirit is mighty, powerful, convincing and life-changing. He challenges and calls us to change and action. As Pope Francis said, “Go out again and again, without hesitation, without fear and proclaim this joy which is for all people.”

Pentecost happened on that momentous day in the “upper room.” There was the sound of a mighty wind from heaven filling the whole house (indicating the Spirit of God). There appeared tongues of fire which rested on the head of each one present (symbolizing the presence of God) and He breathes on them (giving them Life). When we receive the Holy Spirit, a new life is given to us, making us new creations and giving us a new life in the Spirit. Likewise, just as authority was given to the Apostles, the ultimate mission of the Church (where we are part of) is to bring people back to God. This is specifically expressed in the Promise this week: “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven,” (Jn 20:22a). As present-day disciples, anointed and empowered with the Holy Spirit, we pray for and help reconcile those who have become separated from God and lead them to restore or renew their unity with Him. Through and with the Holy Spirit, we are given new hope, new heart and new purpose.

Let us remember that to actualize and experience our spiritual gifts, it is essential to function as one body of Christ. We are united as one body when we serve each other with love, respect and humility.

Prayer:
O Holy Spirit, You are the God of life, truth, love, joy and service. Instill in us the fullness of your Spirit. Anoint and empower us that we may fully utilize the gifts you bestowed on us to help us improve our personal relationship with You, and thereby, enabling us to reach out to others and be of service to them, all for the glory of your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. What spiritual gifts have you received from the Holy Spirit that you can utilize and can benefit your family, your community and others?
2. What are some possible areas of service that you can undertake to reach out and serve more? What steps can you take to bring more cooperation and unity in your family and your community?
3. Share on what ways the Holy Spirit has helped you lived a righteous life.

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
May 20, 2018 (Sun)- Acts 2:1-11/Ps 104:1,24,31,34,29-30/1Cor 12:3-7,12,13/Jn 20:19-23
May 21, 2018 (Mon) -Gn 3:9-15, 20/Ps 87:1-3, 5-7/Jn 19:25-34
May 22, 2018 (Tue) – Jas 4:1-10/Ps 55:7-11, 23/Mk 9:30-37
May 23, 2018 (Wed) – Jas 4:13-17/Ps 49:2, 3, 6-11/Mk 9:38-40
May 24, 2018 (Thu) -Jas 5:1-6/Ps 49:14-20/Mk 9:1-50
May 25, 2018 (Fri) – Jas 5:9-12/Ps 103:1-4, 8, 9.11, 12/Mk 10:1-12
May 26, 2018 (Sat) – Jas 5:13-20Ps 141:1-3, 8/Mk 10:13-16

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Bulletin – May 16, 2018

EVANGELIZATION

 

May 23 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
May 30 CW SDSA Healing Night /

LSS No. 54 Salubungan

Jun 6 EC SDSA EC / 1st Shepherding
Jun 13 CW SDSA CW / 2nd Shepherding
Jun 20 EC SDSA EC / 3rd Shepherding
Jun 27 CW SDSA CW / 4th Shepherding
July 4 EC SDSA Invocation Mass/

Shepherds Vigil

July 7-8 (Sat-Sun) Life in the Spirit Seminar No. 54 (Adult)

St. Scholastica’s Kuniberta Hall, Malate

 

MANAGEMENT

Wish List: 2 LAPTOP units for Corporate Worship and Formation Teachings.

 

25 & 30 Years Faithful Service: In celebration of the 33rd Foundation Anniversary, BLD Manila will recognize Covenant Disciples who have reached 25 and 30 years as Faithful Service.

Ministry Heads and Homestead Shepherds are requested to nominate members based on the following criteria:

  1. Must be an active Covenant Disciple – participates actively in the CW/EC and WSCs;
  2. Must have rendered actual faithful service in the Community – must have uninterrupted service in BLD for 25 and 30 years reckoned from the year of their LSS; and,
  3. Must have actively participated in Community activities.

