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Community Word for November 2017

COMMUNITY WORD FOR NOVEMBER 2017

(WORD, THEMES AND PROMISES)

 

READINGS

November 5        Mal 1:14-2:2, 8-10/Ps 131:1-3/1 Thes 2:7-9, 13/Mt 23:1-12          

November 12      Wis 6:12-16/Ps 63:2, 3-8/1Thes 4:13-18/Mt 25:1-13                                 

November 19      Prv 31:10-13, 19, 20, 30, 31/Ps 128:1-5/1Thes 5:1-6/Mt 25:14-30

November 26      Ez 14:11, 12, 15-17/Ps 23:1-6/1Cor 15:20-26, 28/Mt 25:31-43

 

           

COMMUNITY WORD

God exalts His faithful servants.

 

ORDER

“Come, share your master’s joy.” (Mt 25:23c)

 

PROPHECIES:

1.    Be not only hearers but doers of My word.

 

DIRECTIONS:

1.    Serve in mission outreaches and bear much fruit.

 

THEMES AND PROMISES

Week#1 (31st Sunday in Ordinary Time)                     

Theme: God exalts those who serve others with humility.

Promise:  “… whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” (Mt 23:12b)

Week#2 (32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)                                                        

Theme:  God exalts those who remain vigilant in serving Him.

Promise: “Whoever watches … at dawn shall not be disappointed.” (Wis 6:14)

Week#3 (33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)                                             

Theme: God exalts those who use His gifts and blessings wisely.

Promise: “… everyone who has more will be given and he will grow rich.” (Mt 25:29a)

Week#4 (Solemnity of Christ the King)           

Theme: God exalts those who care for and minister to the poor and the needy.

Promise: “The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal.” (Ez 34:16a)

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WSC Reflection for September 17, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I)

September 17, 2017

                       

Community Word

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

 

Theme:   

Our hearts are enlightened when we forgive others and treat them with compassion.

 

Promise: 

“Forgive your neighbor’s injustice, then your own sins will be forgiven.” (Sir 28:2)

 

Reflection:

The liturgical readings of the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time dwell on the depth of God’s mercy on us and the significance of accepting God’s forgiveness and His call for us to forgive others.

 

The king’s mercy in the Gospel parallels the disposition of God who readily forgives our sins every time we come to Him in humble repentance. And He calls us to do the same for an erring brother. But, how many times should you forgive him? Jesus’ reply to Peter is, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times,” (Mt 18:22).  Jesus puts a number in His answer to Peter to stress a point.  It is more than the quantity of times to forgive, but He teaches us about the quality of forgiveness – to forgive one another from the heart (Mt. 18:35b), with compassion.  God is always willing and ready to forgive without limit, without condition, without hesitation.

 

We too must forgive without limit, just as God forgives us without limit when we commit sin.  Anyone who refuses to forgive will never experience the joy and peace of God’s forgiveness.  It says in Sirach 28:3: “Could anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the Lord?”  The painful truth is that while God readily forgives us, we tend to be unforgiving toward those who offend us as we continue to nurture emotional hurt.  Even people of faith struggle to forgive when the wrongdoing being committed is terribly violent and evidently wrong.  But the Lord works through forgiveness from the heart.  This is expressed in our theme for this week: Our hearts are enlightened when we forgive others with compassion.  He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.  But one who has a forgiving heart is a “transformed” person and he receives God’s love and the wonderful grace of His forgiveness.

 

In our relationship with our brothers and sisters, we must not be guided by our self-interest because as Paul tells the Romans, “we live for the Lord, we die for the Lord,” (Rom 14:8).  Therefore, we should ask and pray for wisdom to be merciful to others as God has shown mercy to us.  Let us share His saving love with others and embrace the great thing He wants to do through us. Our decision to forgive offenders is always accompanied by God’s grace.  Jesus invites us to see that we are all “debtors” before God, so we need to seek His mercy because of our sins and failings. We are also indebted to Him for every good gift that we receive in countless ways.  God only requires us to forgive the little that our neighbor may owe us.

