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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Is Nassa.org.ph down?

Looking for more materials concerning the year of the poor, I have tried to visit nassa.org.ph but cannot be accessed. Nassa is the episcopal commission of the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines for National Secretatiat for Social Action, Justice and Peace who is the lead agency of the Church on the implementation of the Program for the year of the Poor.
The problem maybe from the host of the nassa.org.ph for some adjustment, let us wait after its maintenance finish the work. I just hope it will be available soon.


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Gospel Reflection on 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)




GOSPEL REFLECTION
14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Sunday, 5th July 2015
by Rev. Fr. Allen Baclor Abadines 




READINGS:
First Reading: Ezekiel 2:3-5
Responsorial Psalm: Our eyes look to the Lord, until he has mercy upon us.
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

GOSPEL : Mark 6:1-6
Jesus came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, "Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offence at him.

Then Jesus said to them, "A Prophet is not without honour, except in his hometown, and among his own kin, and in his own house."
And Jesus could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And Jesus was amazed at their unbelief.

Then he went about among the villages teaching.

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REFLECTION:

The Gospel relates to us an account wherein Jesus visited his native place. While Jesus was born in Bethlehem , He grew up in Nazareth. For thirty years Jesus lived in this town. Nazareth, therefore, was for him his hometown. He had been visiting different places - doing his ministry of preaching about the Kingdom of God, administering to the sick, healing , and making wonders and so he thought why not his own hometown and his own folks and kin. Surely, he would be more welcomed in his own place. But far from what Jesus was expecting , we see in today's Gospel text an obvious contradiction on their reaction of Jesus. They acknowledged Jesus' wisdom , they were convinced of the miraculous nature of his deeds, they must have heard of some of the astonishing miracles and works of Jesus yet they rejected him. They "took offense at him" rejecting him personally , as well as by his friends and relatives. They rejected Jesus because they knew him personally. For them, Jesus was just the son of a carpenter from a poor family. "How could such wisdom and power come from this nobody we grew up with?" They could not accept. Jesus was unwanted. They thought they knew everything about Jesus. Indeed, "Familiarity breeds contempt!" There's nothing more hurtful than to be rejected by your own family and people.

As I reflect on today's Gospel text, one word kept ringing in my mind i.e. REJECTION!

What is Rejection? Rejection can be defined as the sense of being unwanted.

Have you ever experienced rejection? Have you ever feel the longing for acceptance and love from other people, yet you believe that they do not? Or you want to be part of the group , yet you feel excluded. Well, almost all of us, at one time or another, have experienced rejection even from people we loved the most or someone we respected and looked up to. Many of us have not understood its nature or its effects on other people's lives. One's rejection may have been relatively minor or it may have been so devastating that it affected one's whole life. Rejection comes in a variety of forms. Some examples of simple rejection could be like - you invited a friend to your party yet he refused to come. Or you offered friendship to a someone yet it was not accepted. Some may have effects in your life like you were not accepted at the company you were applying saying that you didn't have the qualifications they were looking for , or you did not get the promotion or a raise in your salary you were looking forward to getting. Others could be worse and painful like rejection coming from parents or someone dearest to you. Someone may have never felt love from parents, or felt like an unfavored child or even abused. Experience such as these may leave permanent wounds. As for me rejection could either destroy or build you as a person. It could either make you a better person, make you stronger or make you bad or weak. Even great and famous people have experienced rejection. For instance, J K Rowling, creator of Harry Potter, she was rejected by 12 publishers before her work was published. Beethoven's music teacher declared him 'hopeless' at composing. A teenager's low popularity convinced her that she was unattractive. She became a top model, hailed by many as the most beautiful woman in the world. All those who had ignored her are now boasting that they had gone to school with Claudia Schiffer. It only tells us that for every "No" that you receive there could be a "Yes" just around the corner. Learn to love and appreciate yourself. Sometimes this could be the hardest thing to do. Never fear rejection but make it an opportunity to grow and to learn.

How do you cope with rejection? How do you react to rejection? How do you respond to rejection? The good news is - God never reject anyone. God offers us full acceptance. And God can heal us from the wounds that come from rejection. Jesus never reject nor discriminate anyone. Like he ate with sinners, tax collectors and women with ill repute. He touched the lepers , forgave their sins and made them whole. Jesus , therefore, will never reject anyone because of race, color, physical appearance , gender, status and preference. Remember he himself had experienced rejection and so let us come to him who knows the pain of being rejected. No one but God is capable of giving perfect love at all times and in every circumstance. And amazingly enough, in spite of all rejection and indifference, God still and will always love us. 1 John 4:19 "We love because he first loved us."









Is Facebook Down?

Since yesterday night, I have found difficulty in connecting with my Facebook account. I thought it was just my Internet connection.Internet connection is one of the   perennial problem here. Last night, I have suspected that there is something wrong with my connection with FB but cannot confirm it. I have internet connection, I can browse other sites except FB. A few moment before I check my internet connection and it is working well.

