WHOEVER HAS FAITH

AUGUST 12, 2012

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Year B

READING 1     1 KINGS 19:4-8

Elijah went a day’s journey into the desert,

until he came to a broom tree and sat beneath it.

He prayed for death saying:

“This is enough, O LORD!

Take my life, for I am no better than my fathers.”

He lay down and fell asleep under the broom tree,

but then an angel touched him and ordered him to get

up and eat.

Elijah looked and there at his head was a hearth cake

and a jug of water.

After he ate and drank, he lay down again,

but the angel of the LORD came back a second time,

touched him, and ordered,

“Get up and eat, else the journey will be too long for

you!”

He got up, ate, and drank;

then strengthened by that food,

he walked forty days and forty nights to the mountain

of God, Horeb.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM      PSALM 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

R. (9a) Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

I will bless the LORD at all times;

his praise shall be ever in my mouth.

Let my soul glory in the LORD;

the lowly will hear me and be glad.

R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Glorify the LORD with me,

Let us together extol his name.

I sought the LORD, and he answered me

And delivered me from all my fears.

R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

Look to him that you may be radiant with joy.

And your faces may not blush with shame.

When the afflicted man called out, the LORD heard,

And from all his distress he saved him.

R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

The angel of the LORD encamps

around those who fear him and delivers them.

Taste and see how good the LORD is;

blessed the man who takes refuge in him.

R. Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

READING 2      EPHESIANS 4:30-5:2

Brothers and sisters:

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,

with which you were sealed for the day of redemption.

All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling

must be removed from you, along with all malice.

And be kind to one another, compassionate,

forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in

Christ.So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and

live in love,

as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us

as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.

GOSPEL      JOHN 6:41-51

The Jews murmured about Jesus because he said,

“I am the bread that came down from heaven,”

and they said,

“Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph?

Do we not know his father and mother?

Then how can he say,

‘I have come down from heaven?’”

Jesus answered and said to them,

“Stop murmuring among yourselves.

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him,

and I will raise him on the last day.

It is written in the prophets:

They shall all be taught by God.

Everyone who listens to my Father and learns from him comes to me.

Not that anyone has seen the Father

except the one who is from God;

he has seen the Father.

Amen, amen, I say to you,

whoever believes has eternal life.

I am the bread of life.

Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they

died;

this is the bread that comes down from heaven

so that one may eat it and not die.

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.”

YEAR OF FAITH

Concept of the Logo
The logo is composed of a square, bordered field on which a boat, symbolizing the Church, is represented as sailing on a graphically minimal representation of waves. The main mast of the boat is a cross from which sails are displayed in the form of dynamic signs which compose the trigram of Christ (HIS). The background to the sails is a sun which, associated with trigram, refers also to the Eucharist.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE YEAR OF FAITH

  1. What is the Year of Faith?

At certain times in the history of the Church, popes have called upon the faithful to dedicate themselves to deepening their understanding of a particular aspect of the faith. In 1967, Pope Paul VI announced a Year of Faith commemorating the 19th centenary of the martyrdom of Sts. Peter and Paul. The 1967 Year of Faith called upon the Church to recall the supreme act of witness by these two saints so that their martyrdom might inspire the present day Church to collectively and individually make a sincere profession of faith.

The upcoming Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI is a “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world” (Porta fidei 6). In other words, the Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. The pope has described this conversion as opening the “door of faith” (see Acts 14:27). The “door of faith” is opened at one’s baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.

2.  Why is the Year of Faith this year?

With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Porta fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared that the Year of Faith will begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. October 11, the first day of the Year of Faith, is the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) and also the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.

3.  The Year of Faith begins in October 2012 with a Synod on New Evangelization. What is a synod?

A synod of bishops is a gathering of bishops, selected from different areas of the world, who meet with the pope to discuss questions pertaining to the activity of the Church in the world. This meeting of bishops helps to foster a closer unity between the bishops and the pope, and provides counsel to the pope. Pope Benedict XVI has situated the Synod on the New Evangelization (October 7-28) at the beginning of the Year of Faith (October 11).

4.  How are Year of Faith and New Evangelization linked?

The New Evangelization is a call to each Catholic to deepen his or her own faith, have confidence in the Gospel, and possess a willingness to share the Gospel. The New Evangelization is first and foremost a personal encounter with Jesus Christ; it is an invitation to deepen one’s relationship with Christ. It is also a call to each person to share his or her faith with others. The Year of Faith, just like the New Evangelization, calls Catholics to conversion in order to deepen their relationship with Christ and to share it with others.

