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2017 CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR MESSAGE

2017 CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR MESSAGE
Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo

In the time of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and of the Apostles, they might not have celebrated birthdays the way we do in our families and in the Philippines.

How did they celebrate birthdays? How did Joseph and Mary celebrate the birthday of Jesus? Especially with the memory of the visit of the kings from the East bringing gifts and the visit of the shepherds bringing lambs.

In our time we have an elaborate celebration of Christmas, preceding several months before December and extending even a month after New Year’s Day… with a lot of shopping and exchange of gifts within the family and community and amongst friends.

Let us not forget that the center of all these celebrations is CHRIST, who humbled himself and lived like us and among us. Let us reflect on our answer to this question: How am I, how are we, becoming more CHRIST-LIKE in our attitude and behavior?

+ANGEL N. LAGDAMEO, D.D.
Archbishop of Jaro &
BLD Community Spiritual Director
December 8, 2017

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WSC Reflection – December 10, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
December 10, 2017 – 2nd Sunday of Advent (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: We celebrate God’s presence in us at all times.
Theme: God’s presence keeps us yielded to the power of the Holy Spirit.
Promise: “I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way.” (Mk 1:2)

Reflection:
The call to “prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His paths” (Mk 1:3) spans centuries, and is as effective today as it was at the time of Christ. It is a fitting reminder to the faithful that to receive God’s forgiveness, we should acknowledge our sinfulness, make straight our morally crooked ways, and smooth the rough edges of our character. We need God through the power of the Holy Spirit that we may be able to repent and transform our lives.

Advent is the most opportune time to mend our ways and commit to transforming our lives. The Second Reading tells us God waits patiently for us for He is “patient, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance,” (2Pt 3:9). What He wants is for all human beings to repent and be transformed that we may gain the “promised new heavens and a new earth where righteousness dwells,” (2Pt 3:13). For our part as believers, we should hasten the coming of the day of the Lord with pure and blameless hearts that God’s presence may continue to dwell in our hearts. Weak as we are, we need the Holy Spirit to strengthen and convict us of our wayward ways. Our theme for the week guides us in this reflection: God’s presence keeps us yielded to the power of the Holy Spirit. Let us then be prepared to welcome Jesus, not only on Christmas, but whenever and whatever way He may come knocking at the door of our lives.

Desiring to know God is not enough. We must develop constant awareness of God’s real presence in our life. To do so, we need to repent and come to transformation of the heart and mind by turning away from our sinfulness and invoking God’s grace and mercy, that we may produce good fruit, as witnessed through our thoughts, words and deeds.

With repentance comes genuine conversion of heart, which assures us that God will always be present to us, through us, and in us, as we reflect Him in everything we do and say by our own witnessing. Let us be consistently upright and righteous in our attitudes and behavior, repentant of our shortcomings and weaknesses, eliminating arrogance and pride from our lives and instead, cultivating humility, like John the Baptist who acknowledged his limitations and proclaimed Christ as mightier than himself.

God is with us and among us every time celebrate the Eucharist and when we meet for community worship, for He comes to us every time we gather in His name. The Lord comes to us when we listen to the word as proclaimed in the readings, when we do our share of work in the mission areas of spreading the Good News, addressing poverty, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, and comforting the sick and the imprisoned. May Christ’s presence in our lives, be our source of strength, joy, and wisdom, as we surrender our lives to Him and give Him our full trust. And Like John the Baptist, we become the precursor to announce the second coming of Jesus as He says to us: “I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way,” (Mk 1:2).

Prayer
Lord Jesus, at this time of the year, we are often carried away by the superficial observances of the season, overlooking the spiritual message that Your birth is meant to convey. Help us make Advent a time for repentance, transformation, reconciliation and receiving the sacraments, a fitting time to make a way for Your coming into our lives. Grant us the grace to give to You the gift You long for, the gift of our commitment to draw You closer to us, and to follow and serve You with gladness and consistency. Amen.

