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Bulletin – October 11, 2017

EVANGELIZATION

 

 

Oct. 11 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Oct. 18 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Oct. 25 CW SDSA CW / Healing Night
Nov. 8 EC SDSA Eucharistic Celebration

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

 

PASTORAL

 

Youth Encounter No. 28: Nov. 3-5 at the Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Mik Manalastas at 09172049397 or Bryan Sy at 09275466646.

 

FORMATION

 

Service Ministry Teaching: Christian Maturity Program (Part 1) Christian Love, Faith & Service on  Oct. 14, 2017 (Saturday) from 1pm to 5pm at the Secretariat.

 

MANAGEMENT

 

Annual Sportsfest: It’s 39 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 to Sis. Beth Sumbi at BLD Secretariat bld@bldmanila.org or cp#09979004464. 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. Please approach them at the SOF desk or look for Boots Acle and team, The Community is exhorted to support the SOF for the District’s future home, the BLD Manila House of Worship (HOW).

 

Schedule of Greeters for Corporate Worship
Assigned Greeters Date
Solo Parents Ministry Oct. 11, 2017
Evangelization Core Oct. 18, 2017
Homestead 1 Oct. 25, 2017
Homestead 2 Nov. 8, 2017

 

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND
As of October 10, 2017 7,317,761.13
TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
Date EC/CW Secretariat TOTAL
Oct. 4 67,300.00 67,300.00
TOTAL 67,300.00   67,300.00

 

Thank you very much for your generosity!

 

Please make all check donations payable to:BLD MANILA

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WSC Reflection – October 15, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I), October 15, 2017
Community Word: Obedience to God’s will keeps us growing in holiness.
Theme: We grow in holiness when we heed God’s invitation to commune with Him.
Promise: “God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:19)

Reflection:
In the gospel for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we find a description of a wedding feast where only invited guests may come. In the book of Isaiah, such banquet is described as “a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.” (Is 25:6b). Such imagery symbolizes the kingdom of heaven, a celestial banquet of God’s salvation and eternal happiness.

The parable being narrated by Jesus focuses on two things: first is His invitation to the kingdom of heaven, and second is our response. It is out of God’s benevolence and graciousness that we are invited to be in His kingdom. He calls those who are invited to understand that the kingdom of God is a feast, a celebration, and to come without delay so as not to miss the joy and the holiness offered to those who answer the call. Such is as our community word for the month which says: Obedience to God’s will keeps us growing in holiness. Our response is aptly stated in our theme for the week: We grow in holiness when we heed God’s invitation to commune with Him.

As BLD members, we manifested our clear “Yes” to God’s call when we accepted the invitation to join the Life in the Spirit Seminar, the various renewal and encounter programs, the discipleship formation program and teachings, attend the weekly worship and word sharing circles, and participate in the various mission works for the poor. With steadfastness and complete trust in the Lord, we continue to journey in faith despite physical, emotional and financial obstacles and difficulties. All because God assures us in this week’s promise: “God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with His glorious riches in Christ Jesus,” (Phil 4:19). And that, we “can do all things in Him who strengthens” us (Phil 4:13).

All are invited to enter the kingdom of God even the broken, frail and with moral infirmities. The church is a mixture of saints and sinners. Bad and good people alike are given the opportunity to respond to God’s invitation because, though we are all imperfect and undeserving, it is by His mercy and grace that He keeps heaven’s doors open to all. He reaches to us because He understands our human weakness. Jesus desires all people to be saved and to share in the glory of God. But to be in the feast requires preparation, that is, there must be a personal conversion. As in the parable, to be dressed in a wedding garment means to change one’s lifestyle, from worldliness to holiness, to accept that Jesus is the Son of God and our Savior, to believe in His resurrection, to live the moral and ethical values, and to follow His gospel messages and be converted. Jesus wants our full conversion in complete acceptance of His mercy and love.

Sinners are invited but they are expected to repent, to turn away from sin and begin to live a transformed life doing good deeds. The “wedding garment” refers to a true discipleship in following Christ, rather than an uncommitted membership. Those who refuse to repent and change are left out in darkness away from the light, hope and joy of messianic blessings. Our Lord Jesus searches even in the byroads seeking for conversion of every person, even to the extent of dying on the cross so that the entrance to the heavenly banquet is opened. While in His infinite wisdom and love He respects our freedom, nonetheless He exhorts us – Trust in Me for I have the best plans for you!