 

Forgiveness does not show weakness but strength and power, truly a godly virtue.  It enables us to stop reacting and to take control of ourselves.  Forgiveness does more good for us than for the one we forgive because it sets us free.  To start the process of forgiveness, prayer for the other is always the good approach to start with. Look into the future and do not dwell in the past.  While we have hurts from the past, forgiveness comes as we look forward to what can be in our life and not to what it was. Life is short and we all need to look to our future with the Lord. We do not only reconcile ourselves to God, but also to our self, our neighbor and the community to which we belong.  We can then grow and be the person that Jesus wants us to be, as we channel our efforts to more important matters in life.

 

This is the promise and assurance that the Lord tells us this week: “Forgive your neighbor’s injustice, then your own sins will be forgiven,” (Sir:28:2).  Today, we are called into the joy of the Lord by putting our hatred, anger and sinful past to death that we may be free to love. To forgive is to be one with God who is love. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is the source of a great and overflowing river of forgiveness and compassion.

 

Prayer:

Loving Lord, You revealed Yourself to us as our Father who is kind and merciful, slow to anger and rich in compassion. You enfold us in Your warm embrace giving us your infinite mercy and unconditional love. You forgave our sins not seven times but seventy-seven times, and You even paid a terrible price for our sinfulness.  O dear Lord, grant us Your mercy and grace that we may be Your instruments of compassion and forgiveness toward others. Amen.

 

Reflection Guides:

  1. What are those things or instances when another person caused me pain and emotional hurt?  How much and how far am I willing to forgive?

 

  1. How do I say ‘I forgive you’ or ‘I am sorry’ from my heart?

 

  1. Share an experience when you were able to forgive.  How did that make you feel?

 

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:

September 17, 2017 (Sun) – Sir 27:30 – 28:7 / Ps 103: 1-4, 9-12 /Rom 14:7-9 / Mt 18:21-35

September 18, 2017(Mon) – 1Tm 2:1-8/Ps 28:2,7-9/Lk 7:1-10

September 19, 2017(Tues) – 1Tm 3:1-13/Ps 101:1-3,5,6/Lk 7:11-17

September 20, 2017(Wed) – 1Tm 3:14-16/Ps 111:1-6/Lk 7:31-35

September 21, 2017 (Thur) – Eph 4:1-7,11-13/Ps 19:2-5/Mt 9:9-13

September 22, 2017 (Fri) – 1Tm 6:2-12/Ps 49:6-10,17-20/Lk 8:1-3

September 23, 2017(Sat) – 1Tm 6:13-146/Ps 100:1-5/Lk 8:4-15

 

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

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… There I am in their Midst

..THERE I AM IN THEIR MIDST

 

September 10, was a day like no other day at Tunasan Prayer Group. Members of BLD to whom the well-being of the Prayer Group were entrusted, uncharacteristically celebrated their natal day on the same month:

Bobby & Enda  (Sept. 8 & 9 respectively) – Poverty Alleviation Ministry Head who started the Prayer Group.

Maride (Sept 16) – Assigned Steward of the Group from HS2.

Joe & Carol (Sept. 6 & 9 respectively) – ME Shepherds from HS2 of 3 ME couples from the Prayer Group.

Tony Suiza (Sept 21) – Regular Reflectionist on the Gospel.

There was a brief program of songs by the youth and the ELP scholars and a tribute to the  birthday celebrants. 

Two youth ministry members   expressed their profound gratitude to Bobby and Enda and BLD Scholarship of Hope for  the invaluable assistance they received to be able to finish high school. Full of emotion, they promised solemnly to live by the norms and Christian values imbued to them by the Community.

Leaders of the Prayer Group also professed  their appreciation of BLD’s zeal in not only bringing Christ to them but also providing their corporal needs especially during times of exigencies. They were very thankful to BLD members who have been instrumental in deeply transforming their lives irreversibly.