5.  How does the Year of Faith affect the average Catholic?

Every baptized Catholic is called through baptism to be a disciple of Christ and proclaim the Gospel. The Year of Faith is an opportunity for each and every Catholic to renew their baptismal call by living out the everyday moments of their lives with faith, hope and love. This everyday witness is necessary for proclaiming the Gospel to family, friends, neighbors and society. In order to witness to the Gospel, Catholics must be strengthened through celebrating weekly Sunday Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Pastors are encouraged to provide their parishioners with opportunities to deepen their faith during the Year of Faith through retreats, special liturgies, Bible studies, service opportunities and formation sessions on the catechism and sacraments.

6.  What are some key resources for the Year of Faith?

Catholics wishing to deepen their faith during the Year of Faith should start by exploring the Evangelization and Catechesis section of the USCCB website. Numerous catechetical resources, prayers and other resources have been prepared for the Year of Faith and the New Evangelization that can be viewed and downloaded for free. Catholics should also consider studying the documents of Vatican II and the catechism. Another resource is the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, which takes the teachings of the catechism and shares them within a uniquely American context and highlights American Catholic saints and role models. Catholics can also talk to their pastors and other parish leaders to learn about what activities and opportunities will be taking place within their communities. Most importantly, Catholics seeking to deepen their faith should pray daily, study Scripture and celebrate weekly Sunday Mass.

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Source:  http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-teach/new-evangelization/year-of-faith/questions-answers-year-of-faith-2012.cfm

ANG KRUS NG SIERRA MADRE

Sierra Madre.  Ang ibig sabihin nito sa wikang Tagalog ay Inang Kabundukan.

Ang bulubundukin ng Sierra Madre ay nagsisimula sa hilagang probinsiya ng Cagayan at nagtatapos sa katimugang Quezon at silangan ng Laguna de Bay.  Sa kanluran ng probinsiya ng Nueva Vizcaya nabubuo ang Caraballo Mountains, na kumukonekta sa bulubundukin ng Cordillera Central. Ang Sierra Madre ay may sariling buhay.  Siya ay nagbibigay ng buhay sa tao hindi lamang sa mga katutubong naninirahan ditto kundi lalo na sa mga naninirahan sa kapatagan.  Karugtong ng buhay ng tao ang Sierra Madre na kung ito’y ating sisirain, manganganib ang buhay natin.

Ganito nga ang nangyari.  Pinagsamantalahan ng mga makasariling tao ang Sierra Madre.  Nagpupumiglas subalit sa kanyang kahinaan at nakakabinging katahimikan, hindi kayang ipaglaban ang sarili sa paggagahasa sa Inang Kalikasan.  Gustong tumutol ngunit pinutol ang mga puno.

Umiyak nang walang patid.  Binaha ng luha ang kapatagan.  Saksi si Milenyo at Undoy.

Maraming buhay ang nasawi.  Nilamon ng lupa.  Nilaklak ng tubig.  Hanggang sa ngayon ay patuloy pa ring binabangungot ng kahapon ang ating diwa.

Gusto mo pa bang maulit ito?  Baka sa susunod, buhay mo naman ang mawala.

Ang Sierra madre ay may buhay.  Nais niyang magbigay ng buhay sa tao.  Ayaw niyang patuloy na pagsamantalahan ng mga makasarili at ganid na tao.  Siya ay humihingi ng saklolo.  Sagipin ang Sierra Madre!  Alagaan at ingatan ang Inang Kalikasan!

Ang paghihirap ng mga taong naninirahan sa kabundukan ng Sierra Madre na nagiging saksi sa walang humpay na pagputol ng puno ay isang pasaning krus.  Ang walang tigil na paglapastangan sa kalikasan ay ang krus na dinadala ng Sierra Madre.

Mula sa mga sanga ng punong kahoy na pinutol, itinanghal ang Krus ng Sierra Madre.

Sinasagisag ng Krus ang hinagpis at pagtanggi sa kapangahasang ito.

Ang Krus ng Sierra Madre ay naglalakbay at dumalaw sa Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila na buong pusong tinanggap noong nakaraang MAGPAS (Manila General Pastoral Assembly) na ginanap sa Cardinal Sin Auditorium, Paco Catholic school noong ika-7 ng Hulyo.  Ito ngayon ay kasalukuyang naglilibot sa iba’t-ibang parokya ng Arkidiyosesis ng Maynila.

Ang paglalakbay ng Krus ng Sierra Madre ay upang magkaroon tayo ng kamalayan sa tunay na kaganapan sa ating kapaligiran lalo na sa mga nakatagong lugar tulad ng kabundukan ng Sierra Madre.

Ang Sierra Madre ay sumisigaw ng tulong na putulin na ang kahibangan ng mga mapagsamantalang tao.  Makiisa tayo sa layunin ng Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society Inc..