Prayer:
O loving Jesus, transform my heart that I may readily obey You when You call, to follow You without any hesitation, to trust in Your word even if I cannot fully understand, for Your word is truth and life. Today, like Mama Mary, I say “yes” to You, my Lord. I say “yes” to Your love and will for my life, knowing that only in obedience will I be able to journey well into holiness and rest in Your love and inner peace. Amen.

Reflection Guides: 
1. Think of an instance in your life when you were invited to join an important religious activity or program and you willingly said “yes.” Describe the blessing when you said “yes” to Jesus’ invitation. 
2. What are the forthcoming activities in your community that you believe you will be able to “fully partake in the heavenly banquet tendered by Jesus?”

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
October 15, 2017 (Sun) – Is 25:6-10/Ps 23:1-6/Phil 4:12-14, 19, 20/Mt 22:1-14
October 16, 2017(Mon) – Rom 1:1-7/Ps 98:1-4/Lk 11:29-32
October 17 2017(Tues) – Rom 1:16-25/Ps 19:2-5/Lk 11:37-41
October 18, 2017(Wed) – 2Tm 4:10-17b/Ps 145:10-13, 17, 18/Lk 10:1-9
October 19, 2017 (Thur) – Rom 3:21-30/Ps 130:1-6/Lk 11:47-54
October 20, 2017 (Fri) – Rom 4:1-8/Ps 1, 2, 5, 11/Lk 12:1-7
October 21, 2017(Sat) – Rom 4:13, 16-18/Ps 105:6-9, 42, 43/Lk 12:8-12

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Bulletin – October 4, 2017

 

FORMATION

 

In line with the celebration of World Teachers’ Day on October 5, we would like to honor and thank all our Community Teachers for their continued service to the Lord and BLD. We pray that God continue to protect, bless and give them the grace to preach the Good News most especially through their witnessing. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.   

 

Service Ministry Teaching: Christian Maturity Program (Part 1) Christian Love, Faith & Service on  Oct. 14, 2017 (Saturday) from 1pm to 5pm at the Secretariat.

 

MANAGEMENT

 

Seed of Faith: Tonight we launch our Seed of Faith led by our District Spiritual Director Fr. Vic De Jesus, SJ. The Community is exhorted to support the Seed of Faith (SOF) fundraising project for the District’s future home, the BLD Manila House of Worship (HOW). The HOW Technical Committee Head will present tonight the design of the future building.

 

Annual Sportsfest: Please save the date – Nov. 19 at the The Village Sports Club, BF Homes, Paranaque City. Everyone is invited to participate, including our brothers and sisters in our mission sites, for a day filled with fun, fellowship and friendly competition. Please see insert for more details.

 

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND
As of September  30, 2017 7,192,761.30
TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
Date EC/CW Secretariat TOTAL
Sept. 6 48,470.00 48,470.00
Sept. 13 67,510.00 67,510.00
Sept. 20   37,750.00 12,000.00  49,750.00
Sept. 27 62,630.00 62,630.00
TOTAL 216,640.00 12,000.00 228,640.00

 

 

Please make all check donations payable to:BLD MANILA

 

 

DONATE 300 TO SOH & GET A COPY OFTHE

BLD COFFEE TABLE BOOK

 

For only P300, you get a copy of the BLD coffee table book – 30 Years of BLD: A Continuing Journey of Faith, Hope and Love.

 

All proceeds will go to the Scholarship of Hope Fund for the benefit of our indigent scholars.Get your book from the SOH Desk/SDSA or BLD Manila Secretariat.

Buy two books for only P600 and you’ve provided one month school allowance for a scholar.

 

EVANGELIZATION

 

Oct. 11 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Oct. 18 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Oct. 25 CW SDSA CW / Healing Night

 

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

 

PASTORAL

 

On the occasion of the month of the Most Holy Rosary (October) and in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary, the Emmaus Ministry is sponsoring a teaching on Mary’s Role in Salvation History by Mons. Gerry Santos on Oct. 7, this coming Saturday from 9am to 12nn at the SDSA Bay Area, 2nd floor. There will be mass after the teaching. We encourage everyone to attend. Thank you.

