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Sunday Gospel Reflections
Fr. Toto Cerada, SDB
Mary Help of Christians Parish, Calamba City

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September 15, 2019, Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 EX 32:7-11, 13-14

The LORD said to Moses,
“Go down at once to your people,
whom you brought out of the land of Egypt,
for they have become depraved.
They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them,
making for themselves a molten calf and worshiping it,
sacrificing to it and crying out,
‘This is your God, O Israel,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt!’
“I see how stiff-necked these people is, ” continued the LORD to Moses.
Let me alone, then,
that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them.
Then I will make of you a great nation.”

But Moses implored the LORD, his God, saying,
“Why, O LORD, should your wrath blaze up against your own people,
whom you brought out of the land of Egypt
with such great power and with so strong a hand?
Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac, and Israel,
and how you swore to them by your own self, saying,
‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky;
and all this land that I promised,
I will give your descendants as their perpetual heritage.'”
So the LORD relented in the punishment
he had threatened to inflict on his people.

Responsorial Psalm PS 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19

R. (Lk 15:18)  I will rise and go to my father.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
R. I will rise and go to my father.
A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
R. I will rise and go to my father.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
R. I will rise and go to my father.


Reading 21 TM 1:12-17

Beloved:
I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord,
because he considered me trustworthy
in appointing me to the ministry.
I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and arrogant,
but I have been mercifully treated
because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief.
Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant,
along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance:
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
Of these I am the foremost.
But for that reason I was mercifully treated,
so that in me, as the foremost,
Christ Jesus might display all his patience as an example
for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life.
To the king of ages, incorruptible, invisible, the only God,
honor and glory forever and ever.  Amen.

Alleluia2 COR 5:19

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ
and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel LK 15:1-32

Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus,
but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying,
“This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
So to them he addressed this parable.
“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them
would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert
and go after the lost one until he finds it?
And when he does find it,
he sets it on his shoulders with great joy
and, upon his arrival home,
he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’
I tell you, in just the same way
there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
than over ninety-nine righteous people
who have no need of repentance.

“Or what woman having ten coins and losing one
would not light a lamp and sweep the house,
searching carefully until she finds it?
And when she does find it,
she calls together her friends and neighbors
and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost.’
In just the same way, I tell you,
there will be rejoicing among the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.”

Then he said,
“A man had two sons, and the younger son said to his father,
‘Father give me the share of your estate that should come to me.’
So the father divided the property between them.
After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings
and set off to a distant country
where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation.
When he had freely spent everything,
a severe famine struck that country,
and he found himself in dire need.
So he hired himself out to one of the local citizens
who sent him to his farm to tend the swine.
And he longed to eat his fill of the pods on which the swine fed,
but nobody gave him any.
Coming to his senses he thought,
‘How many of my father’s hired workers
have more than enough food to eat,
but here am I, dying from hunger.
I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him,
“Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.
I no longer deserve to be called your son;
treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers.”’
So he got up and went back to his father.
While he was still a long way off,
his father caught sight of him,
and was filled with compassion.
He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.
His son said to him,
‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you;
I no longer deserve to be called your son.’
But his father ordered his servants,
‘Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him;
put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
Take the fattened calf and slaughter it.
Then let us celebrate with a feast,
because this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again;
he was lost, and has been found.’
Then the celebration began.
Now the older son had been out in the field
and, on his way back, as he neared the house,
he heard the sound of music and dancing.
He called one of the servants and asked what this might mean.
The servant said to him,
‘Your brother has returned
and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf
because he has him back safe and sound.’
He became angry,
and when he refused to enter the house,
his father came out and pleaded with him.
He said to his father in reply,
‘Look, all these years I served you
and not once did I disobey your orders;
yet you never gave me even a young goat to feast on with my friends. But when your son returns,
who swallowed up your property with prostitutes,
for him you slaughter the fattened calf.’
He said to him,
‘My son, you are here with me always;
everything I have is yours.
But now we must celebrate and rejoice,
because your brother was dead and has come to life again;
he was lost and has been found.’”

 

The prayer is to be recited kneeling after the post-communion prayer at all Masses in the archdiocese starting Sunday, Sept. 1.

ORATIO IMPERATA FOR DENGUE FEVER AND LEPTOSPIROSIS 

Almighty and loving Father, we thank you for the life that is your gift, for the providence that sustains us, and for your wisdom that directs the course of our days. 

Forgive our sins against your love, against each other, and against your creation. Make us responsible stewards of your creation. 

The plague of dengue fever and leptospirosis are upon us today. These diseases have caused much suffering and have claimed many lives. We humbly beg You, loving Father, to deliver usfrom these and other diseases. Heal those who are afflicted. Strengthen us in charity to care for each other. 

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen. 

Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for us. St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us. San Roque, pray for us. San Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us. San Pedro Calungsod, pray for us. 

 

ORATIO IMPERATA PARA SA DENGUE FEVER AT LEPTOSPIROSIS

Makapangyarihan at mapagmahal na Ama, nagpapasalamat kami sa handog mong buhay, sa pagkalinga mong nagpapanatili sa amin, at sa karunungan mong gumagabay sa takbo ng aming buhay. 

Patawarin mo ang aming mga kasalanan sa iyong pag-ibig, sa aming kapwa, at sa kalikasan. Gawin mo kaming mabuting katiwala ng iyong mga nilikha. 