Please send the list of nominees at the BLD Secretariat on or before May 25, 2018.

 

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND
As of April 30, 2018 8,094,156.12
May 8, 2018 5,000.00
May 9, 2018 10,000.00
As of May 16, 2018 8,109,156.12
TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
Date TITHES L. O. TOTAL
May 2 48,590.00 4,660.00 53,250.00
May 9 31,100.00 65,430.00 96,530.00
TOTAL 79,690.00 70,090.00 149,780.00
Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

         

Tithes & Love Offering: We exhort every BLD member to bring their tithes at the altar during the monthly Eucharistic Celebration and love offering during Corporate Worship. May God bless you more abundantly and continue to prosper the work of your hands. Thank you ver much.

PASTORAL

 

We praise and thank the Lord for the successful and spirit-filled Youth Life in the Spirit Seminar No. 37 held last weekend, May 12-13, 2018 at Layforce, San Carlos Seminary, EDSA, Guadalupe, Makati City with 40 youth candidates. To God be the glory!  

 

AN INVITATION

 

LakbayBiblia:Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Feb 27-March 8, 2017

Organized by Bro. Karlo Lara

Diocesan lay bible coordinator of Kalookan

Fr. Syl R. Mutia, Chaplain 

 

Cost: 110,000.00 pesos per person/$2,359.00

Includes air fare, hotel,airline taxes, meals, tips, entrance fees (museums, parks, sites), professional English speaking guide, private transfer air conditioned coach with wifi, etc.

 

For inquiries contact frsyl: 09189450105 / 9984983Email:sylsvd80@yahoo.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healing Ministry: BLD Members who need counseling and who want to be prayed over (hospital or home), may get in touch with Bobby and Nene Hernandez at 0933 279 0342 or 0916 639 9023 or BLD Manila Secretariat at 478 9782.

 

FORMATION

Intercessory Ministry Teaching:

Introduction to Spiritual Warfare on May 17, 2018 (Thursday) 7:30PM to 9:30PM at BLD Secretariat.

 

AN INVITATION

 

LakbayBiblia:Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Feb 27-March 8, 2017

Organized by Bro. Karlo Lara

Diocesan lay bible coordinator of Kalookan

Fr. Syl R. Mutia, Chaplain 

 

Cost: 110,000.00 pesos per person/$2,359.00

Includes air fare, hotel,airline taxes, meals, tips, entrance fees (museums, parks, sites), professional English speaking guide, private transfer air conditioned coach with wifi, etc.

 

For inquiries contact frsyl: 09189450105 / 9984983Email:sylsvd80@yahoo.com 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discipling Ministry Teaching:

Module 2 – Foundation of Christian Discipleship on May 26, 2018 Saturday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM at BLD Secretariat.

 

MISSION

BLD Parañaque Prayer Group – next schedule of Praise and Worship will be on May 25, 2018, Friday, 7:00PM at at the 2nd floor, St. Michael Hall, San Isidro Labrador Parish, right beside SM Southmall, Alabang-Zapote Road, Las Pinas City.

 

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

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
May 19 (Saturday)

1:00PM–4:00PM

Haven for Women
May 20 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Villa Paraiso
May 20 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Euro Maralit
May 20 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Risen Christ Parish, Smokey Mountain
May 26 (Saturday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolention Parish (Contact Eran &  Dorlie Carandan)
May 27 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Target Range, Parañaque
May 27 (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

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Community Word for July 2018

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

READINGS
July 1 – Wis 1:13-15;2:23-24/Ps 30:2,4,5,6,11,12,13/2Cor 8:7,9,13-15/Mk 5:21-43
July 8 – Ez 2:2-5/Ps 123:1-4/2Cor 12:7-10/Mk 6:1-6
July 15 – Am 7:12-15/Ps 85:9-14/Eph 1:3-14/Mk 6:7-13
July 22 – Jer 23:1-6/Ps 23:1-6/Eph 2:13-18/Mk 6:30-34
July 29 – 2Kgs 4:42-44/Ps 145:10, 11, 15-18/Eph 4:1-6/Jn 6:1-15

COMMUNITY WORD
Faith anchored on Jesus Christ is unshakeable.

