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WSC Reflection – February 25, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
February 25, 2018 – 2nd Sunday of Lent (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: Our relationship with the Father gives us hope and fullness of life.
Theme: We receive fullness of life when we listen to God’s voice to transform us.
Promise: “I will bless you abundantly…because you obeyed my command.” 
(Gn 22:17a, 18b)

Reflection: 
Fullness of life as expressed in the community word for the month comes from the words of Jesus when he said: “I came that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly,” (Jn 10:10). Fullness of life has two spiritual qualities. One is joy, a state of rejoicing which is deeply-rooted because of one’s relationship with Jesus Christ. Two is peace, which is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of righteousness that brings the right relationship with one self, with others and with God.

The theme for the week is – We receive fullness of life when we listen to God’s voice to transform us. God speaks to us constantly, but do we hear Him speak to us and do we listen to His voice? He persistently communicates His truth and His direction to us and He always bestows His care and mercy to all of us. Often, He talks to us in a gentle, soft and silent voice because He wants our attention. And He waits for us to turn to Him, set aside all distractions and just be focused on His quiet but clear voice.

The quiet still voice that we begin to recognize as divine can only come to us in silence, solitude and commitment to listen to Him. This is a chance for us to converse with Him and listen to His gentle inner promptings that unfold to us every day and in every event of our life even through meetings and encounters with our family, friends, other people and even strangers. God is always present, anytime and anywhere. The voice of God can be found in our stories of struggles, confusions, doubts, crisis, and in our hopes, dreams and pursuits. Let us then keep our minds, our hearts and our lives open to God, as this is the grace-filled opportunity to seek Him, talk and listen to Him. Remember Jesus who turned water into wine? This is the same Jesus who can transform our lives, our homes, our careers and business and our future.

The mystery of Transfiguration is a manifestation and an unveiling of the glory that the Son receives from the Father. This is also the confirmation of the Apostle Peter’s confession of faith and acknowledgement that Jesus is the Messiah and the beloved Son of God. But what can make us deaf from recognizing God’s call and blind from seeing God’s glory working in our life? Sin, unbelief, unforgiveness, prejudices, spiritual lethargy, life of ease and worldly attachment, and many others can hinder us. But, as His beloved disciples, this should not discourage us because God wants to transform us and reveal His glory. St. Paul assures us: “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit,” (2Cor 3:18).

Are we prepared to see God’s glory, like the disciples who had a glimpse of this when they saw Jesus being transfigured on the mountain? During this season of Lent, may the words of our heavenly Father continue to echo in our hearts as a reminder – “This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him!” (Mk 9:7b). May these words of invitation transform us and lead us to conversion and personal transfiguration, so that in faith, reverence and obedience, we will remain in everlasting covenant of friendship and peace with our loving God and be His true children. May we always feel His loving presence and His healing transforming mercy and compassion. As He promised, “I will bless you abundantly … because you obeyed my command,” (Gn 22:17a, 18b).

Prayer: 
O powerful and almighty Father, help us to be aware of and be attentive to the ways in which You speak to us day and night. May this season of Lent allow us to have our own transfiguration and lead us to authentic transformation. Be our guide, light, and strength and may we be transformed unto Your likeness so that we can share and spread Your gospel of love to others with faith and joy. This we ask through Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with You, and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Reflection Questions: 
1. How do I hear, listen and experience Jesus’ voice and His word?
2. How do I prepare myself worthily to commemorate the season of Lent?
3. How do I make myself ready for His final coming as Judge, in my own death and at the end of time?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
February 25, 2018 (Sun) – Gn 22:1, 2, 9-13, 15-18/Ps 116:10, 15-19/Rm 8:31-34/Mk 9:2-10
February 26, 2018 (Mon) – Dn 9:4-10/Ps 79:8,9,11,13/Lk 6:36-38
February 27, 2018 (Tue) – Is 1:10,16-20/Ps 50:8,9,16,17,21,23/Mt 23:1-12
February 28, 2018 (Wed) – Jer 18:18-20/Ps 31:5,6,14-16/Mt 20:17-28
March 1, 2018 (Thu) – Jer 17:5-10/Ps 1:1-4,6/Lk 16:19-31
March 2, 2018 (Fri) – Gn 37:3,4,12,13,17-28/Ps 105:16,-21/Mt 21:33-46 
March 3, 2018 (Sat) – Mi 7:14-15,18-20/Ps 103:1-4,9-10,11,12/Lk 15:1-3,11-32

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

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Bulletin – February 21, 2018

 

EVANGELIZATION

Feb. 28 CW SDSA CW/Healing Night
Mar. 7 EC SDSA 1st Wednesday Mass
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

 

Marriage Encounter Weekend No. 292 on 2-4 March 2018 at the Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Minn & Bobby Montales 09178702143 or 09988419453.