Reflection Guides
1. What obstacles keep you from living a transformed life?

2. What must you do to prepare the way of the Lord?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
December 10, 2017 (Sun) – Is 40:1-5, 9-11/Ps 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14/ 2Pt 3:8-14/ Mk 1:1-8
December 11, 2017(Mon) – Is 35:1-10/Ps 85:9-14/Lk 5:17-26
December 12, 2017 (Tues) – Zec 2:14-17/Jdt 13:18-19/Lk 1:26-38
December 13, 2017(Wed) – Is 40:25-31/Ps 103:1-4, 8, 10/Mt 11:28-30
December 14, 2017 (Thur) – Is 41:13-20/Ps 145:9, 10, 11, 12, 13/Mt 11:11-15
December 15, 2017 (Fri) – Is 48:17-19/Ps 1:1, 2, 3, 4, 6/Mt 11:16-19
December 16, 2017(Sat) – Sir 48:1-4, 9-11/Ps 80:2, 3, 15, 16, 18, 19/Mt 17:9, 10-13

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

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WSC Reflection – December 3, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
December 3, 2017 – 1st Sunday of Advent (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: We celebrate God’s presence in us at all times.
Theme: God’s presence keeps us watchful and fully committed to Christ.
Promise: “He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Cor 1:8)

Reflection:
We start our new Liturgical Year on December 3, 2017 – 1st Sunday of Advent. Advent ushers in the coming of the Christmas season and we express our joyful anticipation through the external signs of Christmas – colorful lights and decorations, parties and gatherings, gift-giving, travel and other activities that lift up the spirit. But spiritual preparation is far different when Advent is here. It is a time to reflect that we are a helpless people and we need God back in our lives. In the Psalms, we intone: ‘Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.’ God never dictates His will on us to do anything. He gives us the gift of freedom, but He never forces us to love. Advent makes us realize that we have abused our freedom and now we need to go back to God, reconnect our spirit with His, and hope to be saved. This we can do by preparing our hearts for the coming of Jesus. As our theme for the week states: God’s presence keeps us watchful and fully committed to Christ.

The gospel of Mark for the 1st Sunday of Advent is relatively short, but it contains a very intense and uncompromising message from our Lord, Jesus Christ: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come,” (Mk 13:33). By our human nature, we have the tendency to buy time and postpone doing things to the last minute. Jesus is aware of this tendency as He tells us, through the parable of the gatekeeper, to keep watch always because there is no certain time when the lord of the house will return. Jesus emphasizes the need to be obedient and watchful and uses the word “watch” three times to let us know that He, our Master and King, might return unexpectedly and He might just find us unprepared to face Him for judgement.

Advent reminds us to be vigilant in waiting for Jesus who has already come and is ever present in every situation of our lives. But we need to be attentive in living our life to follow where His Spirit leads us, understand what He wants us to do, and make the conscious decision at all times to be Christ-like in character, that we may remain fit for His purpose and plan for us. And when our time on earth is over, we may be found worthy of the promise of eternal life with God the Father in heaven.

As Christians, we face the danger of being indifferent to our faith. Material well-being, distraction and shallowness can easily dull the human spirit. Our souls are restless, so we must always question the ways of the world and react to them with the mind of Christ. We are warned against the danger of false tranquility, the kind that makes us indifferent, lacking in inspiration, lost in our self-centeredness and oblivious to the happening around us. This behavior will merit the judgement of Christ.

But the hope of Advent is to be “watchful” and “alert.” We are to be vigilant and prepared by allowing the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23) to reside in us – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. For through these, God will keep us firm and blameless for the time of His coming. That is His promise in 1Corinthian 1:8 “He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The message of Jesus’ second coming, which echoes during the season of Advent, reminds us that we must live as if Jesus were to appear the next minute. This is the time that we make Jesus the most important person in our life. This is the choice we cannot afford to postpone.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus help us to be always ready and watchful, not only during Advent but every moment of our lives, always anticipating and waiting to see You face to face. Teach us to live a simple but spiritually enriched life. Set us free from the complexities of this world, so that as we journey in our faith, we will not reach the end unprepared, but we will be worthy to receive Your eternal reward. Amen.

