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Did You Rise?

The Resurrection: New Life for Christ, New Life for All

The Resurrection is, first of all, an event that concerns Jesus Christ. It is his personal triumph over death, and the vindication of the truth of his teaching. He had spoken about it before it happened. The fulfi3of the prophecy underscores the power of Christ and the truthfulness of his message. He experienced his physical resurrection in all its transforming vitality, just as he had experienced the destructive power of sin in his agony and death. This is what the Pascal Mystery is all about. The resurrection reveals this with a glorious clarity perceived through the eyes of faith.

But whatever happened to Christ has also a cosmic resonance. It influences and affects positively the whole universe, but especially mankind. At the Incarnation, the Son of God united himself in a permanent way to every human being with a solidarity that makes him share in all the miseries if every individual, (including the deadly consequences of sin), and makes every human being a sharer in Christ’s dignity, holiness and glory.

This is why Jesus’ coming out of the tomb alive, transformed, immortal, concerns us, too. It concerns all human beings. His resurrection is also mankind’s resurrection because it marks mankind’s liberation from the oppression of sin.

Christ’s shattering the shackles of death (manifested through the breaking of the seals of his grave) is like the cracking of the shell of a seed which allows the sprout to burst forth with all the freshneof the new life it carries. That sprout is Christ, but is also all mankind. It is also each one of us. On Easter morning a new world dawned, a new humanity rose from the slavery of sin and death, in Jesus, through him and with him. (Col. 2:12~13)

No human expression can exhaust the transforming greatness of this mystery. The Church has been proclaiming it during her 20 centuries of existence through her liturgy, her creeds, and her life. She will continue to do so u til the liberating power of the Resurrection will have reached its full manifestation in the Kingdom of heaven.

There are a billion and one reasons for celebrating, then, as we commemorate, re~love and rejoice in the Resurrection of Jesus. It is our resurrection, too. But we are challenged to prove it by living a new life. We have to get rid the “old yeast” of corruption and wickedness, and live a life characterized by sincerity and truth. (1Cor 5:7~8) we have to set our hearts “on what pertains to higher realms” (Col. 3:1) Then will our actions ring the jouous notes of the Easter alleluia, and we shall become a living “proof” of Christ’s Resurrection.

©EUCHALETTE (Liturgical Leaflet for an Active Participation in the Celebration of the Eucharist)

Easter Sunday, 12 April 2020

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Covid’s Clutches

Last Sunday, I wrote about how the ECQ enhanced our identity during this season of Holy Week as we celebrate the Palm Sunday and the (remaining days of) Enhanced Community Quarantine and how the hymn of festivity and excitement envelop from town to city. I believe the lifting of the ECQ signals victory over this pandemic issue.

But,

The streaks of April 14, was covered by the gloom of night as the ECQ extended to the 30th of this month.

Suddenly, mixed emotions rushed forth. I couldn’t believe. Although, I have been reading news of the possibility of extension because of the increase of numbers of contamination, still, I’m shocked, though, I am deeply grateful, too. Such an irony of two opposing emotions.

The extension of the ECQ only means that the battle is still way ahead. And staying at home means exhausting all possible means to be healthy so as not to compromise our health and the safety of our frontliners– not only the medical staff but the staff in the grocery mall, market, transportation, etc – because for some of us, we need to go out to buy some basic needs here and there. And for some reasons, there are just areas where the 1 meter distancing rule is so difficult to remember, I wonder why.

It may appear that Hope becomes bleak as it unveils the depth of covid’s clutches to my country, to your country, and to the whole world.

But,

Today, Holy Wednesday, I would like to share with you the reflection of Pope Francis from Lumen Fidei which says, “Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light. ”

I have had experiences of pain, of suffering and everytime I am in this moment, I would always ask the Lord,” why, O LORD? ” and I hear no replies. Surely, you, too, have great stories to tell about your journey of pains, trials, struggles, sufferings. Yet, you and I knew that neither you nor me receives the reply. However, we, too, can testify that He never, not once, left us alone in the journey. His accompanying presence was there, which enables us to profess our Faith in Him, that He was there all along.

I hope, I share the same Hope with you. Let us not be afraid nor be worried of what is going on around us, remember, God sends the traveling Ishmaelites to save Joseph from the clutches of anger and envy of his brothers, though, was sold, but he end up the great Governor of Egypt and eventually, saved his Father and Brothers from famine and death.

The Lord is at work in this covid times. In due time, his accompanying presence will be revealed. And all shall be well.