 

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

 

MANAGEMENT

 

10th Fr. Pascual Adorable Golf Tournament on 5 March 2018 at the Ayala Greenfield Golf and Leisure Club in Calamba City, Laguna. This fundraising activity will support our mission outreaches, encounter retreats, SOH, evangelical teachings and Provident Fund. Get involved! Everyone is encouraged to solicit corporate sponsors, provide leads and referrals for potential sponsors, and most especially PRAY for the success of the  Fr. Ado Cup! Golf Committee Coordinators Val and Fe Liwanag, and Boy and Liezl Sy will be seeking your support to this golf tournament. Likewise, feel free to get in touch with the Secretariat office. The Golf Ticket is P3,500 only and limited to BLD Members only.

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND
As of January 31, 2017 7,714,565.37
Feb. 1-6, 2018 6,750.00
Feb. 7-13, 2018 15,000.00
As of February 21, 2018 7,721,315.37
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
TOTAL 107,317.00  100,180.00 207,497.00
Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

 

FORMATION

Praise the Lord for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and a well attended PRAYER HEALING & COUNSELING 1 SEMINAR (PHC1) conducted by Mnsgr. Paul Schetelick, BLD Newark Cluster Spiritual Director, Noel & Letty Trillana, former CS & DCS of BLD Newark, and Bert & Lith Golamco, DCS of BLD Charlotte, last weekend with 180 participants coming from BLD Manila Cluster (Manila, Lipa & Imus), North Luzon Cluster (Malolos & Baguio), and AFP/PNP/PSS Military Ordinariate.  Block your schedule for those who have taken PHC1 – PRAYER HEALING & COUNSELING 2 SEMINAR (PHC2) will be on February 2019.

 

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

Singles Encounter No. 74 this coming weekend 23-25 February 2018 at the BLD Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Emmans & Jonnah Nana at 09175541839 & 09176500703 or Len Manalo at 09989675422.

 

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.

 

MISSION

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Feb. 24 (Saturday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish (Pls. get in touch with Eran & Dorlie Carandan)
Feb. 25 (Sunday)

1:30PM–4:30PM

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan

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

 

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Counsel – February 14, 2018

 

EVANGELIZATION

Feb. 21 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Feb. 28 CW SDSA CW/Healing Night
Mar. 7 EC SDSA 1st Wednesday Mass
Mar. 14 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Mar. 21 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Mar. 31 EC San Lorenzo Multi-Purpose Hall A & B Easter Vigil Mass

 

Marriage Encounter Weekend No. 292 on 2-4 March 2018 at the Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Minn & Bobby Montales 09178702143 or 09988419453.

 

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.

 

PRAYER, HEALING & COUNSELING SEMINAR on 17-18 February 2018 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 AM by visiting teachers from BLD Newark led by Msgr. Paul Schetelick, Spiritual Adviser, at 4th Floor AFP Mutual Benefit Assoc. Inc. Social Hall, Boni Serrano St. corner EDSA, Cubao, Quezon City. This is not inside Camp Aguinaldo. If coming from South, upon reaching Serrano & EDSA overpass, take service road, first gate  on the right corner of Boni Serrano. Please come early on Saturday, Mass will start at 8:00 AM to be celebrated by Msgr. Paul Schetelick. Please be informed that the canteen at the venue is offers packmeals for only P200 which includes lunch, dessert, morning & afternoon snack and unlimited brewed coffee. Please reserve now at the registration table or call Beth Sumbi at the Secretariat office.

 

PASTORAL

Singles Encounter No. 74 on 23-25 February 2018 at the BLD Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Emmans & Jonnah Nana at 09175541839 & 09176500703 or Len Manalo at 09989675422.

 

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.

MANAGEMENT

 

10th Fr. Pascual Adorable Golf Tournament on 5 March 2018 at the Ayala Greenfield Golf and Leisure Club in Calamba City, Laguna. This fundraising activity will support our mission outreaches, encounter retreats, SOH, evangelical teachings and Provident Fund. Get involved! Everyone is encouraged to solicit corporate sponsors, provide leads and referrals for potential sponsors, and most especially PRAY for the success of the  Fr. Ado Cup! Golf Committee Coordinators Val and Fe Liwanag, and Boy and Liezl Sy will be seeking your support to this golf tournament. Likewise, feel free to get in touch with the Secretariat office. The Golf Ticket is P3,500 only and limited to BLD Members only.