Reflection Guides:
1. Are you spiritually alert this Advent? How are you vigilant as you wait on Jesus?

2. In what ways can you uplift the lives of the poor during Advent and Christmas?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
December 3, 2017 (Sun) – Is 63:16-17,19; 64:2-7/ Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19/ 1Cor 1:3-9/ Mk 13:33-37
December 4, 2017(Mon) – Is 2:1-5/Ps 122:1-9/Mt 8:5-11
December 5, 2017 (Tues) – Is 11:1-10/Ps 72:1, 2, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17/Lk 10:21-24
December 6, 2017(Wed) – Is 25:6-10/Ps 23:1-6/Mt 15:29-37
December 7, 2017 (Thur) – Is 26|:1-6/Ps 118:1, 8, 9, 19-21, 25-27/Mt 7:21, 24-27
December 8, 2017 (Fri) – Gn 3:9-15, 20/Ps 98:1-4/Eph 1:3-6, 11, 12/Lk 1:26-38
December 9, 2017(Sat) – Is 30:19-21, 23-26/Ps 147:1-6/Mt 9:35-10:1, 5, 6-8

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

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Community Word for January 2018

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

READINGS
January 7 – Is 60:1-6/Ps 72:1, 2, 7, 8, 10-13/Eph 3:2, 3, 5, 6/Mt 2:1-12 
January 14 – 1Sm 3:3-10/Ps 40:2, 4, 7, 8-10, /1Cor 6:3-15, 17-20/Jn 1:35-42
January 21 (Phil) – Is 9:1-6/Ps 98:1-6/Eph 1:3-6, 15-18/Mk 10:13-16
January 21 (Int’l) – Jon 3:1-5, 10/Ps 25:4-9/1Cor 7:29-31/Mk1:14-20
January 28 – Dt 18:15-20/Ps 95:1, 2, 6-9/1Cor 7:32-35/Mk 1:21-28

COMMUNITY WORD
Jesus Christ is the Light who leads us to the Truth.

ORDER
“Rise up… the glory of the Lord shines upon you.” (Is 60:1)

PROPHECY:
• My light guides you as you journey on earth.

DIRECTION:
• Read God’s word daily that you may see the truth in all things. 
• Visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and offer yourself as a gift, ready to do His will.

THEMES AND PROMISES
Week#1 (Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord)
Theme: We are led to the truth when we look to Jesus as our Redeemer.
Promise: “… you shall be radiant at what you see… the wealth of nations shall be brought to you.” (Is 60:5)

Week#2 (2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Theme: We are led to the truth when we make Christ known to others. 
Promise: “Whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one Spirit with him.” (1Cor 6:17)

Week#3 (Feast of Sto. Niño)
Theme: We are led to the truth when we accept the kingdom of God with a pure heart.
Promise: “God may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of Him.” (Eph 1:17)

Week#3 (3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Int’l) 
Theme: We are led to the truth when we respond to God’s call to be followers of Christ. 
Promise: “…the Lord shows sinners the way… and teaches the humble his way.” (Ps 26:8b-9)

Week#4 (4th Sunday in Ordinary Time) 
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)

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WSC Reflection – November 26, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
November 26, 2017 – Solemnity of Christ the King (Cycle A, Year I)

Community Word: God exalts His faithful servants.
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)

Reflection:
The Solemnity of Christ the King closes our liturgical year, and by next week, we will already start the season of Advent. The gospel describes the time when the entire humanity will be gathered before Jesus as King and Judge, and everyone will be segregated into two groups – the faithful servants will be separated from the unfaithful ones. As far as we are concerned, pretentious believers will be segregated from true Christians who have the Holy Spirit in them. The latter will share in their “master’s joy.”