 

Youth Encounter No. 28: Nov. 3-5 at the Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Mik Manalastas at 09172049397 or Bryan Sy at 09275466646.

 

MISSION

 

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

 

Scholarship of Hope: the Poverty Alleviation Ministry still needs 2 sponsors more for ELP/regular SOH scholars. Please approach or contact any PAM member or its coordinators, Bobbie and EndaVillarat 09195957777 and 09204759780. Donation is only P500/month or P6,000/year per scholar. May the Spirit move you to help our scholars.

 

Mission Outreach: We are inviting everyone, including non BLD members, to join our missions:

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Oct. 8 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Tunasan, Muntilupa
Oct. 15 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Euro Maralit
Oct. 15 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Risen Christ Parish (Smokey

Mountain)

Oct. 21 (Saturday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish (Pls. get in touch w/ Eran & Dorlie Carandan)
Oct. 22 (Sun.)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

GK Villa Paraiso
Oct. 22 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan
Oct. 29 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Target Range, Paranaque
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WSC Reflection for October 8, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I), October 8, 2017

Community Word: Obedience to God’s will keeps us growing in holiness.
Theme: We grow in holiness when we use our God-given gifts and talents to prosper God’s kingdom.
Promise: “The peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds.” (Phil 4:7)

Reflection:
God is indeed kind and generous to entrust each of us with gifts and talents for our every need. He could have total control of our lives and demand our absolute submission, but He gives us freedom to run our life as we choose. Yet, instead of being grateful by offering our time, talent and treasure in building His kingdom, we secure our lives by building our own little kingdoms – those things important to us – career, home, family, relationship and our comfort. And, when we are successful and self-sufficient, we claim all the credit and the right to our personal happiness and satisfaction. Sometimes, we forget to consider our achievements as blessings from the Lord, much less give Him all honor and glory by giving back the fruit of the gifts He planted in us.

The gospel for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time could be telling an uncomfortable message to some people of this age. Many people want to see life in their own way, live a lifestyle in their own terms, and focus more on growing their own “empires and territories.” And when God intervenes with ways different from what they believe in they complain and resist. But the truth is that at the doorstep of every glory stands our Lord, Jesus Christ. He is the rejected cornerstone, yet He is the firm foundation of our life. In His hands is the Kingdom of God which He offers to all without distinction. He is the hope that makes a difference in our life, a life that labors for the King in spreading the Good News to all people.

When we allow the Holy Spirit to reign over our lives, we will be able to get rid of our self-centeredness, arrogance and manipulative tendencies. He will reveal who we really are, what our talents and passions are, and point us to the direction of our true purpose, not just about us, but about what the King desires for us to do. We will be obedient when He sends us anywhere, with boldness not fearing any geographic, political, social or economic limits. Every time we go and accomplish our mission, we are reminded by this week’s theme – We grow in holiness when we use our God-given gifts and talents to prosper God’s kingdom.

As community members, let us remember that we are “vine growers” assigned by the “Owner” (God) to take care of His crop – the mission to evangelize not only our members but all His people. And the Lord expects delivery of the fruit – the works of love for our neighbors. Regardless of our reactions when He requires accounting of the harvest, God will always achieve His purpose and obtain the good fruit He wants. Because when we refuse to be fruitful, He will take away from us our gifts and talents and He will give them to others who will produce the fruit (Mt 21:43).

Those who still insist that they are not prepared or equipped to go to mission, or continue to think that they have no time or role in prospering God’s Kingdom, are actually ignoring or neglecting their God-given gifts and talents, deceiving themselves and refusing the Lord’s call to faithfulness and fruitfulness.

Let us be assured that when Jesus calls us for a specific task, He wants us to work on it, to up build others as well as ourselves that we may also experience joy in the process. Surely, He will fill us with confidence, perseverance, and courage. This is His promise for the week, “The peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds,” (Phil 4:7).