Sumasaamin ngayon ang salot ng dengue fever at leptospirosis na nagpapahirap sa marami at kumitil ng maraming buhay. Nagmamakaawa kami, mapagmahal na Ama. Iligtas mo kami sa mga ito at sa lahat ng uri ng karamdaman. Pagalingin mo ang mga maysakit. At buhayin mo sa amin ang pagkakawanggawa upang kalingain namin ang bawat isa. 

Hinihiling namin ito sa pamamagitan ni Hesukristong Anak mo na nabubuhay at naghaharing kasama mo at ng Espiritu Santo iisang Diyos, magpasawalang hanggan. Amen. 

Mahal na Birhen, mapagpagaling sa may sakit, ipanalangin mo kami. San Rafael Arkanghel, ipanalangin mo kami. San Roque, ipanalangin mo kami. San Lorenzo Ruiz, ipanalangin mo kami. San Pedro Calungsod, ipanalangin mo kami. 

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Heart of the Gospel

shepherdChapter 15 of the Gospel of Luke contains three of the most heartwarming as well as powerful parables in the entire Bible. These three parables are known as the parable of the lost sheep, the parable of the lost coin, and the parable of the prodigal son. If we look closer into these three parables, what is so stunning and astonishing is how Jesus bends, twists and stretches human logic and natural tendency to nail His point.

In ancient Israel, shepherds knew that to pastor the flock of sheep was not an easy job because they had to lead their flocks in constant search for food and water in the wilderness. Sheep was naturally dumb animal and possessed no natural defense mechanism. As a sheep looked for food, it quickly went astray and was exposed to imminent threats like wolves, hyaenas or robbers. The shepherd had to exert extra effort to watch over their sheep. Yet, occasionally, a sheep or two got lost, and the shepherd had to go into search and rescue mission.

However, Jesus tells us about a good shepherd who dares to leave the other sheep to search for a single lost sheep. Along the way, he may stumble upon life-threating dangers like robbers or pack of wolves. There is no assurance that he will find his sheep. He is practically risking his own life for this dumb sheep. What even remarkable is that after the shepherd discovers his lost animal, he rejoices exceedingly and throws a party for the finding. His mission is a huge success, and it is time to share the joy with others. It is simply heartwarming story. Then, when Jesus’ listeners are still mesmerized, Jesus drops the bomb. He points out that God is this good shepherd! God is the woman who rejoices for the small coin. God is the father who accepts and celebrates for his runaway son who returns. Through these parables, Jesus teaches us our God is merciful, and His mercy is beyond our wildest imagination. This is why they have been called “the Gospel of the Gospel” because the three parables carry the heart of the Gospel, that is the mercy of God.

Every one of us is like the lost sheep, the lost coin or the lost son. There are points in our lives we are so low and feeling meaningless. No amount of worldly happiness can fill our hearts until Jesus finds us. Carolyn Kolleger was a successful American model and movie actress. As a baby, she was baptized Catholic, but she never knew and loved her faith. As a model, she never thought anything else but herself. She also got married to Erwin Kolleger, a businessman, who enjoyed worldly pleasures. They were rich, throwing a lot of parties, drinking alcohol and even consuming drugs. Until she got pregnant. She did not want to lose her career and was pushed by her husband, she aborted the baby. She did it not only once but thrice. She got depressed, and her marriage was about to collapse. Until a priest came and helped Carolyn and Edwin. They began to meet a Catholic counselor who helped their marriage. Carolyn decided to repent and go back They were received back into the Catholic Church. She prayed the rosary and read the Bible on more regular basis, and attended the Eucharist. Eventually her husband also followed her and rebuilt their marriage and family, not based on worldly measures, but faith, hope, and love. They were blessed with four children and find true happiness.

This is our God, a compassionate and merciful God who tirelessly seeks His lost sons and daughter.

Jesus chose 12 men 2 continue his work of salvation on earth. Thus, our call or vocation as Christians is a work, not a prestige, honor or vacation. Help ppol, thru ur word & life, 2 achieve their salvation.

Some ppol watch & rejoice @ d mistakes & failures of othrs lyk d scribes & d Pharisees hu watched Jesus closely 2 find a rizon 2 accuse him. Be not like thm. Rathr, suport & encourage ppol 2 do gud & rejoice in their achievements.

The crowds wanted to “own” Jesus & have him to be exclusively theirs. Jesus came & shared his life & love to everyone. Have u received Jesus in ur life? Share him to everyone.

A mature person is trustworthy because he is able to deliver and fulfil his duties and obligations with the least or no supervision frm his superior/s. Evn if no one watches or sees him/her, he acts justly and rightly Are you mature and trustworthy?

Some ppol play d “blaming” game, of finger-pointing 2 cover up their fears, insecurities, imaturity. It’s always d fault of othrs, nvr their own. Tke responsibility 4 ur own life & actions. U are responsible 4 ur own salvation.

This indicates that John d Baptist did not fight alone. He had supporters. We need supporters in our fight & we need to support others in theirs. Work as a “Team”. Keep d faith alive til d end.

There are hierarchies of needs & values. But it does not mean tht we cn jz tke 4 granted some or neglect d othrs. Wat ar ur priorities in life? Balance things. Try 2 attend 2 them all. Nothing is insignificant or small

It’s not enaf tht we try. To reach heaven demands perseverance & determination til d end. Giving up is not an option. Make pains & trials ur stepping stones 2 salvation.

If you were invited to a special event, your response may depend on who is inviting you. Is it a special someone, a friend, or someone you dislike? God is inviting us daily to do His will on earth and to be with Him in heaven. Will you come? Will you refuse? What will be your excuse?

The reward for giving up everything to follow the Lord has value even much greater than the whole world. It is God Himself and eternal life with Him. He alone satisfies all our desires. Should we look for more?

