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The Feast - October 21, 2012 Issue

The Feast - October 21, 2012 Issue

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Today, I receive all of God’s love for me.Today, I open myself tothe unbounded, limitless,
overowing abundance of 
God’s universe.Today, I open myself to
God’s blessings, healing,
and miracles.Today, I open myself toGod’s Word
So I would become
More like Jesus every day.Today, I proclaim thatI am God’s beloved,I am God’s servant,
I am God’s powerful
champion.And because I am blessed,
I am blessing the world.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
AT THE PHILIPPINE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER
A Catholic Prayer Meeting of the LIGHT OF JESUS FAMILYOctober 21, 2012
IN THIS ISSUE
JUMP!
JC Libiran (le) and Audee Villaraza seemto levitate as they lead Worship before the series
on
Rewards.
More on page 2.
--Photo by Ramel Robles
ROCK!
Zak
 
(le) and Niki Yokingco shake theKerygma Conference registraon at the PICCPlenary Hall Lobby. More on pages 4-5.
--Photo by Blaise Gomez
 Co n g ra t u la t io n s 
 to  t he  W i n ne r so f 
 Ke r y gma  Kl icks!
 See  pa ge s  4 - 5
TODAY, I’d like to talk about Heaven.Obviously, I’ve never been there yet.So I can’t describe it to you.If I was able to make an ocular inspection of Heaven, you can be sure thatI would have never gone back to Earthto tell you how it looked like. Unless Igot kicked out by an Angel the size of aSumo wrestler.My message today is
not 
to tellyou how beautiful Heaven is and whywe should abandon what we’re doingnow and rush to go there. Instead, my
message is for you to nd a way to
 seeheaven everywhere.
Even in your trials.Especially in your trials. Especiallyin your unanswered prayers. Especiallywhen there is more sadness than joys.Especially when there are more questionsthan answers.Here’s my message:
 Every pain in your heart contains a promise of Heaven
.Every need that won’t be met on Earthwill be met in Heaven. Every desire that
won’t be fullled on Earth will be fullled
in Heaven. Every dream that won’t cometrue on Earth will come true in Heaven.Truly, God’s
rewards programis unlimited 
.We need to see Heaveneverywhere. We need to remindourselves that Heaven is coming.Have a very wonderful Feast today!May your dreams come true, BO SANCHEZPS. Our next talk series is titled
 How To Deal with Emotional Vampires
. You andI have them. We all do. How do you dealwith them in such a way that will blessthem and bless you as well? I encourageyou to bring your friends to the Feast sothat they too will be blessed.
See HEAVEN
Everywhere
--Even in Your Pain
 
