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Monday, August 31, 2015

Do you want to have happy relationships? Your relationships are just like plants. You need to water them daily or they die - God Whispers August 31,2015


Do you want to have happy relationships? Your relationships are just like plants. You need to water them daily or they die.

Your daily Companion,
God

P.S. For relationships, their water is love.

Was there a moment or event where you experienced God’s presence closely in your life? What particular message or learning did you gain from it? - Daily Bible Reflections August 31,2015

TOGETHER FOREVER
 
Thus we shall always be with the Lord. – 1 Thessalonians 4:17
 
     In 1997, I learned to write down specific qualities I sought in a husband. I had two essential factors: “He is Godloving,” and “He and I would be serving God together in one community.”
       Fast-forward to June 2010. My friend Edwin invited me to attend The Feast PICC. Later, Sunday Feasts became our regular activity. Our friendship deepened in the process. I started secretly praying, “Lord, You know it’s always been my heart’s desire that I would end up with someone from the same community. Is he The One?” And God did answer. In April 2013, Edwin and I got married!
       As newlyweds, one of our prayers was to increase our love for God through service. After making this decision, we were entrusted with bigger responsibilities in two ministries, and then later at the Kerygma Conference 2013. In one worship session, it dawned on me, “My husband and I are serving — together!” In that brief moment, I felt God’s embrace and was filled with a knowing that Edwin and I will always be with Him, because we have lovingly chosen to serve the Lord together as husband and wife. Rezza G. Custodio-Soriano (rezzac@live.com)
 
Reflection: Was there a moment or event where you experienced God’s presence closely in your life? What particular message or learning did you gain from it?
 
When I am so busy, help me to remember, Lord, that You are always with me. All I need to do is be still and know that You are God. Amen.
 
Sts. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, pray for us.
 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

What things hinder you from acting on the Word of God? - Daily Bible Reflections August 30,2015

THE FIRST STEP
 
Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. – James 1:22
 
       Three years ago, I felt that I didn’t have the ideal figure for my age and height. So I decided to lose weight. I Googled articles on exercising and dieting. I even watched different workouts on YouTube. I had all these ideas on how to lose weight, but because I was so busy, I only started a year later. Three hundred sixty-five days wasted!
       The same goes for our “spiritual health.” When we sin, we feel that we’re not sporting God’s ideal figure for us. We hear Mass and listen to God’s Word, but we don’t act on what we learn. We attend prayer meetings and listen to teachings, but we don’t apply these in our daily lives. We’re too caught up in the “real world” that we forget to live the way God wants us to.
       With my body, I realized that I won’t achieve anything if I don’t take the first step. Our spiritual life is the same. God has given us everything we need to live our lives fully. But this won’t amount to much if we don’t live it out in reality.
       Don’t let all that grace go to waste. Take that first step now. Carlo Fernandez (carlo.fernandez@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: What things hinder you from acting on the Word of God?
 
Lord, teach me to act on Your Word every day. Amen.
 
St. Jeanne Jugan, pray for us.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Do you have the courage and determination to go where the Lord leads you? - Daily Bible Reflections August 29,2015

Memorial of the Martyrdom of John the Baptist
 
 
STANDING STRONG
 
“Do not be terrified on account of them.” – Jeremiah 1:17
 
       After some time in the corporate world, Dan resigned to join the priesthood. Many thought he was throwing his business opportunities away. Some assumed an emotional trauma made him veer off in an unlikely direction. Some remarked that it was a shame that he won’t be able to marry.
       Sam, on the contrary, was already a priest for many years. He met someone special and decided to leave the priesthood to get married. You can imagine the surprise and intense reactions to this news. Some said he was weak or was tempted by evil spirits. Some laughed and quite a few cried.
       Dan and Sam got confused and sad when friends and family did not fully support their marital and career decisions. But not everyone understands that we must march to the sound of our respective drummers. Our destinies unfold according to God’s plan.
       Placing our trust in the Lord becomes our source of strength. We must stand fast against those who are against us. Though the steps we take to grow in God’s grace are difficult, knowing He walks beside us makes our hearts lighter. Gina J. Verdolaga (mgjver@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: Do you have the courage and determination to go where the Lord leads you?
 
Dear God, may the light of Your divine guidance always shine on me.
 
St. Sabina, pray for us.