If d prayer of two pipol is that powerful as 4 d Lord 2 grant it, how much more d prayer w/ ur family & d Church. Pray together. Resiv God’s favor.

A sign of civility is 2 consider wat othrs may feel, think or say on d course of actions we are abt 2 take. It is being sensitive not 2 offend them. Be kind in words & action. Life is not jz who is ryt or wrong. It is also abt gud relations.

How 2 b redi 2 welcome d Lord: -deepen ur FAITH by prayer, reading God’s Word & meditating on it -Personally serv othrs -Joyfully face life’s trials & difficulties. May faith lead u 2 serv w/ joy. Servis is joy. Joy is servis.

Surely, God has His own version of GMRC, Good Manners & Right Conduct, for us. We are expected to act, behave & live accordingly. He will then repay & award us fairly or mercifully. Conduct urself accdg. 2 His will. Fear no hell

Like d disciples, sometimes we factor in on unfavourable or adverse circumstances: place, timing, resources. Sure formulae 4 failure. 4 Jesus, evri situation is perfect 2 do some miracle. Nvr underestimate d heart of d Savior.

Memories r either gud or bad, hapi or sad, in as much as they are rooted on experiences of d same qualities. Herod is haunted by his memory of hving John d Baptist beheaded. Rmmber God’s gudness. Hv hapi memories.

Wat we knw abt ppol is imperfect, partial, limited & relative. That knwldge shud help us not 2 be judgmental or discriminatory. Nvr underestimate d potentials of pipol. Respect individual differences. Celebrate evrione’s success & giftedness.

Imagine urself a “fish” being thrown away on judgment day. U feel useless, worthless, good 4 nothing. Know ur value. Let it be manifest in wat u do. Do good today. Welcome salvation on d Last Day.

It is arrogance 2 think tht we know everything or we do not need 2 learn frm others. Truth is, our knowledge is incomplete, imperfect & not absolute. Humbly welcome wat others may teach u. Humility is the only way to truth.

Jesus came to Martha & Mary to comfort them & to perform a miracle: to raise their brother Lazarus up frm d dead. Keep in touch w/ a grieving friend. Text, call or make a visit. Lift up their downcast spirit.

This is not a parable of hope for the weeds to change. They remain weeds even until harvest time. It is for the wheats to stay strong amidst bad elements. Stay focused. Bear good fruits.

Jesus told Mary Magdalene 2 stop holding on 2 him. It’s time 2 celebrate tht he is risen, but not 4 long. There is a job of proclaiming it 2 othrs. Celebrate wat u preach. Preach wat u celebrate. To preach is 2 celebrate.

Anxiety attacks wen u focus on ur work & forget d Lord whom u are working for. Nvr let ur work make u lose sight of Jesus. He is in our work. He works in & w/ us. Worry only wen u love him less. So love more & worry less

Evryone, including the Gentiles, those considered by the Jews not part of God’s pipol, is w/in the “radar” of God’s love & mercy. Those who will come to biliv in his name will have hope for salvation. Jesus’ name spells H-E-A-V-E-N.

D Pharisees saw in these actions of d dsciples a violation of d sabath law. Jesus saw d inferior place of tht law vs a human nid. Obey d law but b compassionate. It’s beter 2b kind than 2b brutally legalistic.

Giving a cup of cold water to Jesus’ disciples guarantees a reward to the giver. Little acts of kindness never go unnoticed or unrewarded. Help someone in need. Heaven waits for loving & kindly deeds

In answering this question, Jesus narrated the story of the “Good Samaritan”. At first it appears that the neighbor is the victim of the robbers, the one who is in need. But for Jesus, the neighbor is the one who helps those in need, the one who treats with mercy. Be that neighbor.

If God has concern for sparrows whicc have little monetary value, how much more for humans who are created in His image & likeness? Don’t feel small or insignificant. The world may consider you nobody, but for God you are somebody worth Jesus’ soul & body.

Blessings are gifts. Basically they are “undeserved”. Like life, God’s “grace”, faith, hope, love. To share our gifts is our best appreciation of them. Count ur blessings. Live a life of sharing. Let sharing be your life.

Before going to the whole big world, fix first your own personal “world”, most concretely, your own family, your own household. Wen love in his family exists, the life of the preacher is his best witness.

Jesus sees your every situation. So never feel alone or abandoned. Trust His love for you. He sends people and support in any way. His own way. He cares.

Some kind of proportionality & appropriateness is at work in things, relationships or pipol accdg, 2 each ones’s nature.  God respects our capacity.  Appreciate His goodness. Live a life of love and service.  Delight in His wine of grace.

Some kind of proportionality & appropriateness is at work in things, relationships or pipol accdg, 2 each ones’s nature.  God respects our capacity.  Appreciate His goodness. Live a life of love and service.  Delight in His wine of grace.

Jesus’ itinerant preaching allowed him to meet different people and called some “special” discipleship like Matthew. Never settle. Go out of your comfort zone. Be sent. Be seen. Spread the good news. Meet people in streets.
Jesus saw the faith of the people who brought the paralytic to him. A community that believe can be an instrument of grace and miracle for others. Strengthen each other’s faith. Be for others a miracle and grace.
Will you believe that God exists even if you don’t see Him? Will you believe that He loves you even if all you see are hatred and sin? Will you believe His goodness if you experience only evil and suffering? Faith is believing without seeing. Will you believe?
Sometimes life catches us with the suddeness of untoward events: death of someone we love, a loss of work, etc. We may feel “swamped” or overwhelmed. Trust in Jesus. He is the conqueror of our fears and troubles.
Jesus’ call to discipleship doesn’t promise us safety, material security or prosperity. Persecution and difficulties, yes! It demands fidelity, wilingness and sacrifices. Eternal life is its ultimate goal. Take the call.
God has prepared a “final destination” for everyone. Your future depends on how you live your life 2toay. Die trying to be good or be good in trying. Pave your path to salvation w/ loving words & actions
Why were they amazed? Was it bcoz both Elizabeth & Zechariah gave the same name as if they had connived w/ each other? Or was it bcoz they cud not persuade these two to follow them? Parents have to be decisive. They are accountable to God for their children.

