REFLECTION FOR 7th SUNDAY IN EASTER, 24 MAY 2020
The Ascension of the Lord What does Jesus Ascension Mean
The Ascension of Jesus (from the Vulgate Latin Acts 1:9-11 section title: Ascensio Iesu) is the physical departure of Christ from Earth into the presence of God in Heaven. Ascension Day, also known as, Holy Thursday, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord or The Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, commemorates the moment Jesus ascended into heaven.
Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated the 40th day after Easter Sunday, that commemorates Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven according to Christian belief. 40 days after the resurrection, Jesus and his disciples went to Mount Olivet (Mount of Olives), near Jerusalem. Ascension of Christ (Luke 24, 51)
Ascension Day is the 40th day of Easter. It occurs 39 days after Easter Sunday. It is a Christian holiday that commemorates Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven, according to Christian belief. Ascension Day marks the 40th day after Jesus Christ's resurrection, according to Christian belief. Ascension Day, commemorates the moment Jesus ascended into heaven 40 days after Easter to sit at his Father's right hand.
Jesus' disciples in Jerusalem watch his departure from Earth.
Acts: 1:1-11 of the Bible? Show Jesus' farewell to the apostles. The passage states: "Then they gathered around him and asked him, 'Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?' "He said to them: 'It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.' "After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight."
WHAT HAPPENED TO JESUS ON ASCENSION DAY
The Apostles gathered to bid farewell to someone (Jesus) who never caused pain to anyone but came to this earth that he may assuage all pain, someone who never in his life trampled upon another, but raise up each one upon whom his glance fell, who never sought glory yet his name today dims all human renown and power.
Jesus led his disciples up to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. He then said that the time had come for him to be returned to God. (The King James Bible states) that after Jesus ascended, two angels descended from above and said to his followers: "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? "This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven."
Because the Apostles saw Christ ascend into heaven and were assured of his help with no human power or means they undertook to evangelize the whole world. What amazing, shattering effect Christ's words had and still have on the lives of all human. From his words a world transforming power emanates. Life radiates from Christ's words and has been doing so for centuries.
REFLECTION FOR WEEK OF 26 APRIL 2020
When battered by life's storms, or immersed in a dense fog of suffering and uncertainty, we may feel alone and unequipped to handle the circumstances. Yet with words that echo through thousands of years into the corners of our hearts, the Lord says to us, "Do not fear: I am with you" (Isaiah 41:10).
He speaks these words not as one who merely observes our pain, but as one who experienced immense suffering. And the very wounds that bear witness to his suffering indicate the essence of our identity and worth: we are loved by God.
Reflecting on the healed wounds of the Risen Christ, we see that even our most difficult trials can be the place where God manifests his victory. He makes all things beautiful. He makes all things new.
He is always with us. Jesus promised this when he gave the disciples the same mission he gives to each of us: Go.
Go be my hands and feet to a world enslaved by fear. Go to the woman who is unexpectedly pregnant and fears the future. Go to your friend who fears reprisal at work because he takes a stand for the protection of human life. Go to your aging parent in failing health who fears being a burden. And go to others, too, for their support.
We don't need to have everything figured out. We can simply follow the guidance of Our Blessed Mother, the first disciple: "Do whatever he tells you" (John2:5). Walk with each other. Do not be afraid to embrace God's gift of life. Whatever storms or trials we face, we are not alone. He is with us.
"Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age" (Matthew 28:20).
Used with permission. 2017, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
REFLECTION FOR 6th SUNDAY IN EASTER, 17 MAY 2020
First Reading: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17
Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:15-18
Gospel: John 14:15-21
The center of Jesus whole life was love.
Jesus is reminding and preparing us that He is going to leave us but He will not leave us alone.
He also tells us that He chose us; we did not choose Him. Let us look at these words and figure out what these words meant in our lives.
"Whoever knows my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to Him."
Pray and reflect on the statements above and you will be taken aback to find out how much these words have played a role in your life. It was as if Jesus left us all we needed to be familiar with to always stay with Him His commandment is LOVE, "love one another," Jesus whole life shows how to LOVE and FORGIVE.
What about you.........? Have you learned from Jesus what an authentic love is all about?
Some of the feelings about what it might mean to keep His commandment to LOVE.
*Pray for each other especially those most in need of our prayer in this time of Pandemic Covid-19.
*Invite those who have the authority and resources to help make things better to do so, to prefer love.