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND
As of January 31, 2017 7,714,565.37
Feb. 1-6, 2018 6,750.00
Feb. 7-13, 2018 15,000.00
As of February 14, 2018 7,721,315.37
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
TOTAL 62,022.00   90,180.00 152,202.00
Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

         

 

MISSION

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

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Feb. 18 (Sunday)

1:30PM–4:30PM

GK Euro Maralit
Feb. 18 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Target Range, Parañaque
Feb. 18 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Risen Christ Parish,

Smokey Mountain

Feb. 24 (Saturday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish (Pls. get in touch with Eran & Dorlie Carandan)
Feb. 25 (Sunday)

1:30PM–4:30PM

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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WSC Reflection – February 25, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
February 25, 2018 – 2nd Sunday of Lent (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: Our relationship with the Father gives us hope and fullness of life.
Theme: We receive fullness of life when we listen to God’s voice to transform us.
Promise: “I will bless you abundantly…because you obeyed my command.”
(Gn 22:17a, 18b)

Reflection:
Fullness of life as expressed in the community word for the month comes from the words of Jesus when he said: “I came that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly,” (Jn 10:10). Fullness of life has two spiritual qualities. One is joy, a state of rejoicing which is deeply-rooted because of one’s relationship with Jesus Christ. Two is peace, which is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of righteousness that brings the right relationship with one self, with others and with God.

The theme for the week is – We receive fullness of life when we listen to God’s voice to transform us. God speaks to us constantly, but do we hear Him speak to us and do we listen to His voice? He persistently communicates His truth and His direction to us and He always bestows His care and mercy to all of us. Often, He talks to us in a gentle, soft and silent voice because He wants our attention. And He waits for us to turn to Him, set aside all distractions and just be focused on His quiet but clear voice.

The quiet still voice that we begin to recognize as divine can only come to us in silence, solitude and commitment to listen to Him. This is a chance for us to converse with Him and listen to His gentle inner promptings that unfold to us every day and in every event of our life even through meetings and encounters with our family, friends, other people and even strangers. God is always present, anytime and anywhere. The voice of God can be found in our stories of struggles, confusions, doubts, crisis, and in our hopes, dreams and pursuits. Let us then keep our minds, our hearts and our lives open to God, as this is the grace-filled opportunity to seek Him, talk and listen to Him. Remember Jesus who turned water into wine? This is the same Jesus who can transform our lives, our homes, our careers and business and our future.

The mystery of Transfiguration is a manifestation and an unveiling of the glory that the Son receives from the Father. This is also the confirmation of the Apostle Peter’s confession of faith and acknowledgement that Jesus is the Messiah and the beloved Son of God. But what can make us deaf from recognizing God’s call and blind from seeing God’s glory working in our life? Sin, unbelief, unforgiveness, prejudices, spiritual lethargy, life of ease and worldly attachment, and many others can hinder us. But, as His beloved disciples, this should not discourage us because God wants to transform us and reveal His glory. St. Paul assures us: “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit,” (2Cor 3:18).

Are we prepared to see God’s glory, like the disciples who had a glimpse of this when they saw Jesus being transfigured on the mountain? During this season of Lent, may the words of our heavenly Father continue to echo in our hearts as a reminder – “This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him!” (Mk 9:7b). May these words of invitation transform us and lead us to conversion and personal transfiguration, so that in faith, reverence and obedience, we will remain in everlasting covenant of friendship and peace with our loving God and be His true children. May we always feel His loving presence and His healing transforming mercy and compassion. As He promised, “I will bless you abundantly … because you obeyed my command,” (Gn 22:17a, 18b).