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, give me the grace to fully use the gifts and talents you entrusted to me in prospering Your kingdom in the lives of Your people. Remove all hindrances that might prevent me from becoming a true Kingdom builder and allow me to serve You first and foremost in all my works. Give me strength and perseverance that as I grow in holiness I will remain a fruitful, faithful and committed follower of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Reflection Guides:
1. In what way are you using your God-given gifts in the church, in community, in your family and society?
2. Have you shared the word of God with the wounded and lost, comforted the sick or helped the oppressed? Share what you experienced while doing these works.
3. What are your fears and apprehensions in doing God’s mission? How do you plan to overcome them?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
October 8, 2017 (Sun) – Is 5:1-7/Ps 80:9,12,13-16,19,20/Phil 4:6-9/Mt 21:33-43
October 9, 2017(Mon) – Jon 1:1-2:1-2, 11/Jon 2:3-5, 8/Lk 10:25-37
October 10 2017(Tues) – Jon 3:1-10/Ps 130:1-4, 7, 8/Lk 10:38-42
October 11, 2017(Wed) – Jon 4:1-11/Ps 86:3-6, 9, 10/Lk 11:1-4
October 12, 2017 (Thur) – Mal 3:13-20/Ps 1:1-4, 6/Lk 11:5-13
October 13, 2017 (Fri) – Jl 1:13-15; 2:1-2/Ps 9:2, 3, 6, 16, 8, 9/Lk 11:15-26
October 14, 2017(Sat) – Jl 4:12-21/Ps 97:1, 2, 5, 6, 11, 12/Lk 11:27, 28

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WSC Reflection for October 1, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I), October 1, 2017
Community Word: Obedience to God’s will keeps us growing in holiness.
Theme: We grow in holiness when we focus our minds on what God wants us to do.
Promise: “If he turns from the wickedness he has committed, and does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life.” (Ez 18:27)

Reflection:
There are various life-lessons the Parable of the Two Sons opens out to us: How do we respond to the Father’s call: with a boastful ‘no’ or a doubtful ‘yes’? As true Christians we should do as Jesus did. Be the perfect Son who is unconditionally obedient to the Father’s will all the way and in every way, not only saying ‘yes’ but also acting on what the Father commands us to do.

A parallel lesson can be gleaned from the First Reading: A morally upright person who has been virtuous all his life but, after turning away from righteousness, later dies, cannot save his life. But a person who has been sinful all of his life but turns away from his sins before he dies, shall preserve his life. It is to these converted persons that God promises eternal life: “When a wicked man turns away from the wickedness and does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life,” (Ez 18:27). Could there really be some unfairness in this, as the early Israelites cried out, when tax collectors and prostitutes, who change their ways and repent, receive salvific assurance over the chief priests and elders?

Perhaps the reason many Catholics lack knowledge and are haphazard in the practice of their faith is because they are not in the habit of reading the word of God. Hence, they practice or follow only those parts they are comfortable with or which suit their preferences. For convenience or other reasons, they claim membership to the Church; but their actions are far from the Church teachings. Thus they become confused and begin to fall-out, or become easy prey for recruitment by aggressive spiritual charlatans.

The theme for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – We grow in holiness when we focus our minds on what God wants us to do, challenges us on how we are to live our life and faith as a Christian. Very often, people say “yes” but do not keep their promises, as in the case of broken marriage vows. Couples commit to stay together for “better or for worse, in sickness or in health,” but unceremoniously separate when confronted with life-trials. We pray to be forgiven as we forgive others, but don’t really mean it; or we project holiness in church but cheat, lie, steal, abuse or bully others. It is easy to call ourselves Christian, but it is hard for us to be Christ-like.

Today, it is often said that if people listen to teachers, it is because they (the teachers) are good witnesses. People want to see consistency in what we say and what we do, to ‘walk our talk’, and be what we say we are. No matter how hard we strike our chest during the acknowledgment of sins portion of the mass, it is meaningless if there is no genuine life-change. What is necessary is neither wisdom nor knowledge, nor the ability to speak eloquently, but change of heart and attitude.

As baptized Christians, God wants us to act and live out our faith. Pride and self-righteousness distance us from conversion, while humility leads us to it. Knowledge of the law, beautifully crafted prayers, and alms-giving are all good, but do not guarantee salvation. The Lord looks at the heart. Let us do our best to practice our faith and show God that we believe in Him by living a life of good words and, more importantly, good deeds.

