The Bread of Life BecomesThe Bread of Wisdom
FR. ERIC SANTOS,celebrating Holy Mass on theeve of his birthday, explainedthe Gospel according to John6:51-58 where Jesus says,
“I am the living bread whichhas come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that
I shall give is my esh, for the
life of the world.”
Fr. Eric said the Lord tellsus to look for food that does notspoil. In saying that He is theBread of Life Jesus reveals thatHe is the Source of our spiritualnourishment, thus the way toeternal life. To have the Breadof Life, we partake of the Bodyand Blood of Christ duringHoly Communion. When wedo, we gain wisdom whichis more important than mereintelligence. Fr. Eric addedthat EQ Emotional Quotient(EQ) is more desirable thanIntelligence Quotient (IQ).Being wise means focusing onwhat matters in life which ismaintaining a close relationshipwith God and with one another.Fr. Eric said don’t beafraid to discover Wisdomgiven by God. Continue sharingin the Body and Blood of theLord. The Bread that comesfrom Heaven is the Breadthat becomes Wisdom and theBread becomes Life.
-- Bella Estrella
No Pain, No Gain!
IN the third leg of our series
, Bro. BoSanchez revealed one morething which makes eachone of us unique: our pain.Bro. Bo shared thestory of three widows fromthe Bible’s
Book of Ruth
: Naomi, Ruth and Orpah.Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, and their two sonsdied. Naomi, an Israelite, isleft with her two widoweddaughters-in-law, Ruth andOrpah, both Moabites.At the time, widowsdon’t inherit anything fromtheir husband, so they areleft to fend for themselves. Naomi plans to go back to her hometown inBethlehem so she tellsOrpah and Ruth to go back to their families.Orpah goes back to her family. ButRuth decides to go with Naomi inBethlehem. To survive, she picks
leftover grains from a eld owned
by Boaz. Boaz takes notice of her and eventually marries her. From being a beggar in the propertyof Boaz, Ruth becomes owner of the land.Thus, Bro. Bo pointed out,
nothing just happens
.* There is aGod who is working behind thescenes to create our life’s beautiful picture. As Proverbs 16:9 putsit,
“In his heart a man plans
his course, but the LORD
determines his steps.”
Bro. Bo says pain can leadto the masterpiece God meantus to be. He gave as an exampleMichaelangelo’s
, the mostfamous sculpture in the world.The Pieta was nothing more thana block of marble. Just like Ruth,
the stone rst suffered
pain. For eight longyears, the stone washammered and chiselled by Michelangelo intothe masterpiece that it isnow. In the same manner,when unfortunate eventshappen to us, it doesn’tmean that God wantedit to happen. We live ina broken world where people are allowed to dogood
but are also allowed to do bad
. But becauseof the mercy of God,
nothing just happens
.God promises in 1Peter 1:6 that we mighthave to suffer trials butonly for a little while. Our struggles are pathways toour success.
--Kristine Mutuc Photos by Arlene Batislaong
*The story of Ruth is, in fact,
part of God’s plan for our salvation. Boaz and Ruth had a son named Obed. Obed was
the father of Jesse, and thusthe grandfather of David from
whose line came Joseph and
Mary, the parents of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
I am God’s Masterpiece
By SHOJI S. MERISPhotos by ROSALYN ALBERTO
IN his third talk of the series
, Bro Bo. Sanchezdiscussed pain we suffer.He shared the story of Ruth who overcame the painof losing her husband and living in poverty. In a gist, Bro.Bo’s simple message last Sunday was, “Nothing justhappens in our life”. God is always with us -- he shares inour pains and sufferings, and our joy. God uses the painas a chisel to shape us into His marvellous masterpiece.To echo this wonderful truth, Feast PICC made a whiteT-shirt with the message “I am God’s Master Piece”decorated with all the colors of the rainbow.Modeled by Bro. Bo’s son Francis, the T-shirtsold briskly at the Lobby. Families and friends grabbedthe T-shirts to proclaim to the world that yes, they areGod’s masterpiece.
from le: Aendees swarmingaround T-shirt table; mom, dad, and kidswearing their tees; a barkada choosingtheir sizes; FrancisSanchez modelsthe masterpiece.
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THE FEAST August 26, 2012