ORDER
“Do not be afraid; just have faith.” (Mk 5:36b)

PROPHECIES:
1.Trust in Me completely and I will take care of you.

DIRECTIONS:
1.Do not allow your circumstances to sway your faith; all of God’s promises are true.
2.Be a living witness to your faith and lead by example.

THEMES AND PROMISES
Week#1 (13th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Theme: Unshakeable faith brings life through the spoken word of Jesus.
Promise: “…your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.” (Mk 5:34)

Week#2 (14th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Theme: Unshakable faith gives us wisdom to do mighty deeds.
Promise: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” (2Cor 12:9a)

Week#3 (15th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Theme: Unshakeable faith drives us to go to mission fully dependent on God’s provision.
Promise: “The Lord himself will give his benefits, our land shall yield its increase.” (Ps 85:13)

Week#4 (16th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Theme: Unshakeable faith enables us to lead others to a deeper understanding of Christ’s teachings.
Promise: “I will appoint shepherds for them … so that they need no longer fear… (Jer 23:4)

Week#5 (17th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Theme: Unshakeable faith allows us to share our love and compassion with others.
Promise: “They shall eat and there shall be some left over.” (2Kgs 4:43b)

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WSC Reflection – May 13, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
May 13, 2018 – Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: God’s love empowers us to make disciples of all nations.
Theme: We make disciples of all nations when we open ourselves to God’s call in spreading the
Good News.
Promise: “… you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” (Acts 1:8a)

Reflection: 
As the Resurrection is the turning point of salvation history, so is the Ascension the apex that marked the beginning of the Kingdom of God. Jesus was taken up to heaven, and returned to the Father in glory, having fulfillment of His mission on earth. Heaven is also the eternal home to which the Father has destined us, because it is His plan that all of us will be with Him forever.

The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord implies that our hope does not consist merely of living in this world, but rather of living in Heaven. God truly wants to share His happiness with all men, and Christ is the bridge to heaven. For where Christ has gone, we hope to follow once our earthly journey is over. This is the joyful hope we share as the safe and sure anchor for our lives. Beyond the boundaries of death and decay, Christ has brought our human nature with Him, and there He now prepares our true home and waits to welcome us, “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.”

With His earthly mission over, Jesus instructs His disciples, as well as those who believe in Him, to continue the work He began and to proclaim the salvation He has won “that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name,” (Lk 24:47). Like His first disciples, we are called to follow Christ and proclaim His message to all. But if we are to do so, we must repent of, and renounce our past mistakes and tendency to sin, and put our own lives in good spiritual order. We are to accept forgiveness, just as we are called to forgive others. As His witnesses, we are tasked to preach repentance that forgiveness may be given, the same way Christ taught us through His own example. We are also to testify to the forgiveness and healing we have received, that others may come to believe that God is a merciful Father, who will wash us clean no matter how scarlet our sins may have become. The words of our Lord are words of forgiveness, even while hanging on the cross. The point of His death is to reconcile us with His Father through the forgiveness of our sins, past, present and future.

Jesus’ final words to His apostles are brief and to the point. “I am with you always. Go, teach all nations.” And before sending them on their way, He arms them with the power to carry out their mission. “You will be clothed with power from on high,” (Lk 49:49b), when “the Holy Spirit comes upon you” (Ac 1:8). Christ’s ascension reveals the work we must do in order to be His followers. While He is no longer physically present, His words and instructions remain with us through the Church in whose mission we participate by bringing more people to accept and share the love of God. God gives us the mission to preach the gospel using the gifts and talents He has given us, the time He has allotted for us, and ultimately, the very life He has given us. He gives us the opportunity to help save others for whom He paid so dearly.