No matter how far we have strayed from God, it is never too late to turn back, and we can be absolutely sure that a warm, ‘no-questions-asked’ God waits to welcome us with open arms. We can be set free from all our sins and wrongdoings if we repent for our failings and faults and return humbly to the Lord. St. Paul tells us, “Your attitude should be the same as Jesus Christ’s,” (Phil. 2:5). Jesus is a perfect “yes” to the will of the Father. Let His “yes,” His love, and His obedience be reflected in our daily lives, in our words and in all our deeds.

Reflection Guides:
1. From the gospel, which son do I identify myself more? How can I be a more responsible child of God?

2. Am I sincere with my prayers and consider them my covenant with my God?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
October 1, 2017 (Sun) – Ez 18:25-28/Ps 25:4-9/Phil 2:1-11/Mt 21:28-32
October 2, 2017(Mon) – Zec 8:1-8/Ps 102:16-21, 29, 22-23/Mt 18:1-5, 10
October 3, 2017(Tues) – Zec 8:20-23/Ps 87:1-7/Lk 9:51-56
October 4, 2017(Wed) – Neh 2:1-8/Ps 137:1-6/Lk 9:57-62
October 5, 2017 (Thur) – Neh 8:1-12/Ps 19:8-11/Lk 10:1-12
October 6, 2017 (Fri) – Bar 1:15-22/Ps 79:1-5, 8, 9/Lk 10:13-16
October 7, 2017(Sat) – Bar 4:12, 27-29/Ps 69:33-37/Lk 10:17-24

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

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Reflection for October 2017

Community Word: Obedience to God’s will keeps us growing in holiness.
Order: “Keep on doing what you have learned and received and seen in me.” (Phil 4:9a)

Reflection:
Holiness is the crowning virtue of a Christian. To be holy is to come to the perfection of God and is reached by our complete obedience to God and by modelling our character after the character of God. It points to the common bond by which all the Redeemed are united, the bond of sincere love among all brothers and sisters. Our lives are then characterized by holiness like that of God when we experience Him by our faith through our salvation in Christ. “You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy,” (Lev 11:45). The Sunday readings for the month provide us with insights on how we can continue in our journey towards holiness.

The theme for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time is – We grow in holiness when we focus our minds on what God wants us to do. In the book of Ezekiel it says: “Free yourselves from all offenses you have committed and get a new heart and a new spirit,” (Ez 18:31). To be filled mightily with the Spirit, we must first be emptied of self for pride and arrogance hinder holiness. Then our hearts will be open in obedience to what God wants us to do. In the gospel, Jesus presents the Parable of Two Sons where He challenges sinners and rebels to turn away from sin and walk in the newness of life, to proclaim a sincere “Yes, Lord” that cancels a wavering “No.” We are always confronted with these two choices. Part of us cannot live up to our promise to be faithful to God. Thus, we cannot take anything for granted. On the other hand, we can admit that we have been wrong and see ourselves in need of conversion. After all, this is what Christian holiness means, to be in the process of continued conversion. In this awareness, we can received the promise this week which says: “If he turns from the wickedness he has committed, and does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life,” (Ez 18:27).

For the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the theme is – We grow in holiness when we use our God-given gifts and talents to prosper God’s kingdom. As Christians and followers of Christ, God will ask us on Judgement Day what we have done to spread the gospel of salvation and promote justice and well-being to His people. We are given time, talent and treasure not necessarily for our benefit alone, but for those whom the Lord has given to us to nurture, to minister to and to share fullness of life that God has gifted us with. He has chosen us from the world to go and bear fruit that will remain. What have we done to prosper the vineyard of the Lord and make it fruitful? Have we learned from Jesus and use His words to evangelize so that more people may come to believe in His mercy and compassion? The way to holiness calls us to live a fruitful life and then receive the Lord’s promise for the week: “The peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds,” (Phil 4:7).

