Reflections


‘’Whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.’’     by:   Sr. Leizle J. Pangngay, SSS

April 13, Tuesday, 2nd week of Easter – [‘’Whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.’’ John 3:7-15] To believe in Jesus Christ, one must have a personal experience of God’s love… When I look back to my personal story and experiences in life, I came to know and realize how God lavished His love on me (thanks to the formation process) and I cannot help but fall in love with this great Man and God – Jesus Christ. As I try to follow the Lord in this way of life, may God bless me with the graces I need as he leads me to eternal life. Amen.

To Live in Jesus Christ     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard, SSS

April 12, Monday 2nd week of Easter - You must live in Jesus Christ. You want to belong totally to him, to live from Jesus interiorly, to see his beauty... All this is good – but you must live from him. Why? Because you must abide always in Jesus Christ… You need only set God as king of your heart, so that he can reign over your heart and over your will. To do this you must consult him in everything; make him the master of all. You can do this only by a love that combines two lives into one. You will reach that point by losing yourself and pouring yourself out into him. Our Lord says, Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will manifest himself to him, and we will come to him, and make our dwelling with him (cf. Jn 14:21-23). This is how the unity of love will be achieved. What love! (Conference, Saturday, July 30, 1859)

'Blessed are those who believe but didn't see me.'     by:   Sr. Leizle J. Pangngay, SSS

April 11 - Sunday of Easter Octave – [‘’Do you believe now because you have seen me, Blessed are those who believe but didn’t see me.’’ Jesus said. Jn. 20:19-31] One thing that I have learned from Thomas is that… Faith and believing in God cannot be based on hearsays or just acceptance of what other’s faith or belief that is being pass-on to us. Faith is a gift, and it must be grounded in a deep and personal encounter and relationship to God. In my journey of faith, I learned that it is OK to have a critical and skeptical mind, Thomas showed me the authentic seeing and believing that leads to a deeper and genuine confession of faith. Looking back to the story of my faith in God and in Jesus Christ is like the story of Thomas. My parents’ faith, they pass it on me. I was baptized and raised in Catholic faith (thanks to my parents) but as I grew up, faith became a ritual and a routine for me. Later on I started to have a critical and skeptical mind; I question my faith, I questioned the existence of God, is He truly present? I knew and I heard stories about God, about Jesus from my parents, from the catechist, from my teachers, from the priests, from other people but how come I did not feel a connection or a personal touch to God… I had a long journey of faith (and it continues until now), I started to question, then seek Him… and God works in numerous ways, in marvellous ways; meeting me in many forms, showing Himself to me in the many situations of my life and gradually, establishing our personal relationship in a very personal way. Skepticism lead me to a deeper faith in Jesus Christ… and furthermore, also lead me to discover the gift of religious vocation that God has called me… and at the end of the day, like Thomas, I also say, ‘my Lord and my God!’ Amen.

Triumph of Resurrection     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard, SSS

April 10 - Saturday of Easter Octave - [...]The Resurrection is a triumph. But what catches our attention is not the life of glory, but rather the Resurrection considered in the light of the Eucharist. This is different, and we rejoice over it by saying: Our Lord is risen to unite himself with me. While enjoying the qualities of a glorious body, he even sacrifices all this to come to me. Our Lord was very happy on the day of his Resurrection. He was entering his glory to reign over us by a new and completely spiritual reign. Our Lord’s joy flowed from his love, since he will now work for his Father’s glory in a much more efficient way. […] After his resurrection, he shared in the immensity of his Father through the qualities of his glorious body. […] (SPJE Conference, Tuesday, April 22, 1862]

'Come, have breakfast.'     by:   Sr. Leizle J Pangngay, SSS

April 9 - Friday of Easter octave – [Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.” And none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they realized it was the Lord. Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them, and in like manner the fish. This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples after being raised from the dead. Jn 21:1-14] Jesus once again appeared to His disciples as they tried to return to their usual daily routine, to go on fishing… Jesus wanted to reassure His disciples that He will never abandon them and that He is still with them in every step of the way. As if saying to His disciples, I am always with you wherever you go, ever ready to guide and help you. Human as I am, many times I also experience weariness, tiredness and frustrations brought about by life challenges. But all these trials are just passing-by to life. What is constant and forever is God’s loving presence among his people. The Risen Christ is always with me, ever ready to guide and help me as I face the realities of life.


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