 

Happiness is expressed in laughter, a smile or a grin. But   the purest of them all is by way of tears, as the unadulterated joy comes from one’s very being, the soul. And there was aplenty from everyone on that day!

 

It is very auspicious that the theme of the Gospel on that Sunday is about pastoral care: much deeper than the reconciliation of differences, but the promotion of peace, solidarity, caring for one another  and love among family and community members. It is therefore no coincidence that the special guests on that day were BLD Global leaders for  pastoral care, Rey & Voleth Florogo. They touched everyone with a testimony that despite overwhelming  challenges (starting when, by accident, the father of Voleth was buried in the construction site they were working on and in the case of Rey when his father had to let go of his well-paying job because of illness and their house and lot including other properties had to be sold)  they survived all the storms in their lives  and rose triumphant as they held on to Jesus, the Supreme Shepherd or Pastor. AND NO DOUBT, HE IS THE MIDST OF EVERYONE LOOKING AND LISTENING WITH TENDER CARE AND LOVE!

 

Let it not be lost that the transformation of the families of our brothers and sisters living on the margins of society,is the fruit of our holistic vision in our ELP/SOH Program which embraces not only education but   livelihood, health   and   spirituality,  as well. Everybody, therefore,   has   a hand in   the  upliftment and  transformation  of their lives, particularly those who support our  scholarship program – the seed from which the mulberry tree grows.  We pray for   a sustaining   generous support and may the Good Lord repay you without measure and grant the wishes of your heart. TO GOD BE THE HONOR & GLORY!

 

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Bulletin – September 13

EVANGELIZATION

Sept. 20 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
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 is scheduled on Nov. 10-12, at the BLD Covenant House. For PIS forms, please get in touch with Jover & Eileen Reyes at 09209063545 &09175450431.

 

PASTORAL

Youth Encounter No. 27 is scheduled on 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

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  12, 2017 7,180,792.87
    Date TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
(EC/CW) (Secretariat) TOTAL
Sept. 6    48,470.00    48,470.00
TOTAL    48,470.00       48,470.00

 

 

Thank you very much for your generosity!

 

Please make all check donations payable to:BLD MANILA

 

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” (2Cor. 9:6)

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Community Word for October 2017

COMMUNITY WORD FOR October 2017

(WORD, THEMES AND PROMISES)

READINGS

October 1    Ez 18:25-28/Ps 25:4-9/Phil 2:1-11/Mt 21:28-32

October 8      Is 5:1-7/Ps 80:9,12,13-16,19,20/Phil 4:6-9/Mt 21:33-43                                  

October 15    Is 25:6-10/Ps 23:1-6/Phil 4:12-14, 19, 20/Mt 22:1-14

October 22    Is 45:1, 4-6/Ps 96:1-5, 7-10/1Thes 1:1-5/Mt 22:15-21

October 29    Ex 22:20-26/Ps 18:2-4, 47, 51/1Thes 1:5-10/Mt 22:34-40      

 

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)

 

PROPHECIES:

·         Trust in me for I have the best plans for you.

 

DIRECTIONS:

·         Share your God-given gifts with your family and community

 

THEMES AND PROMISES

Week#1 (26thSunday in Ordinary Time)                      

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)

Week#2 (27th Sunday in Ordinary Time)                                                         

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)

Week#3 (28th Sunday in Ordinary Time)                                             

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)

Week#4 (29thSunday in Ordinary Time)          

Theme:  We grow in holiness when we give to God what is due His Holy Name.

Promise: “… I have called you by your name … It is I who arm you.” (Is 45:4b, 5b)

Week#5 (30th Sunday in Ordinary Time)         

Theme:    We grow in holiness when we manifest love of God and neighbor through our actions.

Promise: “If he cries out to me, I will hear him; for I am compassionate.” (Ex 22:26b) 

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JESUS SMILES & LAUGHS – Part 2

This is Part 2 of the Newsletter on “Jesus Smiles & Laughs” in case you care to read our Newsletters and have  flipped through the first one.

