Manifestation of God’s Love

Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 30 September – 6 October 2018

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“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

– Hebrews 13:16

Inflation rate in the Philippines has been hitting record high for this year. Because of the high prices of goods, many people are doing their best to budget their money.

In this difficult times, it is good to see that there are still people who manage to give money to others especially to those their do not know. Another thing is, most of these givers are actually middle class people and those in the lower segments of the population. There are also some wealthy people who are generous to give to those who need.

Jesus Christ tells us that we should be givers. Whether we give money, time, effort or other else, we are told to share what we have to those who need. Sharing is the manifestation of God’s love to everybody. It is through sharing that God’s love is shown as we are all part of the community of believers that glorify Him.

Today, even we have problems on our own, let us not forget others who may need our help. We may not know but it is through sharing that God is felt especially when it spreads. In the future, we might be also the recipient of this circle of giving.


Sharing manifests God’s love for us.

 

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Tiniest Rivets

Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 23 – 29 September 2018

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“And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

– Matthew 7:27

A documentary in the National Geographic Channel studied the Titanic disaster in detail. The structure was studied down to its tiniest rivets. After an extensive review, the show concluded that the rivets played part in the integrity of the ship’s hull. It was too brittle to survive the impact with the iceberg.

In every structure, even the smallest bits of screw, nail or bolt can make the difference; sometimes between life and death.

Our personality is also tested down to its tiniest characteristic. As we continually grow, we also develop our strength, faith and prowess. What makes the difference is on how we grow. There are people who become whose personality have become their strength because of the amount of the tests they have endured; others do not fare so well.

God has made us unique from one another; as such, we have different levels of tolerance. Our lives will be anchored on our personality. As we continually move in the journey of life, let us ask our Divine Creator to give us the strength, courage, determination and everything we need to be strong especially when we are facing the storms of our lives.


A house is no stronger than its weakest foundations.

 

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Typhoon

Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 16 – 22 September 2018

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“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

– 1 Peter 5:7

Hours after Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong in the Philippines) lashed in the areas of Northern Luzon. I was worried about my relatives and friends in Laoag City. After all, that city suffered a direct hit from the storm.

So I decided to give a phone call to them. However, communication lines were down. It was not until the next day in the afternoon. Despite the agony of worrying, I was relieved to find out that were all safe.

In our lives, we will be facing situations were we will be holding our breaths from cash that was not dispensed by the ATM to medical examinations. In this situations we are called to practice our faith and hope for the best. Sometimes, being still, knowing that everything is under God’s control will help us to feel His presence and assurance more than anything else.

Our lives will be constantly bombarded with worries, agonies and troubles. God did not wish for us to be burdened with these. Instead, He invites us to sit down and let Him do the rest, trusting His name for everything we do. Amen.


Faith works best when we trust Him more than anything else.

 

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Balance of Life

Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 9 – 15 September 2018

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“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. ‘Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.'”

– Matthew 6:33-34

People are often depressed nowadays. The fast pace of life at the present makes it difficult for anyone to find time for oneself, let alone for others. As a result of this busyness, suicide rates are on the rise.

It is understandable that we focus ourselves on our jobs and on our careers, since life today is more difficult than it was before. However, we should not let our jobs and our career takeover our lives. Our lives are more important than our jobs. Working, while good, should not be the primary focus of our lives.

So, what should we do? We have to learn to balance our lives. It is alright to work, but after working, we should learn to live our lives, to give time to our families and friends, hangout and to praise God in our lives.

Today, God is inviting us to enjoy the live He has given to us. We may not always have the luxury of time to do it, but in small ways we can enjoy our lives both in work and at home.


The Word of God is the light of life

 

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The Manual of Life

Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 2 – 8 September 2018

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“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

– Psalm 119:105

While cleaning the office where I work on, I saw a manual for our volunteers operating our equipment during masses. The manual includes an illustrated guide on how to operate software including Microsoft PowerPoint and the operating system itself. It is a complete guided approach for people who want to learn on the basic computer operations.

Our life also has a manual on how to live it well. It is called the Bible. The text inside may not be well illustrated like the manual we have but it contains information more valuable than instructions on how to operate a computer. It contains teachings, lessons and important values that a Christian must learn in his/her journey on this planet.

The contents on the book may not always be similar to our present situation, but it is relevant to our lives. As we move on this journey, a guide is important as operating a computer and much more important as it is our lives that we are talking about.

Today, we are invited to reflect on the Word of God written on the Bible. Be guided as you move along in this journey called life.


The Word of God is the light of life

 

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The Beginning of Christmas Season

Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 26 August – 1 September 2018

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“When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.”

– Matthew 2:10

This week the world’s longest Christmas season will begin on Saturday. In the Philippines, the Christmas season begins from the first day of the month of September up to the Epiphany, the first Sunday of January the following year.

Christmas is one of the seasons that I am waiting for in a year. I am hoping that Christmas Day this year will be fruitful, especially the following year.

