Stop Judging     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 20, Monday 12TH week Ordinary Time - [“Stop judging, that you may not be judged… Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?’’ Matthew 7:1-5] I am guilty of making judgements or conclusions to the people around me especially when I notice something is ‘seemingly’ wrong with the way they speak, act or behave. Many times I got into trouble because of this. And so I learn that whenever I find fault with others, this becomes a lesson for me not to commit the same mistakes as I saw from them. Instead of judging their misdeeds, it becomes a wakeup call for me. I took them as my example… NOT TO BECOME OR TO BE LIKE OF THE NEGATIVE THAT I SEE.

The Eucharist     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

June 19, Sunday, Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. The Holy Eucharist became the grace of graces, the gift of gifts. I will even say: our Lord loves us more today than he did a hundred years ago. Don’t you see how his great love and goodness passed through many generations constantly multiplying its efforts to reach all the way down to us? Let us bless our Lord for giving us life at a time when exposition of the Blessed Sacrament has greatly increased, and for all the graces that result from it. Never has our Lord been more greatly honored; and never has he been more greatly offended. No, he is not loved; let us deplore the ingratitude of the world.

Trust in God     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 18, Saturday 11th week Ordinary Time – [‘’Your heavenly Father knows all that you need, Seek first his kingship over you, his holiness, and all these things will be given you besides. Enough then of worrying about tomorrow. Let tomorrow take care of itself. Today has troubles enough of its own.’’ Mt. 6:24-34] Jesus is simply telling me to have confidence and be dependent on God Almighty. He will take care of me, as long as I put our trust in Him.

My Treasures.     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 17, Friday, 11th week Ordinary Time – [‘’Do not lay for yourselves an earthly treasure. Moths and rust corrode; thieves break and steal… Where your treasure is, there your heart is.’’ Matthew 6:19-23] Treasure is something that is valuable, something that I cannot afford to lose or miss, something that I spend my time and energy on. What is my treasure? Where is it? Are these treasures helping me to get closer to God or making me far away from God?

God is my Father     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 16, Thursday 11th week Ordinary Time – [“This is how you are to pray: Our Father who art in heaven…” Matthew 6:9] Jesus taught us how to pray, He even told us to call God ‘Our Father’. Personally speaking, calling God, as Father gives me warmth and security… as if He is like my biological father who oversees my well-being and who loves me unconditionally. God is my Father so I have nothing to fear!

A thought for the day     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 15, Wednesday 11th week Ordinary Time – [‘’Your Father who sees in secret will repay you.’’ Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18] When I do good things for others, what is my motivation for doing so? To please them? To earn recognition and praise? To feel good? Whatever drives me to do good things for others, let it be for the name of love and service to God and other people. Lord, grant me the humility of heart to serve You and others even if no one sees and recognizes it. This I pray, Amen.

The Call to Love     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 14, Tuesday 11th week Ordinary Time – [“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:44-45a] This is the continuation of yesterday’s Gospel Reading… I ask myself, Who are my enemies? Maybe they are the people whom I don’t get along well with, people whom I dislike, also those whom I’ve some personal issues with which are not yet resolved… Who are my persecutors? Maybe those people who have hurt and wronged me, those people who look down on me… But Jesus is asking me to love them and to pray for them. This is the most difficult teachings of Jesus, it is difficult to swallow. Following this commandment of love is the way of perfection, the way of holiness. Lord Jesus, I beg for the grace to accept and to love those people whom I have difficulties. Increase my love, gentleness and compassion to my ‘enemies and persecutors’. Amen.

A thought for the day     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 13, Monday 11th week Ordinary Time – [“But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.” Matthew 5:39] When we are hurt by someone, human as we are, our initial reaction is to retaliate. But Jesus is teaching us the opposite of the norms. Violence can never end by another violence. Only gentleness and love can defeat evil. This is our call as Christians!

Notice of Absence     by:   From the Admin

There will be no post of reflections this week June 6-11, 2022. Our community will have our annual retreat. Please include us in your prayers as we also pray for the world. Thank you and God Bless us all!

Pentecost Sunday     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 5, Pentecost [Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.(Jn 20:19–23 C)] In my personal experiences, the Holy Spirit never fails in helping me during my ‘crucial moments’ in life. For example, many times, when I facilitated recollections, there were moments where I just felt I am totally blank and disoriented in front of the people, and then I just pause for a moment and invoke the help of the Holy Spirit, there I began to feel relax and inspiration keeps coming in. That’s the power of the Holy Spirit!

Knowing Jesus in the Scriptures     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 4, Saturday 7th week of Easter – [There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written. John 21:25] Reading and meditating on the Sacred Scripture helps us to know more of Jesus Christ. Making time for personal prayer brings us more closely to Him. He is ever present in us, among us and for us… How about us, do we spend some time to seek Him, to meet Him in prayer? Do I have a personal relationship with Him? Lord, grant me the grace to desire to know more about You, help me see Your Loving Presence in my life. Amen.

'Do you love me?'     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

June 3, Friday 7th week of Easter – [He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”… and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.” John 21:17] Lord, how come you keep on repeating your question ‘’Do you love me?’’ Contemplating this Gospel reading, I put myself in the place of Peter… the Lord asked me not just once but thrice, ‘’Leizle, daughter of Jose, do you love me?’’ It feels like Jesus is trying to probe if my love for Him is true, and in my last and third answer, I said with conviction, ‘’Lord, I truly love you! My heart truly loves you!’’ I am not really sure if the Lord believes me but then I heard him say, ‘’Feed my sheep.’’… Trying to make sense of my prayer experience, I realized that Loving God comes with a consequence. Loving is not just loving in words. The Lord is challenging me to show my love, to express my love to Him by my loving service towards other people…

One in Jesus Christ     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

June 2, Thursday 7th week of Easter – [Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: “I pray not only for these, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.” John 17:20–21] Jesus prayed for unity. He lifted his eyes to heaven and He pleaded to the Father that all believers may be one just as He is one with the Father. He loves his disciples so much that He prayed fervently not just exclusively for them but He included the people who will become believers of God through his disciples… and that also includes me and you! Lord Jesus, help me to always lift my eyes to Heaven in prayer, especially for unity among the people amidst our differences in terms of religion, beliefs, ideologies, and many more that makes us separated and indifferent to one another. Amen.

Stand for Truth     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

June 1, Wednesday, 7th week of Easter – [‘’ Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth.” John 17:14–17] To know and to stand for the truth is not easy especially nowadays that fake news, lies and distorted truth is rampant around us especially in social media. As Christians, may we have the courage to promote and stand for the Truth and that is Jesus Christ, his words, his deeds, his values, his being.

The Visitation     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

May 31, May 31 The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth [‘… And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Luke 1:29-56] God the Son was in Mary’s womb. He made His Mother Mary visit Elizabeth. Elizabeth could not travel due to her old age and she was also carrying John in her womb. Jesus Christ went to visit them and to bless them. He did the same for us, in our sinfulness we could not go to God. God came to us, He visited us and kept on visiting us in our daily life. How do I welcome Jesus, coming to me personally in my everyday life? Lord Jesus, make me always aware of Your Presence so that I can follow your Will. Amen.

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