Thoughts and Reflections of Three Lenten Recollection Speakers on the theme “A people called by the Father… towards healing and reconciliation”

April 18: Reverend Father Francis Gustilo

Starting point: Scripture Text – Deuteronomy 7:7

“Yahweh set his heart on you. He chose you, not because you are numerous but because He loves you…”

  • Before we were conceived, we were already in the heart of God.
  • God seeks the lost.
  • No religion dared to call God, our Father. We dared because Jesus said, “When you pray, say Father, hallowed be Your name…” (Luke 11:3)
  • He always keeps his promise.
  • Our prayers are sweet-smelling smoke that appease His Anger.
  • God is truly love. He is nothing but love. He loves us. This is the basis of reconciliation.
  • He says, “Return to me…” (Malachi 3:7)
  • God commands us “to love one another” (John 13:34)
  • When you love, you forgive.
  • The secret of reconciliation is – “He sets His heart on you… that you may be blameless.”
  • Let’s accept the Call of God.

 

 

April 19: Reverend Monsignor Claro “Matt” Garcia

Starting Text: John 10:10 “I have come that you may have life…”

Another basis: Life, in the eyes of Pope John Paul II

  • The Lord came to share with us His life.
  • Our life should be taken care of: when it is in danger; when it is devalued. This is the reason why the Church is against the Reproductive Health Bill. This must be the concern of all church people. The RH Bill may promote quality of life, but it contains fatal provisions against the moral, social, spiritual, and Constitutional Mandate.
  • The Church rejects RH Bill because the 5th Commandment of God, Exodus 20:13 says, “Thou shall not kill.”
  • The Catholic Church Mission is to promote the ethics of life: Respect for life; Protection of life; Promotion of human life from Conception to natural end. It must be consistent in appreciating the value of human life.
  • What can we do to embrace the Ethics of Life?

1. The Church call to sacrificial giving

2. Stand up for life

3. Know and reflect on the Scripture Text: Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I know you…”

  • What can we still do?

“Wash yourselves clean! Put away your misdeeds. Cease doing evil; learn to do good. Make justice your aim; redress the wronged, hear the orphan’s plea, defend the widows. Let us set things right.” (Isaiah 1:16-18)

 

April 20: Reverend Father Dave Concepcion

Text to start on: “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17-21)

  • Our greatest mistake in life is doing the right thing which God does not want us to do. To go to heaven is a deliberate choice. It is the right thing to do. It is what God wants us to do.
  • It is not enough that we do the right thing. We must do the right thing for the right reason.
  • What is the right thing? Eternal Union with god. It is the right reason.
  • It is one thing to be called and another thing to respond.
  • When we talk of reconciliation, we disagree agreeably.
  • In Church reconciliation, we have to agree on things we agree [with] and we have to agree on things we cannot agree [on].
  • Why are you doing what you are doing? When priorities are clear, decisions are easily made.
  • There are 3 important questions to ask yourselves before you leave this world:

1. How faithfully have I lived my Vocation?

2. How much love have I given?

3. How gracefully have I let go of things that are not meant for me?

  • If you want to go to heaven stay living a complacent life. Continue to grow. The moment you stop growing you tend to slide back.

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