Friday, August 28, 2015

“I have found the one whom my soul loves.” (Song of Solomon 3:4) - Daily Bible Reflections August 28,2015


ALWAYS THE
BRIDESMAID
 
“Behold the Bridegroom! Come out to meet him!” – Matthew 25:6
 
       It’s always an honor to be part of a bridal entourage. But being a bridesmaid is more than just wearing a gown and partnering with a groomsman. You are the right-hand woman of the bride, helping her with the details of the wedding and ensuring she is prepared for her special day.
       Today’s Gospel is about the wise and foolish virgins. In Jewish tradition, their task is to carry oil lamps, go with the bride and light the way towards the home of the groom. This procession is sacred and, as we gleaned from the parable, the foolish virgins who did not have enough oil were banished from the wedding banquet. Coming unprepared spoils the wedding and is considered an insult to the bride and groom.
       This reminds us to be vigilant and always prepared for the coming of Jesus. We would not want Him to catch us off-guard and our lamps of faith fading, running out of oil. We would not want our Eternal Spouse to see us stained and muddied with our brokenness and sin. Like the wise virgins, we want to be prepared with our flasks filled with the oil of grace, so that Jesus, our Eternal Bridegroom, may find us faithful in waiting for Him. Dina Pecaña (dpecana@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: “I have found the one whom my soul loves.” (Song of Solomon 3:4)
 
Lord Jesus, though I may not know the day or the hour, may You find me faithful when You come again.
 
St. Augustine, bishop and doctor of the Church, pray for us.

Just because you failed yesterday doesn’t mean you’ve failed for good - God Whispers August 28,2015


Just because you failed yesterday doesn’t mean you’ve failed for good.

Keep trying,
God

P.S. Rise up today and try again.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Once your basic needs are met, wealth gives diminishing returns of pleasure - God Whispers August 27,2015


Once your basic needs are met, wealth gives diminishing returns of pleasure.

Be truly rich,
God

P.S. Live for eternal riches.

What instances have you abused your authority? - Daily Bible Reflections August 27,2015


ABUSING AUTHORITY
 
“Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household...?” – Matthew 24:45
 
       While I was pregnant, reports of a nanny physically abusing her ward caught on video were being shown on the news. I always changed the channel because I couldn’t bear to watch it. Thinking of any child being mistreated was too painful, and too stressful, especially for an expectant mom.
       It broke my heart to imagine entrusting my precious child to someone who would inflict pain, thinking nobody would find out, abusing the authority entrusted to her.
    God has given us authority over all creation. We break His heart whenever we abuse this authority. We break His heart when we are reckless in our roles as stewards. We break His heart when we hurt others.
       Perhaps if we see how our actions hurt our loving God, we might strive to be more faithful to Him. Kitty D. Ferreria (kittydulay@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: What instances have you abused your authority?
 
Lord, help me to be a faithful servant.
 
St. Monica, pray for us.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The soul hungers for God, and nothing but God can satiate it - Daily Bible Reflections August 26,2015


THE INCORRUPTIBLES
 
“You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth.” – Matthew 23:27
 
       What do Sts. John Mary Vianney, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Francis Xavier, Rose of Lima, Bernadette of Lourdes and Therese of the Child Jesus have in common other than living lives of simplicity, honesty, unselfishness and total dedication to Jesus? Well, they are just some of the incorruptible saints whose remains phenomenally defy decay and smell sweet without embalming.
       They look peacefully asleep even if they’ve been dead for decades, even centuries. The lifestyles of these saints, when they were alive, exemplified deep devotion to Jesus, intense piety and kindness.
       The purity of their lives has manifested in their physical bodies. For them, no whitewashed tombs are necessary. Although enshrined in glass cases, they bring inspiration to devotees, grant miraculous healing to those who venerate, and teach us to live lives of significance.
       C. S. Lewis said, “You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” Truly, we are spiritual beings in a physical body. Leo Villarico (leovrico@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: “The soul hungers for God, and nothing but God can satiate it. Therefore He came to dwell on earth and assumed a Body in order that this Body might become the Food of our souls.” (St. John Mary Vianney)
 
May I seek only You, Jesus, so others will see You in me and I will see You in them.
 
St. Joseph Calasanz, pray for us.
 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The longest distance between you and God is sin. The fastest way to go through that distance is repentance - God Whispers August 25,2015


The longest distance between you and Me is sin. The fastest way to go through that distance is repentance.