Let us continue to HOPE. Let us be hope to the people near and even far from us.

Tomorrow, we shall begin the Easter Triduum, where we make present the event 2000 years ago by our unique celebration of the Last Supper of Jesus on Holy Thursday, the Passion and Death of Jesus on Good Friday, the Mourning and the Death He must undergo on Holy Saturday and the HOPE of the Resurrection of Jesus on Sunday Morning all in our homes and before a TV or Laptop screen.

My dear friends, even Jesus has to undergo all these, even He shouted ” Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? “ so must we. Let us enter into the excruciating pain of a loss of a loved one because of covid, the fear that this pandemic virus it brings, the anxiety of when will this end, yet let us not be defeated, for in the end, Someone conquered sin and death for us.

WILL HE NOT DO SAME THIS TIME FOR US?

Thanks for reading.

Stay safe everyone.

You are all in my prayers.

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Covid’s Clutches

Last Sunday, I wrote about how the ECQ enhanced our identity during this season of Holy Week as we celebrate the Palm Sunday and the (remaining days of) Enhanced Community Quarantine and how the hymn of festivity and excitement envelop from town to city. I believe the lifting of the ECQ signals victory over this pandemic issue.

But,

The streaks of April 14, was covered by the gloom of night as the ECQ extended to the 30th of this month.

Suddenly, mixed emotions rushed forth. I couldn’t believe. Although, I have been reading news of the possibility of extension because of the increase of numbers of contamination, still, I’m shocked, though, I am deeply grateful, too. Such an irony of two opposing emotions.

The extension of the ECQ only means that the battle is still way ahead. And staying at home means exhausting all possible means to be healthy so as not to compromise our health and the safety of our frontliners– not only the medical staff but the staff in the grocery mall, market, transportation, etc – because for some of us, we need to go out to buy some basic needs here and there. And for some reasons, there are just areas where the 1 meter distancing rule is so difficult to remember, I wonder why.

It may appear that Hope becomes bleak as it unveils the depth of covid’s clutches to my country, to your country, and to the whole world.

But,

Today, Holy Wednesday, I would like to share with you the reflection of Pope Francis from Lumen Fidei which says, “Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light. ”

I have had experiences of pain, of suffering and everytime I am in this moment, I would always ask the Lord,” why, O LORD? ” and I hear no replies. Surely, you, too, have great stories to tell about your journey of pains, trials, struggles, sufferings. Yet, you and I knew that neither you nor me receives the reply. However, we, too, can testify that He never, not once, left us alone in the journey. His accompanying presence was there, which enables us to profess our Faith in Him, that He was there all along.

I hope, I share the same Hope with you. Let us not be afraid nor be worried of what is going on around us, remember, God sends the traveling Ishmaelites to save Joseph from the clutches of anger and envy of his brothers, though, was sold, but he end up the great Governor of Egypt and eventually, saved his Father and Brothers from famine and death.

The Lord is at work in this covid times. In due time, his accompanying presence will be revealed. And all shall be well.

Let us continue to HOPE. Let us be hope to the people near and even far from us.

Tomorrow, we shall begin the Easter Triduum, where we make present the event 2000 years ago by our unique celebration of the Last Supper of Jesus on Holy Thursday, the Passion and Death of Jesus on Good Friday, the Mourning and the Death He must undergo on Holy Saturday and the HOPE of the Resurrection of Jesus on Sunday Morning all in our homes and before a TV or Laptop screen.

My dear friends, even Jesus has to undergo all these, even He shouted ” Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? “ so must we. Let us enter into the excruciating pain of a loss of a loved one because of covid, the fear that this pandemic virus it brings, the anxiety of when will this end, yet let us not be defeated, for in the end, Someone conquered sin and death for us.

WILL HE NOT DO SAME THIS TIME FOR US?

Thanks for reading.

Stay safe everyone.

You are all in my prayers.

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PALM Sunday Meets Covid~19

What is the good thing about Palm Sunday and Enhanced Community Quarantine?

This is the 3rd week of the 4 weeks home quarantine, and I bet, everyone looks forward on the last dayyy! I maybe wrong but I am confidently sure that 90 percent would agree with me!

There is a thought that made me wonder if, they [the everyone] too, shares this “idea” that after the enhanced community quarantine on April 14, all shall be wellll! It seems to me that there is a “sense of festivity and excitement.” It’s as if, there’s a hymn of victory traveling across town from town, city from city, unsung hymn yet loud enough to be heard.