As we journey in faith, we hope for the day when we will join Christ in the glory of God, just like the disciples who were gazing intently at the sky when Jesus ascended to heaven. But we have now received the promised gifts of the Holy Spirit: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,” (Acts 1:18). Thus, we are to follow Christ and accomplish the work He entrusted to us to be His witnesses, and to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins in His name. Christian witnessing is an occasion for purification and rebirth. It is a wonderful opportunity to continue to discover the newness of God’s presence in our lives, that we may indeed be transformed into new creations, a people with new hearts and spirit. 
Prayer: 
Lord Jesus, You have allowed me to experience the joy of Your great love and the gift of Your Holy Spirit that gives me strength and hope, and newness of life. Help me to be sensitive to Your divine assignment, to respond with eager anticipation to the task You have set before me to share Your gospel to all men. May I be a living witness of Your transforming love. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. How have I responded to the call of the Lord in spreading His Good News?
2. Have I put to good use my natural gifts and gifts of the Holy Spirit in my daily life? How?
3. Do you share the joy of the Gospel and the hope of new life?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
May 13, 2018 (Sun) – Acts 1:1-11/Ps 47:2, 3, 6-9/Eph 4:1-13/Mk 16:15-20
May 14, 2018 (Mon) – Acts 1:15-17,20-26/Ps 113:1-8/Jn 15:9-17
May 15, 2018 (Tue) – Acts 20:17-27/Ps 68:10,11,20,21/Jn 17:1-11
May 16, 2018 (Wed) – Acts 20:28-38/Ps 68:29-30,33-36/Jn 17:11-19
May 17, 2018 (Thu) – Acts 22:30;23:6-11/Ps 16:1,2,5,7-11/Jn 17:20-24 
May 18, 2018 (Fri) – Acts 25:13-21/Ps 103:1,2,11,12,19,20/Jn 21:15-19
May 19, 2018 (Sat) – Acts 28:16-20,30,31/Ps 11:4,5,7/Jn 21:20-25

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WSC Reflection – May 6, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
May 6, 2018 – 6th Sunday of Easter (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: God’s love empowers us to make disciples of all nations.
Theme: We make disciples of all nations when we bear much fruit that will remain
Promise: “…whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.” (Jn 15:16b)

Reflection: 
Do you want your prayers answered? The reply would of course be, yes! But many of us wonder why at times our prayers don’t seem to reach God’s ears. Then we fall into unbelief, we grumble, become angry, or rebel against God, and proceed to do things our own way, laying the blame for our disappointment on other people or circumstances. We behave contrary to the heart and character of Jesus Christ, as we ran short of love.

The scriptural readings for the 6th Sunday of Easter speaks mainly of love – God’s love. Not that we have loved God, but that God is love, and has loved us first. Every act and spoken word of God expresses His love for us, His children. In the First Reading, Peter tells us that God shows no partiality, “The man of any nation who fears God and acts uprightly is acceptable to Him,” (Acts 10). God does not judge by creed, color or race. All are equal in the sight of God, for He looks at the thoughts and motivations of our hearts.

Jesus summarized the Ten Commandments given to Moses into two: “Love God above all and your neighbor as you love yourself.” This, He says, is the whole of the law and the prophets. It is a command to act in the righteousness of God, as exemplified by Jesus Himself. It mandates the kind of love that goes beyond the self and self-interest, a love that transcends the boundaries of our comfort zones, a generous, selfless love that honors God. Remember that God the Father surrendered His only Begotten Son, Jesus, to ransom us from our sins and restore us as sons and co-heirs of the Kingdom. The Second Reading exhorts us, “Beloved, let us love one another because love is of God. Everyone who loves is begotten of God and has knowledge of God,” (1 Jn 4: 7).

