They Both Encountered Jesus

  • on Sunday, June 29, 2014
  • The common denominator between Peter and Paul is they both encountered the Lord. Paul encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus and Peter encountered again Jesus when he tried to exile from Rome because Christians were persecuted. Because of these encounters their life was totally changed.
    We too encountered the Lord everyday but most of the time we failed to recognize Him. It's because we are blinded by our own emotions, the circumstances we've experience and the guilt from the sins we committed daily.

    Lets pray and unload all the things that might hinder us from recognizing Him. Jesus reveals more about who He is to those who knew Him best.

    Two Eucharistic Miracles

  • on Monday, February 6, 2012
  • Our God is a living GOD . In Christ we Trust . Here is Fr. Jeff's Homily: “I am the bread of life.” In the year 2009, I was distributing communion to the faithful when a young woman approached and extended her hands to receive the Eucharist. Almost as soon as I had placed the Host in her hands, she began moving away and in the process she dropped the host. Standing over the fallen Host lying on the ground, a slight giggle, shrug of the shoulders, and re-extended hands, her body language said to me, “Ooops, I dropped it. Can you give me another one?” “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.”   August 15, 1996 an elderly Eucharistic minister was distributing the Precious Body of Christ to the faithful in a parish in Buenos Aires , Argentina when a similar accident occurred. Not wanting to consume the Host because it was dirty after falling to the ground, he asked the priest to pick it up. Reverently the priest placed the Host in a receptacle of water and put it into the Tabernacle where it would dissolve with time. Six days later when the priest examined the Host that should have been dissolved by now, he was perplexed by what he saw. The Eucharist seemed to have grown in size and was covered with red splotches.   Leave it for a few more days, he thought; it’s just a matter of time. But then with each passing day the Sacred Species took on the appearance of coagulated blood, until eventually the Host looked like a piece of flesh. “The bread that I will give is my flesh.” A miracle! Perhaps, but first this had to be investigated. A lab in Buenos Aires examined a sample from the Host. The scientist discovered red blood cells, white blood cells, and hemoglobin, but what perplexed him the most was that the cells were moving and beating.   Three years later Dr. Ricardo Gomez was called in to perform a more thorough examination. He sent a sample from the Host to a lab in New York but didn’t tell them what it is; he wanted them to tell him what it is. They did. It’s living muscle from a human heart.   Now the year is 2004, Dr. Gomez had located a unique doctor named Frederick Zugibe whose expertise in examining the heart of a dead person allows him to know the nature of the person’s death. He too was given an opportunity to examine the Host without knowing that this heart was formerly a round wafer of wheat bread. His findings?   The heart belonged to a person who had been severely tortured. “So Pilate wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.”   After his examination, Dr. Zugibe passionately said to Dr. Gomez, “You have to explain one thing to me, if this sample came from a person who was dead, then how could it be that as I was examining it the cells of the sample were moving and beating? If this heart comes from someone who died in 1996, how can it still be alive?” When Dr. Gomez explained to Dr. Zugibe that it was the Eucharist, he nearly pulled his hair out of his head in shock.   Backtrack to the 8th Century in Lanciano, a town in southern Italy where a priest was celebrating the Mass doubting that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. As he raised the Host, it instantly transformed into a piece of flesh in his hands. In the 1970's this piece of flesh, which remains available for veneration to this day, was tested by a leading Italian doctor. His findings? It is living muscle from a human heart. Dr. Gomez decided to cross examine the Host from Buenos Aires with this Host from Lanciano.   Amazingly, both hearts were found to have come from the same person. “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” My brothers and sisters, our faith proclaims to us the wondrous mystery that Jesus Christ is truly, really, and substantially present in the Eucharist, the Bread of Life. It’s no mere symbol, no mere reenactment. It is the Precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ! What I place in your hand or upon your tongue is not a ritual piece of bread. I place God in your hand! I place God on your tongue!   I know that even after telling you the story of the Eucharistic miracle in Buenos Aires , I haven’t proven this. I can never prove this truth, because it’s a matter of faith. However, all I’m asking my brothers and sisters is that you ponder the story I shared with you this morning.   Perhaps, the skeptic in you calls it all a bunch of lies.   Perhaps, the unimpressed call it a coincidence.   Perhaps you’re a person of faith and you’re in awe at what I’ve shared with you. All I ask is that if there’s the slightest inkling in your hearts that what you receive in the Eucharist is the flesh of God, then please my brothers and sisters, never let the lance that pierced my heart in 2009 when that young woman stood carelessly over God’s fallen Body pierce my heart again. Please treat this mystery which you receive with the reverence God deserves.