Prayer:
O powerful and almighty Father, help us to be aware of and be attentive to the ways in which You speak to us day and night. May this season of Lent allow us to have our own transfiguration and lead us to authentic transformation. Be our guide, light, and strength and may we be transformed unto Your likeness so that we can share and spread Your gospel of love to others with faith and joy. This we ask through Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with You, and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. How do I hear, listen and experience Jesus’ voice and His word?
2. How do I prepare myself worthily to commemorate the season of Lent?
3. How do I make myself ready for His final coming as Judge, in my own death and at the end of time?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
February 25, 2018 (Sun) – Gn 22:1, 2, 9-13, 15-18/Ps 116:10, 15-19/Rm 8:31-34/Mk 9:2-10
February 26, 2018 (Mon) – Dn 9:4-10/Ps 79:8,9,11,13/Lk 6:36-38
February 27, 2018 (Tue) – Is 1:10,16-20/Ps 50:8,9,16,17,21,23/Mt 23:1-12
February 28, 2018 (Wed) – Jer 18:18-20/Ps 31:5,6,14-16/Mt 20:17-28
March 1, 2018 (Thu) – Jer 17:5-10/Ps 1:1-4,6/Lk 16:19-31
March 2, 2018 (Fri) – Gn 37:3,4,12,13,17-28/Ps 105:16,-21/Mt 21:33-46
March 3, 2018 (Sat) – Mi 7:14-15,18-20/Ps 103:1-4,9-10,11,12/Lk 15:1-3,11-32

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

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WSC Reflection – February 18, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
February 18, 2018 – 1st Sunday of Lent (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: Our relationship with the Father gives us hope and fullness of life.
Theme: We receive fullness of life when we repent and firmly believe in the gospel.
Promise: “The Lord shows the sinners the way. He guides the humble to justice, he teaches the humble his way.” (Ps 25: 8 – 9)

Reflection: 
While we are in this world, temptation or being tempted is part of our everyday life. Jesus was no exception that while he was in the desert, he was tempted by the devil. If Jesus, Savior and God, who came to set us free from our sins had to fight his own temptation, how much more for us. He allowed himself to experience the pull towards evil, the struggle against ego and the painful decision for or against God. Like Jesus, we do face all kinds of temptations, but we rely on God alone and His protection against all enemies. Temptations are tests and when we overcome these tests with God’s help, we emerge stronger and better followers of Christ.

As we begin the season of Lent, Jesus is teaching us how to be firm against temptation. As our mentor, he leads us by the hand and brings us to the fulfillment of the promises of our heavenly Father. This is highlighted in our community word for this month which states: Our relationship with the Father gives us hope and fullness of life. In the face of temptations, God will surely give us the grace to overcome all risks to our souls and to grow in holiness and fulfillment of our Christian faith.

Our theme for this weeks is – We receive fullness of life when we repent and firmly believe in the gospel. Lent is our desert experience. During this season, we are exhorted to stay close to God through our prayers and acts of charity and penance. Lent is the time to recover our baptismal innocence through repentance so that we may go through the path of life with purified hearts. It is the time to refocus our life and our commitment to the Lord in our faith journey. While we are on an earthly pilgrimage, we are bound to be threatened by temptations coming from our natural desires, from the world around us and from Satan himself as we make choices that are in fact death-dealing but disguised as life-giving. Inevitably, we fall into sin that brings us farther away from the Father. Lent is an opportunity for us to re-establish our relationship with the Lord through repentance and putting our trust and faith in the Good News of our salvation. Jesus is calling us to learn from his teachings, to prepare our lives for God’s kingdom and to be renewed and restored towards our very purpose in God’s plan.

During this Lenten season, let us direct our minds to the self-giving love of Jesus, and truly believe in his love. There is no greater love than the love of Jesus on the cross that conquers all else in the world. It is given by the mercy and compassion of God. Lent pours the grace of forgiveness to mankind, individually and as a people. We need to know that God is bigger than our sins, confusion, violence and hatred. God wants His kingdom to come now as His word in Mark 1:15 declares: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel.” Our response is to be one with the Lord in declaring this same message to everyone else, with the hope that all may be saved from the effects of evil and sin.

During the next five weeks of Lent, we are encouraged to be more prayerful, to meditate daily on the gospel and to do something good for others every day. We can make our Lent more meaningful by caring for others and extending forgiveness to those who have hurt us. Above all, we should learn to acknowledge our failures and allow the Lord to come into our hearts where His grace and mercy may minister to our weary souls. Because as promised in Psalms: “The Lord shows the sinners the way. He guides the humble to justice, he teaches the humble his way,” (Ps 25: 8).

Prayer: 
Heavenly Father, we pray for the grace to turn away from sin so that we may live according to the Good News proclaimed by Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. We pray that during this season of Lent, we may receive the grace to be humble in asking and receiving Your forgiveness and to reform our lives towards the goal of eternal reward. Amen.

Reflection Questions: 
1. As act of repentance, what are the areas in your life that you need to fully surrender to God?