Just “some food”. Jesus ordered his disciples to share & give that pipol may not hunger even just for that day. And he upgraded that. He gave not just “some” but everything, his body & blood that we might live. Think of others. Give as he did

See d futility of worry! It reduces rather than adds a moment 2 our life-span. Worry is good. It drives us to be motivated & move. But too much of it can kill. Worry a little. Pray & trust God more. Work harder.

If that is so, wat’s d use asking God? Like a parent, God wants us, His children, 2 ask that we may show our reliance on Him, expand our hearts 2 desire 4 Him more & dispose ourselves 4 His gifts. Pray. Blessings are on d way.

Our time givs rise 2 wat I call “selfie spirituality”. Religious practices are being done 2 call attention 2 oneself. Pray, giv alms & fast not 4 self but 4 God or others. Avoid d “selfie” way.

Our time givs rise 2 wat I call “selfie spirituality”. Religious practices are being done 2 call attention 2 oneself. Pray, giv alms & fast not 4 self but 4 God or others. Avoid d “selfie” way.

To be a child of God, one has 2 act & behave better than others, w/o considering to/for whom d good deed is done . Do good out of love. Do it 4 God. Do it bcoz that is how He loves

Swearing is utilized as a reinforcement for those who listen w/ doubt & by those who speak who have no certain moral ascendency. When ur deeds reflect ur words, swearing becomes unnecessary. Speak & act w/ honesty & sincerity. Be a person of integrity.

“‘…I HAVE COME NOT TO ABOLISH BUT TO FULFILL'” (Mt. 5:17-19).

4 Jesus, ppol are called “blessed” not bcoz of who they are or wat they do but bcoz of wat God makes of them. They are the scum of society but God’s favourites, persecuted but God’s bets. They got nothing but God’s heven. Blessed? Bcoz of Him

After giving the Holy Spirit to the disciples, Jesus immediately commanded them to forgive & retain sins. Develop that forgiving attitude. W/ the help of the HS, conquer evil in the world. Forgiveness is a way to peace. Forgiveness leads to holiness

What happens to others or what they do is not ours to know. To follow Jesus is what each of us, individually, has the obligation & duty to do. Let ur life, thoughts, words & actions manifest this discipleship as ur vocation & mission.

In telling Peter to “feed his sheep”, Jesus is reminding all his followers of the social, communal & ecclesial aspect, context, implications & obligations of love. To love Jesus is 2 help those in need. Go out today & help others

The lover wants his/her beloved 2 be one w/ him/her in mind, heart, soul & body. Jesus wishes his disciples 2 be w/ him forever, sharing life w/ him in eternity. Wish the same. Strive 2 attain heven. Love. Do good. Be w/ d Lord.

The sending never ends. From the Father sending Jesus, w/ Jesus sending the disciples, today we too are being sent into d world to continue that 4 w/c Jesus was sent: to love & save d world. Be sent. Be love-spent.

Jesus left d disciples. But his departure did not leave them sad but joyful. It’s his lov, presence & trust on them tht moved them passionate 2 preach d gospel. Backed up by these & his power, be a joyful preacher.

Jesus is never timid or felt embarrassed 2 claim that God d Father loves d disciples. God loves us evn if we dnt love Him. Let us try 2 reciprocate His love for us. May our love be as mutual, reciprocal & unconditional as He loves as all. (June1)

Our temporal existence (living in time) allows delays that bring abt excitement or anxiety. Wen things happen so slow or so fast, remain steadfast, pray & stay calm. Trust God’s wisdom. He always comes along jz at d right time.

The life of God is a life of perpetual loving & sharing. What d Father has, d Son & d Holy Spirit also have. When we resiv Jesus (esp. in d eucharist), we resiv no less than God Himself. Share & give what u risiv. Live by what u give

Love is perceptiv, sensitiv & proactive. Jesus feels wat d disciples feel. Be sensitive 2 pipol’s sound of silence or d sound tht is silenced. Our salvation is due 2 God’s initiative. Do gud w/o being asked. Be proactive.

Keeping Jesus’ word means doing, following, obeying, putting into action his commandments, his teachings, his will. That is what love also means. Love is an action. A single love in action is better than one million best intentions.

Relationships grow mostly due 2 sharing & openness of pipol. God reveals Himself & makes us His frnds. Nvr fear to enter into relationships. Dnt live in isolation. Hv healthy friendships.

We need Jesus. He is our life, our “life-su
Jesus wants us 2 remain in his love by keeping his commandments: 2 love & serv God & othrs. Call a troubled friend 2day. Help the needy. 4give someone who hurt u. Pray 4 evribody. Smile 2 a stranger. pport system”, our link to d Father, our food & nourishment 2 mke our lives fruitful. R u alive? Is ur life fruitful? Stay connected w/ Jesus & be nourished… or simply perish

We need Jesus. He is our life, our “life-support system”, our link to d Father, our food & nourishment 2 mke our lives fruitful. R u alive? Is ur life fruitful? Stay connected w/ Jesus & be nourished… or simply perish

Very often, we are worried, troubled & afraid bcoz we are overwhelmed, we dnt knw wat 2 do, we are not in control. Hv faith tht God has d ultimate power ovr everything. Drive away ur worries & troubles. Allow Jesus 2 be in control.

