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.

Thought for the Day     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

May 30, Monday, 7th week of Easter – [ I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Jn. 16:29-33 ] Jesus Christ again and again assured me his peace and loving presence. I just need to put all my trust in him… As the psalm says ‘Only in God is my soul be at rest, from Him comes my hope and salvation.

Ascension     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

Ascension of our Lord Jesus, Sunday – [And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you..(Lk 24:46– 53)] Jesus never abandons His disciples. He even sends them the Holy Spirit to guide them always… I myself, this Gospel passage has always been my personal guiding truth, accompanying me as I journey through this life. In my heart, I always believe that God is always with me…

God's Love     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

May 28, Saturday 6th Week of Easter – [For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. John 16:23-28] God’s love for me is without limits. I stay with this great mystery of the love the Father has for me.I pray that may His love fill my whole being so that I can also love the people around me especially those whom I am having difficulties to love unconditionally. Amen.

A Thought for the Day     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

May 27, Friday before Ascension Sunday – [“…So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.” John 16:21–22] Anguish, pains, sorrows, trials, all these not-so-good experiences are part of our daily life. It is not permanent but just passing by. When facing anguish, ask the Lord for the grace of strength and endurance. God knows our suffering because He Himself experienced it on the cross. Keep in mind, after His passion and death, the joy of resurrection follows…

To Grieve     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

May 26, Thursday 6th week of Easter – [“Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.” John 16:20] To grieve over our loved ones who passed away is a natural reaction because we love. When grieving, finding comfort and consolation is seemingly difficult to grasp. When my father passed away, no words and actions could console me. I just felt tremendous sorrow and pain deep within… for some reasons it took me years to mourn and grieve for my father. It is only when I turn to God for help that I slowly begin to find peace and consolation amidst my grieving process.

the Holy Spirit     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

May 25, Wednesday 6th week of Easter – [Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.” John 16:12-15] - Jesus is the absolute Truth, His teachings, His deeds, His whole being. The truth is ‘like a solid food’ that is hard to swallow, very real and simple as it is… Am I open to what is true even if it brings discomfort? How do I welcome the truth in my life? - Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit to strengthen us as we try to witness Christ-life in our lives. Lord, grant me the docility to Your Spirit so that I may be able to do your will. Amen.

Letting Go     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

May 23, Tuesday 6th Week of Easter – [“But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” John 16:5-11] At one point in my life, my own personal experience of ‘letting go’ was painful. It took me a lot of courage to let go and to move on. Looking back at that experience, my act of letting go had actually paved the way for the better things to enter in my life. The practice of letting go challenges my faith and trust in God. Lord, grant me the grace of courage to let go and let You work for me. Amen.

The Advocate - Holy Spirit     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

May 23, Monday 6th Week of Easter – [Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.” John 15:26–16:4a] Almighty God I pray to increase my hope, strengthen my faith, and openness to the Spirit. Amen.

"My peace I give to you."     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

May 22, [“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” Jn 14:23-29 (C)] In this time of trouble and confusion, only God can give peace by placing my faith and trust in Him.

Following Christ     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

Saturday, 5th week of Easter – [‘’If the world hates you, remember that the world hated me before you. This would not be so if you belonged to the world, because the world loves its own. But you are not of the world, since I have chosen you from the world; because of this the world hates you. John 15:18-21] Jesus is telling me clearly that following him means also sharing his lot, the possibility of being rejected and even hated by ‘the world’ because the Gospel values are different from the world. Lord, grant me the grace to remain faithful to my calling and vocation as a follower of Jesus Christ.

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