2. In what ways are you helping build the kingdom of God in your life, family, society and community?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
February 18, 2018 (Sun) – Gn 9:8-15/Ps 25:4-9/1Pt 3:18-22/Mk 1:12-15
February 19, 2018 (Mon) – Lv 19:1, 2, 11-18/Ps 19:8-10, 15/Mt 25:31-46
February 20, 2018 (Tue) – Is 55:10-11/Ps 34:4-7, 16-19/Mt 6:7-15
February 21, 2018 (Wed) – Jon 3:1-10/Ps 3, 4, 12, 13, 18, 19/Lk 11:219-32
February 22, 2018 (Thu) – 1Pt 5:1-4/Ps 23:1-6/Ps 23:1-69/Mt 16:13-19
February 23, 2018 (Fri) – Ez 18:21-28/Ps 130:1-8/Mt 5:20-26
February 24, 2018 (Sat) – Dt 26:16-19/Ps 119:1-5, 7, 8/Mt 5:43-48

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

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WSC Reflection – February 4, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
February 4, 2018 – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: Our relationship with the Father gives us hope and fullness of life.
Theme: We receive fullness of life when we take time to pray and preach the gospel.
Promise: “Great is our Lord and mighty in power; to his wisdom there is no limit.” (Ps 147: 5)

Reflection: 
Our relationship with the Father gives us hope and fullness of life! This is the community word given to us for the month of February following the readings for the next four weeks. As we spend more time with our Lord Jesus Christ in prayer, we will experience a deep relationship with Him that will give us the strength and hope to deal with our daily struggles and tribulations. As Job in the 1st reading accurately describes his depression, Psalm 147 provides an encouraging word to those who are suffering, “The Lord heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Life can be quite challenging. There are days when we find it hard to get out of bed knowing that we have to face another day with financial concerns, health issues, relationship problems and various challenges that make it difficult for us to get moving. How do we handle these burdens? What has helped us get through all these trying times in the past? Often it is someone who reaches out to us with a comforting and compassionate hand and reminds us that God loves us and is ultimately in control.

Our theme for the week reminds us what we should do amidst the trying times and busyness of life – We receive fullness of life when we take time to pray and preach the Gospel. We need to spend time with God, serve the needs of others and share the Gospel. If we follow these instructions, we will receive help and we experience His comforting hand touching us. In the Gospel reading, Jesus has shown us how. “He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons….” (Mk 1:34a). As He reached out and touched those who were sick and in pain, He became drained. He then turned to His Abba Father in prayer to be refreshed before continuing His ministry. Here, we are taught that we should be instruments in reaching out to others so that God may work through us. This is also what St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians reminds us – “To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to all, to save at least some. All this I do for the sake of the gospel, so that I too may have a share in it,” (1Cor 9: 22-23).

The ministry of Jesus is the best example of how God works in our lives. As He preached the Good News, He also demonstrated it by compassionately healing and touching broken lives. The food that sustained Him was His relationship with His Abba Father who empowered Him to keep spreading the Good News in Word and in action. We may not have the strength or ability to do the same. But, if we believe that God is all-powerful and that nothing is impossible with Him, we can rely on His promise – “Great is our Lord and mighty in power; to his wisdom there is no limit,” (Ps 147: 5).

Prayer: 
Lord God, through the power of Your Holy Spirit, refresh and energize us so that we can fulfill the mission You have called us to do. In the coming of the Lenten season, help us to truly spend time in prayer, serving others and spreading the Good News amidst the struggles we are facing. As we turn to You and cry out for Your help, we have faith that You will answer us in Jesus’ powerful name. Amen.

Reflection Guide Questions: 
1. How has prayer helped you in your suffering? What did you feel when you sensed God’s healing hand lifting you up?

2. What can you do to reach out and help another person experience the healing touch of God?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
February 4, 2018 (Sun) – Jb 7:1-4, 6-7/Ps 147:1-6/1Cor 9:16-19, 22-23/Mk 1:29-39 
February 5, 2018 (Mon) – 1Kgs 8:1-7, 9-13/Ps 132:6-7, 8-10/Mk 6:53-56
February 6, 2018 (Tue) – 1Kgs 8:22-23, 27-30/Ps 84:3-5, 10, 11/Mk 7:1-13
February 7, 2018 (Wed) – 1Kgs 10:1-10/Ps 37:30-31, 39-40/Mk 7:14-23
February 8, 2018 (Thu) – 1Kgs 11:4-13/Ps 106:3, 4, 35-37, 40/Mk 7:24-30
February 9, 2018 (Fri) – 1Kgs 11:29-32; 12:19/Ps 81:10-15/Mk 7:31-37
February 10, 2018 (Sat) -1Kgs 12:26-32; 13:33, 34/Ps 32:1, 2, 5, 11/1Cor 10:31-11:1/Mk 1:40-45