Love is best seen in its effects.  It makes one hapi.  Love can affect our health, love mkes us holy, Love, Love truly. Be hapi, healthy & holy.

Jesus came, suffered & died tht he may take us all w/ hm 2 heaven. Do not reject his will, effort or offer of salvation. W/ him experience joy 4 eternity. Apart frm him there is only pain & misery.

Jesus’ love for us comes from the love of the Father 4 him. Have u experienced God’s love in ur life? Have others experienced God’s love thru u? Let us love one another as the Father & Jesus love each other: mutual, unconditional, eternal.

Not to believe in Jesus is to remain in darkness: the darkness of sin, ignorance and death. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Don’t stay in darkness. Accept Jesus. Live in the “light”.

Sin makes us “living dead”. Grace, the sharing in the life of God, which by Jesus’ death and resurrection was abundantly bestowed on us, makes us alive again. Stay away from sin. Keep God’s grace working. Attain heaven

Jesus’ sheep hear his voice & follow him. Whose voice do you hear? Do you still listen to that “little voice of God” called conscience? Do you follow it? Make a habit to examine your conscience every day. Follow the good it does say.

What among Jesus’ teachings do you find difficult to accept or follow? Jesus continues to challenge us to believe what he says and obey him. Walk with him and dont leave him whatever it takes.

I dare say that grief is human, but joy is divine. Grieving is unavoidable due to our human imperfection. But joy comes only wen we recognize divine intervention. Expect and accept grief. But pray to God that you go and grow thru it.

Without us consciously knowing it, God is finding ways and means to draw us to Him: in the events & experiences in life, in nature, in history, in the Bible or in the sacraments. Be alert. His revelation is for our salvation.

Human beings are hard to satisfy. They always long & desire for more. Knowing this attitude, Jesus offers himself as the “bread of life” that fully satisfies. Believe in the Lord. Hunger or thirst no more.

Whole night of fishing. The disciples caught nothing. John the beloved recognized the risen Lord only after a sizable catch of fish. God blesses our labor. He sees our pains & struggles & reveals Himself in our joys & troubles. His presence abounds. Look & recognize Him.

The fear of the unknown is one of the most common fears we experience. Know Jesus. He is not a ghost or just any unknown figure in history. He is our Lord and Savior. with him, there is nothing to fear. with him, fear is nothing.

Sometimes we nid 2 experience being lost, lied 2 by othrs, feel like dying or feel somethng died in us to apreciate those words of Jesus. Watevr we go thru, wat’s impt. is tht we acept him as Our Way, The Truth & Our Life.

Relationships can only thrive when there is acceptance, respect & trust, among other things. See in your life how difficult it is when other refuse to see your point of view or force you to only accept theirs. Be open. There is much to learn from others.

The bible is written so that by reading and knowing it we may bilieve in Jesus and may have eternal life. Salvation is offered by Jesus to all. Don’t miss it. Read. Bilieve. Put into action the teachings of the bible.

Mary Magdalene went to the tomb alone.  She looked for her risen Lord. Love the way she did… for God & for others esp. those in need.

Jesus is risen! St. Paul said that “If we have died with him, we shall also live with him.
” In this past lenten season, have we died in our sins? And today, have we also risen with him?
Do not let his resurrection be in vain. Happy Easter!

Are you afraid to die? Don’t be… by learning from, living and dying with Jesus. He gave death a death sentence. His love conquered death. For the cross is the ultimate expression of his love. When you love and live like him, dying is nothing.

Jesus made himself a model of service, love & goodness. He not only talked & taught but also put into action his words & thoughts. Follow Jesus. Love. Serve. Die like him, if needed.

If u were one of those seated with Jesus during the last supper, would you feel alluded to as one who will betray him? Today, if Jesus says the same thing, would you be hurt or admit that you did betray him? Check your life. Check your soul. Are you his traitor?

Some men fear to see the success of others because it may highlight their failure. Evaluate your strategies. Adjust if needed. But celebrate other’s success.

The scribes & the Pharisees thought only of their own survival & safety. Whatever good things that Jesus did or said meant nothing to them. Beware of selfish & greedy people. Or don’t be like them. Think of others.

If someone will speak about you, would his words be affirmatively confirmed or will he appear a liar because what he says about you is not true? Let your life prove that what others say about you is true. Or prove them wrong about you.

Jesus is eternally present. On our part, we don’t have to be in an event to have faith. For our faith does not rest in seeing. Where you there in Jesus’ resurrection? Believe in God’s presence even in His “seeming” absence.

Jesus does the will of God that’s why he feels His presence in his life. Doing God’s will makes us closer & pleasing to Him. Feeling alone or abandoned? Come to God in prayer. Serve others. Feel the love of Our Father.

Jesus came not to condemn the world but to save it. It was his way of showing his love for us. For without love, there is only condemnation, blaming, humiliation, judgment. With love there is hope, forgiveness & future. Choose to love & forgive than condemn.

Jesus must have been very good so much so that even guards were impressed by him. What will people say when you speak or do something? Act or speak not to impress but to give a lasting impact & positive influence to others.

Sometimes pain & suffering can bring us back 2 our senses & appreciate the blessings we take 4 granted. See pain as God’s voice calling us bak 2 Him. Listen. Repent.

