Saturday, May 28, 2011

God's Message For You Today, May 28, 2011

28 May



They transmitted to the people for observance the decisions which the apostles and presbyters had made in Jerusalem. – Acts 16:4

In 2008, our bishop and his priest ministers embarked on an in-depth assessment and evaluation of the diocese. They came up with a diocesan pastoral plan for the next three years clearly defining their five-point priority agenda. This was launched and "transmitted to the people for observance."
I'm writing this article in 2010 when much of the goals laid out have already been achieved. During vicariate and diocesan meetings, it was noted that the parishes were concerted in their activities and moving in the same direction towards building the Church. And it has to be.
We cannot be slipshod about building the Kingdom of God, which deserves nothing less but the best from each one of us.
As the congregations in Derbe and Lystra "grew stronger in faith and daily increased in numbers" (verse 5) with close guidance from Paul and the Apostles, I'm optimistic our diocese is headed in the same direction. Cristy Galang (
Am I serving the Lord and His Church? Do I have a laid-out plan, vision, mission, goals and objectives?

Lord Jesus, I want to serve You with my all and I know I can only do this if I leave no stone unturned. Send me Your Holy Spirit, Lord, that He may be my guide in all I do for You. Amen. St. Accidia, pray for us.

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Paul readily responds to an invitation to preach the Gospel in a new area. I believe that he trusts that if the Holy Spirit does not want him there he will raise obstacles to Paul's intentions and lead him elsewhere. I call this the "open door policy." If the doors open and remain open then that is a sign that God wants you to pass through them; conversely, if a door shuts then it could be a sign that this is not the path for you. We have to be careful to test whether the door is locked and not just shut for a period of time or else we could miss the opportunity at hand.

Acts 16:1-10
1 Paul reached also Derbe and Lystra where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. 2 The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him, 3 and Paul wanted him to come along with him. On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 As they traveled from city to city, they handed on to the people for observance the decisions reached by the apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem. 5 Day after day the churches grew stronger in faith and increased in number. 6 They traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian territory because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit from  preaching the message in the province of Asia. 7 When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into
Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them, 8 so they crossed through Mysia and came down to Troas. 9 During the night Paul had a vision. A Macedonian stood before him and implored him with these words, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." 10 When he had seen the vision, we sought passage to Macedonia at once, concluding that God had called us to proclaim the good news to them.


Psalms 100:1-2, 3, 5
R: Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
1 Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; 2 serve the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful song. (R) 3 Know that the LORD is God; he made us, his we are; his people, the flock he tends. (R) 5 The LORD is good: his kindness endures forever, and his faithfulness, to all generations. (R)


Jesus faced all sorts of trials and opposition when proclaiming the Gospel. Let us never be discouraged to the point of giving up when trials and sufferings engulf our lives. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus and on the goal of eternal life and face them. We need never be afraid that Jesus will desert us as His promise is to be with us until the end of time. With this truth in my heart I know I can endure any trial the devil might raise against me.

R: Alleluia, alleluia
If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
R: Alleluia, alleluia

John 15:18-21
18 Jesus said to his disciples: "If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. 20 Remember the word I spoke to you, 'No slave is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will also  persecute you. If they kept my
word, they will also keep yours. 21 And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me."

my reflections
think: We need never be afraid that Jesus will desert us as His promise is to be with us until the end of time.

God's special verse/thought for me today________________

Thank You Lord for:____________________________________



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A young priest and a bishop were traveling from Siuchow to Linchow on February 13, 1930. With them was a group of young catechists on their way to a mission outpost. At some point in their river journey, some Bolshevik pirates commandeered the boat and took interest in one of the young female catechists. The bishop and the priest defended the hapless girl with all the strength they could muster.
But the group of pirates would brook no opposition to their evil plans and they murdered the bishop and the priest. By God's grace, the two heard each other's confessions before they died.
The two men of the cloth, Bishop Luigi Versiglia and Father Callistus Caravario, both Salesian missionaries from Turin, Italy, were beatified by Pope Paul VI and canonized by Pope John Paul II in the year 2000.
They died, as they lived, true to their youthful dream of following the footsteps of Christ as taught them by St. John Bosco, father and teacher of the youth. Though uneducated men, they rose up to tell the story of Christ after He died and rose from the dead. The authorities did what the powers-that-be usually do to people they fear. They persecuted them, true to what their Lord and Master prophesied: "If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you…. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name."
Last year, in the run-up towards the national elections, tension ran high between and among the electorate. The electing public was sorely divided between so many candidates. Each group rallied behind a particular name. But in not a few cases, they rallied behind someone because they stood to gain, because their interests were at stake. They were supporters of a particular candidate, but they were never followers or disciples, like the first Christians and martyrs were… like Sts. Luigi Versiglia and Callistus Caravario were, along with thousands of others. The difference? They suffered on account of Christ's name! Fr. Chito Dimaranan, SDB

Reflection Question:
For what cause are you willing to stake your life on?

Lord, to follow You more closely and to love You more dearly are what I desire each day.

St. Accidia, pray for us.

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