The Gospel Reading summarizes the order of priority in loving: first, the Father loves the Son, and the Son the Father. Then, the Son loves the believer, and finally, the believer is commanded to love others, believers and non-believers alike. Jesus Himself provides the best example of love goes beyond all limitations. He laid down His life to buy our freedom and earn for himself the rather unworthy privilege of being able to call the likes of us human beings, as ‘friends’ – no longer slaves or servants – but ‘friends’ that He may generously invite us to come follow Him and receive the reward of eternal life.

Therefore, any act of love we do is a testimony of our faith in God. As we walk in His righteousness, we become living proofs of His love, a love that is intended for our own good. For as we follow His way of loving, we reap a harvest of God’s blessings. The Gospel itself speaks of this promise, that as we endure in loving each other, “…whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you,” (Jn 15:16b). God wants us to be happy. He wants us to have His joy. As we follow Jesus’ command to love one another, our joy will be complete. What more can we ask for? Once we experience that joy in our hearts, all our wish lists will become unnecessary. God’s love will completely fill the vacuum in our lives.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, You have shown me Your kind of love. And I am one of those many recipients of Your love, because You have called me back to Your fold despite my sinfulness. Lord, I ask for the grace to be able to love more fully, more unconditionally, and find joy in serving beyond my comfort zone, loving each person you send my way, and even those I do not know, for that is what You would do Lord, for everyone is equal in Your eyes. Help me to trust You more as I learn to love more fully, knowing that You provide all my needs. I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. What is my present need and what stops me from experiencing joy in my life? Have I loved enough, or is there someone in my life I find difficult to love?
2. In my own circumstances, in what ways can I imitate the kind of love of Jesus which requires me to die to self?
This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
May 6, 2018 (Sun) – Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48/Ps 98:1,5-3,3-4/1Jn 4:7-10/Jn 15:9-17
May 7, 2018 (Mon) – Acts 16:11-18/Ps 149:1,2,3-4,5-6,9/Jn 18:26-16:4
May 8, 2018 (Tue) – Acts 16:22-34/Ps 138:1-3, 7-8/Jn 16:5-11
May 9, 2018 (Wed) – Acts 17:15, 22-18:1/Ps 148:1, 2, 11-14/Jn 16:12-15 
May 10, 2018 (Thu) – Acts 18:1-8/Ps 98:1-4/Jn 16:16-20 
May 11, 2018 (Fri) – Acts 18:9-18/Ps 47:2-7/Jn16:20-23 
May 12, 2018 (Sat) – Acts 18:23-28/Ps 47:2, 3, 8-10/Jn 16:23-28

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Reflections for May 2018

Reflection for May 2018

Community Word: God’s love empowers us to make disciples of all nations.
Order: “Remain in my love.” (Jn 15:9b)
Reflection:
The Community Word for the month is – God’s love empowers us to make disciples of all nations. He has commissioned all of us to proclaim the Good News of His love to all people. The very nature of God is love. He is love and this is the reason why He wants all of us to know about His love and be affected by His love and be part of His kingdom. We are loved by God as manifested by giving us His only Son to save us – through the ministry, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. In our gratefulness, we respond to His commandment and share the Good News of Salvation to His people, by our loving service and witnessing to Christ. We are called and empowered to love one another as He has loved us. And His order for us is “Remain in my love,” (Jn 15:9b).

The theme for the 6th Sun. of Easter is – We make disciples of all nations when we bear much fruit that will remain. The only way to bear fruit in the Kingdom of God is to live our lives in Jesus and in imitation of Jesus. We are called and chosen by God to continue the work and ministry of Jesus. Once we experience God’s love in our life, we should be able to testify to this love and bear fruit, to announce it by our caring service to others and glorify and honor God in each thought and action of our daily life. Christian life is life in Jesus, life in relationship with Him under the guidance of the His Spirit with the Father. We are promised – “whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you,” (Jn 15:16b).