Jesus appreciated d scribe’s affirmation abt d commandment of love. Yet d scribe is stil far frm God’s Kingdom. 4 love is not wat we know but wat we do. It is not an intention. Love is an action. Show love in concrete. Do it.

Jesus worked to restore d unity bet. man & God, a unity disrupted & destroyed by sin. D devil, on d other hand, promoted chaos & division. To w/c side do u belong? Work 4 Jesus, not for d demon.

Prayer is a relationshp bet. God & man. Lyk any relationshp, d mor constant & frequent d connection in prayer, d mor this relationship grows in intimacy. Ask mor than material favors. Pray 2 lav God mor. Seek not jz things but relational gains.

Fight d devil’s temptation strategies: 1. He attacks us wher he knows we are weak. Pray & be strong. 2. He uses d scriptures. Know & liv God’s words. 3. He looks 4 another “time”. Be vigilant & prepared.

D Pharisees & d scribes seem 2 feel uncomfortable & unhapi wen others are hapi & enjoying. They think happiness is theirs alone. Jesus brings joy 2 evri1. Share others’ joy & pain. But dnt be a source of their suffering.

Wen Jesus is d reason 4 everything we do, losing our lives 4 him is not a loss but a gain. Fear no pain or suffering. Going thru hell is nothing as long as we reach heaven.

Jesus doesn’t want us to be “show offs” or perform righteous deeds to gain the praises of men. God will repay us for our “secret” good deeds. Do good. But be mindful why u do it. Please God rather than men & attain heaven.

Wat does salt hav 2 do w/ peace? The salt preserves & gives taste. Here, 4 Jesus it means something that can help have peaceful & lasting relationships: Sacrifice Attention Love/laughter Time. Live a SALTy lifestyle.

Children are Jesus’ favorites bcoz in their weakness & helplessness, they seek others’ help. Their greatness lies in the acceptance of their nothingness. Let our weaknesses bring us to our knees. We are nobody. To God be the glory.

These words of Jesus are difficult but not impossible to do, hard but w/ heroic effort, demanding but mending. To love is human. To love one’s enemies is divine. Where human effort alone may fail, let God’s grace fulfill.

Peter, who hardly knew wat 2 say bcoz of fear, saw beauty in Jesus’ transfiguration. Life shows us terrifying experiences & yet we cn see some beauty in thm. Transfiguration & disfiguration challenge us 2 stay positive bcoz Jesus is w/ us.

Peter thinks of glory, kingship & a leader w/o undergoing pain & suffering. Jesus is the suffering servant who brings glory in spite & thru pain. Fear no pain. Suffering & death are nothing when we gain heaven.

Forgetfulness is costly. Hv u experienced missing a flyt, leaving somethng at home, not attending someone’s special event bcoz u forgot? It costs time, effort, money & relationships. Protect urself frm danger & sin. Remember God’s promis of heven.

Jesus wud not hear d question of his disciples where 2 get enough bread in a deserted place 4 many ppol. Do not be stifled or paralyzed by lack of resources. W/ faith in Jesus, u can even have a surplus. He is our sure “plus”.

Businesses, backed up by all sorts of claims, promote a “germ-free” society, w/ clean food, soaps & sanitizers. Promote a personal “sin-free”, guilt-free lifestyle. Stay clean & pure in thots, words & deeds. Stay undefiled.

Peter’s admission of his sinfulness didnt stop Jesus frm choosing him & making him d leader of his church. Jesus sees beyond our imprfections & givs us our mission. Nvr fear abt ur past or future failure. Trust His trust in u.

Jesus, w/ his disciples rode a boat 2 go 2 some place 2 rest. Upon ariving d shore, he saw pipol there ahead of them. He forgot his rest & began 2 teach. Hv a selfless love. Be a restless lover.

Jesus, w/ his disciples rode a boat 2 go 2 some place 2 rest. Upon ariving d shore, he saw pipol there ahead of them. He forgot his rest & began 2 teach. Hv a selfless love. Be a restless lover.

At times, our knowledge abt pipol hinders us or stands as obstacle to let them prove themselves or their worth. For Jesus, there is something mysterious in each person. Allow that mystery to come out. Give pipol a chance to “shine”

Rejection spares no one. But wat’s important is hw we face it. Jesus, amidst threat 2 his life, simply “passed through d midst” of d crowd & “went away”. Stay strong & focused on ur mission. Reject rejection.

Jesus was accused of doing things thru d devil’s power. Ppol may call us names may be bcoz they dnt knw us, dnt understand us, try 2 discredit or destroy our credibility. Know urself. Prove pipol wrong by ur good deeds & actions.

Jesus is accustomed to doing religious acts. How do u spend ur “sabbath”? Regularly read the Bible; “believe what u read; teach what u biliv; live wht u teach.” 

It is truly disheartening when those closest to u, or those whom u presume know u personally, are d ones who fail 2 understand or support u. Stand firm. U work 4 God, not 4 them.

It is said that “Necessity is the mother of inventions.” D 4 men, not limited by d situation, w/ faith, acted creatively. Faith is powerful. Dnt put limit 2 it. Be creative, inventive & resourceful.

When fame, wealth or power come 2 one’s head, they can destroy his life. Jesus did not come 4 fame but 2 save us frm shame. He did not come 2 establish a name, but 2 establish relationships. Avoid d glitter of fame. Embrace his life.

Was this Jesus’ occasional or regular home visit? For “Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick w/ a fever.” They told him about her & he cured her. Take time to visit or call someone today. Show them ur concern & care.

