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A Powerful Prayer

We are sharing with the Community, the thanksgiving part of the opening prayer made by couple Fred and Fanny Simba at our Tunasan (Sto. Nino) Prayer Group last Sunday, March 11.

 

The couple are relatively new members and it was their first time leading the congregation in praise and worship, but like the scorching heat of the sun, their prayer seared the souls of everyone that many could not help but shed tears. One BLD member commented that it was a very powerful prayer where she felt the very strong presence of the Lord. While we have a standard guide for our Community prayer, this clearly manifested, that what takes precedence is the supreme importance of sincerity or for the worship leaders to completely surrender themselves to the enveloping love and compassion of the Lord, so that it will radiate to each and everyone in the congregation.

 

Fred and Fanny were among those who joined the recently concluded ME No. 292 as candidates of Paranaque ME No. 2 with Joe and Carol Magsino, as the ME Coordinators. They have 8 children. While the junk Shop providing them livelihood is now gradually closing down and Fred is the only one temporarily retained under its employ, the couple remains steadfast in their unflinching faith that the Lord would continue to take care of them. Fanny is trying to augment the family income by selling cooked food.

 

Their thanksgiving prayer:

 

“Panginoon, salamat sa pag-aalay ng iyong buhay para sa amin. Sa pagtubos mo sa aming mga kasalanan. Sa walang hanggan mong pagibig. Sa pag-iingat at pag-aadya mo sa amin sa kapahamakan. Sa pagpapadala mo sa amin ng mga taong di nag-sasawa, di natitinag, di sumusuko, handing magtiis at mag sakripisyo sa kapakanan ng iba. Ingatan mo po sila at gabayan. Bigyan mo po sila ng mahabang buhay upang marami pa silang matulungan.”

 

Like the Roman centurion, Fred and Fanny have that unshakable faith in the Lord and this goes with their supplication for long life for us (BLD members) who minister and care for people like them. Let us join them in their entreaty, especially for those who have serious illness among our Community members, to fully recover and be back to the pink of health for a long life.

 

Incidentally, Aliza Nocom, our HS2 member, who was given the gift of vision of angels, purgatory, the devils and discernment of spiritual messages during our LSS’s, Ecounters and Eucharistic Celebrations, made a brief testimony during the prayer meeting. By more than coincidence, her main message that ….sa ating

 

Panginoong Hesus ang bawat isa ay mahalaga at nais nyang tulungan, nais nyang abutin, ilapit sa kanya at maipadama ang kanyang awa at lubos na pagmamahal…harmonized very well with the Gospel message for the day and the reflection made by Tony Suiza, also of HS2. Tony professed that the Gospel verse,

 

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

 

.is an embodiment of the entire Scripture. Indeed, so immense is God’s love for us that He gave His only son that every one of us will be with Him in His heavenly Kingdom. To appreciate this is to ponder for a moment the incomprehensibility of sacrificing our very own child for the sake of other people.

 

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Bulletin – March 21, 2018

EVANGELIZATION

Mar. 24 AG Holy Family Parish Hall ABOVE GROUND
Mar. 28 Holy Wednesday – NO ACTIVITY
Mar. 31 EC San Lorenzo  Multi-Purpose Hall A & B Easter Vigil Mass
Apr. 4 EC SDSA 1st Wednesday Mass / Nomination Day for CSL & CS
Apr. 11 EC SDSA Mass / Nomination Day for DCS
Apr. 18 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Apr. 25 CW SDSA CW / Healing Night

 

Above Ground on 24 March 2018 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM at the Holy Family Parish Hall, Faraday cor. Binay Sts., San Isidro, Makati City. Ongoing confession during the event, ending with an anticipated Mass at 4:00PM.

 

Commissioning for New EMHC & LECOM on 04 April  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.

 

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.

 

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.

MISSION

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

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Mar. 25 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolention Parish (Pls. get in touch with eran & Dorlie Carandan)
Mar. 25 (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

 

 

PASTORAL 

We praise and thank the Lord for the succesful Solo Parents Encounter No. 27 held last weekend at the Covenant House with 18 candidates.

Singles Encounter No. 75 on March 23-25, 2018 at the BLD Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Jon & Maggie Javier at 09178431918 & 09178664668 or Alissa Gan at 09178662132.

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.