The Theme for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is – We make disciples of all nations when we open ourselves to God’s call in spreading the Good News. If we truly love God, we will listen to Him and open our hearts to answer His call to share the Good News. It is indeed a great task but we do not have to go far in this undertaking. We can start right where God has placed us, and Jesus will always be with us in His Spirit as we carry out our divine mission. We may feel underserving of this task but with His Spirit, we live not only with hope but also with strength as He tasks us to accomplish a mission. Christ is working through us and therefore, we should not fear to undertake great things for His Kingdom. Jesus assures us – “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,” (Acts 1:8a). It is the work of the Holy Spirit, who is our Counselor and Helper, to empower and enable us to spread the Good News.

The Theme for Pentecost Sunday is: We make disciples of all nations when we use our spiritual gifts to unite the Body of Christ. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles is what happened on Pentecost. They were empowered with varied spiritual gifts, giving them courage and strength. Because of this, they went out courageously to the whole world and proclaimed that Jesus is the Son of God and our Savior. The same Holy Spirit is now working in our life and unites us in His Church, the Body of Christ, through His gifts. The Holy Spirit equips us to succeed in the tasks given to us to love and serve others, even in the face of many challenges and obstacles. We have been transformed and as our minds are renewed, we manifest the presence of the Holy Spirit as true Christians, bearing the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The Holy Spirit shows us what the word of God means and He reveals to us the truth. In times of opposition and oppression, the Holy Spirit continues to be our Advocate, calling on all Christian generations to come forward, to stand up and be counted as Christ’s witnesses. In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us that His peace will always be with us as we have His Spirit in our hearts, telling us – “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,” (Jn 20:22a).

The Theme for the Solemnity of the Blessed Trinity is – We make disciples of all nations when we bear witness to the glory of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit. The sign of the Cross is a profound and powerful profession of our faith in the Holy Trinity. One aspect of our belief that can help us in our day-to-day life is that the Trinity as one community – the perfect community. Looking at what each of the Person is and what binds “Them” together in a Trinitarian community can help us create better human communities. The whole existence of the Three Persons in one Godhead revolves around the perfect love each one has for the other. It is this love that forms the Trinitarian community. And this is what Jesus wants for every human community to be, whose members give more than they take and settle conflicts where love reigns, for where there is love there is harmony, trust and peace, just what true disciples of Christ are expected to do.

Thus, Jesus commanded His disciples and us today to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” (Mt 28:19). As we work for the glory of the Holy Trinity by sharing the central mystery of our faith, we are assured by this promise – “I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt 28:20b).

Prayer
Heavenly Father, by Your goodness You call us to share in the love which flows from Your very being. You always desire that we experience Your love. We come before You to humbly seek Your forgiveness for not following Your command to love others. We thank You for enriching our lives through the love we receive from others and for choosing us to continue the ministry of Jesus Christ, by our loving service to those You entrusted in our care. This we pray in the name of Your Son, Jesus, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one GOD for ever and ever. Amen.

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WSC Reflection – April 29, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
April 29, 2018– 5th Sunday of Easter (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: The resurrection of Jesus Christ strengthens our faith.
Theme: Our faith is strengthened when we bear much fruit for God’s kingdom.
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)

Reflection:
Authentic Christian life is a life in relationship with Jesus and the Father under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is a challenge to truly recognize the presence of Jesus, giving us the breath of new life and the capacity to bear fruit. It is not enough to believe that we have received new life in the Spirit by remaining attached to the vine which is Jesus. Our lives as the branches have to produce fruit. Just as the branch receives its life from the vine, we, individually and as members of the community of believers, receive life from Jesus, united with him in love, the love he also shares with his heavenly Father.