I forgive you,
Go

P.S. Don’t be afraid to confess your sins. The benefit is yours.

We drew courage through our God to speak to you the gospel of God… — 1 Thessalonians 2:2 - Daily Bible Reflections August 25,2015



BLOGGING FOR HIS
GLORY
 
We drew courage through our God to speak to you the gospel of God… — 1 Thessalonians 2:2
 
       When I started blogging, I was unclear about my “brand” so I tried to write posts that were similar in style and content to those of more famous Filipino mom bloggers.
       Eventually, I realized that that was not really what I wanted to do. I wanted my blog to be a platform for proclaiming God’s goodness. I wanted it to be a place where people could draw encouragement and maybe even wisdom. I wanted to inspire others to see the “riches” that they already have — especially when it comes to their faith and family life.
       It wasn’t easy to shift to a different focus for my blog. At first, I was scared of losing readers and not being counted among the “popular” mommy bloggers. But then God reminded me that everything in my life — including my blog — isn’t mine to call my own anyway. It’s all His.
       Knowing that, I draw courage from Him to speak His Gospel — through my blog and through other aspects of my life. To Him be all the glory, now and forever! Tina Santiago-Rodriguez (tina@trulyrichmom.com)
 
Reflection: “Yet I consider life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to bear witness to the gospel of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24)
 
Lord, use me to bring glory to Your name in all that I think, say and do.
 
St. Louis of France, pray for us.
 

Monday, August 24, 2015

A heart that is open to appreciate every blessing would always be bigger than the eyes that see what is missing - Daily Bible Reflections August 24,2015


Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle
 
NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL
ROSARIO
 
“You will see greater things than that.” – John 1:50
 
April 2012. I learned I was named Rosario because I was born on October 13, the last day of the Virgin’s apparition at Fatima, where she revealed herself as the Our Lady of the Rosary. That inspired me to get my own image of our Lady as my 50th birthday gift to myself.
       So I engaged a sculptor. The deal however was cancelled when the source of the ivory to be used became doubtful. To arrest my disappointment, a priest friend going to Fatima offered to get one for me. Unfortunately, his pilgrimage got canceled.
    The following February, my aunt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As a dying request, she asked me to have her old and tattered religious image in the stockroom restored.
       Days before she died in April 2013, she told me how she, my mother and their brother, as children, would recite the rosary in Spanish with their grandmother every night before the “Nuestra Señora del Rosario.” And she wanted me to keep the family heirloom!
     God had better plans. After one year and a couple of disappointments, He granted my wish, only better. I also got entrusted with the Señora! Marie Franco (mariefranco_pie@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: A heart that is open to appreciate every blessing would always be bigger than the eyes that see what is missing.
 
My Lord, release me from my impatience. Open my heart so that I shall see things more beautiful and greater than what I’d ordinarily see.
 
St. Bartholomew, Apostle, pray for us.

Instead of acquiring things, collect happy memories - God Whispers August 23,2015


Instead of acquiring things, collect happy memories. Things will grow old and useless but memories become more precious over time.

Be happy,
God

P.S. Give your loved ones the gift of happy memories

Never stop learning. Today try something new. Be the best you can be - God Whispers August 22,2015


Never stop learning. Today try something new.
Be the best you can be,

God
P.S. There’s always a better way to do something. Why not discover it today?

You're more important than all the stars in the sky. You're more important than all the galaxies of this universe - God Whispers August 21,2015


You're more important than all the stars in the sky. You're more important than all the galaxies of this universe.


Crazy about you,
God


P.S. In My heart, nothing compares with you.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

What darkness in your life needs the light of God’s love? Welcome Him! - Daily Bible Reflections August 22,2015

Memorial of the Queenship
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
UNSUNG SONG
Upon those who lived in the land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing... – Isaiah 9:1-2
       It was a gradual process — my personal conversion. Years and years of wandering through deserts of unfulfilled pursuits, bitter cups of disappointed desires, and flat melodies of everyday life.
       Jesus revealed Himself at a major crossroad in my life — when I had just finished college, immediately during the summer after graduation. How gracious our God is for I wouldn’t know what life I would have now if I hadn’t personally encountered His love! Jesus’ love released me from the fear of death, gave me purpose for living, and a long-term goal to serve Him through others.
       If you allow Jesus to, He will invade your life, upset the old order and make things right. The unsung song of your life will start to unfold its sweet melody. You just need to give Him a chance — daily. Joy Sosoban-Roa (jsosoban@gmail.com)
Reflection: What darkness in your life needs the light of God’s love? Welcome Him!
Dearest Jesus, welcome! I am not worthy that You should come under my roof, but welcome, and thank You!
St. Andrew the Scot, pray for us.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Push the boundaries of what you think you are capable of by attempting to do what you think you can't - God Whispers August 20,2015


 Push the boundaries of what you think you are capable of by attempting to do what you think you can't.