The gospel shows us how Jesus, the true and universal King, will judge us. While He is our caring and merciful Lord, He is also a just and righteous Judge. The basis of His judgement is how we have reacted and responded to the human needs of our brothers. We will be judged not on acquired talents and skills, nor on the prestige and fortune earned, but how we have extended help to others and lightened their burdens. Because, as Jesus explains, to help the insignificant, ordinary and nobody is to reach out to Christ. To ignore them is to ignore Christ.

In this scene of the Last Judgement, we are reminded to follow the light given to us, not just what we say but what we do. Have we cared for the least among us through corporal and spiritual works of mercy? It is our responsibility to care for one another in body, soul and spirit, and this is the truest measure of our loyalty to Christ. Finally, it is about the truth that we will be separated from God, not only for wrongdoing, but for doing nothing. “Whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me, (Mt 25:40). “What you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me,” (Mt 25:45). Jesus identifies himself with the hungry, the thirsty, the sick and the lonely. His standard of judging is the compassion and kindness we extend to Him in the many faces of the “least of my brothers.” This is so because Jesus cares so much about us as expressed is this week’s theme: God exalts those who care for and minister to the poor and the needy.

One day, we will face Jesus and hearing our response, may Jesus say to us: “Come, you are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world,” (Mt 25:34). Jesus is a king who rules by love. He makes no speeches. His gentle words give peace. He does not come to be served, but invites us to serve one another, most especially the poor. He is not clothed in royalty, but comes as a humble and dutiful shepherd.

The word of God gives us assurances and promises which are being fulfilled in the daily lives of those who hear the voice of our King. To those who do not pay attention to His voice because of selfishness and indifference, the gospel’s word of condemnation must be recognized as a warning to transform their ways and to correct wrongdoings and sins of omission. The words in the gospel and other readings are both comforting and disturbing because they are teaching us God’s standard of love. We are being taught that the proof of our true love for God is not found in religiosity, but in how we treat others around us. Are we Christ to others? An honest answer will reveal what we have done for others, the depth and genuineness of our faith and to which eternal destiny, heaven or hell, will we reach in the end.

God’s promise this week will be realized when we act upon our response to Christ’s call to minister to the poor: “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).

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, our precious King of glory, in Your second coming, may we be found waiting and longing for You. We, Your servants, pray that on this day, we may joyfully give account of the things we have done according to Your rule of love. Love is the measure of our faith and faith is the soul of love. Allow us to think of ourselves with humility, abounding in gentleness and compassion to all, imitating all that You do, that we may live in You until we come face to face before Your majesty and glory. Amen.

Reflection Guides:
1. What have you done to translate your love for God to love for the last, least and lost among your neighbors? Do you see Jesus in them?

2. As Christ’s under-shepherds, how can you commit to be more caring to those who need help so that they too may have joy in their lives?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
November 26, 2017 (Sun) – Ez 14:11, 12, 15-17/Ps 23:1-6/1Cor 15:20-26, 28/Mt 25:31-43
November 27, 2017(Mon) – Dn 1:1-6, 8-20/Dn 3:52-54/Lk 21:1-4
November 28, 2017(Tues) – Dn 2:31-45/Dn 3:57-61/Lk 21:5-11
November 29, 2017(Wed) – Dn 5:1-6, 13, 14, 16, 17, 23-28/Dn 3:62-67/Lk 21:12-19
November 30, 2017 (Thur) – Rom 10:9-18/Ps 19:8-11/Mt 4:18-22
December 1, 2017 (Fri) – Dn 7:2-14/Dn 3:75-81/Lk 21:29-33
December 2, 2017(Sat) – Dn 7:15-27/Dn 3:82-87/Lk 21:34-36

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

 