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

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WSC Reflection – February 11, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
February 11, 2018 – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: Our relationship with the Father gives us hope and fullness of life.
Theme: We receive fullness of life when we forgive others out of love and compassion.
Promise: “Blessed is he whose fault is taken away, whose sin is covered.” (Ps 32:1)

Reflection:
Fullness of life is in Christ. He is the source of life, as He is the way and the truth. The life of Jesus is fullness of life itself as exemplified by His complete submission to the will of His Father. He was totally obedient to His mission to reconcile man back with God, forgiving the sins of those who sought physical healing during His earthly ministry. And He accomplished it on the cross when He uttered these words, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,” (Lk 23:34), not only to those who crucified Him, but to all of mankind who has sinned and continues to sin against God. Because of this act of great love and forgiveness, “God exalted Him to the highest place, and gave Him the name above all names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,” (Phi 2:9-11).

The theme for the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time is – We receive fullness of life when we forgive others out of love and compassion. Jesus is teaching us a life of forgiveness and compassion, a way of life that He demonstrated during his earthly ministry, and for us to imitate. He wants us to be always reconciled and be one with God as well as with each other. How can we resist such a compelling mandate of compassion and love from the One whose flesh we consume and blood we drink in the Eucharist? Ignoring the call of Jesus is like turning our backs from the message of perfect love shown on the cross as He went through suffering and death for all of us.

Oftentimes, we harbor resentment and hold grudges against people who inflicted emotional pain on us, insulted our dignity, abused us, simply ignored us or not showed any care at all. And as we go through life carrying the burden of unforgiveness, we remain stressed out and unhappy, while they, on the other hand, go on with their lives. Our Lord invites us to forgive so that our hearts will be set free from hatred and negativity and will now be open as channels of God’s mercy towards us. In the Beatitudes we receive this assurance, “Blessed are the merciful, they shall have mercy shown them,” (Mt 5:7). As the Holy Spirit ministers to us, our role is to forgive and gain our emotional freedom and stability and our right standing before God. God will not be forgiving to those hearts which remain hardened with unforgiveness. Unforgiveness hinders fellowship, intimacy and communion with God. Like all of God’s commandments, this is for our inner peace and healing of mind, body and spirit.

Forgiveness is a decision to be healed of our woundedness, regardless of the emotional scars that may remain in our being. It means simply accepting that these marks are there, nonetheless, one makes a decision to be back on his feet and move on in life. Our future should not be defined by what happened to us in the past. We may remember the past, but because the grace of God enables us to forgive ourselves and others, our past hurts will no longer control who we are and what good we can do. As we forgive people who have hurt us, such emotional scars become symbols of God’s redeeming love rather than reminders of pain. As St. James wrote: “Mercy triumphs over judgement.” (Jm 2:13).

The promise this week… “Blessed is he whose fault is taken away, whose sin is covered,” (Ps 32:1), is a reminder that for Christians who have experienced God’s mercy, we should speak to our brothers and sisters with gentleness and treat them with tenderness that flows from God’s forgiveness. Leaving behind a life of bitterness and resentment, we begin to truly fellowship with each other and enjoy the abundance and fullness of life that God’s Kingdom has prepared for those who are one with our heavenly Father.

Prayer:
Lord God, I pray that I remain worthy of Your loving care and healing. As I decide to forgive those who have hurt me, grant me the grace to triumph over my emotional pain, to be free from the enslavement of negative spirits, to replace hatred with joy and inner peace. Remove all arrogant feelings and the disappointment of other people’s shortcoming and imperfection, and allow me to be more understanding and to empathize with those who are weak and marginalized. Lord, fill the void that’s left in my heart with Your love, grace and forgiveness. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. Do you remember that one person who hurt you deeply and emotionally? Who are the people that you need to forgive or ask forgiveness from?