Of course, I am deeply praying that we will win this covid battle. And as my country would say it” We Heal As One. We Rise As One. ” This alone would tell you how positive we are over this pandemic virus that has cost lives and disrupted our life. Has caused fear, anxiety, insecurity and death. Yet, despite these realities and eventualities, we do not lose hope. We continue to believe and to trust. We storm heaven as One.

Today, marks the beginning of a week~long celebration of the Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus.

The Church is making a history (I have not heard nor read from history, I stand corrected, if there is) of celebrating the Holy Week is silence and empty churches. Yet, it is in this silence and empty churches that brings her back to the First Community of Christians.

How do the early believers of Christ celebrate the Memorial of His Words and Actions?

They gather, as a small unit of community. Breaking bread and listening to the Words of the Lord being retold.

Nay! Are we not on the “same” feel?

We gather, as family. We pray, we listen to the Word of God and we participate in the celebration of the Mass, virtually, yet, personally, there was never a slight feel that it was way different from the masses I have participated on. Why? Because it’s the heart that really matters and nothing more. I may not receive the Consecrated Host but, there is an increase of intimate desire to receive the Lord Jesus on His appointed time, Kairos!

To the one who believe and have the faith, there’s no explanation needed. However to those who “wonders how” I wish I could share my faith.

As we continue to count the quarantine days left and begin to retell the great love of Jesus for us and the Father, let’s us look how quarantine has enhanced our identity and dignity as a person and as a child of God.

Palm Sunday: Reclaimed Identity

As Jesus entered Jerusalem, He knew what would happen to Him. He knew that this will be the beginning of the end of His mission yet, the fulfillment of the purpose of which He came.Despite this knowledge, He face his mission. He did not turn his back knowing what lies ahead. He continued on.

With fear and anxiety, Jesus entered Jerusalem where His cross awaits Him. Yet, this very entrance was a hymn of praise, affirming His true identity, ” in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God”

Look back, over these days of quarantine, how did you experience your true identity?

Over news and social network feeds, I have been reading and watching different kind of stories of how people came out of themselves and helped. Like for example the doctors and nurses, despite the truth and the possibility of transmission and risking their lives, they still serve. They stay and fulfill their mission. They knew that their identity is to protect life, to care for life.

Or, the story of an unnamed man who goes to his elderly neighbors and offered his services to them by making errands for them like buying their medicines so they won’t go out anymore. He, too, knew the danger. But, for him, this is what it means to be a Neighbor.

And many more stories you can add up to our list.

All these, made me ask myself, what can I do? Lord, how can I help?

Linkages. Connections. So I began the challenge of helping through connecting people who need assistance (especially in the hospital) with those I knew who might be able to help and link with others as well.

Just the other day, a prominent company(Goldilock) message me, asking if we are distributing food for Frontliners as they are willing to give food donations. Thanks to social media, I was able to link them to one of our schools who attends to the need of the nearby frontliners and 3 poor communities who have been greatly affected by the quarantine (they have to earn a meager amount to eat, with the quarantine no one is allowed to go out, where will they get food? Of course our government provides meagerly as well)

One more to note, a hospital whom I knew expressed their need for assistance for cash and medical supplies as the influx of patients continues. As to this day, the hospital administrator and a CEO/Founder I knew are now in dialogue on how to address the hospital needs.

Make the most out of this quarantine days, bring out the best in you~ your truest identity.

Stay safe everyone.

You are all in my prayers.

… I can’t load the pictures attached to this article, I have poor signal….

Thanks for reading and for your patience

Via Huawei

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The Nails that were Used, weren’t Enough, it was His wondrous Love

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Love held Him to the tree

 

Father, look with love upon your people,

the love which our Lord Jesus Christ showed us

when he delivered himself to evil men

and suffered the agony of  the cross,

for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit one God, for ever and ever. Amen

 

 

 

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I am At Fault

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T’was Friday and was Good

For our sake our Redeemer suffered death and was buried, and rose again. With heartfelt love let us adore him and pray:

  • Christ our teacher, for our sake you were obedient even to accepting death, teach us to obey the Father’s will in all things
  • Christ our life, by your death on the cross you destroyed the power of evil and death, may we die with you, to rise with your in glory
  • Christ our King, you became an outcast among us, a worm and no man, teach us the humility by which you saved the world
  • Christ our salvation, you gave yourself up to death out of love for us, help us to show your love to one another
  • Christ our Savior, on the cross you embraced all time with your outstretched arms, unite God’s scattered children in our kingdom of salvation

 

 

 

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