 

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

 

Service Ministry Teaching

INTRODUCTION TO INTERCESSION on 10 April 2018, Tuesday from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm at BLD Secretariat.

 

MANAGEMENT

2018 Emergence

Apr. 4, 2018 – Nomination Day for CSL and CS.

Apr. 11, 2018 – Nomination Day for DCS.

 

We are still accepting your donations for the 10th Fr. Pascual Adorable Golf Cup (Swing for HOPE2). Please look for Val & Fe Liwanag or Beth Sumbi of the Secretariat.

 

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND
As of February 28, 2018 7,747,332.60
March 1-7, 2018 3,000.00
March 8-14, 2018 10,000.00
March 15-21, 2018 1,000.00
As of March 21, 2018 7,761,332.60
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
TOTAL 105,279.00  17,000.00 122,279.00
Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

         

 

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Bulletin – March 14, 2018

 

EVANGELIZATION

Mar. 21 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Mar. 24 AG Holy Family Parish Hall ABOVE GROUND
Mar. 31 EC San Lorenzo Multi-Purpose Hall A & B Easter Vigil Mass

 

Above Ground on 24 March 2018 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM at the Holy Family Parish Hall, Faraday cor. Binay Sts., San Isidro, Makati City. Ongoing confession during the event, ending with an anticipated Mass at 4:00PM.

 

Commissioning for New EMHC & LECOM on 04 April 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.

 

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.

 

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

 

PASTORAL

 

Solo Parents Encounter No. 27 on 16-18 March 2018 at the BLD Covenant House. For PIS forms, contact Betchit Sison at 09189119242, Glady Segundo at 09178237550 & Luching Landoy at 09177916254.

 

Singles Encounter No. 75 on Mar. 23-25, 2018 at the BLD Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Jon & Maggie Javier cp#09178431918 & cp#09178664668 or Alissa Gan cp#09178662132.

 

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 cp# 09173158830.

 

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

BASIC & ADVANCED INTERCESSION on 17 March 2018, Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at BLD Secretariat.

 

MANAGEMENT

 

Briefing of Nominators about the Process of 2018 Emergence will be on March 16, 2018, Friday 7:00pm at the BLD Secretariat.

 

We are still accepting your donations for the 10th Fr. Pascual Adorable Golf Cup (Swing for HOPE2). Please look for Val & Fe Liwanag or direct to Secretariat office.

 

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND
As of February 28, 2018 7,747,332.60
March 1-7, 2018 3,000.00
March 8-14, 2018 10,000.00
As of March 14, 2018 7,750,332.60
TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
Date EC/CW Secretariat TOTAL
Mar. 7 55,249.00 12,000.00 67,249.00
TOTAL 55,249.00  12,000.00 67,249.00
Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

         

 

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse. Shall I not open for you the floodgates of heaven, to pour down blessing upon you without measures?” Mal. 3:10

 

MISSION

 

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

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Mar. 17 (Saturday)

8:00AM–12:00NN

ELP Moving Up Day @ Parañque Sports & Social Hall
Mar. 18 (Sunday)

1:30PM–4:30PM

GK Euro Maralit
Mar. 18 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Target Range, Parañaque
Mar. 18 (Sunday)

1:00PM–3:00PM

PGH
Mar. 18 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Risen Christ Parish,

Smokey Mountain

Mar. 25 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolention Parish (Pls. get in touch with eran & Dorlie Carandan)
Mar. 25 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan

 

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Bulletin – March 7, 2018

 

EVANGELIZATION

Mar. 14 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Mar. 21 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Mar. 24 AG Holy Family Parish Hall ABOVE GROUND
Mar. 31 EC San Lorenzo Multi-Purpose Hall A & B Easter Vigil Mass

 

We praise and thank the Lord for the succesful Marriage Encounter Weekend No. 292 (and ME#3 Parañaque) held last weekend at the Covenant House with 12 couple candidates.

 

Above Ground on 24 March 2018 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM at the Holy Family Parish Hall, Faraday cor. Binay Sts., San Isidro, Makati City. Ongoing confession during the event, ending with an anticipated Mass at 4:00PM.

 

MANAGEMENT

 

We Praise and thank the Lord for a successful 10th Fr. Pascual Adorable Golf Cup (Swing for HOPE2) held last Monday, March 5 at the Ayala Greenfield Golf and Leisure Club. We would like to thank all the sponsors, donors, consultants, volunteers and the community for your support. Thank you very much working team for your hard work. To God be the glory!