We grow in holiness when we heed God’s invitation to commune with Him, is the theme for the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In our Christian faith, all men are gathered under the Fatherhood of God to fellowship with Him and experience His unconditional love. But not everyone respond in a positive way. Some are too busy to pay attention to any spiritual invitation, as they are involved in worldly preoccupation. Some are rich but selfish, refusing to share their resources with the needy and treat the poor as equals. The lure of immediate pleasures, though temporary, are too strong to accept God’s invitation to a lavish banquet of blessings and favors. The book of Isaiah reminds us that “the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces” and “save us!” (Is 25:8a, 9b). We know that being in communion with God gives us the assurance of strength in our distress and suffering. Then we can claim His promise and say, “My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus,” (Phil 4:19). But we must understand that God does not force His invitation for “many are invited, but few are chosen,” (Mt 22:14).

The theme for the 29thSunday in Ordinary Time is – We grow in holiness when we give to God what is due His Holy Name. God said: “I am the Lord and there is no other, there is no God beside me,” (Is 45:5). There is no authority on earth higher than God’s authority. In the gospel, there were those who, with malice in their hearts, tried to entrap Jesus. But the wisdom of Jesus disarmed them before men and instead showed them the truth about the way of God. Firstly, God can see what’s in our hearts and therefore, we cannot tempt God by our pretentions. Secondly, God deserves the highest honor and adoration and therefore, our priorities and our actions should glorify His Holy Name. Everything that we cling to is powerless unless we have the power of the Holy Spirit (1Thes 1:5). In this, we recognize God’s promise for the week: “… I have called you by your name … It is I who arm you.” (Is 45:4b, 5b).

Finally, the theme for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time is – We grow in holiness when we manifest love of God and neighbor through our actions. In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus gives us a very clear expression of the greatest commandment: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandant. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” (Mt. 22:37 – 39). Loving God is always clear to us as the foremost commandment, but at the same time loving our neighbors and self is like loving God. Jesus connects the two commandments into one great commandment. While distinct from one another, they are equal in importance and necessity. All other commandments are derived from these two. If we live our lives in honoring these two greatest commands, we are truly doing God’s will. How are we going to be judged at the end of time? By how we live these commandments; what we do to others is doing it to the Lord. Thus, the Lord has given this promise to the poor: “If he cries out to me, I will hear him; for I am compassionate,” (Ex 22:26b).

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, you continue to show us the way to the Father. We are you branches and you are the Vine. We want to remain with and in you, Lord. Grant us the grace to persevere in our journey towards holiness and to keep doing what we have learned, received and seen in you. We pray this in your mighty and holy name, Jesus. Amen.

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Bulletin – September 27, 2017

MANAGEMENT

Seed of Faith: The Community is exhorted to support the Seed of Faith (SOF) fundraising project for the District’s future home, the BLD Manila House of Worship. Please come on October 4, Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, at the SDSA for the launching of the SOF to be led by BLD Ma-nila District Spiritual Director Fr. Vic De Jesus, SJ. We need to step out in faith. We need to plant a “Seed Fund” that will grow with God’s grace.
2Corinto 9:5-11
5 Kaya’t pinakiusapan ko ang mga kapatid na mauna riyan, upang maihanda ang tulong na ipinangako ninyo. Sa gayon, makikita na talagang kusang-loob ang pagbibigay ninyo at hindi sapilitan.
6 Ito ang ibig kong sabihin: ang nagtatanim ng kakaunti ay aani ng kakaunti, at ang nagtatanim ng marami ay aani ng marami.
7 Ang bawat isa’y dapat magbigay ayon sa kanyang pasya, maluwag sa loob at hindi napipilitan lamang, sapagkat iniibig ng Diyos ang nagbibigay nang may kagalakan.
8 Magagawa ng Diyos na pasaganain kayo sa lahat ng bagay, at higit pa sa inyong pangangailangan, upang sumagana kayo para sa mabubuting gawa.
9 Tulad ng nasusulat, “Siya’y masaganang nagbibigay sa mga dukha; ang kanyang kabutihan ay walang hanggan.”
10 Ang Diyos na nagbibigay ng binhing itatanim at tinapay na makakain, ang siya ring magbibigay sa inyo ng binhi, at magpapalago nito upang magbunga nang sagana ang in-yong kabutihang-loob.
11 Pasasaganain niya kayo sa lahat ng bagay upang mas marami ang inyong matulungan. Sa gayon, lalong darami ang magpapasalamat sa Diyos dahil sa inyong tulong na dadalhin namin sa kanila.