LAST WEEK 
LAST week’s Gospel fromMark 10:17-30 tells the storyof a young man who goes up toJesus to ask, “What shall I do toinherit eternal life? ”Jesus tells him, “Go andsell what you have and give tothe poor. And you will havetreasure in Heaven, then comefollow me.”In his homily, Fr. AlexBalatbat asked: “Are you rich andhappy or are you rich but sad? If you are not happy then there must be something missing from youyearning heart.”Fr. Alex said that havingmany possessions does not meanyou are rich. If your business isnothing but money, then that is a poor business. Business is morethan money, more than material possessions. Life is not onlyabout material things, life is aboutthe business of relationships.As written in 1 Timothy6:10:
“For the love of money is aroot of all sorts of evil, and someby longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
 Fr. Alex said it is okayto possess money, but never allow money to possess you. Headded: “The Feast is the happiest place on Earth because it is acelebration of truly rich people.”The happiest people in the worldare called givers. The more theygive, the more riches they gain.They are not afraid to lose their material wealth because God’s
 blessings are overowing.
Jesus taught the man to sellall his possessions and give themoney to the poor. Fr. Alex saidin the same manner, we shouldinvest on greater things. Weshould focus on the real treasureand that is Eternal Life.
-- Anna Modesto Photo by Chino Modesto
Plant and Harvest:God’s Earthly Rewards
IN last Sunday’s Feast, Bro. BoSanchez discussed
 Earthly Rewards
,the second topic in the
Unli
series.Bro. Bo said he searched onGoogle about
 Earthly Rewards
fromGod, and found that many are notcomfortable talking about receivingrewards as they believe that people should focusonly on EternalRewards. Bro. Bosaid that God wantsto reward us evenwhile we are still onEarth. He read from Mark 10:29-30:“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “noone who has left home or brothersor sisters or mother or father or 
children or elds for me and the
gospel will fail to receive a hundredtimes as much in this present age:homes, brothers, sisters, mothers,
children and elds—along with persecutions—and in the age to
come eternal life.”
The Marshmallow Test
Bro. Bo explained
 Earthly Rewards
through the MarshmallowTest conducted by the Universityof Stanford in 1972. About 600children aged 4 to 6 were broughtone by one in a small room devoidof distractions except for one piece of marshmallow on a table.Each child was instructed to waitfor 15 minutes before eating themarshmallow-- if he does, hewill get two instead of just onemarshmallow. Some children atethe marshmallow before the timewas up. Some closed their eyes, jumped or ran around just to avoideating the marshmallow. After 15minutes, the children who waited patiently happily received theisecond marshmallow. Twentyyears after the experiment, theresearchers checked on the childrenwho took the test, and found thatthose who succeeded in gettingtheir second marshmallows grewup as intelligent, well-adjusted, andsuccessful adults.Bro. Bo said the MarshmallowTest illustrates the Law of the Farm,that is, harvest is not immediately present after planting. By notenjoying all of the harvest at once
and delaying gratication, one gets to
reap even more.Bro. Bo said his messagewas for two groups of people: thosewho need to plant, and those whoneed to harvest.
People Who Need to Plant.
 Though the reward is not yet present, you must continue plantingso you have something to harvest.Bro. Bo said there are people whoenvy the rich person, particularlyhis harvest. But they do not see howhe planted, the hard work he didto have a harvest. Bro. Bo talkedof his business mentors who areincredibly wealthy. “But I am more blown away by their planting.They have been planting for decades, and they have notstopped.” Bro. Bo said.In the recent Truly RichClub Super Conference held inDos Palmas, Palawan, Bro. Bomet Nicole. She is a 20-year-oldFilipina who came from the UnitedStates to participate in the event. Hefound the young woman admirable because she spent her own moneyfor this endeavor.How did she raise the moneywithout asking for help from her  parents? She sold food, worked as asecretary, and offered photographyservices, among other things. Bro.Bo said, “Before she stepped intothe conference, she was alreadygrowing and learning.”
People who need to harvest.
There are people who keep delaying
gratication, until they die without
having experienced it. Low self-worth is one of the reasons peopledo not enjoy their harvest, as theyfeel unworthy to receive blessings.Some have a distorted religious belief that expecting earthly rewardsis unholy, and thus, they postponegrowth and advancement, andrefuse promotions at work.Bro. Bo encouraged usto aspire for earthly rewards.As Proverbs 10:5 puts it:“He who gathers crops insummer is a wise son, but hewho sleeps during harvest is adisgraceful son.”In one seminar, a man sharedto Bo that he felt regret for nothaving left his job. He was never  promoted for 18 years. He wishedhe had the chance to hear Bro. Bo’stalk years ago, and then he wouldhave looked for another companythat would appreciate hisefforts and gethimself rewarded.Bro. Bo alsoshared the storyof a woman whowas a talentedwedding planner. She would deliver  beautiful and organized ceremoniesand receptions to her friends for free. One day, she found herself needing money. Bro. Bo advisedher to charge services, but she wassqueamish about it.Indeed, there are people whothink they should not monetize their services. But Bro. Bo encouragedthem to go ahead and charge.
They have a difcult time putting
a price tag on their work becausethey feel unworthy and afraidto be criticized.Earthly harvest however, willalways be imperfect. “Prosperitywill always come with persecution.Abundance will always come withadversity,” he said. This is becauseearthly rewards are incomplete andimperfect. The perfect reward is theEternal Reward.Bro. Bo shared the story of his high school classmate, Felipe,who bragged about attending partiesand discos, and taking in drugs toget high. Bro. Bo, who was alreadyserving the ministry when he was 12years old, attended prayer meetingsand got high through Light of Jesus seminars.Years later, Felipe could nolonger go to parties because of hisnumerous health problems. Bro. Bo,on the other hand, is now building parties all over the world. “Theseare called Feasts,” he said.When he was 14 years old,he gave up time for his parentsand siblings at home. He went toslum areas and prisons to share theGospel and hold prayer meetings.He even lived in Anawim for three years with the abandonedelders and orphans. “I gave upmy youth, my life, my comfort,”he said.Bro. Bo is now harvestingwhat he planted in his youth.“God has returned to me ahundredfold whatever I hadgiven up.”Indeed, his life is a testimonyof God’s earthly rewards. “I wantyou to believe that God will rewardyou, even in this age. It will beincomplete, but it is a reminder thatthere is a perfect reward waiting for you,” Bro. Bo said.
--Cessna M. Papas Photo by Ramel Robles
Real Treasure
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THE FEAST October 21, 2012
 