Searching for answers in the internet, here is one of what I have found. Maybe Facebook is working on the are where my Facebook account maybe stored that make it unavailable. It may not be true for others but it might be true only to me of which account and maybe other accounts are involve.

I also found a site which reported down sites in the internet. It is nicfe to see that I am not alone experiencing the problem.








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M/V Kim Nirvana

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Yesterday, a boat named M/V Kim Nirvana capsizes as it leaves Ormoc city towards Camote Islands. It is believed that more than 35 persons were dead. Let us include them in our prayers.


God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.



Amen.


As an update, today July 4, 2015, 8:57 Am, 52 were confirmed dead, Let us pray for the repose of their souls.



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Friday, July 3, 2015

51st International Eucharistic Congress' Theological Basic Text

There is an extension regarding the early registration, instead of June 30, it will be on September 30 2015. The congress theme for this year is "Christ in You, Our Hope of Glory" with the subtitle of "The  Eucharist, source and goal of the Church's Mission".


The last of the Three Facilitators' guide is the Theological Basic Text. Here it is.

Does Marriage Equality Act Includes Polygamous Marriage?

As United States of America chief justice John Roberts wrote in his dissent that this supreme court decision in favor of marriage equality could be used by polygamists. He was right as yesterday morning in the state of Montana, it was tested by two polygamist by asking marriage license.

As I have mentioned earlier, still hoping to find the manuscript of the ruling and if ever there are parameters that comes with it. Surely, there are parameters, it is a natural path of a limited being. What are the parameters of the ruling? Please advise me on this matter.

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51st International Eucharistic Congress Facilitators' Guide for Youth and Adult

The 51st International Eucharistic Congress this coming January 23-31, 2016 will be held here in the Philippines in the city of Cebu. In bringing the Paschal Mystery of Our Lord Jesus Christ's passion, death and resurrection as a hope to the people of the world especially in Asia everyone is encourage to attain especially for the official delegates of every Diocese. It was been in the circulation that every Diocese in the Philippines can attend for the said event. I, personally would like to attend but the congress will cover two Sundays which will be difficult for me to find someone to take my schedule Masses.

Here is the second facilitator's guide  of the three facilitator's guide especially made for young and adults.


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

51st International Eucharistic Congress Facilitator's guide for Children

For  more that 28 week from now, the 51st International Congress will start here in Cebu, Philippines. It will be the second International Eucharistic Congress to be held here in this country. The first was last 1933 as the 33rd international Eucharistic Congress held in Manila and first to be held in Asia.

The secretariat publishes three pamphlets to help the faith prepare and understand the greater gift of the Holy Eucharist. Here is first of the three,  the facilitators guide for Children.



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Adelina 1 Elementary School 2015-2016

As the school years has already begun and the school classes normalizes, we also tried to bring spiritual assistance to the students and teacher by having the Holy Spirit Mass. Asking God for His continual protection and care as well as guidance so that we might be wise enough to use the gift of intelligence.

Yesterday, along with the catechists of the parish, we celebrated the Holy Mass in the Adelina 1 Elementary School students and teachers. As the Gospel of the day suggests (MT 9:1-8) we pray to get rid of the evil spirit in this world. Christ himself have taught us the power of prayer and the power of prayer of the humble ones like the little children. Teaching children about our faith is a tough one, all catechist and parents experience that difficulty. Yet, we have to remind ourselves that it is a part of our duty to get rid of the evil spirit comes first from the conversion of the heart on the belief that only through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ we can drive evil away.

We have to bring people nearer to Jesus so that no evil spirit can snap anyone. Any acts of piety is welcome either to be prayed communally or individually, with the preeminence of the Holy Mass.

Additional note, Adelina 1 Elementary School was newly established as a separate elementary school detaching itself from the main school Sampaguita Elementary School. Formerly, it was an attached entity of the said Sampaguita Elementary School. It comprises three buildings with two buildings having two floors and one three floors building. The building is in the path of the West Valley Fault and really congested. Yes, It is congested even if it has two shifts to accommodate all the students. we have also to pray to drive political evil that permits corruption that bankrupted our treasury and deprived our children of proper education. We have also to pray for ecological evil that threaten the lives of people around the west valley fault and of the teachers and students of this school that stands in the path of the west valley fault


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Children's Sportfest

Every month of May, we have a daily gathering for children as we inculcate our deep faith in our God through our Lord Jesus Christ with the power of the Holy Spirit through prayers and catechism with Mary, Our Lady of Flowers as our companion. In our efforts to involve all the ages in our parish we encourage the participation of our children and youth. We have two seminarians who in this year have help us to guide our little faithful towards a more informed and active participants in our parish. We thank seminarians Christian and Jelmar for giving their time to the children every afternoon during the said month. Our two seminarians from the parish have been helpful ever since, Paolo and Louie. 

We thank all our sponsors for helping us in keeping the children attentive and filled with hope as they listened to the seminarians and children coordinators about the life of our Lord Jesus Christ and of holy men and women who followed Him and became our models of faith.













































































































































































































































































































































































































































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