It may be of interest to everyone that smiling has been formally recognized (although on a subliminal level) as means to promote camaraderie and convey to the new members that they are welcome and “they belong” through our greeters during our  Corporate Worship.  The greeters were introduced about three years ago upon the recommendation of the Committee of Ric Pascua on New Evangelization. This is not a routine and trifling task but for  the members to see the face of Jesus and His loving care  from the greeters through their warm smile and for this aura of love to radiate to each and everyone.  Indeed, what a beautiful way to start the praise and worship and nurture solidarity in the Community.

Some fascinating quotes on “Smiles.”

A friendly look, a kindly smile, one good act, and life’s worthwhile.
— Author Unknown

A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give.
— Author Unknown

On laughter, like air it is a precious gift from God that is oftentimes  taken for granted.  But the aphorism “Laughter is  the best medicine”  is not an empty word.  Here are interesting facts on “laughter.”

“Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert. It also helps you to release anger and be more forgiving.

With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use.

Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

Laughter burns calories. It’s no replacement for going to the gym, but one study found that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes a day can burn about 40 calories—which could be enough to lose three or four pounds over the course of a year.

Laughter lightens anger’s heavy load. Nothing diffuses anger and conflict faster than a shared laugh. Looking at the funny side can put problems into perspective and enable you to move on from confrontations without holding onto bitterness or resentment.

Laughter may even help you to live longer. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don’t laugh as much. The difference was particularly notable for those battling cancer.”

MISSION NEWSLETTER – Jesus Smiles & Laughs – Part 2

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Reflection for September 2017

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

Order: “Be transformed.” (Rom 12:2b)

Reflection:
The Sunday liturgical readings for the month of September are summed up in our community word – Jesus enlightens the hearts of those who trust in God’s ways. We trust God when we are in relationship with Him, a relationship founded in the Truth of His word. As we diligently read, reflect and understand His word with purpose, we are able to set our eyes on God and trust Him more. God surely helps us grow in our faith even when at times we may be distracted by the challenges and adversities in our spiritual journey. And as we remain deeply rooted in His promises, Jesus will enlighten our hearts and enable us to respond to His command to “Be transformed,” (Rom 12:2b).

The Theme for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Week 1) is – Our hearts are enlightened when we trust in God’s plan for our life. God invites us to offer ourselves as living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to Him that we may realize the full potential of our lives. Jesus, as well as Jeremiah in 1st reading, fulfil God’s will in spite of much opposition. God knows what is best for us and gives us hope in our struggles and burdens. As we deny ourselves, carry our cross daily and follow Jesus’ ways, He assures us of His promise – “Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it,” (Mt 16:25b).

Our hearts are enlightened when we are reconciled with others in the love of God is the theme for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Week 2). ‘Hate the sin but love the sinner’ is a good guideline whenever we find it difficult to forgive or correct a wrongdoing. We have a moral obligation to correct any wrongdoing, whether in the family, workplace or community we serve. But it is to be done with love and respect as brothers and sisters of one Father. To strengthen our resolve to look beyond ones faults, St. Paul gives us this counsel – “Owe no one anything, except to love one another.” Loving others through God’s eyes will allow us to reap His promise – “If two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by their heavenly Father,” (Mt 18:19).

For the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Week 3) the theme is – Our hearts are enlightened when we forgive others and treat them with compassion. The message of the gospel calls us to forgive just as Christ forgives. But as human beings, it is always difficult to ask and extend forgiveness. God understands that it is a great challenge for us to follow His ways. So, He constantly reminds us that we need to fix our eyes on His Son, Jesus. St. Paul says: “As we belong to Christ, we live to the Lord who is full of compassion, love and mercy.” If we are merciful like Jesus, we gain to benefit from this promises – “Forgive your neighbor’s injustice, then your own sins will be forgiven,” (Sir 28:2).