Keep growing,
God


P.S.  Many times the limit exists only in your mind.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Are your talents dormant, or are you using them to glorify God? - Daily Bible Reflections August 19,2015


THE WRITER
 
“Why do you stand stand here idle all day?” – Matthew 20:6
 
       Let me tell you the story of the writer who didn’t write. She’s been gifted with a vivid imagination and the talent to write it down into paper. She could capture emotions, memories, and ideas and turn them into poetry and prose. She could weave words into worlds.
       But she never really believed in herself. She took her talent for granted and hid it. She thought she could only come out and share her works when she had already won enough awards, or if she has already earned her Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature.
       But one day, God told her to use her talents to spread His Word and become His mighty pen. She remembered what Rolly España, council head of The Feast PICC, said: “When God calls you, just say ‘Yes.’ When He chooses you, He will equip you.” Today, her articles are published in Kerygma and FiSH, the award-winning magazines published by Shepherd’s Voice Publications. She has also written and published a book. God is using her to shine His light unto the world through the articles and stories that she writes. I am that writer.
       God gave us talents not for our own use, but for His glory. It doesn’t matter if you think you’re not good enough. He has already chosen you. Karren Renz Seña (karren.s@shepherdsvoice.com.ph)
 
Reflection: Are your talents dormant, or are you using them to glorify God?
 
Lord, here are my hands — use them. Here are my feet — lead them.
 
St. John Eudes, priest, pray for us.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Are we so full of ourselves that God is having a hard time entering into our hearts? - Daily Bible Reflections August 18,2015


THE CURSE
OF SELF-RELIANCE
 
“Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 19:23
 
       In my former job, I used to give lectures to would-be bank officers. The trainees were MA/MBA graduates and have passed the officers’ qualifying exams. Being from the audit division, I lectured about the basics of internal control and gave practical case studies to hasten their learning. Then I’d give an exam of 100 items. One participant, however, got a score of 60-plus points.
       The participant was furious and attacked me on the evaluation. Being a graduate of a prestigious school, it was probably unthinkable for him to get a low score. Only a humble acceptance on his part would help him realize that even smart people have inadequacies.
       Jesus told His disciples that it would be hard for the rich to enter God’s Kingdom. The rich, whether in money, talent, intelligence or power, may have difficulty realizing their need for God because of their self-sufficiency. They may appear to have everything, but in reality are still deficient if they continue to reject God’s offer of salvation.
       Be willing to give up anything God asks of you if you want to follow Him totally. Judith Concepcion (svp_jmc@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: Are we so full of ourselves that God is having a hard time entering into our hearts?
 
Strip me, Lord, of whatever gets in the way of loving and following You.
 
St. Jane Frances de Chantal, pray for us.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Who really rules your life — God or a god? - Daily Bible Reflections August 17,2015


TOTAL ECLIPSE
OF THE HEART
 
“All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?” – Matthew 19:20
 
       She is one of the most generous persons you’ll ever know. She regularly goes to Mass and is prayerful. She’s a good boss to her staff. She’s a good mom to her kids and a good wife to her husband. She takes good care of her parents and provides for all their needs. She’ll always be there if you need her.
       She regularly goes to a fortune teller for all her major decisions, especially those which involve her business. She owes her success to her fortune teller and thanks God for her blessings. Even if she knows that going to a fortune teller is against the teachings of the Church, she justifies it by saying that she is able to help a lot of people with the money she gets from the successful advice of the fortune teller.
       Just like the rich young man, she thinks that she’s doing good because she keeps all the commandments of God. What she doesn’t realize is that her heart relies not on God. God doesn’t look at the externals — if we give generously or we go on television to give Him the glory for all our blessings. He looks at our heart. At the end of our life, God will see who really sits at the throne of our heart — the Light of Jesus or someone else eclipsing that Light. Ronna Ledesma (ronna_ledesma@yahoo.com.ph)
 
Reflection: Who really rules your life — God or a god?
 