But some may not be as happy as I am on this season. I once had a friend who’s mother died during the Christmas Day and instead of holding celebrations they instead go to the cemetery to remember the dead. I cannot blame them, not everything positive can be happy. There are times that the opposite will come upon.

I normally feel sorry for them, for they do not have other option but to accept. More than acceptance, however, is the trust and faith to God that everything will be alright when things do not. After all, there is always light at the end of a tunnel.

Today, we might be welcoming the Christmas season in different tones, but let us remember that the season we celebrate is for Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who brings forth happiness , joy and peace more than we will ever understand.


It was in Christmas God delivered the Good News to everyone

 

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Misery Loves Company

Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 19 – 25 August 2018

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“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.”

– 2 Corinthians 9:14-15

It is a very busy afternoon in our office in Social Communications in Barasoain Church. We are both doing the broadcast of the afternoon mass and the projection of the slides for the guidance of the mass goers. As of this moment, we are too busy to our tasks that we cannot talk to anyone else.

The people making up our organization are people from different walks of life. Each of us have every race, life, trouble and problems that we are facing. Yet, everyone of us have decided to bring our problems in our service to Christ. It may not make our troubles easier but we made ourselves company to give chance for our troubles to be released.

Everybody in our lives is a way of God to show His love for us during our times of trouble. It may be a friend, relative or someone special we know. Through them, God shows us His humble presence and comfort.

We may feel sometimes that we are alone and want the presence of Lord to comfort us. We may not need to look far, because there are people in our community that will let us feel the Lord’s presence in the midst of the darkest days of our lives.


Since misery loves company, let Jesus Christ guide to you to one

 

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The Giving God

Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 12 – 18 August 2018

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“Meanwhile, moved by the extravagance of God in your lives, they’ll respond by praying for you in passionate intercession for whatever you need. Thank God for this gift, his gift. No language can praise it enough!”

– 2 Corinthians 9:14-15

At the time of writing this, there is a monsoon surge here in the Philippines. Rains are pouring down and floods are on the streets. While the sights may seem unlikely to be amusing, it reminds me of the graces that God has given us, as the rain is a very good comparison to the amount of graces that God gives us.

The heavy downpour that we are experiencing here is similar to the way God gives us His graces: it is outpouring. There are times when we ask for something He gives us not just what we are asking but more than that. Even if He does not give, we find out that God’s plan turned out better from what we are asking.

The beauty of God’s magnificent wonder, power, wisdom and kindness is manifested in the generosity He shows on our lives. He never fails to provide us with what we need. He also gives us what our hearts desire as long as it is reasonable.

But the ultimate gift of all to the humankind is His son who was sent to pay for the penalty of our sins so that we may be saved.

Our ever-giving us provides us with everything that He only is more than enough. As we draw ourselves closer to His loving heart, everything that we need and desire will come to us, in one way or another. What more can we ask for?


Jesus Christ is the greatest gift that God has given us.

 

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Doing with No One Seeing

Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 29 July – 4 August 2018

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“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”

– Proverbs 15:3

This year, a bus company servicing the Manila-Rizal Line, G-Liner, launched the Honesty Bus. The idea is that passengers will be dropping their (exact) fare in a box located inside the bus. This bus doesn’t have an inspector so it relies solely in the honesty of the passengers to collect fares.

One passenger commented in Facebook: “That might work, when somebody is looking on us.”

What if nobody is looking on us? How are we supposed to act?

We are often told that the Lord watches us from above and that we cannot hide from His eyes. It is certainly true. As a powerful God that watches His creation, we are always on the lookout. This means that no matter where we are He can see what we are doing, whenever and wherever.

While it looks intimidating, it also assures us that we are always being guided by God. His eyes are always looking on us and He can see what will happen on us especially those that we cannot see. From simple holes in the street to the tiniest speck of dust it is can be seen by God. How much more us that He loves so dearly?

Today, let us thank God that He watches on us, not just through our actions but also on our everyday lives, keeping us away from sin and danger.


God is always on the lookout for us.

 

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Pained from Experience

Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 22 – 28 July 2018

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“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

– 2 Corinthians 4:7

A popular meme for Filipinos on the Internet is the so-called “hugot lines” or in English, “pulled-out quotes” in which a statement is made that is related to his/her experience in love, hence the word “hugot.” It literally meant “pulled-out from experience statements.”

Every bad experiences may turn us around in our lives and change us. In the world were nothing is perfect, there is always a chance that something will go wrong. To make matters worse, those mistakes will haunt us in the long run.

I have a statement that only God can give the perfect love. In this world, His love may be the only sanctuary that we have when things go south.

His presence, despite us not being able to physically see Him, is a reminder of His guidance for us during the storms of life; His Word is the light in the darkest nights of our journey and His sacrifice is the Salvation when the sea of our sinfulness rocks our boats.

In the moment that a heartbreak, sinfulness or mistake is clouding your vision and outlook in life, look up, to see the bright sun shining from the sky, reminding the light that God is giving us even on the darkest days of our lives.


Light shines brightest in the darkest day.

 

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