Annual Sportsfest: Please save the date – Nov. 19 at the The Village Sports Club, BF Homes, Paranaque City. Eve-ryone is invited to participate, including our brothers and sisters in our mission sites, for a day filled with fun, fellow-ship and friendly competition. Events are basketball, vol-leyball, bowling, badminton, swimming and zumba.
Please make all check donations payable to: BLD MANILA

EVANGELIZATION

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

PASTORAL
Youth Encounter No. 28: Nov. 3-5 at the Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Mik Manalastas at 09172049397 or Bryan Sy at 09275466646.

FORMATION

Coach Development Program Seminar – Workshop (for Covenant Disciples – by invitation):Sept. 30 (Saturday) from 8am to 5pm at the Secretariat. Service Ministry Teaching: Christian Maturity Program (Part 1) Christian Love, Faith & Service on Oct. 14, 2017 (Saturday) from 1pm to 5pm at the Secretariat.

MISSION

Paranaque Prayer Group: ME No. 2 will join ME No. 291 on November 10-12 at the Covenant House. Scholarship of Hope: the Poverty Alleviation Ministry still needs 7 sponsors for ELP/regular SOH scholars.Please approach or contact any PAM member or its coordinators, Bro. Bobbie and Sis. Enda Villar at 09195957777 and 09204759780. Donation is only P500/month or P6,000/year per scholar. May the Spirit move you to help our scholars.

DONATE

Ᵽ300 TO SOH & GET A COPY OF THE BLD COFFEE TABLE BOOK For only P300, you get a copy of the BLD coffee table book – 30 Years of BLD: A Continuing Journey of Faith, Hope and Love. All proceeds will go to the Scholarship of Hope Fund for the benefit of our indigent scholars.Get your book from the SOH Desk/SDSA or BLD Manila Secretariat. Buy two books for only P600 and you’ve provided one month school allowance for a scholar.

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Bulletin – September 20, 2017

 

EVANGELIZATION

Sept. 27 CW SDSA Healing Night
Oct. 4 EC SDSA Eucharistic Celebration
Oct. 11 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Oct. 18 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Oct. 25 CW SDSA CW / Healing Night

 

 

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

 

PASTORAL

 

Youth Encounter No. 28: Nov. 3-5 at the Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Mik Manalastas at 09172049397 or Bryan Sy at 09275466646.

 

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

 

MANAGEMENT

 

Seed of Faith: The Community is exhorted to support the Seed of Faith Project that will help raise funds for the District’s future home, the House of Worship. Please come on October 4, Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, at the SDSA for the launching of the Project to be led by BLD Manila District Spiritual Director Fr. Vic De Jesus, SJ.

 

Annual Sportsfest: Please save the date – Nov. 19 at the The Village Sports Club, BF Homes, Paranaque City. Everyone is invited to participate, including our brothers and sisters in our mission sites, for a day filled with fun, fellowship and friendly competition. The Community is exhorted to support the Sportsfest through corporate/external sponsors. Proceeds will fund all our community activities. Please stay tuned in the coming weeks for the mechanics of the games and on how each of us could do our share in sustaining the community programs and activities.

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND
As of September  19, 2017      7,180,792.87
TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
Date EC/CW Secretariat TOTAL
Sept. 6 48,470.00   48,470.00
Sept. 13 67,510.00   67,510.00
TOTAL 115,980.00   115,980.00

 

 

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WSC Reflection for September 24, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I)
September 24, 2017

Community Word
Jesus enlightens the hearts of those who trust in God’s ways.

Theme: 
Our hearts are enlightened when we respond to God’s grace with gratefulness.