Abba, forgive me for those times I doubted that You will provide for all my needs.
 
St. Joan of the Cross, pray for us.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

It’s good to respect people with other beliefs and lifestyles - Daily Bible Reflections August 16, 2015

I RESPECT, I BELIEVE
 
“For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.” – John 6:55
 
       I introduce myself as a Catholic lay preacher who fully respects people with other beliefs and religions. And I do.
       I’ve worked with Born Again Christians, Iglesia ni Cristo members, Pentecostals, Mormons, etc. I’ve been with Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, New Agers, even atheists. I even respect and mingle with drug addicts, alcoholics, prostitutes and criminals.
       But respecting, working and being with people of different faiths and lifestyles don’t mean giving up my own Catholic beliefs. I celebrate what’s common with us but will stand my ground on what’s essential to my faith. I believe that the Eucharist is the highest form of worship and that receiving Holy Communion is receiving the true Body and Blood of Jesus.
       I respect others if they believe that the Bible is the only source of faith, or that Jesus is just a man, or that Mohammad is the great prophet, or that we are reborn again and again until we reach Nirvana. In the same way, I expect to be respected too in my belief in the Catholic Church, in the sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist, and in Jesus, my Lord and my God! Alvin Barcelona (apb_ayo@yahoo.com)
 
Reflection: It’s good to respect people with other beliefs and lifestyles. But it’s also good to guard yourself from compromising too much and giving up your own beliefs in the process.
 
Dear Lord, grant me the grace to practice tolerance and respect while standing firm on my faith in You, and in Your Holy Church. Amen.
 
St. Stephen of Hungary, pray for us.
 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

God’s promises to us are revealed in the Scriptures. They come to those who truly believe - Daily Bible Reflections August 15,2015

Solemnity of the Assumption of the
Blessed Virgin Mary
 
 
PAPA SAID SO
 
“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” – Luke 1:45
 
       I had a big, ugly wart on the back of my right heel when I was little. It was bothersome, so my father suggested having it cauterized. But I was afraid of doctors.
         The thought of getting my wart burned horrified me. In his effort to allay my fears, Papa told me that the procedure would be quick and that I wouldn’t feel a thing. Of course I did. How I wailed and screamed! I knew it was not going to be painless, but my faith in Papa’s words made me put my fears aside and agree to see the doctor. What a relief it was to get rid of that wart.
       Mary knew her mission was not going to be easy. Yet, there was no saying no because she was told that “the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you” (Luke 1:35). Her great faith in God was all it took for her to embrace her destiny. Now, we already know what a great blessing to mankind her obedience by faith brought forth. Nova A. Sevilla (nova.svp@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: God’s promises to us are revealed in the Scriptures. They come to those who truly believe.
 
O God, may my faith grow deeper each day in You who are ever faithful to Your word.
 
St. Alipius, pray for us.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Calm down. The whole world does not have to dance to the beat of your drums - God Whispers August 14,2015


Calm down. The whole world does not have to dance to the beat of your drums. You're stressed because you think it has to. 



Be still,
God



P.S. Learn to value silence and surrender in this noisy and controlling world.

Consider John the Baptist’s formula for humility: I must decrease; Jesus must increase - Daily Bible Reflections August 13,2015

SELF-AGGRANDIZEMENT
 
“I gave you a land which you had not tilled and cities which you had not build, to dwell in; you have eaten of vineyards and olive groves you did not plant.” – Joshua 24:13 
       B.S.S. “Bilib Sa Sarili” — that was the view that I had almost fallen into. In the 11 years that I had operated a manufacturing plant, I took pride in saying that I made windfall profits by improving operations. “Waste control, not cost control.” I thought I made a brilliant move to increase wages and, in the process, motivated the employees to take control of the operational wastages. We attained considerable savings and profits soared.
       But our operations had a high production volume because of demand that I did not create. During those years, my competitors used predominantly plastic materials, which was oil-based. When oil prices rose, demand shifted to my products, which was not as adversely affected by the oil price escalations. I realized that high profits would not be possible without high volume, which was God’s blessing. I had no right to brag about my prosperity.
       I thanked God for the grace to ascribe to Him what is due to Him. Truly, it is the Lord who allows us to gain prosperity. Rolly España (rolly@homeliving.com.ph)
 
Reflection: Consider John the Baptist’s formula for humility: I must decrease; Jesus must increase!
 