 

Briefing of Nominators about the Process of 2018 Emergence will be on March 16, 2018, Friday 7:00pm at the BLD Secretariat.

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND
As of February 28, 2018 7,747,332.60
March 1-6, 2018 3,000.00
As of March 7, 2018 7,750,332.60
TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
Date EC/CW Secretariat TOTAL
Feb. 1-6     90,180.00 90,180.00
Feb. 7 62,022.00   62,022.00
Feb. 14 45,295.00   10,000.00 55,295.00
Feb. 21 52,950.00   52,950.00
Feb. 28 55,349.25   55,349.25
TOTAL 215,616.25  100,180.00 315,796.25
Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

         

 

Deuteronomy 15:10 “Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”

 

MISSION

 

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

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Mar. 11 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

GK Villa Paraiso
Mar. 11 (Sunday)

1:00PM–5:00PM

Tunasan, Muntinlupa
Mar. 17 (Saturday)

8:00AM–12:00NN

ELP Moving Up Day @ Parañque Sports & Social Hall
Mar. 18 (Sunday)

1:30PM–4:30PM

GK Euro Maralit
Mar. 18 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Target Range, Parañaque
Mar. 18 (Sunday)

1:00PM–3:00PM

PGH
Mar. 18 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Risen Christ Parish,

Smokey Mountain

Mar. 25 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolention Parish (Pls. get in touch with eran & Dorlie Carandan)
Mar. 25 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan

FORMATION

Service Ministry Teaching

CHRISTIAN MATURITY PROGRAM II (Christian Suffering, Christian Witnessing & Christian Giving) on 10 March 2018 Saturday from 8:00am to 12:00nn at Ligaya Ng Panginoon Formation Center, Pamayanang Diego Silang Village, C-5 Road, Taguig City.

 

Intercessory Ministry Teaching

BASIC & ADVANCED INTERCESSION on 17 March 2018, Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at BLD Secretariat.

 

PASTORAL

Lenten Recollection on 10 March 2018, Saturday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Kasunduan Hall, Ligaya Ng Panginoon Formation Center, Pamayanang Diego Silang Village, C-5 Road, Taguig City with Fr. Vic De Jesus.

 

Solo Parents Encounter No. 27 on 16-18 March 2018 at the BLD Covenant House. For PIS forms, contact Betchit Sison at 09189119242, Glady Segundo at 09178237550 & Luching Landoy at 09177916254.

 

Singles Encounter No. 75 on Mar. 23-25, 2018 at the BLD Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Jon & Maggie Javier cp#09178431918 & cp#09178664668 or Alissa Gan cp#09178662132.

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Community Word for May 2018

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

READINGS
May 6 Acts 10:25, 26, 34, 34, 44-49/Ps 98:1-4/1Jn 4:7-10/Jn 15:9-17
May 13 Acts 1:1-11/Ps 47:2, 3, 6-9/Eph 4:1-13/Mk 16:15-20
May 20 Acts 2:1-11/Ps 104:1,24,31,34,29-30/1Cor 12:3-7,12,13/Jn 20:19-23
May 27 Dt 4:32-34, 39-40/Ps 33:4-6, 9, 18-20, 22/Rm 8:14-17/Mt 28:16-20

COMMUNITY WORD
God’s love empowers us to make disciples of all nations.

ORDER
“Remain in my love.” (Jn 15:9b)

PROPHECIES:
1. Do not be afraid for I will you to give you strength, wisdom, courage and help you to love.

DIRECTIONS:
1. Show love for your neighbor by performing works of mercy.
2. Share Christ to others with love.

THEMES AND PROMISES

Week#1 (6thSunday of Easter)
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)

Week#2 (Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord)
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)

Week#3 (Pentecost Sunday)
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)

Week#4 (Solemnity of the Blessed Trinity)
Theme: We make disciples of all nations when we bear witness to the glory of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Promise: “… I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt 28:20b)

 

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WSC Reflection – March 18, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
March 18, 2018 – 5th Sunday of Lent (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 follow Jesus and serve Him in His people.
Promise: “…Whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.” (Jn 12:25b)

Reflection:
It is not easy to surrender our will to just anyone. If one surrenders his will to someone who will only make a slave of him or take away his freedom, he will definitely resist or refuse to be subjugated. However, the idea of someone who is capable of enhancing our will and our ability to make the right choices and decisions has much more appeal. This is what we find in the obedience we give to God, following the example of Jesus. When seeking to do God’s will, we rely on the truth that God is for our freedom and for our own good as a people. We do not become lesser human beings by freely accepting God’s will and fully trusting Him to receive His grace to gain fullness of life.