Our hearts are enlightened when we respond to God’s grace with gratefulness is the theme for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Week 4). God’s mercy is beyond measure. We may forget Him at times especially when everything is going well for us. Yet, He patiently waits for us to humbly call on Him in prayer for the things that we need. We do not deserve anything from Him but He will surely answer our prayers when we come to Him with grateful and humble hearts. This is God’s 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).

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, we are grateful for Your love and mercy. Thank you for Your Son, Jesus Christ, who shows us the way to be His true disciples and followers – to die to self, carry our crosses and follow Him. When it becomes difficult to follow this path and we choose to turn away, give us the grace and guidance to come back to You. Through Your Holy Spirit, give us the strength to persevere in following Christ and imitate His ways and make Him known to others that Your name may be glorified. Amen.

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Counsel – September 6, 2017

 

EVANGELIZATION

Sept. 13 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Sept. 20 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
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 is scheduled on Nov. 10-12, at the BLD Covenant House. For PIS forms, please get in touch with Jover & Eileen Reyes at 09209063545 &09175450431.

 

PASTORAL

 

Youth Encounter No. 27 is scheduled on Nov. 3-5, at the Covenant House. For PIS forms, please contact Mik Manalastas at 09172049397 or Bryan Sy at 09275466646.

 

MANAGEMENT

 

Community Fundraising: BLD Manila will start rationalizing fundraising activities to enable Encounter Classes and Mission Homesteads/Ministries to focus more on pastoral care, evangelization/recruitment and mission work. Fundraising activities will be centralized at the District level with proceeds funding all the activities of the 5 apostolates. The district identified events that will be the focal points of fundraising activities:

  • Annual BLD Manila Sportsfest
  • Pascual Adorable Golf Tournament
  • Life in the Spirit Seminar
  • Dance for the Lord
  • Special/block movies screening

Beginning with the Annual BLD Manila Sportsfest, the

Community is exhorted to raise funds for Community activities. Solicitation letters and sponsorship packages will be made available soon.

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND

As of August 31, 2017 7,180,792.87

 

    Date TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
(EC/CW) (Secretariat) TOTAL
Aug. 2    58,520.00 12,000.00    70,520.00
Aug. 9    71,220.00    71,220.00
Aug. 16  114,500.00  114,500.00
Aug. 23    49,830.00    49,830.00
Aug. 30    44,507.00    44,507.00
TOTAL  338,577.00 12,000.00  350,577.00

Thank you very much for your generosity!

Please make all check donations payable to:BLD MANILA

FORMATION

Service Ministry Teaching: Gifts & Fruits of the Holy Spirit, Motivational Gifts Inventory (MGI) & Understanding Corporate Worship on  Sept. 9, 2017 (Saturday) from 8am to 4pm at the Secretariat.

 

Aspirants Retreat (for those undergoing Discipling) on Sept. 15-17, 2017 (Friday-Sunday)at the BLD Covenant House. Registration opens at 5pm, Friday,

 

Coach Development Program Seminar – Workshop (for Covenant Disciples – by invitation) on Sept. 30, 2017 (Saturday) from 8am to 5pm at Secretariat.

 

MISSION

 

Scholarship of Hope: Poverty Alleviation Ministry still needs39sponsors for ELP/regular SOH scholars.Please approach or contactany PAM member or its coordinators, Bro. Bobbie and Sis. 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 BLD non members, to join our missions:

 

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Sept. 10 (Sunday)

8:00 am – 12:00 nn.

Bagumbayan, Taguig – Medical & Dental Mission
Sept.10& 24 (Sun.)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

GK Villa Paraiso
Sept. 10 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Tunasan, Muntilupa
Sept. 17 (Sunday)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

PGH
Sept. 17 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Euro Maralit
Sept. 17 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Risen Christ Parish (Smokey

Mountain)

Sept. 23 (Saturday)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish (Pls. get in touch with Eran&Dorlie

Carandan)

Sept.24 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Target Range, Paranaque
Sept. 24 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan

 

Schedule of Greeters for Corporate Worship
Assigned Greeters Date
Intercessory Ministry – Group 2 Sept. 13, 2017
Management Core & Treasury Sept. 20, 2017
Service Ministry Sept. 27, 2017
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WSC Reflection – September 10, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I)
September 10, 2017

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

Theme:
Our hearts are enlightened when we are reconciled with others in the love of God.

