Bible Study of Shepherding Community

I happened to be in church 8:00 pm, Wednesday, and saw a big crowd gathered in church after the evening Mass. It was a meeting of the Shepherding Community led by Ms. Corie Gomez and Ms. Gene Alberto. Ms. Corie started the meeting by announcing the dates of the livelihood programs that are being organized in Bel-Air Village on 23rd of February: hair-cutting and make-up workshops. Everyone and anyone interested in these activities are encouraged to list up.

Ms. Gene went up to the podium, accompanied by chanting, “And a light unto my life.” and read the gospel of Matthew 5:38-48 “But I say to you that you must not oppose those who want to hurt you. If people slap you on your right cheek, you must turn the left cheek to them as well.” Jesus started off by saying that He came not to do away with the Law of Moses but to fulfil his teachings.

Anger should be avoided. It will lead to murder. If you wrong your brother, do not wait until the sun sets to ask forgiveness. This is easy to say and hear, but difficult to take to heart and practice in your daily life. This is the way of love, the way to be in the image and likeness of God. Love your enemies, even if they wrong you. If you love only your friends and family, what good is that to enter the Kingdom of Heaven?

Set aside revenge. Be patient like Job and accept the suffering. Control our animal instinct to strike back. In the workplace we are asked to render 8 hours of work. Let us be ready to render 8 hours in excess without asking for more compensation. In the U.S., for instance, Filipinos, take on a 2nd job to earn more. But in doing so do take care of your health. Do not abuse the temple of your body. When you give to others, do it with love and the generosity of the heart. The widow donated a niggardly amount; but this was all she had. She gave it with all her heart. It is not the quantity that matters but the heart with which it is given. We are giving according to our love for God. Christ loved even the Pharisees: a group of people who were very unlovable. But this group turned against Him and condemned Him to die on the cross. We must seek out the miserable, the unloved and open our hearts to them. Christ felt the anger of the Pharisees. At the cross, He gave His forgiveness. Let us ask His forgiveness for our lack of love. Let us pray that we can share in the perfection of God in His showering of divine love for all the sinners of the world.

Finally, everybody is invited to participate in the Walk for Life organized by the CBCP at the Luneta Grandstand

Sunday Mass Schedule Effective March 2011

6:30am - Filipino
8:00am - English
9:30am - English
11:00am - English

12:15n.n - English

3:30pm - Filipino
5:00pm - English
6:30pm - English
8:00pm - English

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