Bro. Bo said you can solve your problems operating from ego-- arrogance, pride, impatience.But such measure will have catastrophic results.
He added: “Proud people—in a t of impatience—will attack the wall without much
discernment-- blowing up the wall, without even checking if others will be injured or killed. Inthe process, they destroy not only the wall that blocks their Dream, but they end up destroying theDream itself.”
AFTER all the people had beenbaptized and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying,heaven was opened 22 and the
Holy Spirit descended upon him
in bodily form like a dove. And a
voice came from heaven, “ You
are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
--Luke 3:15-16, 21-22.Fr. Alex Balatbat saidthe baptism of the Lord is notabout to remove the sin of Jesus because Jesus has no sin
at all. His baptism signies the
willingness of God to be insolidarity with humanity.Fr. Alex pointed out thatwe can understand the baptismof the Lord only in the lightof His passion, death, andresurrection. The water in HolyScripture is not just a symbol
of purication but also signies
death. Jesus is slowly immersedin the water which means Heis embracing even our owndeath. Jesus then rises fromthe water which symbolizesHis resurrection.Because of God’s will to be one with every person, we areall given the chance to be onewith God. When we receive thesacrament of baptism, we live--like Jesus-- in the very divinityof God. As we are baptised,Fr. Alex pointed out, our life becomes the very life of God.With His desire to sharewith us His goodness, Godexpects us all to be like Him.We should think, love, and actlike our Creator and Saviour.God’s generosity, compassion,
and life must be reected in our
heart and in our life. We are allcalled to live a true life in God.
-- Mary Joy O. Acabado-- Photo by ELS
THE BAPTISMof JESUS
BRO. Bo Sanchez began Talk 2:
of the series
Guaranteed: 3 Things God Promises You
with the verse fromProverbs 3:5: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do notlean on your own understanding.”
Three Kinds of Solutions
Bro. Bo reminded us about Talk 1:
where he said, “Dreams can come fromPride or Purpose.” He added that in the same way, Solutions can come from Pride or Purpose-- plus Passivity.
Bro. Bo said the Passive Person does not do anything about his problem because he has heard of the advise, “Trust in the Lord.” So he just waits for others to solve his problem for him. Such person, Bro. Bo pointed out, is
aficted with low self-worth. “He feels he can’t do anything. He feels he
is a victim. He feels totally helpless. He is conditioned and trained to be a parasite, totally dependent on others—friends, relatives, spiritual community,the government, or even God Himself.”“Imagine a brick wall. The wall blocks his path to his dreams. This passive person sits in front of that wall and just waits for a miracle to makethe wall disappear. He waits for a storm to blow the wall down, or an
earthquake to tear it down, or even the nger of God to appear from nowhere,ick the wall, and topple it down.”
In Exodus 2:11 to 13, a young Moses takes matters in his own hands when he sees anEgyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Moses kills the Egyptian and hides himin the sand.Bro. Bo pointed out that Moses tried to correct a wrong with another wrong. In the samemanner, we like solving our problems in our own way even if our way is not in accordance withGod’s way. Many times, God is not in a hurry to solve the problem-- but we are. When God solvessomething, He wants a long-term and permanent solution.
Bro. Bo said:
“Don’t focus on your Problem. Focus on your Purpose.
Don’t focus on the brick wall. Don’t focus on attacking the brick wall. Instead, focus on the Dream behind that brick wall. Focusing on your Purpose is the God-Solution which makes your problem
don’t have to blow up the brick wall. All you have to do is nd a way
the brick wall.”Bro. Bo concluded his talk with a verse from Psalm 46:10 : “Be still and know that I am God.”Be patient and focus on your Purpose-- which will lead to a long-term solution-- God’s solution.
-- Anna Modesto / Photos by Ramel Robles, James Morrison, and ELS With reporting by Gerald Gonzales / Skit by Feast PICC Creative and Events Group Performers: Guy: Anthony Valenzuela / Girl: Connie Zabala Makeup Artists: Camille Noceda and Rose Mendoza Props Men: Jab Balauro and Jeremy Austria / Clapper: Robert Calinao
THE FEAST January 20, 2013