2. How did you feel when you were able to release forgiveness to someone you vowed never to forgive?

3. Do you pray for the Holy Spirit to speak healing to your unforgiving heart and be open to His counsel to forgive and be compassionate?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
February 11, 2018 (Sun) – Lv 13:1, 2, 44-46/Ps 32:1, 2, 5, 11/1Cor 10:31-11:1/Mk 1:40-45
February 12, 2018 (Mon) – Jas 1:1-11/Ps 119:67, 68, 71, 72, 75, 76/Mk 8:11-13
February 13, 2018 (Tue) – Jas 1:12-18/Ps 94:12-15, 18, 19/Mk 8:14-21
February 14, 2018 (Wed) – Jl 2:12-18/Ps 51:3-6, 12-14, 17/2Cor 5:20-6:2/Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
February 15, 2018 (Thu) – Dt 30:15-20/Ps 1:1-4, 6/Lk 9:22-25
February 16, 2018 (Fri) – Is 58:1-9/Ps 51:3-6, 18-19/Mt 9:14-15
February 17, 2018 (Sat) – Is 58:9-14/Ps 86:1-6/Lk 5:27-32

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Counsel – January 31, 2018

EVANGELIZATION

 

Feb. 7 EC SDSA 1st Wednesday Mass
Feb. 14 EC SDSA Ash Wednesday
Feb. 21 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Feb. 28 CW SDSA CW/Healing Night

Marriage Encounter Weekend No. 292 on Mar. 2-4, 2018 at the Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Minn & Bobby Montales 09178702143 or 09988419453.

 

FORMATION

Service Ministry Teaching

CHRISTIAN MATURITY PROGRAM II (Christian Discipline, Christian Speech, Handling Conflict, Fraternal Correction,& Repairing Wrongdoing) on Feb. 10, 2018 Saturday from 8:00am to 5:00pm at BLD Secretariat.

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Feb. 10 (Saturday)

1:00pm-4:00pm

Haven for Women
Feb. 11 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

GK Villa Paraiso
Feb. 11 (Sunday)

1:00PM–5:00PM

Tunasan, Muntinlupa
Feb. 18 (Sunday)

1:30PM–4:30PM

GK Euro Maralit
Feb. 18 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Target Range, Parañaque
Feb. 18 (Sunday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Risen Christ Parish,

Smokey Mountain

Feb. 24 (Saturday)

2:00PM–5:00PM

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish (Pls. get in touch with Eran & Dorlie Carandan)
Feb. 25 (Sunday)

1:30PM–4:30PM

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan

Prayer, Healing and Counseling Seminar on Feb. 17-18, 2018 from 8:00am to 5:00pm, by visiting teachers from BLD Newark led by Msgr. Paul Schetelick, Spiritual Adviser, at 4th Floor AFP Mutual Benefit Assoc. Inc. Social Hall, Boni Serrano St. corner EDSA, Cubao, Quezon City. This is not inside Camp Aguinaldo. If coming from South, upon reaching Serrano & EDSA overpass, take service road, first gate  on the right corner of Boni Serrano. Seminar is for free, but please bring your meals (lunch and merienda). Registration of attendees is still open. All

covenanted and committed members and graduates of LSS are also encouraged to attend.

 

MISSION

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

 

MANAGEMENT

10th Fr. Pascual Adorable Golf Tournament on March 5, 2018 at the Ayala Greenfield Golf and Leisure Club in Calamba City, Laguna. This fundraising activity will support our mission outreaches, encounter retreats, SOH, evangelical teachings and Provident Fund. Get involved! Everyone is encouraged to sell tickets to golf enthusiasts, solicit corporate sponsors, provide leads and referrals for potential sponsors, and most especially PRAY for the success of the  Fr. Ado Cup! Golf Committee Coordinators Val and Fe Liwanag, and Boy and Liezl Sy will be seeking your support to this golf tournament. Likewise, feel free to get in touch with the Secretariat office. 

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND
As of December 31, 2017 7,547,073.19
January 3-9, 2018 110,000.00
January 10-16, 2017 46,300.00
January 17-23, 2018 3,000.00
January 24-30, 2018 500.00
As of January 17, 2018 7,706,873.19
TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
Date EC/CW Secretariat TOTAL
Jan. 3 43,070.00   43,070.00
Jan. 10 71,880.00 12,000.00 83,880.00
Jan. 17 50,360.00   50,360.00
Jan. 24 38,930.00   38,930.00
TOTAL 204,240.00 12,000.00 216,240.00
Please make all check donations payable to:

BLD MANILA

         

 

PASTORAL

Singles Ministry: Inviting all Singles Encounter graduates, including the encountered Young Couples to join us for – A Revival Weekend – Deepening Your Encounter, to be facilitated by the Lay-Force Team, Archdiocese of Manila on Feb. 3-4 (Sat 12:30pm to Sun 4:00pm) in the BLD Covenant House. Fee is only P1,000. Interested, please register outside the church right after the worship.