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BLD Manila Sportsfest 2017


WE PRAISE AND THANK THE LORD FOR A SUCCESSFUL BLD MANILA SPORTSFEST LAST
SUNDAY, 19 NOVEMBER, AT THE VILLAGE SPORTS CLUB, BF HOMES, PARANAQUE CITY.
CLOSE TO 400 MEMBERS ATTENDED THE ANNUAL EVENT, INCLUDING OVER 170 ATHLETES PLAYING IN VARIOUS TOURNAMENTS. THE MANAGEMENT APOSTOLATE AND THE SPORTFEST COMMITTEE
WISH TO THANK ALL ATTENDEES AND ATHLETES, MOST ESPECIALLY THE PATRONS AND SPONSORS WHO MADE THE SPORTFEST POSSIBLE.

WE CONTINUE TO ACCEPT DONATIONS AND PLEDGES RELATED TO THE SPORTFEST. PROCEEDS ARE ALLOTTED TO FUND BLD MANILA’S LAST QUARTER PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES AND OPERATIONS.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL CHAMPIONS & RUNNERS UP!

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Counsel – November 22, 2017

PASTORAL

Advent Recollection with Fr. Godwin Tatlonghari on December 2, Saturday, 1PM–5PM, 3F Two E-Com Bldg., SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

MANAGEMENT

10th Fr. Pascual Adorable Golf Tournament is on March 5, 2018 at the Ayala Greenfield Golf and Lei-sure Club in Calamba City, Laguna. Let us support this fundraising project for the first quarter of 2018.

Schedule of Greeters for Corporate Worship
Assigned Greeters Date
Institution Services Ministry Nov. 29, 2017
Intercessory Ministry Dec. 6, 2017

TUNOG PASKO: BLD FAMILY DAY 2017 is on December 10, 8AM – 3PM, at the covered court of Bel-Air 3 Village, Makati City. Tunog Pasko is BLD Manila’s annual Christmas gathering for BLD families and individual members. It’s time to be one again and be grateful for God’s blessings. Everyone is invitied to join and make a joyful noise to the Lord and express the spirit of the holidays through sounds and melodies. Each Apostolate will be assigned a team color and musical instrument that they have to fabricate:

 Management – Orange + Tambourine
 Mission – Purple + Maracas
 Formation – Yellow + Drums
 Pastoral – Aqua + Bells
 Evangelization – Fuschia + Torotot

Please be extra creative in the fabrication of musical instruments using recycled materials only.

Apostolate presentations: Using the assigned in-struments, each Apostolate should prepare a 5-minute entertainment number interpreting the family day’s theme “Tunog Pasko”.

Be counted! Please inform your ministry coordinators of your attendance and participation / family’s participation. The Secretariat would need a headcount per Apostolate.
HOUSE OF WORSHIP FUND
As of November 21, 2017 7,507,726.64
TITHES & LOVE OFFERING
Date EC/CW Secretariat TOTAL
Nov. 8 59,233.25 59,233.25
TOTAL 59,233.25 59,233.25
Please make all check donations payable to:
BLD MANILA

EVANGELIZATION
Nov. 29 CW SDSA CW / Healing Night
Dec. 6 CW SDSA Corporate Worship
Dec. 10 EC Bel-Air Village, Makati City EC / Christmas Fami-ly Day

We praise and thank the Lord for the successful Mar-riage Encounter Weekend No. 291 held last Novem-ber 10–12 at the Covenant House, Dasmarinas City, with 12 couples and a priest as candidates.

