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WSC Reflection – March 11, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
March 11, 2018 – 4th Sunday of Lent (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: Jesus, our Redeemer, calls us to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Theme: As the temple of the Holy Spirit we believe in Jesus and live in His truth
Promise: “Whoever believes in him will not be condemned.” (Jn 3:18a)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Reflection for March 2018

Reflection for March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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WSC Reflection – March 4, 2018

Word Sharing Circle (WSC) Reflection Guide
March 4, 2018 – 3rd Sunday of Lent (Cycle B, Year II)

Community Word: Jesus, our Redeemer, calls us to be the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Theme: As the temple of the Holy Spirit we obey God’s commandment.
Promise: “The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul … giving wisdom to the simple.” (Ps 19:8a)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Community Word for April 2018

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

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

COMMUNITY WORD
The resurrection of Jesus Christ strengthens our faith.

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

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

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

THEMES AND PROMISES

Week#1 (Easter Sunday)
Theme: Our faith is strengthened when we testify to Christ’s resurrection.
Promise: “When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory.” (Col 3:4)

Week#2 (2nd Sunday of Easter)
Theme: Our faith is strengthened when we truly believe in Christ’s presence in our midst.
Promise: “Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (Jn 20:29b)

Week#3 (3rd Sunday of Easter)
Theme: Our faith is strengthened when we open our hearts and minds to God’s word.
Promise: “… whoever keeps his word the love of God is truly perfected in him.”(1Jn 2:5)

Week#4 (4th Sunday of Easter)
Theme: Our faith is strengthened when we serve others in self-giving sacrifice.
Promise: “… we are God’s children now; what shall be revealed is … we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1Jn 3:2)

Week#5 (5th Sunday of Easter)
Theme: Our faith is strengthened when we bear much fruit for God’s kingdom.
Promise: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.” (Jn 15:7)

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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

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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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