*Attain to the marginalized and offer them support in their struggles and pain especially in this time of fear and challenges by Covid-19
*Get to the poor and be poor with them, offering them whatever you may have that they may need and you can share with them in this difficult time.
As we are scared, weak, and feel hopeless just like we are now in this time of Corona virus, we remember that Jesus promised us, "the Spirit of truth" who "remains with you and will be in you." Then we know again that we are not alone. Jesus sent His Spirit to be with us, to teach us again and again how to love Him, and He promised that we will be loved by the Father. God has plans and promises to every one of us. We are not alone and we are loved. We have been prearranged with the Spirit who makes it possible for us to go after Jesus and love others as Jesus did and as Jesus commended us. We do what we can and God takes care of the remaining in our lives through the overwhelming power of the Spirit. As we all are struggling with this new way of life that is so strange and frightening. I pray that we all may find out what these words have meant in each of our lives, we know and believe God is with us all times and it is encouraging to know his love is endless.
REFLECTION FOR WEEK OF 3 MAY 2020
When *GOD* wanted to create fish, *HE* spoke to the sea.
When *GOD* wanted to create trees, *HE* spoke to the earth, but when *GOD* wanted to create human, *HE* talked to Himself.
Then *GOD* said: "Let us make human in our own image and likeness".
Please note: If you take a fish out of water, it will die; and when you remove a tree from the ground, it will also die.
Likewise, when human is disconnected from *GOD*, he dies.
*GOD* is our natural environment. We were created to live in *His* presence. We must be connected to *Him* because it is only in *GOD* that life exists.
Let's stay connected to *GOD*.
*GOD* without human is always *GOD* but human without *GOD* is nothing..
So think about yourself and your existence, are you connected to God or
disconnected...this is the moment you get yourself connected to your God.
REFLECTION FOR 20/21 JUNE 2020
REFLECTION FOR MOTHER'S DAY, 10 MAY 2020
Motherhood is a very high calling.
Happy Mother's Day to our (Living and Deceased) Mothers.
The most inspiring aspects of Mary's life is the profound suffering that she endured The mothers we serve suffer the harsh realities of a life of extreme poverty. They lack access to healthcare and medicine, education, food and safe water. Some women suffer discrimination and stigma. Others struggle to find safety while raising children in a war zone. We meet mothers who have been abandoned, widows, grandmothers who are raising grandchildren on their own. These are the realities that cause deep, daily suffering for many of the women we serve.
But where there is sadness, there is also joy. We witness tears of happiness and smiles when healthy babies are born, when sick children get well, and when prayers are answered. Motherhood is a very high calling. Please join us as we pray for all mothers. Their devotion, guidance and strength are precious gifts and certain signs of God's love.
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers (living and deceased).
REFLECTION FOR 13/14 JUNE 2020
JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE.
The Eucharist gives us life by uniting and connecting us with Christ, with Christ's body, the Church, and with all whom the Eucharist calls us to serve. To share this communion now is already a taste of the fullness of life that is promised in the Eucharist. We should allow our faith in the Eucharist to lead us to actions that all may be fed. Let us reflect on the integral connection between the Eucharist and life giving acts. When the Israelites experienced hunger and thirst during their wandering in the wilderness, it was God's daily provision of manna that sustained them for the journey. Therefore Jesus in the Eucharist sustains and strengthens us on our Heavenly journey. Spend sometime in prayers reflecting on the life giving effects of the Eucharist in your life.
REFLECTION FOR 8th SUNDAY IN EASTER, 31 MAY 2020
Peace be with you. Receive the Holy Spirit as the Father has set me, so I send you The Holy Spirit works to renew all creation and the face of the earth. Pentecost peace involves more than peace among human beings. As we celebrate Pentecost, we remember how the Holy Spirit emboldened those gathered in the upper room to proclaim the Gospel to the diverse cultures gathered in Jerusalem, extending Jesus message of peace to all. We look back so that we can recognize the Spirits continuing work in the Church, uniting us as we celebrate our diversity of gifts and bringing the peace of Christ through forgiveness of sins May our celebration of Pentecost inspire us to be people of hope and peace. With whom do you need to find peace. Let us ask the Holy Spirits guidance and take steps toward forgiveness and reconciliation.
REFLECTION FOR SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
7 JUNE 20
(Trinity) God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, we ask you to give us all around PEACE in our mind, body, soul and spirit. We want you to heal and remove everything that is causing stress, grief, and sorrow in our lives and Nation today. May God of Peace help us to be peacemakers each day in our life, in our families, in our nations. Guide our path through life and make our enemies be at PEACE with us.