MISSION

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

SCHEDULE OUTREACH
Nov. 25 (Saturday)
1:00PM–5:00PM GK Villa Paraiso
Nov. 25 (Saturday)
1:30PM–4:30PM Bagumbayan, Lower Bicutan
Nov. 26 (Sunday)
8:00AM–12:00NN Medical/Dental Mission –
Cayetano Sports Complex,
Bagumbayan
Nov. 26 (Sunday)
2:00PM–5:00PM Target Range, Paranaque
Nov. 26 (Sunday)
1:00PM–5:00PM Tunasan, Muntinlupa
Nov. 26 (Sunday)
1:30PM–4:30PM Euro Maralit
Dec. 2 (Saturday)
8:00 AM start PAM’s SOH Christmas Party
Dec. 4 (Monday)
12:30PM–3:30PM CIW
Dec. 24 (Sunday)
8:00AM–1:00PM PGH
Dec. 30 (Saturday)
1:00PM–5:00PM Tunasan Christmas Party
Dec. 30 (Saturday)
2:00PM–5:00PM Risen Christ Parish (Smokey
Mountain)

“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 – November 19, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
November 19, 2017 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I)

Community Word: God exalts His faithful servants.
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)

Reflection:
God created each one of us with distinct gifts, talents and abilities. He wants us to discover our talents so that we may use them to glorify Him and thus, experience a full life. Our loving Lord wants us to feel whole and complete and it is through these gifts that we can find our unique calling in life.

Our theme for the week is: God exalts those who use His gifts and blessings wisely. This means that we should use our gifts not only for our own benefit, but more importantly, to bless others and to build His kingdom. Because in everything that we do, we should “work heartily as for the Lord,” (Col 3:24a). As we use our gifts to honor God and strengthen others in love, they too will be encouraged to use their gifts to benefit others, and all will be enriched.

If we believe that every good and perfect gift is from above, we will value the way we use His gifts just like the worthy wife in the 1st reading. She has a holy fear of the Lord and uses her gifts wisely. God is pleased with her and sees her as a faithful servant because she is hardworking, industrious, committed and devout. Hardworking because she does not waste time on useless matters but sees to it that everything is in order and everyone in her home is happy and satisfied. She is committed in that after taking care of her family, “She reaches out her hands to the poor, and extends her arms to the needy,” (Prv 31: 20). Finally, she is devout, religious and faithful to God’s commands. Similarly in Psalms, the quality of a caring husband who also has a holy fear of the Lord is praised, “Behold, thus is the man blessed who fears the Lord,” (Ps 128: 4).

In the 2nd reading, St. Paul reminds us that we should not be anxious in knowing the day and the hour of the coming of the Lord because “…the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night,” (1 Thes 5: 2b). Instead, we must be more concerned with living our lives that show we are ready for His return and direct our energy towards doing the Father’s will so that we will not be caught in the darkness of evil. We need not fear the darkness because on the day we were baptized we became “children of the light and children of the day,” (1 Thes 5: 5a). Hence, we cannot but stay alert and live in the light of the truth.

In the Parable of the Talents, Jesus teaches us that God will exalt us if we use our blessings and gifts (time, talent and treasures) wisely. The first two servants who were given seed money for investment came back with profit and they were appreciated by their master and received an affirmation: “Well done, my good and faithful servant….come, share your master’s joy,” (Mt 25: 21). Despite being given an investment according to his ability, the third servant did nothing to let it grow; so what little he had, this was taken away by his master.

If we neglect and not use our gifts prudently and wisely, God will look on us as lazy and untrustworthy. It does not matter how great or how little our ability and capability is. What matters to God is whether we make good use of what He gives us. To whom much is given much will be required. If God sees us being faithful in small things, we will be entrusted with higher responsibilities. Even people who are considered poor still has something to give. In like manner, people cannot be very rich as being unable to receive something. Because serving others brings fulfillment, from which wealth, power and possessions can never match. Jesus assures us, “Everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich.” (Mt 25: 29a).

We need to prepare our life and be fruitful with whatever God has given us so that we will be ready to answer this question at the final judgement: How did you use the gifts and blessings that God has given you?