A major purpose in this life is to grow in the righteous character of God. Through His dwelling in us by the power of His Holy Spirit, we are helped in achieving that purpose in life that will enable us to live forever in His family. Because of His love for us, it is God’s will that everyone should be saved and that all creation should come to unity and perfection in Him. Thus, we should allow our will to be taken over by God and everything that we are, our heart, mind and soul, so that we may know what God wants for us and for the world we live in. This is the fundamental understanding of Christian obedience.

In our search for truth in what we do, we are entirely free once we have learned to see the knowledge of the Spirit and once we are guided by love. Above the law of man and in freedom that comes from the Spirit, we know that we can act in knowledge that if we are guided by love in the Spirit of God we cannot do anything other than good.

We are truly a reflection of God’s will and love, and our hearts the temple of the Holy Spirit, when we follow Jesus and serve Him in His people. Our constant and reverent communication with the Lord molds us, shapes us and equips us to become more like Jesus and to mirror His heart and character, be obedient to God and follow His commands. In Jeremiah 31:33, God is very specific and intentional when he said: “I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Hence, our guiding force is the Holy Spirit, while Jesus Christ is our model of obedience.

“Jesus learned obedience, Son though He was, through His sufferings,” Hebrew 5:8 tells us. Unlike the worldly leaders who issue orders from high offices and care little about how it affects their subjects, Jesus empathized and sympathized, especially with the broken and suffering. He cared about His flock. In like manner, we should identify with the people whom we have been tasked to minister. We have to see them with the eyes, heart and mind of Jesus. God calls us to go further – to go beyond the letter of the law and put people ahead of legalism, and our relationship with God before any earthly concerns and institutions. We are called to get out of our comfort zones, to die to ourselves and aspire to become fruitful in order to grow and remain faithful to God through Jesus (Jn12:24).

It is indeed a challenge for us in these trying times to pray and be of service to the Lord through our brethren. In this season of Lent, it is worthwhile reflecting on the Lord’s promise: “…Whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life,” (Jn.12:25b). Christians are in this world but we are not of this world. We belong to Christ. He is our one pure and holy passion. We have to be living witnesses of Christ for the transformation of all in Christ.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, we pray with contrite heart and humble spirit. Receive us and let our lives be an offering of praise to You and our sacrifice pleasing in Your sight, as we follow You unreservedly. For those who trust in You cannot be put to shame. Deal with us in Your loving kindness and mercy, deliver us by Your wonders and bring glory to Your name. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. How do you nurture yourself to overcome the challenges that block your response to following Jesus Christ in serving others in your family and community?

2. What is your motivation in obeying God’s commandments? How much do you value your worldly attachments, priorities and comfort zones in your life?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
March 18, 2018 (Sun) – Jer 31:31-34/ Ps 51:3, 4, 12-15/ Heb 5:7-9/ Jn 12:20-33
March 19, 2018 (Mon) – 2Sm 7:4-5, 12-14, 16/Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29/Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22/Mt 1:16, 18- 21, 24
March 20, 2018 (Tue) – Nm 21:4-9/Ps 102:2-3, 16-18, 19-21/Jn 8:21-30
March 21, 2018 (Wed) – Dn 3:14-20, 19, 92, 95/Dn 3:52-56/Jn 8:31-42
March 22, 2018 (Thu) – Gn 17:3-9/Ps 105:4-9/Jn 8:51-59
March 23, 2018 (Fri) – Jer 20:10-13/Ps 18:2-7/Jn 10:31-42
March 24, 2018 (Sat) – Ez 37:21-28/Jer 31:10-13/Jn 11:45-56

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

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WSC Reflection – March 11, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
March 11, 2018 – 4th Sunday of Lent (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 believe in Jesus and live in His truth
Promise: “Whoever believes in him will not be condemned.” (Jn 3:18a)

Reflection: 
Believing in God is not simply agreeing in our minds that He exists. True and strong belief in God means that we are willing to commit our lives to Him and live the way He wants us to live. He wants us to know Him personally through His Son, Jesus, whom he sent to the world to redeem and purchase us from slavery of sin by His precious blood and set us free forever. Through Christ came God’s grace and truth – grace by the full manifestation of the Father’s plan of salvation and the offer of complete pardon to every soul that believes in Jesus, and truth by the unveiled exhibition of Christ Himself, as the true sacrifice and atonement for our sins. To believe in Jesus Christ is to accept and trust in Him personally as our Lord and Savior.

St. Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.” (Eph1:13-14). As we put our faith in Christ, we open ourselves to experience the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, God’s gift to believers, our seal of salvation. Our hearts become His inner sanctum, our body His temple. He writes His truth in our hearts with the purpose of convicting us of guilt with regards to righteousness and judgment. When violated, shame and discomfort is brought upon us. And when we realize it, we are then drawn back to His truth by the moral emptiness we feel inside us. Every human heart longs for the truth – even those that rejects it. This is expressed in the theme for the 4th Sunday in Lent – As the temple of the Holy Spirit we believe in Jesus and live in His truth.

When the Holy Spirit dwells in us, we will no longer gratify the desires of our sinful nature. We do not like to grieve the Spirit by allowing bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. We choose to walk with the truth, love the truth, and believe in the truth. We speak the truth in love because truth becomes far more than a moral guide. As Jesus declares, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no man comes to the Father but by me,” (Jn 14:6). He is the truth personified.

Believing in Jesus transforms us to confidently commit to do His will and the things He wants us to accomplish. He expects us to be faithful as the Holy Spirit goes before us and leads our way by removing all obstacles and opening our understanding to make all things clear. He provides us the spiritual gifts (God-given abilities for service) to edify the church, our community and to serve the Lord effectively for His glory. If at times we feel that victory is impossible and we are failures despite our faithful obedience, we can always hold on to the Lord’s promise this week, “Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,” (Jn 3:18a).

Prayer: 
Lord God, help us understand that our justification is in Christ alone, in His completed work on the cross and not in what we do. Make us true believers so that we can find solace in the assurance that we have been adopted into God’s own family, as heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ and nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. Holy Spirit, when we feel weak and helpless allow us to feel Your presence, love, and strength. Give us a perfect trust in Your protecting love and empowerment so that nothing may discourage us in living Your Truth. Amen.

Reflection Questions: 
1. What is your natural reaction when you experience difficulty in obeying of God’s will and trusting in His truth? 
2. Do you turn to the Holy Spirit as your helper, guide, and comforter as you live your life as a true Christian follower of Jesus?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
March 11, 2018 (Sun) – 2Chr 36:14-16, 19-23/ Ps 137:1-6/ Eph 2:4-10/ Jn 3:14-21
March 12, 2018 (Mon) – Is 65:17-21/Ps 30:2, 4-6, 11-13/Jn 4:43-45
March 13, 2018 (Tue) – Ez 47:1-9, 12/Ps 46:2, 3, 5, 6, 8-9/Jn 5:1-16
March 14, 2018 (Wed) – Is 49:8-15/Ps 145:8, 9, 13, 14, 17, 18/Jn 5:17-30
March 15, 2018 (Thu) – Ex 32:7-14/Ps 106:19-23/Jn 5:31-47 
March 16, 2018 (Fri) – Wis 2:1, 12-22/Ps 34:17-20, 21, 23/Jn 7:1, 2, 10, 25-30
March 17, 2018 (Sat) – Jer 11:18-20/Ps 7:2-3, 9, 10-12/Jn 7:40-53

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

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Reflection for March 2018

Reflection for March 2018

Community Word: Jesus, our Redeemer, calls us to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Order: “…love me and keep my commandments.” (Ex 20:6b)

Reflection:
Saint Paul in his letter to the Corinthians said: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body,” (1Cor 6:19). This statement of Saint Paul summarizes our community word for the month: Jesus, our Redeemer, calls us to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.