    HERE IS FR. JEFF'S RESPONSE TO ME WHEN I ASKED PERMISSION TO PASS HIS HOMILY ON TO YOU. Hey, I've heard it said that in any good homily we're really preaching to ourselves. That being said, as familiar as I was with the homily before I delivered it, I found that in delivering it to the people it still had an effect upon my heart. For lack of better words it stirred me. Afterwards, I found that my celebration of the Eucharistic Prayer was even more meaningful. I can't express how moved my heart was as I said those words, "This is my body." Those words seemed to flow from my heart as if they were flowing directly from the Heart of Christ. The tone of those words almost became a tone of pleading on Jesus' part, "This is my body," "please believe me; this IS my body and I want all of you to believe and to receive my Heart of Love!" We are so blessed to have the Eucharist!!! Anyways, I'd be happy if you should share this homily with others; these are the miraculous stories that God wants us to share so that our faith can be strengthened. As it says in the Scriptures, "Encourage one another while it is still day." It's sort of like the Transfiguration which was revealed to Peter, James, and John so that they could persevere through the Passion and death of Jesus. And I wouldn't even mind if you didn't give me credit. After all, it is God who deserves all the credit on this one; I just did the typing.

    If you have faith in God! : Share this, reBlog. :)

    This is from Me

  • on Wednesday, February 1, 2012
  • In every disappointments and circumstances of life the Lord wants us to learn to see Him in all things.

    Have you ever realized that whatever concerns you concerns Me too? "For whoever touches you touches the apple of my eye." - Zechariah 2:8.

    In Isaiah 43:4 "You are precious and honored in my sight" therefore it is My special delight to teach you. In our everyday circumstances the Lord wanted us to learn that our strength, and our safety lies in letting Him fight for us.

    This is from Me. "This is my doing." (1 Kings 12:24)

    I am the God of circumstances. You did not come to this place by accident you are exactly where I meant for you to be. Your circumstances and the people around you are only being used to accomplish My will.

    Are  you having financial problems? This is from Me for I am the One who keeps your finances, and I want you to learn to depend upon Me. My supply is limitless and  "I will meet all your needs"(Phil. 4:19)

    Are you experiencing sorrows? This is from me, I have allowed your earthly comforters to fail you, so that by turning to Me you may receive eternal encouragement and good hope. I want you to prove My promises so you may realize that "is not your will but My will be done"(luke 22:42). I wanted to teach you some of my deepest truths.

    The pain will leave as you learn to see Me in all things. This is from Me says the Lord. Just rest in Him and be patient now. His grace is suffient for each test. God's way for me is always best!.
    The disappointments of life are simply the hidden appointments of Love. C.A. Fox.

    Heavenly Dew

  • on Tuesday, January 31, 2012
  • We are like plants or vegetables that in order us to survive in this chaotic world we need a dew to refresh us and to sustain us in our everyday endeavors and mission in life.

    The dew is a source of freshness. It is nature provision for renewing the face of the earth. It falls at night, and without it that vegetation would die.

    I will be like the dew to Israel (Hosea 14:5)

    The dew that I'm talking here is the dew of the Holy Spirit the heavenly dew. In the scriptures the dew is often recognized and used as a symbol of spiritual refreshment. Just as nature is bathed in dew, the Lord renews His people and refreshed them with the power of The Holy Spirit.

    Heavenly Dew (Renewal by the Holy Spirit)
    Many Christian missionaries do not recognize the importance of the heavenly dew in their lives, and as result lack freshness and energy. Their spirits are withered for the lack of dew. Now they are experiencing spiritual dryness.

    We need God everyday not occasionally. It is not sufficient to have spiritual nourishment occasionally. You will experience spiritual dryness then eventually you will give up. Everyday we must receive the "renewal by the Holy Spirit"

    Quiet and Stillness bring the dew (Prayer Time)
    At night when the leaves and grass are still, the plants' pores open to receive the refreshing and invigorating bath. Just like us, spiritual dew comes from quietly lingering in His presence. It is in our prayer time where we can allow the Holy Spirit to refresh us. Get still before Him, for haste will prevent us from receiving the dew.