Jesus invites us to remain in him because apart from him we are nothing. By ourselves we cannot receive the gift of divine life nor can we pass it to others. To realize this makes us humble and keeps us from over-estimating our worth and abilities. To remain in oneness with Jesus is the starting point and goal of Christian life. It is also the source of our fruitfulness. By remaining in Jesus, we can bring to reality our potentials, big or small. Our continuing relationship with him is the true and only source of fruitfulness.

To abide in Christ means to be in communion with him so that our lives will be pleasing to Jesus. We know that we are abiding when the Father prunes us so that we can produce the best fruit that we can be. This is articulated in our theme for this week – Our faith is strengthened when we bear much fruit for God’s kingdom. Jesus is saying to us: “Remain in me, and I will remain in you,” (Jn 15:4). We maintain and cultivate our relationship with Christ through the study of God’s word and living it.

When Jesus tells us to remain in him, he wants us to be open and sincere. Our relationship with him must be intimate and receptive. But oftentimes, we wander away when we become surrounded and are influenced by worldly ways. While we profess our faithfulness to the Lord, we are still the master of our lives. When it comes to choices and priorities, our preferences prevail, following our own will, not the Lord’s will. But God’s love and care for us brings us back to Jesus. He prunes us of what is not useful to make us more effective and productive disciples of Christ. In the process of trimming off the excesses of our lives, there may be painful detachment, disengagement from people and things, discomforts, inconveniences and sacrifices. But these are all necessary to keep our relationship and faith in Christ clean, pure and fruitful. The word of the Lord is our “spiritual antiseptic” that prevents spiritual infections of resentment, self-centeredness, pride and envy from setting in. We are constantly “pruned” to prevent us from growing into a life of sinfulness and self-righteousness.

How do we manifest that our lives are fruitful in the kingdom of God? It is when we remain in Christ and bear fruit of love and service for others. Do we inspire others to draw near to the Lord by our genuine witnessing? Does our relationship with Jesus blossom into a good relationship with others when we are concerned about them and help them in their struggles and sufferings? The love of God as shown through our care and love for one another in words and actions is a clear sign that we are truly disciples of Jesus; that “he is the vine and we are the branches.”

We are indeed called to play a significant role in the kingdom of God by allowing our life to be lived through and in Christ. For as he says, “apart from me you can do nothing,” (Jn 15:5). We can accomplish many things in life, even the impossible, if we are united with the Lord. For He is greater than our hearts, our sinfulness, our intentions, our dreams, and our ambitions. In our faith journey, let us do our utmost to walk in the path of righteousness, humility, obedience and commitment and be Christ’s servants for other. Our consolation comes from the Lord’s promise in John 15:17: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.”

Prayer:
Compassionate and loving Jesus, may I always be in union with You, with my heart in Yours. Remain in me and be with me at all times. Hold me closely and never let me go. Embrace me tightly and stay intimately with me in all situations, especially in times of trials and temptations. This I pray in Jesus name. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. What situations have you experienced when you felt that you were away from Jesus? How did you feel when these happened?

2. How do you sustain your relationship with Jesus in terms of serving others?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
April 29, 2018 (Sun) – Acts 9:26-31/ Ps 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31, 32/ 1Jn 3:18-24/ Jn 15:1-8
April 30, 2018 (Mon) – Acts 14:5-18/ Ps 115:1-2, 3-4, 15-16/ Jn 15:21-26
May 1, 2018 (Tue) – Gen 1:26-2:3/ Ps 90:2-4, 12-13, 14, 16/ Mt 13:54-58
May 2, 2018 (Wed) – Acts 15:1-6/ Ps 122:1-5/ Jn 15: 1-8
May 3, 2018 (Thu) – 1Cor 15:1-8/ Ps 19: 2-3, 4-5/ Jn 14: 6-14
May 4, 2018 (Fri) – Acts 15:22-31/ Ps 57:8-9, 10, 12/ Jn 15:12-17
May 5, 2018 (Sat) – Acts 16:1-10/ Ps 100:1-2, 3, 5/ Jn 15:18-21

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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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