TODAY
REFLECTIONS
Talk 3: Eternal Rewards
 Every Pain in Your Heart Contains a Promise of Heaven
Matthew 6:19-21
  Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where mothand rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But storeup for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust donot destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.... But seek 
 rst his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things wil
be given to you as well.
Matthew 6:1-4
 Be careful not to do your `acts of righteousnessbefore men,to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, donot announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell youthe truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your  Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Revelation 2:23, 26
 I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay eachof you according to your deeds. To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations.
Philippians 3:13-14
 But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Personal Reection and Group Discussion:
What unmet needs and unfullled desires do you havenow that you know will be met and fullled in Heaven?
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 My Delayed Rewar
By CES ARCILLA
IT had been ve years
since I was absorbed bythe company. Within that period, I was the only onewho was not promoted. My
ofcemates had already two
or three promotions. I never had one.
At rst, I was a silent
worker, not thinking aboutany promotion. I just workedand worked, delivering whatwas expected of me-- actually,even
exceeding 
what wasexpected of me. But as thedays wore on, I began to think:“Am I not good enough to be promoted?”Yes, I began to lose
condence in myself.
In 2011, my bossrecognized my contribution, praising my work in front of our team. I received a trophy“for consistently maintaininga positive atmosphere in theteam and always available toassist teammates.”I felt good. But still,I did not get promoted. Nevertheless, I continued to
work hard. I gured, I should
 just be thankful that I hada job and I could fend for myself and support my familyas well. I just made a decisionto surrender to God mydesire for a promotion and letHis plans come in Hisown time.Then, last October 5,my manager summoned me to
his ofce.
On my way to his room, Ithought, “Had I done somethingwrong today, or yesterday or the other day?”When I got to his room,my boss said, “I wantedto tell you the good news:your promotion.”I was dumbfounded.My boss said, “You look so surprised.”“Yes, I am,” I managedto say.And my boss said, “It is agood surprise then. Now your hard work has paid off.”Right there and then,I thought that instead of my boss, it was God telling methose words!Last Sunday, as Bro. BoSanchez talked on
 Earthly Rewards
, I couldn’t agree morewith him. He said God keepsrecords of the good thingsthat we do and He will rewardus in His own time. True. At
rst, nobody seemed to see the
hard work I had done for our company. But yes, God had been watching me all the time.And indeed, as Bro. Bo put it, “Rewards don’t comeinstantly, but in time.”
The trophy Ces received forconsistently maintaining a posiveatmosphere in the team and alwaysavailable to assist teammates.
THE FEAST October 21, 2012
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