Jesus, help me take the EGO out of my life — Edging God Out.
 
St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest and martyr, pray for us.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Have you lost trust in God that He will pull you through? Believe that if He has brought you to it, He will see you through it - Daily Bible Reflections August 13,2015

UNDER HIS UMBRELLA
 
“That they may know I am with you, as I was with Moses.” – Joshua 3:7
 
         “Oh no….” I looked outside the chapel to see the sudden downpour. A few minutes ago, the midday sun was shining bright — a reason for me not to bring my umbrella. Now, just 15 minutes later, I was about to be drenched. But what choice did I have?
         I had to return to work after the noontime Mass. Not one of my friends working nearby had replied to my urgent text message to borrow an umbrella. As the priest gave the final blessing, I prayed, “Lord, You have saved me from the worst. Surely, You can save me from the rain.”
       “Ate Osy...” I turned to see my friend Charisse. “Great! Did you receive my text message?” I asked her. “Um, no. Do you have an umbrella?” she asked. My tears flowed. God heard my prayer.
          I believe that moment was a miracle—a miracle of providence and a proof of God’s presence.
       In every crisis—whether as big as battling cancer or as small as getting soaked under the rain — God is with us. He hears our every cry and works for our good. We just have to continue believing. Osy Erica (osy.erica@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Have you lost trust in God that He will pull you through? Believe that if He has brought you to it, He will see you through it.
 
Father, forgive me for the times I have lost trust in You. Strengthen my heart when I feel abandoned.
 
St. Pontian, pope, and Hippolytus, priest, martyrs, pray for us.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Are you spending quality time with God and His people through your parish or community? - Daily Bible Reflections August 12,2015


PICTURE TAKING!
 
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” – Matthew 18:20
 
       Filipinos are known for endless photo opportunities when it comes to taking pictures with celebrities, of their food and their travel adventures, including their selfies and, most of all, group pictures.
        Once, after we had just finished our annual Kerygma Conference, I decided to call all the servants to have a group photo. These were the words that came out from my mouth: “Where two or three are gathered... there is picture taking!” Everyone laughed upon hearing it.
     In today’s Gospel, we are reminded about how it is to be a community. This is what the Holy Eucharist is all about. It is when we come together to break bread and worship as one family that we experience our Lord Jesus Christ.
       Indeed, when people are gathered, there is picture taking — and the photographer is no other than Christ Himself, who creates timeless memories with us when we come in prayer and devotion.
   So smile! Jesus is taking your photo right now. JC Libiran (jclibiran@ymail.com)
 
Reflection: Are you spending quality time with God and His people through your parish or community? Why or why not? How do you spend time with fellow believers?
 
Lord Jesus, may I continue to smile for You and Your people. Amen.
 
St. Louis of Toulouse, pray for us.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Is it true that in heaven there’s a sign saying, “For Children Only, Adults Not Allowed”? - Daily Bible Reflections August 11,2015


THE KINGDOM BEGINS
 
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:3
 
       These are the things I hated in myself when I lived a life of low selfworth: I’m short. I’m insecure. I’m not articulate. I’m shallow. I’m not mestizo. I hated my nose, eyes and lips.
      Then something pivotal and life-changing happened. More accurately, Someone happened in my life. His name is Jesus. He didn’t remove the things I hated in myself but He changed them to something better. He revalued them. In His Kingdom, everyone is made new!
       People find me approachable and huggable.
       I don’t let anyone feel left out and unloved.
       I turned childlike, sporty, strong and energetic!
       I can easily connect with people.
       I look so ordinary that people can easily identify with me.
       Bottom line, unless you are ready to become like a little child in your heart, you will not be able to move on and into His Kingdom!
       Let His Kingdom begin, because no one else can bless the world the way you can! Obet Cabrillas (kpreacherobet@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Is it true that in heaven there’s a sign saying, “For Children Only, Adults Not Allowed”?
 
Help me realize, O God, that when You created me, You broke the mold. Because You want me to touch the world in my own unique, loving way.
 
St. Clare, virgin, pray for us.

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