The Tomb     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

April 16, Holy Saturday [Jesus laid in the tomb] I was in the tomb, feeling lonely, alone and in pain... But God came into my tomb, the darkest place in my life, keeping me company in silence and assuring me of His loving presence…

The Cross     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

April 15, Good Friday [The crucifixion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ] Whenever I look at the Crucifix, I can see how great God’s love is for me… and all I can do is to kneel down and pray… God loves me so much no matter how sinful I am, He’s always ready to take me back to his love. Only God can love me perfectly. --------------- Jesus dies on the cross out of his love for humanity! In my vocation story, the image of Jesus of the Cross played a vital role in the awakening of my interest in religious life. I was quietly praying before the crucifix, gazing at the body of Jesus, when it suddenly dawned on me on how much God loves me… the crucifix at that time was speaking to my heart, as if I was hearing his words, ‘This is how much I love you, arms outstretched open, welcoming all who you are…’ This prayer experience made a great impact that I started to search for my vocation in life. Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for us, thank you for your resurrection and bringing us back to the Father. Amen.

Washing of the Feet     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

April 14, 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] Washing of the Feet. Lord in humility, you stoop down, get on your knees and wash 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.

The Betrayal     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

April 13, 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.

God's Glory     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

April 12, Holy Tuesday [“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] All I do in, with and through my life has the potential to give glory to God’s name. Even in my sinfulness, God’s glory comes when He gives me His mercy and forgiveness, provided that I should be sorrowful with the sins I committed and humbly ask for pardon. Where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more. It will never be my sin that glorifies God but His mercy and compassion that he poured out from the Cross just to bring me back to the Father that gives Him glory. The Gospel reading for today, Holy Tuesday is the betrayal of a friend (Judas) to Jesus. I can imagine how Jesus must have felt hurt back then, but that betrayal has turned out to be the beginning of Jesus saving humanity - sinners and saints. God’s glory is the Cross!

Sign of Love     by:   Sr. Leizle Pangngay, SSS

April 11, Holy Monday [Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. John 12:1-11] Mary’s expression of love- she gifted Jesus the most expensive oil she could find and poured it out to Jesus’ feet. Then, instead of using a cloth, she used her hair to wipe Jesus’s feet! Indeed, loving someone drives us to give our best and do outrageous acts. As the holy week begins, I am being challenged to reflect and examine myself. What gift can I give Jesus at this point of time? What is my expression of love for Him?

'Why have you forsaken me.'     by:   Sr. Leizle Pangngay, SSS

Palm Sunday [‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ Luke 22:14-23:56 My God, my God, why have you abandoned us? In this time of pandemic, I guess this is the cry of many people especially those who have lost their loved ones, those who have lost their jobs, those who are experiencing difficulties- emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and financially. It’s been two years (in the Philippines) since the country was put into a ‘lockdown’ mode and until now, we are not yet free from the threat of the virus. In the very depths of my heart, I also cry out to God… Lord, how long? How long will this pandemic end? My God, my God, have you forsaken us? Lord Jesus, you have accepted the will of the Father, you suffered much until your death, yet You never wavered in your faith and in your love to the Father. In this time of trials and suffering, increase our faith and our hope in You. Grant us the grace to see the hands of God in the midst of this pandemic. Amen.

A Thought For The Day     by:   Sr. Leizle Pangngay, SSS

April 9, Saturday, 5th Week of Lent [So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation.” John 11:45–56] With this meeting of the Sanhedrin, they began to plot the death of Jesus. What drives them to do so? Envy, greed, self-preservation, and pride. Eventually they used conspiracy, deceit, manipulation, and intimidation to put Jesus to death. But their evil plan was transformed by God to bring about the greatest love the world had ever known. Through their malice and evil acts, Jesus’ passion and death brought humanity to a new life of the Resurrection. Indeed, God is able to use all things for our good! I can also remember one particular ‘darkest time’ in my life. Looking back with my eyes of faith, I can see how God brought out the goodness from that bad experience and eventually led me and called me to the path of religious life. I was lifeless but God brought me back to life! Lord Jesus, give me the grace, to see every act of evil inflicted upon me as an opportunity for You to bring forth good. You are glorious, dear Lord. May You be glorified in all things. Amen.

A Thought For The Day     by:   Sr. Leizle Pangngay, SSS

April 8, Friday, 5th Week of Lent [If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me. But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father." John 10:31-42] Lord Jesus, you must be feeling frustrated, sad and disappointed with the people who do not believe in You in spite of the many healings and wonderful works You have done before them. With Your words and actions, nothing helps to convince them. Do you also sometimes have a hard time trying to break open my heart? Help me O Lord to be open to Your grace. Amen.

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