 

Singles Encounter No. 74 will be on Feb. 23-25, 2018 at the BLD Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Emmans & Jonnah Nana at 09175541839 & 09176500703 or Len Manalo at 09989675422.

 

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

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WSC Reflection – January 28, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
January 28, 2018 – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: Jesus Christ is the Light that leads us to the Truth.
Theme: We are led to the truth when we speak God’s word with authority. 
Promise: “I will raise up for them a prophet…and will put my words into his mouth; he shall tell them all that I command him.” (Dt 18:18)

Reflection: 
In the gospel of Mark, people are often amazed at Jesus with His powerful preaching – “a new teaching with authority” (Mk 1:27). Jesus connected His teachings closely with His miracles. The miracles point to the strength of both His teachings and His personal declarations. He never directly claimed to be the Son of God, but this aspect of His preaching showed His subtle way of revealing Himself. His words are powerful, striking and effective – the Word of God in person. His words are potent statements that change the lives of people. This is expressed in our community word for this month: Jesus Christ is the Light who leads us to the Truth.

Jesus taught with authority, not only because He is God but because His words are always accompanied by His deeds, and His deeds are always consistent with His words. How far are we from the examples of Jesus? Our words are rendered meaningless because too often they are not matched by action. And sometimes, we act opposite to what we say and preach. But our words can be made powerful only if we live in it and by it, if we truly give witness to the power to serve, love and heal. We become the living and truthful instruments of Jesus in His works. Let us remember we have a God-given responsibility to live in a manner that will allow others to see Christ in us. As the body of Christ, we are His hands and His mouthpiece.

Our theme for the week says: We are led to the truth when we speak God’s word with authority. What inspires us is the fact that, by God’s grace, this authority can be given to anyone. A specific kind of education or status in life is not required for this. But whoever does what he says by that very fact becomes an authority. We too can teach with authority when we accept the teachings of Jesus and carry them out in our lives. When we do so, we are true to our calling as Christians, to be become witnesses of Jesus Christ. Like the disciples, they inherited the power of His words as they learned and were inspired by the Greatest Teacher. As modern-day disciples, we seek and hold on to the truth and so we are teachers in our own way.

Let us gain strength from the love, encouragement and wisdom that Jesus brings into our lives. We can be certain that our existence is meaningful in fulfilling God’s purpose by His word. As written by one writer: “If through one man’s life, there is little more light and truth in the world, then he will not have lived in vain.” We do exactly what Jesus has commanded us to do – to proclaim the true message of the gospel to as many people as possible. We offer others the trustworthy words of the Holy Scripture and the reason of our faith.

We have the power to be bold and to experience the indwelling presence of God through His word. When God’s Spirit is at work through us, we will accomplish the goals He helps us to set. No matter how complicated or impossible the task may seem, God provides exactly what we need. His assurance for doing His work is what the promise for this week declares – “I will raise up for them a prophet… and will put my words into his mouth; he shall tell them all that I command him.” (Dt 18:18)

Prayer: 
Almighty Father, thank you for imparting to us and in us Your authority behind Your word, allowing us to experience it in our life as we share Your truth with others. By Your Spirit, continue to grant us Your teaching ability for the benefit of Your people. All these for Your greater glory. Amen.

Reflection Questions: 
1. How does the authority of God’s Word empower me in my daily life?

2. As a Christian believer, in what ways can I declare the Word of God with authority?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
January 28, 2018 (Sun) – Dt 18:15-20/ Ps 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9/ 1Cor 7:32-35/ Mk 1:21-28
January 29, 2018 (Mon) – 2Sm 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13/ Ps 3:2-7/ Mk 5:1-20
January 30, 2018 (Tue) – 2Sm 18:9-10, 14, 35-25, 30; 19:1-3/ Ps 86:1-6/ Mk 5:21-43
January 31, 2018 (Wed) – 2Sm 24:2, 9-17/ Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7/ Mk 6:1-6
February 1, 2018 (Thu) – 1Kg 2:1-4, 10-12/ 1Ch 19:10-12/ Mk 6: 7-13
February 2, 2018 (Fri) – Mal 3:1-4/ Ps 24:7-10/ Heb 2:14-18/ Lk 2:22-40
February 3, 2018 (Sat) – 1Kg 3:4-13/ Ps 119:9-14/ Mk 6:30-34

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

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