Prayer:
Lord God, You are so gracious and generous. By Your goodness, You entrust us with many gifts and expect us to fruitful. Forgive us if we have failed to act responsibly, misused what You have given us and simply wasted our talents away for fear of failure. By the example of Your Son, Jesus, and guidance of the Holy Spirit, grant us the grace to give fully of ourselves to serve You and our fellowman. Amen.

Reflection Guides:
1. What are the gifts and talents God has entrusted or given you? Have you used them responsibly for yourself, as well as for others?

2. Have you invested your time, talent and treasure to bear fruit that would benefit others in your family, society and community?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
November 19, 2017 (Sun) – Prv 31:10-13, 19, 20, 30, 31/ Ps 128:1-5/1Thes 5:1-6/Mt 25:14-30
November 20, 2017(Mon) – 1Mc 1:10-15,41-43,54-57,62,63/Ps 119:53,61,134,150,155,158/ Lk 18:35-43
November 21, 2017(Tues) – 2Mc 6:18-31/Ps 3:2-7/Lk 19:1-10
November 22, 2017(Wed) – 2Mc 7:1, 20-31/Ps 17:1, 5, 6, 8,15/ Lk 19:11-28
November 23, 2017 (Thur) – 1Mc 2:15-29/Ps 50:1, 2, 5, 6, and 14, 15/ Lk 19:41-44
November 24, 2017 (Fri) – 1Mc 4:3-37, 52-59/ 1Chr 29:10-12/ Lk 19:45-48
November 25, 2017(Sat) – 1Mc 6:1-13/Ps 9:2-4, 6, 16, 19/ Lk 20:27-40

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

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Tunog Pasko

TUNOG PASKO

BLD CHRISTMAS FAMILY DAY 2017

December 10, 2017  8am – 3pm  Bel-Air 3 Covered Court

Tunog Pasko is a day for BLD Manila District to come together to make a joyful noise for the Lord. We encourage everyone to express their yuletide joy through sounds & melodies. It is a time for all of us to be one, be joyful and be grateful to God for all His blessings.

 

Apostolates have their respective TEAM COLORS & MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

 

MANAGEMENT  = ORANGE + TAMBOURINE

MISSION = PURPLE + MARACAS

FORMATION = YELLOW + DRUMS

PASTORAL = AQUA + BELLS

EVANGELIZATION = FUSCHIA + TOROTOT

DCS/ECSL = EMERALD GREEN + ANY INSTRUMENT

 

Please come to our family day with your biggest smiles and wear tops in your team colors.

We will be asking you to make some noise with the musical instrument assigned to your apostolate. And we encourage you to use your creativity by coming up with musical instruments made from recycled/ homemade materials. Be creative, be bold and be easy on the pocket.

 

Tunog Pasko Presentation Number

As our title implies, we want you to give an interpretation of “Tunog Pasko”. Feel free to come up with any production number, but make sure you use your musical instruments and make a joyful noise. You have 5 minutes for your presentation.

 

Give Love on Christmas

As always Christmas is a time of giving, we welcome any donation in cash or in kind. Share your blessings this Christmas.

 

Save the date…. And please wait for other announcements!

 

May God bless our BLD Manila District!

 

From:The #petmalufamday committee

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WSC Reflection – November 12, 2017

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
November 12, 2017 – 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A, Year I)
Community Word: God exalts His faithful servants.
Theme: God exalts those who remain vigilant in serving Him.
Promise: “Whoever watches…at dawn shall not be disappointed.” (Wis 6:14)

Reflection:
In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, Jesus teaches us to be ready for the Kingdom of God, and how we should live our life preparing for His coming. In the parable, the bride waits for her beloved groom assisted by her female friends (the virgins in the parable) in the darkness of the night broken by the flickering lights of the oil lamps. But the groom’s coming is delayed. Unfortunately, only the wise virgins who are awake and brought extra oil for the lamps are prepared to greet the groom when he finally arrives; and they are able to accompany him to meet the bride and into the banquet hall. The foolish unprepared virgins are simply left behind.