The theme for the 3rd week of Lent is: As the temple of the Holy Spirit, we obey God’s commandment. We obey His command in response to the favor He has already given us – His gracious mercy and salvation. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments,” (Jn 13:15, Jesus said and added, “Whoever keeps my commandments is the one who loves me. If he loves me, he will also be loved by my Father; I too shall love him and show myself clearly to him,” (Jn 14:15, 21). And our Lord God also assured us in His promise that “the law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul … giving wisdom to the simple.” (Ps 19:8a).

Our theme for the 4th week of Lent is: As the temple of the Holy Spirit, we believe in Jesus and live in His truth and with an appended promise, “Whoever believes in Him will not be condemned,” (Jn 3:18a). As followers of Jesus Christ, we believe in One True God, in three persons of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, our Creator, Savior and Sustainer of all things. The truth of salvation is only in Jesus Christ, as He is the embodiment of Truth (Jn14:6) – the truth about who we are, about God’s purpose why we are on earth, the truth about sin, righteousness, the coming judgment, heaven and hell, how to love God and how to love one another, and all others we need for life and godliness. Our own cleansing/renewal is an on-going process that our Lord performs in us, but we need to cooperate with the process, and be responsible enough to use the means available to us through His word, teachings and the truth.

As the temple of the Holy Spirit, we follow Jesus and serve Him in His people, is the theme for the 5th Sunday of Lent. Our personal desire to follow Jesus may be our emotional link with Him, created by the gift of grace and salvation, like the early disciples of Jesus. They experienced a greater level of deliverance from sin than they had ever experienced before. Grace changed their lives that made them ready and willing to make Jesus the center of their lives, following Him wherever He went and trusting Him completely. The call of Jesus to serve Him in His people is exemplified in the scriptural passage from the gospel of Matthew: “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me,” (Mt 25:40). Jesus is pointing us to those who are the weakest, the most gravely ill, the incapacitated, the hungry, the homeless, the most sinful and all those who have pronounced needs in the earthly life. By serving those in special need, we are serving Jesus. Our call to service is our eminent choice to God’s love for us. In those we serve, we see, know and feel the Lord, and our opportunities to love are ever present and our love grows deeper in serving Him through His people. The Lord’s promise to us is: “…whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life,” (Jn 12:25b).

The last Sunday of the month is Palm Sunday which celebrates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and marks the start of the Holy Week, the final days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. The theme of this week is: As the temple of the Holy Spirit, we allow the Lord to sanctify us through suffering. The perfect model of humility and obedience in the face of suffering is Jesus Christ. From beginning to end, the details of His life were humiliating: He was born amidst the stench of a stable; His disciples came from the low-life of a reviled province, not cultured nor learned; His worth is the price of a slave – 30 pieces of silver; and He was punished, crucified and stripped completely naked and put on display for all to see, adding shame to the pain. Jesus willingly lowered Himself and freely laid down His life. Because of these, “God greatly exalted Him!” (Phil 2:8).

In our own sufferings and tribulations, we learn to rejoice because we believe that these sufferings and tribulations produce endurance (greater perseverance in dealing with increased challenges), endurance produces character (becomes progressively more stable to focus effectively on the things of the Lord), and character produces hope (unleashes hope in suffering and joyful expectation of what the Lord promised). Therefore, we neither suffer in vain or alone; Jesus Christ suffers with us and redeems the suffering in us. And He promised “The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced … I shall not be put to shame,” (Isa 50:7).

Prayer
Merciful God, as I receive your mercies every day especially this Lenten season, I pray that You instill in me the fear and love of Your blessed commandments so I may lead a spiritual life pleasing to You and in accord to Your divine way and Holy Will. I seek to obey You in all that I think and do. Help me prepare for the glory of Your Heavenly Kingdom, through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

 

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WSC Reflection – March 4, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
March 4, 2018 – 3rd Sunday of Lent (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 obey God’s commandment.
Promise: “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul … giving wisdom to the simple.” (Ps 19:8a)

Reflection:
Our community Word for the month of March is – Jesus, our Redeemer calls us to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. Being mindful that we are the Lord’s dwelling place, in this season of Lent, it is an opportune time for us to probe what is in our hearts and allow Jesus to purify us.

For the 3rd Sunday of Lent, our theme tells us that, as the temple of the Holy Spirit, we obey God’s commandment. We show our love for God if we obey and accept His decrees. In Exodus 20: 1-17, God’s 10 commandments are being laid out. The first three commandments govern our relationship with God and the last seven commandments set the laws of our relationship with others and our neighbors. God gave us these commandments to keep strong our covenantal relationship with Him. We are not bound only to God, but also to the people around us.