Tayo ang kanyang boses.  Tayo ang kanyang buhay.

Nang sa gayon, mula sa Krus, na nagbibigay sa atin ng pag-asa ay makita at maranasan natin ang Muling Pagkabuhay ni Jesus.

Pahayag sa Pagdalaw ng Krus ng Sierra Madre ni Arsobispo Luis Antonio G. Tagle

Schedule of Activities for Krus ng Sierra Madre

TSINELAS

Isang pagninilaynilay ni Art O. Barbadillo sa kanyang misyon

Tsinelas. Isang pangkaraniwang bagay na may mahalagang gamit sa pang-araw-araw na buhay. May iba’t-ibanag sukat. Iba’t-ibang kulay. Gawa sa iba’t-ibang materyales.

Tsinelas. Isang kasuutan ng aking paa hindi lamang para ingatan sa mga bagay na maaaring makasakit ng aking talampakan kundi dinadala rin ako nito sa mga lugar kung saan hindi kayang puntahan ng mga naka-paa.

Tsinelas. Na kung minsan ginagamit sa hindi tamang pamamaraan upang saktan ang kapwa.

Tsinelas. Isang laro. Larong pampasigla. Itinuro ni Fr. Bong bilang paghahanda sa aming misyon sa Palawan at Dagupan na maaaring gamitin sa community building.

Huhubarin ng bawat participants ang kanilang mga tsinelas at ilalagay sa kahon. At muling ipasusuot ng facilitator ngunit hindi na ang kanilang pag-aari at hindi pa magkapares. Maglalakad ang mga participants hanggang sa itinakda ng facilitator. Kasunod ang proseso sa kanilang karanasan. At sa huli ng laro, ibabalik ang tsinelas sa tunay na may-ari ngunit hindi lamang basta isasauli kundi merong pang mga katanungan na pag-uusapan ang dalawa. Nakita ko na masayang-masaya ang mga participants.

Ipinapahayag ng laro na ang bawat isa may biyayang ipinagkaloob ang Diyos. Ito man ay talino o talento, hindi man pare-pareho ngunit biyaya pa ring maituturing. Sinasaad nito na makuntento tayo sa mga biyaya na ibinigay ng Diyos at gamitin sa kapakinabangan ng lahat.

Ginamit ko ang larong ito bilang pagbubuod sa isang paksa na aking tinalakay – ang Espiritu Santo at bilang pag-uugnay sa isa pang paksa – ang Simbahan.
Akala ko, tapos na ang laro.

Sa pagkakataong ito, ang tsinelas na ang naglalaro sa aking isipan, sa aking puso, sa aking sarili.

Ipinakita rin ng larong ito na may mas malalim pang kahulugan ang tsinelas. Na kung bubuksan ang mata ng pananampalataya, hindi lamang ito isang ordinaryong gamit sa paa.

Tunay ngang mahalaga ang tsinelas. Matagal ko nang isinusuot ito ngunit kung hindi ko sinuot ang “mission” hindi ko makikita ang kahalagahan at kahulugan nito. Na sa aking buhay, ang Diyos ay kumikilos at gumagalaw bilang isang tsinelas.

Ang Diyos ang nagdala sa akin sa Palawan at Dagupan. Dala-dala ako ng Diyos sa lugar na kinatatakutan ko sapagkat hindi ko alam ang buhay na kahihinatnan at kung saan patungo ang gawaing ito. Hindi lamang ako isinugo kundi kasa-kasama ko ang Diyos na nagsugo sa akin saan man ako pumunuta. Siya ang aking gabay. Hindi niya ako pinabayaan sa higit dalawampung araw.

Salamat sa pananampalatayang ipinunla ng Diyos sa aking puso. Naipagkatiwala ko ang aking paa sa tsinelas. Binigyan ako ng lakas ng loob ng Diyos na ipagkatiwala at isuko ko ang sarili sa kanyang mapagkalingang pagmamahal.

Kaya, saan mang sulok ng mundo ako isusugo basta’t suot-suot ko ang tsinelas, hindi ako matatakot sapagkat kasama ko ang Diyos.

Sa ngayon, ginawan ko ito ng maikling video upang makapagbigay inspirasyon sa sinumang makapanood at lumago sa kanilang pananampalataya.

Narito ang link:

Solemnity of Joseph, Husband of Mary

Joseph: honored on 19 March since the end of the 10th century; declared Patron of the Universal Church in 1870 by Pope Pius IX; patron of workers and carpenters; also of Austria, Belgium, Bohemia, Canada, Mexico, Peru and Vietnam; mentioned in the Roman Canon

PN:  It is the custom in some places today to bless bread, pastries, and other food and to give a large portion of it to the poor.

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Source:  Ordo 2012

 

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