Jesus draws our attention to the need to be wise and always watchful, to be spiritually prepared. In our life, we could be like the foolish virgins in our neglect to “bring enough oil” and instead waste our time in useless or uncaring pursuit. For example, we know that we should spend more time with our family, but instead choose to be busy with work. We know we need to visit a sick friend in the hospital, but do not go as the traffic will inconvenience us. We know we need to apologize to someone but prefer to ignore it. We know we need to be generous to the needy, but would rather keep the money for personal wants and priorities. We continue to struggle to transform our foolishness and put our preparedness to enter the Kingdom of God at risk. When a person no longer cares for spiritual values, when he no longer respects God and men, he is spiritually asleep and unprepared.

But the good news is that we can transform our foolishness by being vigilant in search of Wisdom. In the 1st reading, Wisdom makes herself known even in advance to those who desire her with all their hearts, for “he (who) for her sake keeps vigil shall quickly be free from care; because she makes her rounds, seeking those worthy of her,” (Wis 6:15-16a). The search for Wisdom is actually the search for knowledge of God and for His tangible and concrete presence in our lives. And as we seek to know God, we also should follow His will for us. As we seek Christ’s presence, Christ will seek us out. Jesus teaches us that every person is responsible to his spiritual condition. We do not have to go far in search of Christ’s presence in our lives. All we need is to be constantly conscious that we meet Jesus whenever we encounter the last, the least, and the lost among our neighbors, and serve them. Our theme for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time states: God exalts those who remain vigilant in serving Him.

To be spiritually awake, wise and prepared means to dedicate our life to our calling as a Christian, active in the service of God and neighbor, living our life to the full, and not delaying or postponing spiritual conversion to the last minute. Life maybe a wait in the darkness of temptation, struggle, and despair. But the “dark night of the soul” will be brightened by the “oil” of intimacy, courage and faithfulness to ones consecration as a Christian. With the oil in the lamp, light is produced that will break the darkness until the night passes by and full salvation dawns. Then we can look forward to seeing Jesus in the glory of God’s Kingdom at the end of time.

There is a clear difference between those who believe and those who do not, those who hope and those who do not. Let us be vigilant in seeking Jesus in every person we meet and in every circumstance. Let us embrace Jesus as our Lord, as the true meaning and reason for being, even as we await for His coming. By doing so, we pray that all of us can transform our struggle with foolishness to victory during this “in-between time” and be worthy to enter the wedding feast with our Lord. Because as promised to us: “Whoever watches…at dawn, shall not be disappointed,” (Wis 6:14).

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, grant me Your divine wisdom that I may be wise in everything that I do. For Your wisdom will guide me in being watchful and prepared. Do not allow my eyes be blurred by the darkness of this world, but rather fill me with the light of Your promise of salvation. In Jesus name. Amen.

Reflection Guides:
1. How can I develop a disposition of readiness for the Lord?

2. Do I take responsibility for my own spiritual growth? What aspects of my personal life still needs to be transformed?

This Week’s Daily Mass Reading Guide:
November 12, 2017 (Sun) – Wis 6:12-16/Ps 63:2, 3-8/1Thes 4:13-18/ Mt 25:1-13
November 13, 2017(Mon) – Wis 1:1-7/Ps 139:1-10,Lk 17:1-6
November 14, 2017(Tues) – Wis 2:23-3:9,16-19/Lk 17:7-10
November 15, 2017(Wed) – Wis 6:1-11/Ps 82:3-7/Lk 17:11-19
November 16, 2017 (Thur) – Wis 7:22-8:1/Ps 119:89,-91,130,135/Lk 17:20-25
November 17, 2017 (Fri) – Wis 13:1-9/Ps 19:2-5/Lk 17:26-37
November 18, 2017(Sat) – Wis 18:14-19,19:6-9/Ps 105:2,3,36-37,42,43/Lk 18:1-6

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

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