The commandments are not meant to enslave us but to provide life for those who follow them. In Psalm 19, God’s laws produces only good things for those who keep them: refreshed souls, wisdom for the simple, rejoicing hearts, and enlightened eyes. Obeying God is more precious than gold and sweeter than honey.

Jesus is the fulfillment of the law, the cornerstone of God’s plan for salvation. Yet, St. Paul tells us Christ was considered a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles. He ends his exhortation by proclaiming that even the weakest power of God is stronger than any obstacles placed by man. And the wisest of human wisdom is merely foolishness in God’s eyes. God’s covenant relationship with us is beyond human comprehension, but only those who are called and accept Jesus as our Lord know that Christ is the power and wisdom of God.

Finally, we can compare Jesus’ cleansing of the temple in the gospel reading with the cleansing and purification of our souls from sin to make us living temples of the Holy Spirit, to rid ourselves of obstacles that will keep us away from God. To accept and obey our loving God means that we undergo a renewal of mind and transformation of heart, to change and live in a manner that people may see goodness in us and they might come to believe that God is love and alive in us.

Let us then allow God to help us experience the freedom to enjoy a deep covenant relationship with Him. Let us remain humble and be obedient to His precepts, for we are assured in this promise that, “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul…giving wisdom to the simple,” (Ps 19: 18).

Prayer:
Lord God, we thank you for desiring to have a deep and lasting relationship with us by inviting us to simply obey Your commands and precepts. Forgive us for the blocks we have built in our hearts that keep us away from You. Help us to enjoy the wisdom, joy, enlightenment, richness and sweetness of being in relationship with You and to share it with others. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1.Do I value the Ten Commandments? How can I best live out my relationship with God and others through them?

2.How open am I to the cleansing power of God during the season of Lent?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
March 4, 2018 (Sun) – Ex 20:1-17/ Ps 19:8-11/ 1Cor 1:22-25/ Jn 2:13-25
March 5, 2018 (Mon) – 2Kgs 5:1-15/Ps 42:2, 3; 43:3, 4/Lk 4:24-30
March 6, 2018 (Tue) – Dn 3:25, 34-43/Ps 25:4-9/Mt 18:21-35
March 7, 2018 (Wed) – Dt 4:1, 5-9/Ps 147:12, 13, 15, 16, 19, 20/Mt 5:17-19
March 8, 2018 (Thu) – Jer 7:23-28/Ps 95:1, 2, 6-9/Lk 11:14-23
March 9, 2018 (Fri) – Hos 14:2-10/Ps 81:6-11, 14, 17/Mk 12:28-34
March 10, 2018 (Sat) – Hos 6:1-6/Ps 51:3-4, 18-21/Lk 18:9-14

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Community Word for April 2018

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

READINGS
April 1 – Acts 10:34, 37-43/Ps 118:1, 2, 16, 17, 22, 23/Col 3:1-4/Jn 20:1-9
April 9 – Acts 4:32-35/Ps 118:2-4,13-15,22-24/1Jn 5:1-6/Jn 20:19-31
April 15 – Acts 3:13-15, 17-19/Ps 4:2, 4, 7-9/1Jn 2:1-5/Lk 24:35-48
April 22 – Acts 4:8-12/Ps 118:1,8,9,21-23,26,28,29/1Jn 3:1,/Jn 10:11-18
April 29 – Acts 9:26-31/Ps 22:26-28, 30-31/1Jn 3:18-24/Jn 15:1-8

COMMUNITY WORD
The resurrection of Jesus Christ strengthens our faith.

ORDER
“Live and declare the works of the Lord.” (Ps 118:17)

PROPHECIES:
•Do not doubt My presence for in my Resurrection I will raise you up on the last day and give you Eternal Life.

DIRECTIONS:
•Be the Lord’s witness, testifying to what Jesus has done in your life

THEMES AND PROMISES

Week#1 (Easter Sunday)
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)

Week#2 (2nd Sunday of Easter)
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)

Week#3 (3rd Sunday of Easter)
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)

Week#4 (4th Sunday of Easter)
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)

Week#5 (5th Sunday of Easter)
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)

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