Promise:
“If two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray for, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.” (Mt 18:19)

Reflection:
In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus teaches us the loving process of reconciliation when we are at odds with someone, when someone has erred against us, when someone has sinned or committed a mistake. As Christians, we are reminded of our duty in the proper way and attitude in correcting an erring brother or sister. This correction must be motivated by love to win someone back and be reconciled, and never by arrogance and self-righteousness.

Jesus outlines a three-step approach to correct a person who has committed a wrongdoing. Note that Jesus calls the offender “brother” to emphasize that even an offender is still a brother and should be treated not by condemnation, but with love. Correction begins privately (between the offended and offending parties) to ensure that the fault is not carelessly publicized to preserve the dignity of the erring brother. The offending brother is approached, not to accuse or blame him but, to dispose him to the transforming action of the Holy Spirit who alone can win over sin and bring about repentance.

If the brother refuses to listen and be convinced of the destructive character of his action, two or three witnesses are summoned (Deut 19:5) to ensure that only factual statements are said and no false accusations are made. However, Jesus speaks of correction and not mere prosecution. The witnesses are called to help convince the brother to reform, not to give overwhelming accusations. Lastly, if private correction fails, correction must now be more insistent and collective, which could already involve the church or community. Even at this point, exhortation and not judgement prevails. After an erring brother ignores even the church or community, then the consequences of his actions will be upon him and he is left to the mercy of God.

Fraternal correction is “the admonishing of one’s neighbor by a private individual with the purpose of reforming him or, if possible, preventing his sinful indulgence.” Unless the errant action is committed publicly, community members should endeavor to settle the matter privately so as not to cause scandal to the community that could be a cause for loss of faith. Members should practice charity for a person who sinned. Charity here does not mean that one turns a blind eye to the offence or misconduct committed, or criticize the person once his back is turned. Christian charity means humbly but honestly pointing out to the offending person what wrong he has done, for his own good. This is giving him a fair chance to see his mistake, apologize and rectify his sinful action.

Indeed, God withholds judgement and gives us chances upon chances to rectify our wayward ways. His mercy is so vast and condemnation is far from His mind. St. Paul tells the Romans: “Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law…Love does no evil to the neighbor,” (Rom 13: 8, 10). Our responsibility as Christians is to be loving to our brothers and sisters, even when they commit an offense against us. Knowing that Jesus will defend us when our honor and name are maligned or when there is false accusation, we will continue to forgive, lay those hurts at His cross, and bless those who persecute us. “For as we continue to pray and forgive seventy times seventy, we can bear one another’s burden and so fulfill the law of Christ,” (Gal 6:2).

As we are reconciled with those who have hurt us, our hearts become enlightened and we begin to live a life of reconciliation and prayer. Then, Jesus will certainly be in midst of our relationship with others because he has promised: “If two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray for, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father,” (Mt 18:19).

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, help me to see only the good things in every person that I meet. If I see a brother who has committed an offense, give me the courage to show him his fault without accusing him, without judging him. But through my love for You, allow me to humbly enlighten him and win him back to you, that he may realize what I seek is only for his good. Amen.

Reflection Guides:
1. How do you go about correcting a person under your charge when he has committed a wrongdoing?