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7)
    Wait before God until you feel saturated with His presence. Then move on to your next duty with the awareness of the freshness and energy of Christ. Dr. Paradington

    Be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10) to receive His grace.
    Dew will never apprear while there is either heat or wind. Absolute rest is needed before the invisible particles of moisture will become due to dampen any plant of flower. And just like the grace of the Lord it does not come to bring rest and renewal to our soul until we completely reach the point of stillness before Him. (BJ)

    There Is Love! (Valentines Reflection)

  • on Friday, March 18, 2011
  • Today, many people will feel the absence of love as keenly as others celebrate its presence. In a world where there is love means so much, is there a word from the Lord for everyone, with or without a sweetheart?.

    First John 4 focuses not being loved by other person, but on God's love for us and our love for one another (v 7-11). According to 1 Corinthians 13:7, this love "bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."  How is this possible? Because God's Love "has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit" (Rom. 5:5)

    Long after the card and flowers are forgotten, there is love from God's hearts to ours!

    On this day when we express undying love and faithfulness, Lets not forget that God above Gave us His Son in perfect love.

    The more we understand God's love for us, the more we'll show to others.

    Happy Valentines Day Souls! =)

    Waiting for God's Promises

  • on Thursday, January 13, 2011
  • Waiting for God's promises to be fulfilled is part of trusting Him. No matter how long the delay, we must wait for Him.

    Sometimes waiting is really hard. Any mother can tell you that waiting to give birth is an experience that builds patience. But pity the mother elephant. It takes about 22 months before it gives birth! The shark known as the spiny dogfish has a pregnancy duration of 22-24 months. And at the elevations above 4,600 feet, the Alpine salamander endures a gestational period of up to 38 months!

    It is really hard to wait for God's promises. During my reflection, I came to realized 3 things.

    First, The Lord promise us a future full of hope. (Jer. 29:11). I remember Abraham. The Lord promise to him: "I will make you a great nation" (Gen.12:2). But as the years have passed, Abraham questioned how the fullfillment of the promise was possible when he didn't even have a son. But God assured him. Despite of his old age, Abraham believed in God and yet he waited 25 years from the time of the initial promise for Isaac to be born.

    Second, Have faith in Him. Faith is recognizing God's promise as an actual fact, believing it is true, rejoicing in the knowledge of that truth, and then simply resting because God said it. " A God who does not lie promised. (Titus 1:2).When we exercise genuine faith, faith turns a promise into a prophecy.

    Third, He Has promised us to supply every need we have. His grace is sufficient for us.(2 Cor. 12:9). Trust in Him. God always gives his best to those who leave the choice to him.God always performs what He promises.

    I don’t mind if it will take time, what matter most is I’ll keep on praying. I’ll keep on believing and I’ll keep on loving with all my heart.

    Not so in haste, my heart!
    Have faith in God, and wait;
    Although He seems to linger long,
    He never comes to late. - torrey

    In the end. God will have the last word and it will be good.

    The Journey Continues

  • on Wednesday, November 3, 2010
  • I just wanted to share this email from a friend way back March 2006. So affirming lang with the YFC Metrocon and RYC theme this year "YFC CHRONICLES: The Journey Continues."  It made me reminisce how we started our Journey.
    March 14, 2006 (btw I edited some lines from the original)

    I never thought I could even last this long, 5years serving in YFC and running two years in KFC. I've been into many hardships, trials, oppressions, temptations and persecution but praise God I'm still here enduring.
    "Dami nang pait na pinag da-anan, luhang tumutulo na lang..."
    Pero the love of God is overflowing more than evrything combined. I was reminded by a book I read before, it says, "There is nothing for us to be afraid of tears, for tears bore witness that we have the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer." You know what, almost 7 years na tayo in the mission with a spirit filled experience. What a journey!!! Full of contradictions, you get hurt for people to be happy. You have to let go of yourself, you have to die, deny and empty yourself with your own emotions, feelings and desires for God to fill us up to the brim. Ang hirap palang mamatay with yourself. Our journey is a continuous walk towards becoming like Christ. And sometimes I feel alone in the midst of people, sometimes,you feel walang nag -aalaga sayo, sabi ko ang hirap palang magmahal kung ikaw din feel mo ay less love or longing for love. Sabi ko Lord napagod yata akong magmahal and yet God even in this situations allowed me to experience victories. Kaya mga kapatid lets pray for one another. Kasi  I know God has allowed us to experience all these things because He wants us to be victorious in all aspects of our lives. Ang layo na nga ng ating nalakad, pero hindi pa tapos, sama sama nating lakarin ang daan patungo kay Kristo. O4 The journey Continues...

    Gaze upward, look inward, reach outward, & press forward. - Thomas Monson