At this point in his life, Jesus is a man of success bcoz he accomplished wat prophet Isaiah said abt him. Wat abt us? Wat hv we accomplished so far? Have we brought glad tidings 2 d poor? Be a glad tiding to others.

Jesus fed them w/ “multiplied” bread. He walked on d water & quieted a stormy sea. Still his disciples’ hearts were hardened. Unbelievable? Aren’t we like them sometimes? Yet God is patient w/ us all the time. What a great God we have!

Christ is our light. He came to conquer death, the consequence of the darkness of sin. Let Jesus overshadow whatever is still dark in you. Live in God’s grace, in faith, love & good deeds. Start anew.

Amidst our pressing concerns & activities, we may become so busy that we often lose sight of d divine in d mundane things. Look around & see Jesus in pipol, places & events and declare in faith: I have found d Messiah. Or simply allow him 2 find u

In an outburst of praise & thankfulness, Mary recalled & enumerated d good things d Lord has done 2 Wat’s in d name of Jesus? It means goodness, triumph over evil, sin & death. It brngs salvation & givs freedom 2 b chldren of God. That’s y d children of d world hate him. Dnt fear 2 carry his name. Fear that by it ul be condemned.her & 2 His pipol. Like Mary, count & appreciate ur blessings. Thankfulness is a secret to happiness. Be grateful. Be joyful.

Wat’s in d name of Jesus? It means goodness, triumph over evil, sin & death. It brngs salvation & givs freedom 2 b chldren of God. That’s y d children of d world hate him. Dnt fear 2 carry his name. Fear that by it ul be condemned.

Wen in crisis or difficulties, some ppol resort 2 stress eating, go into sports or other activities. Like Joseph, w/ confidence in God, we can sleep on our troubles. God is in control

Today’s readings teach us how 2 rejoice: 1st Rdg & Resp. Ps: -God is in & among u/ur midst 2nd Rdg: -by kindness & thanksgiving Gospel: -generously share wat u hav -be fair & just -dnt take advantage of pipol -be contented -be humble like John Rejoice!

John’s greatness is the greatness of being Jesus’ precursor & the greatness of courage. Introduce Jesus to others like John. Fearlessly denounce injustice, immorality & sins on any given chance.

Imagine losing some pipol u love for years. And for God, imagine losing us 4 eternity. That’s why He looks 4 us & rejoices in finding us. Help those who seem lost in life. Bring them bak 2 God.

Life cn intoxicate us w/ material or spiritual desires tht either we possess or possess us. Stay sober & moderate. Vice & sin destroy. Discipline urself b4 it’s too late

Leaving the boat & their father, the disciples are entering into a new way of living & relationship. Don’t be intimidated by anything new when Jesus is with you. He is the new “new” that calls you to a better “new” you.

Persecutions, like problems in life, may be viewed as difficulties to run away from. But they may also be taken as opportunities to grow, to shine & to be better. Never fear pain & sufferings. They are chances for us to gain the “championship ring”.

The end-time that Jesus predicted may frighten us. But there is one consolation. It’s not going to take place at once. That means we have time to prepare, to repent, to love. Let not what’s scary make you worry.

Generosity is not about wealth or poverty. It is the attitude of giving not what we have but what and who we are. You are generous for who you are, not how much you give.

Jesus knew what wud happen to Jerusalem & its pipol & the causes of d bad events to come. Stay close to Jesus. Do what he commands u to do. Sufferings & pains wud come, but obeying him makes us safe & sound.

What the wicked servant said to the king was used against him. The king condemned him for his own words. Be careful of ur action & words. They may be used against you. Say & do only what builds others up & makes a better you.

To pray persistently like the widow in the parable, wanting swift justice to be served, demands a strong faith. Whatever it is u are asking from God, just dnt giv up praying. His timing is perfect. Just wait in faith.

Pipol are always running in pursuit of many things, even in matters of faith: in haste of finding God, His presence or His answer 2 their prayers. Believe & stay calm. Live & promote the gospel values of life & love. There God is found.

Gratitude is an attitude. It does not come frm one’s nationality, religion, profession or education. It is an expression of appreciation 4 a favor or blessing received or evn anticipated. Say thank you 2day. Evriday.

Jesus wants us to watch out & be careful. He knows that committing sin is inevitable. But to cause others to sin is 4 him more woeful & terrible. Bring others to God & not to the devil.

How many lost souls hav we found & brought back 2 God? Have we exerted efforts, like a shepherd, 2 lead them back 2 Him? Is someone in ur family or circle of friends in need of guidance & direction? Dnt be indifferent. Do something.

Fr. Ramon T. Salibay, O.P.

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Cancer survivor Fr. Jerry Orbos shares journey to healing

 
A priest and cancer survivor is inspiring others in his path to healing.

Fr. Jerry Orbos was diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2018 and had quiet a journey to recovery.

As a priest, he knew his weapon so he did a lot praying and positive outlook. Now, he’s sharing his personal road to recovery.

He had all the traditional treatments and is now cancer-free, but he attributed much of his recovery to his joyful outlook.

“You try everything you can because it’s also important that you help yourself. That’s why my advocacy is focused on ‘humor, not on the tumor,’” Fr. Orbos said.

“The joy of the Lord is my strength, positive outlook. If you are joyful, the healing is faster,” he said. “You have to hope, you have to trust.”

Malignant

Since his college days, Fr. Orbos was a secret smoker who admitted he only smokes “moderately”.

Towards the latter years, the priest experienced weight loss, coughing, and he easily got tired.

