Reflections


'Peace to You!'     by:   Sr Leizle J. Pangngay,SSS

April 8, Thursday of Easter Octave - [‘’Jesus himself stood in their midst… He said to them ‘’Peace to you’’. In their panic and fright they thought they were seeing a ghost… He said to them, ‘’Why are you in panic and fright… it is really I.’’Lk. 24:35-48] It is difficult to fee the Easter joy, the Easter peace because of the many losses we have in this pandemic. Many people are suffering right now. Last year, I personally thought that this pandemic will end before 2020 but now, it’s the second quarter of the year 2021 and the COVID19 virus is getting worst (in the Philippines). I can no longer see an end of this pandemic, there is fear and anxiety around me and within me. My heart bleeds everytime I receive prayer requests for the repose of souls of so and so. I feel helpless as I turn to God for mercy… In today’s Gospel, the encounter between the Risen Christ and His disciples is an assurance that God is present, He stood in our midts aminds the pandemic we are facing righ now. He is with me, He is with us all the time, even when I do not recognize Him. This realization and conviction consoles me, and giving me the peace of mind and heart that He is present. O God, by Your grace, may we always be open and be aware of Your Presence, standing among us, giving us Your gift of peace and consolation especially in this time of crisis. This we asked through Christ our Lord, Amen.

...and their eyes were opened     by:   Sr. Leizle Pangngay, SSS

April 7 - Wednesday of Easter Octave – [The Road to Emmaus… and their eyes were opened, and they recognized him… -Luke 24:13-34] Many times in my life’s journey, I feel disappointed, frustrated, sad and lonely. These negative thoughts and feelings are blinding my eyes from recognizing the message and the presence of God but the story on the Road to Emmaus reminds me and assures me that Jesus walks beside me in my lowest time. When doubts and desolation overwhelms me, I beg you Lord for the grace to recognise You at my side, walking at my own pace and giving me consolation. Enlighten me O Lord and set my heart burning as You did to the two disciples. Amen.

The Encounter of Mary and Jesus     by:   Sr. Leizle J. Pangngay, SSS

April 6 - Tuesday of Easter Octave – [The encounter of Mary and Resurrected Jesus… Mary weeps… Jesus said to her ‘Mary!’ she turned and said to him, ‘Rabboni! -John 20:11-18] This resurrection encounter is one of my favourite among the appearance of Jesus. I can resonate with Mary who loves Jesus so much that she weeps when she could not found the body of Jesus... In some ways, I am also like Mary, easy to weep when I could not see Jesus in my life, when I could hardly understand what is happening around me and within me . But Jesus is faithful, calling my name so I can hear and focus my sight on Him. This is my resurrection experience, when I am able to see Jesus amidts my sorrow and pains.

'Peace!'     by:   Sr. Leizle Pangngay ,SSS

April 5 - Monday of Easter Octave – [Jesus met them on the way and said, ‘Peace!’. Mt 28:8-15] Resurrection is… an experience of peace over anxiety, having a deeper faith when doubts creeps in, finding consolation in times of despair, and having the experience of God’s merciful love in my sinfulness.

A New Day has Dawned     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

April 4 - Easter Sunday - [Mary Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning while it was still dark and she saw that the stone blocking the tomb has been moved away.’’ John 20:1-9] The Lord is Risen, Alleluia! There is emmense joy in my heart that brought by the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

Jesus in the Tomb     by:   Catholic D aily Reflection

April 2 - Holy Saturday. The Savior of the World died a cruel death upon the Cross. His broken body was laid in the tomb. His disciples scattered and were fearful that they would be next. But our Blessed Mother kept vigil in the perfect hope that her Son would soon rise. Traditionally, Saturdays within the Church year are dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This ancient tradition developed in part due to the belief that, as others were filled with fear and confusion, Mother Mary kept vigil on Holy Saturday in prayerful anticipation of Jesus’ resurrection. She knew her Son would rise. She had hope beyond hope. Her faith was certain. Her love kept her vigilant as she awaited the return of her Son. Let us ponder the reality of Holy Saturday in silence this day and allow the glorious heart of our Blessed Mother to inspire us and draw us more deeply into her life of faith, hope and love. (Excerpt from the catholic-daily-reflection.com)

The Passion of the Lord     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

April 2 - Good Friday of the Lord's Passion. Jesus loved us so much that he was led to sacrifice all that he had. On Calvary he gave us his humanity, his entire life. February 19, 1861

The Washing of the Feet     by:   Sr. Leizle J. Pangngay,SSS

April 1 - Holy Thursday [Then He poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing… John 13:1-15] The washing of the feet. Lord in humility, you stoop down, get on your knees and washed your disciples’ feet, showing them the meaning of loving service. Grant me the grace of courage to go beyond my weakness and limitations so that I may be able to give my loving service to others without counting its cost. Jesus, I place my trust in you. Amen.

'One of you will betray me...'     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

March 31 - Holy Wednesday [‘While they were eating, he said, "Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me." And they became greatly distressed and began to say to him one after another, "Surely not I, Lord?" Matthew 26:14–25] Jesus must have been feeling sorrow, bitter and full of pain while saying those words to his apostles. But nevertheless, He still treated them as his close friends knowing their weaknesses. Jesus’ great love for them prevails over their weaknesses and sinfulness. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on me, for I have betrayed your love repeatedly. Grant me the grace to shed all earthly desires in life so that I will not fall into the temptations that lead me to be away from you. This I pray, amen.

The Glory of God     by:   Catholic Daily Reflection

March 30 - (“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him at once.” John 13:31–32) Everything in life has the potential to become an instrument of the glory of God. Even our sin can end in God’s glory when we repent and receive God’s forgiveness. It will not be our sin that glorifies God but His mercy poured forth from the Cross upon us that gives Him glory. (Catholic-daily-refelction.com)


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