Promise: 
“The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth.” (Ps 145:18)

Reflection:
In the ‘Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard,’ the landowner goes out to hire laborers starting at dawn and during different times of the day. We can presume that he would be choosing all the healthy, strong and abled persons he needs to work in his vineyard for one whole day. As he goes out later, he sees some people standing around, and yet he still hires them to work. We can think of them as the elderly, sickly and disabled; not that they refused to work early, but because no one has hired them due to their limitations. At the end of the day, he gives those who worked the whole day their whole day pay. But he also gives the same wage to those who work for shorter hours. Those who are hired early murmurs and complains about being unfair. The landowner tells them that he did not cheat anyone, but he is paying out of the generosity of his heart. He has actually paid the laborers not according to their work, but based on their needs. Not according to what they deserve, but because he is simply a generous landowner.

God is the landowner in the parable and we, His people, are the workers who are being invited to work in His vineyard – the building of His Kingdom. We are called by Christ through the gospel at various stages of our life. Some of us labor long and hard in building the Kingdom of the Lord when we heed His call early or at the prime of our life. Others accept His call in their middle or old age, when their health starts to wane and cannot offer to do as much as they want to. But all of God’s laborers are treated with fairness and generosity. The truth is that by His grace, all of us receive not merely what we deserve, but what God sees as our needs, even beyond what we expect. When we are willing to serve God and spread His gospel to others, we are recompensed not for our human effort, but we are measured by how much we have loved and cared for those who needed our help.

The theme for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time tells us: Our hearts are enlightened when we respond to God’s grace with gratefulness. Knowing and understanding the magnanimity of God when He pours His graces upon us, we should truly be grateful to the Lord for only He sees our hearts. We should continue to fix our eyes on the wonderful works He has done for us and be thankful for these blessings, instead of being envious of His generosity towards others. Remember what the Lord is telling us, “…My grace is sufficient for you…” (2 Cor 12:9a). Let us keep our hearts burning with the desire to remain in communion with God, realizing how undeserving we are, yet benefiting from the Lord’s free gift (grace) to us.

There are many who are still standing around waiting to be invited to know the gospel of Christ. To them, we need to preach the gift of salvation we received from Jesus our Savior that brought us unsearchable riches and abundance. We need to make known to them the manifold wisdom of God and the revelation of His eternal purpose, by encouraging them to join our community where they can worship the Lord and fellowship with us. The intensity, dedication and devotion to accomplish this mission will surely be challenged by circumstances and various obstacles. In those times when we are trapped in hopeless situation, we can always cry to God for His grace of encouragement, strength and perseverance, and He will surely hear us.

We just need to believe in His promise for us this week, “The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth,” (Ps 145:18). Let us sense His presence with joy, knowing that He is there with His love and generosity. He is God Almighty ready to help us through. Let our hearts feel His grace in every circumstance of our life. As St. Augustine wrote, “in the end, everything is grace.”

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, by Your amazing grace You have welcome us into Your kingdom. As workers in Your “Vineyard” make us work diligently and gratefully in the remaining time we have on earth. Lead us by Your Holy Spirit to do whatever we are called to do, out of a genuine faith and spiritual enthusiasm. Remind us that Your grace is timeless and You give to us what we truly deserve. Teach us to be thankful in whatever circumstances we are in and not begrudge the blessings of others. In Jesus name. Amen.

Reflection Guides: 
1. Feeling that you are more faithful and prayerful, do you sometimes perceived that God is unfair to you and you deserve more than others? How do you overcome these feelings?

2. Knowing that God’s grace (blessing, favor, kindness) is His generosity to the undeserving, how does this affect your relationship with God and your neighbor?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
September 24, 2017 (Sun) – Is 55:6-9 / Ps 145:2-3, 8, 9, 17, 18 / Phil 1:20-24. 27 / Mt 20:1-16
September 25, 2017(Mon) – Ez 1:1-6/Ps 126:1-6/Lk 8:16-18
September 26, 2017(Tues) – Ez 6:7, 8/12, 14-20/Ps 122:1-5/Lk 8:19-21
September 27, 2017(Wed) – Ez 9:5-9/Tb 13:2-8/Lk 9:1-6
September 28, 2017 (Thur) – Hg 1:1-8/Ps 149:1-6, 9/Lk 9:7-9
September 29, 2017 (Fri) – Dn 7:9, 10, 13, 14/Ps 138:14-5/Jn 1:47-51 
September 30, 2017(Sat) – Zec 2:5-9, 14, 15/Jer 31:10-13/Lk 9:43-45

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