His cancer was discovered by accident. Fr. Orbos said he visited a doctor to initially undergo a CT scan of his abdomen.

“I don’t know why I told the doctor to also check my lungs, and there he found a white spot,” said Fr. Orbos. “Right away, he said, ‘Father, the tumor is malignant.’”

St. Ezequiel’s intercession

For months, he underwent sessions of chemotherapy and immunotherapy or what he coined, albeit in jest, “chemono therapy”.

On Jan. 15 this year, he was declared cancer-free with no recurrence by his oncologist.

“I thank God I had cancer. It’s a blessing. It cleansed me a lot, it made me humble and made me realize how beautiful life is,” Fr. Orbos said.

Fr. Orbos also claimed that he was cured of cancer with the help of Saint Ezequiel Moreno’s intercession.

He admitted not knowing the saint at first until somebody gave him a 3-feet statue of St. Ezequiel, who is popularly invoked as the patron of cancer patients.

“I really didn’t know him. I never heard about him,” said Fr. Orbos. “But through this cancer, I met St. Ezequiel Moreno.”

New mission

The priest went from cancer patient to advocate. He recently became an ambassador of “Hope from Within,” an advocacy campaign for lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the Philippines, accounting for over 15,000 deaths per year.

Unfortunately, patients have reportedly delayed getting diagnosed and treated due to the misconceptions about the disease.

To stop such stigma, the campaign hopes to spread the different voices of some lung cancer patients’ journeys.

For everything that happened, Fr. Orbos realized that he has a new “mission” to take.

“Now, I end up being an advocate for cancer, healing, and for the presence of God in our cancer,” he said. CBCPNEWS

Source: CBCP News, by: Roy Lagare  September 9, 2019 Manila, Philippines

 

Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of Mercy of Novaliches

The Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy located in the town proper of Novaliches along Quirino Hi-way, Sta. Monica in Quezon City, has a history to be proud of. Founded in 1856 by Padre Andres Martin as the Chapel of the Corpus Christi, it was elevated to the status of a parroquia (parish church) when Novaliches became a town.

On September 24, 1856, Padre Andres Martin, an Augustinian priest from Spain, was appointed by Archbishop Jose Aranguren of the Archdiocese of Manila as the first parish priest of the Parroquia de Novaliches. The parish church was dedicated in honor of Nuestra Senora de la Merced (Our Lady of Mercy). Padre Martin brought with him an image of Our Lady of Mercy, according to historical accounts, was holding the Child Jesus similar to the iconography of the image of Nuestra Senora de la Consolacion y Correa (Our Lady of Consolation and the Cord) of San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila.

During the Philippine Revolution of 1896, the Parroquia de Novaliches was burned. The Augustinian priests assigned to the parroquia returned to Spain. The parcel of land where the parroquia once stood was donated to the Archdiocese of Manila. In 1899, the township of Novaliches was declared under Caloocan.

For about thirty years, nothing was heard about the Parroquia de Novaliches. In 1928, it was given a new parish priest, Fr. Victor Reymundo. During this time, the image of Our Lady of Mercy of Padre Martin was never found. But during the time of Fr. Segundo Alto in the 1950s, an image of Our Lady of Mercy without the Child Jesus emerged. According to oral history, the same image in Fr. Alto’s time was believed to be first seen by Novaleños in the 1930s.

In preparation for the elevation of the church as a diocesan shrine, the last of the major renovations of the church started in 2001 through the initative of Fr. Miguelito Lagrimas and the concerted efforts of the Novaleños and devotees of Our Lady of Mercy. The Susano family commissioned master sculptor Wilfredo Layug of Betis, Pampanga to make a new retablo (altar) with a new rendition of Our Lady of Mercy in de tallado (fully carved) style. The new altar was consecrated on March 4, 2007.

On September 15, 2008, the parish church was proclaimed and elevated to the status of a diocesan shrine by Bishop Antonio Tobias. The first appointed Shrine Rector was Fr. Montecarlo Viloria. On its first anniversary as a diocesan shrine, the church was presented with an 18-bell carillon, a token of gratitude from the devotees of Our Lady of Mercy. The 18 carillon bells were blessed on September 8, 2009 and installed in the church’s belfry.

Fr. Monti was replaced by Fr. Antonio E. Labiao, Jr. as Parish Priest on June 2013. Rev. Hernando Batomalaque came with Fr. Tony as his Assistant. The feast day of the Parish is September 24.

Quick Facts

Vicariate: Our Lady of Mercy
Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Jose Peregrino V. Tomas
Preceding Pastor: Rev. Fr. Antonio E. Labiao, Jr.
Date Established: September 24, 1856
Feast Day: September 24

Contact Details

Address: Dumalay St. Corner Quirino H-way, Sta. Monica, Novaliches, 1123 Q.C.
Contact Number: 939.2811 (telefax), 938.1754
Email: inangnovaliches@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dspolmnovaliches/

The feast day of for Our Lady of Mercy is celebrated annually on the 24th day of September, following a nine-day novena. The fiesta celebration serves as thanksgiving for all the blessings provided by the Beloved and Blessed Mother. In line with this, the Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of Mercy Parish Youth Ministry – Batang Bayan is launching the Fiesta de las Luces 2019, a pioneer festival for the shrine and the town of Novaliches geared towards establishing a unique identity which celebrates the history, culture, and thanksgiving of the people and their faith in the patron of Novaliches with the theme of “Ina ng Awa: Huwaran at Kanlungan ng Kabataan”.

 

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Sunday Mass Schedule: Every hour from 5am to 12nn , and 2pm to 8pm

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