2. In community, how do we apply the correct way of handling “fraternal correction” in the manner that Jesus Christ taught us?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
September 10, 2017 (Sun) – Ez 33:7-9/Ps 95:1-9/Rom 13:7-10/Mt 18:15-20
September 11, 2017(Mon) – Col 1:24-2:3/Ps 62:6-7, 9/Lk 6:6-11
September 12, 2017(Tues) – Col 2:6-15/Ps 145:1, 2, 8-11/Lk 6:12-19
September 13, 2017(Wed) – Col 3:1-11/Ps 145:2, 3, 10-13/Lk 6:20-26
September 14, 2017 (Thur) – Nm 21:4-9/Ps 78:1, 2, 34-38/Phil 2:6-11/Jn 3:13-17
September 15, 2017 (Fri) – Heb 5:7-9/Ps 31:2-6, 15, 16, 20/Jn 19:25-27
September 16, 2017(Sat) – 1Tm 1:15-17/Ps 113:1-7/Lk 6:43-49

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Bulletin – August 30

 

EVANGELIZATION

Aug. 30 CW SDSA Healing Night
Sept. 6 EC SDSA Eucharistic Celebration
Sept. 13 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Sept. 20 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Sept. 27 CW SDSA Healing Night
       

 

Marriage Encounter No. 291 is scheduled on Nov. 10-12, at the BLD Covenant House. For PIS forms, please get in touch with Jover & Eileen Reyes at 09209063545 & 09175450431.

 

PASTORAL

 

Youth Ministry: It’s time to come home. Everyone is invited to BLD Youth Manila’s Homecoming 2017. Lets all unite and worship as one Community on September 2, Saturday, 6pm at Sunshine Place, Jupiter St., MakatiCity. Hope to see you all there! 

 

MANAGEMENT

 

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 our upcoming mission outreaches and encounter retreats. 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’s mission, evangelization, pastoral and formation activities. 

 

Reminders: All Ministry Coordinators are requested to submit WSC/CW attendance of Covenant Disciples for the period  January–July  2017 on or before Aug. 31. Thank you.

 

HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND

 

As of August 30, 2017 7,168,505.94
    Date TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
(EC/CW) (Secretariat) TOTAL
Aug. 2    58,520.00 12,000.00    70,520.00
Aug. 9    71,220.00    71,220.00
Aug. 16  114,500.00  114,500.00
Aug. 23    49,830.00    49,830.00
TOTAL  294,070.00 12,000.00  306,070.00

Thank you very much for your generosity!

 

Please make all check donations payable to: BLD MANILA

 

FORMATION

 

Service Ministry Teaching: Gifts & Fruits of the Holy Spirit, Motivational Gifts Inventory (MGI) & Understanding Corporate Worship on Sept. 9, 2017 (Saturday) from 8am to 4pm at the Secretariat.

 

Aspirants Retreat (for those undergoing Discipling) on Sept. 15-17, 2017 (Friday-Sunday) at the BLD Covenant House. Registration opens at 5pm, Friday,

 

Coach Development Program Seminar – Workshop (for Covenant Disciples – by invitation) on Sept. 30, 2017 (Saturday) from 8am to 5pm at Secretariat.

 

MISSION

 

Scholarship of Hope: Poverty Alleviation Ministry stillneeds39sponsors for ELP/regular SOH scholars.Please approach or contactany PAM member or its coordinators, Bro. Bobbie and Sis. 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 BLD non members, to join our missions:

 

 

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Sept.10& 24 (Sun.)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

GK Villa Paraiso
Sept. 10 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Tunasan, Muntilupa
Sept. 17 (Sunday)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

PGH
Sept. 17 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Euro Maralit
Sept. 17 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Risen Christ Parish (Smokey

Mountain)

Sept. 23 (Saturday)

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Naujan, Mindoro – San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish (Pls. get in touch with Eran&Dorlie

Carandan)

Sept.24 (Sunday)

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Target Range, Paranaque
Sept. 24 (Sunday)

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan

 

Schedule of Greeters for Corporate Worship
Assigned Greeters Date
Intercessory Ministry – Group 1 Sept. 6, 2017
Intercessory Ministry – Group 2 Sept. 13, 2017
Management Core & Treasury Sept. 20, 2017
Service Ministry Sept. 27, 2017
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