South Sudan's Challenge

South Sudan's Challenge
Healing & Reconciliation

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time m(B)

Short Reflection for the 3rd Sunday in the Ordinary Time (B)

Readings: Jonah 3: 1-.10; 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31; Mark 1: 14-20

Selected Passage: Jesus said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of people." (Mk.1:17)

Meditation:  Jesus calls ALL.  His invitation is to become his companions and co-workers in building God’s kingdom.  Are we willing to abandon everything and heed his call? No one can remain bystander when Jesus calls. The first disciples heard the call; abandoned everything; and followed Jesus.  Today, Jesus invites us to do , likewise. Cf. www.badaliyya.blogspot.com

DHIKR SIMPLE METHOD...
Dhikr is an Arabic word for remembrance. In the “tariqa” (the way) movement, dhikr developed into a form of prayer… It is a prayer of the heart… following three simple steps:

1.    Write in one’s heart a certain passage of the Holy Writ…
2.   Make the same passage ever present in one’s lips. 
3.   Then wait for God’s disclosure on the meaning of the passage…that interprets one’s life NOW…!

It takes a week of remembering (dhikr)…or even more days to relish the beauty of this method…

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

Short Reflection for the 2nd Sunday in the Ordinary Time (B)

Readings: 1 Samuel 3: 3-10; 1 Corinthians 6: 3-15; John 1: 35-42

Selected Passage: “What do you seek?” And they said to him, “Rabbi, where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and See.” (John 1: 38-39)

Meditation: If we truly want to be disciples, we need to SEEK first the abode of the Lord like the first two disciples in the Gospel.  By doing so, we shall hear anew the Lord’s invitation “Come and See”.  Yes, the Lord invites us to share not only his abode but also his life.  In fact, anyone who believes and obeys his commands shares, too, in his sonship thereby is empowered to call God – Abba, which means Father.  Cf. www.badaliyya.blogspot.com

DHIKR SIMPLE METHOD...
Dhikr is an Arabic word for remembrance. In the “tariqa” (the way) movement, dhikr developed into a form of prayer… It is a prayer of the heart… following three simple steps:

1.    Write in one’s heart a certain passage of the Holy Writ…
2.   Make the same passage ever present in one’s lips. 
3.   Then wait for God’s disclosure on the meaning of the passage…that interprets one’s life NOW…!

It takes a week of remembering (dhikr)…or even more days to relish the beauty of this method…

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord



Readings: Isaiah 60: 1-6; Ephesians 3: 2-3a. 5-6; Matthew 2: 1-12

Selected Passage: “They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage.  Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”  (Matthew 2: 10-11)

Meditation: This feast celebrates the manifestation of the Lord to the Magi. They saw his star and followed it until they saw the child. They recognized in the Child - the Savior awaited by the whole creation.  We, too, need to see his star, today, and follow it in our daily journey until we recognize the manifestation or the Epiphany of God in our lives. Yes, his star continues to shine, but we need a discerning eyes and a heart attune to God so that we, too, one day, will find him and pay him homage. www.badaliyya.blogspot.com


DHIKR SIMPLE METHOD

1st step: Write the text or Dhikr (the Arabic word for REMEMBRANCE) in your heart.
2nd step: Let the text remain always in on your lips and mind - RECITING the text silently as often as possible...
3rd step:  Be attentive to the disclosure of the meaning/s of the text in your life.



Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Feast of the Holy Family (B)


Readings: Sirach 3: 2-7, 12-14; Colossians 3: 12-21; Luke 2: 22-40

Selected Passage:  “Simon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted, and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed’.”(Luke 2: 34-35)

 Meditation:  It will NOT be all bed of roses for this child born in a manger wrapped in swaddling clothes. NO! This child is the NEW face of God that is destined for the fall and rise of many. He is the face of God that is MERCY and COMPASSION and by his words and deeds all hearts, thoughts and actions would be measured. Cuidado! www.badaliyya.blogspot.com

 DHIKR SIMPLE METHOD

 1st step: Write the text or Dhikr (the Arabic word for REMEMBRANCE) in your heart.
2nd step: Let the text remain always in on your lips and mind - RECITING the text silently as often as possible...
3rd step:  Be attentive to the disclosure of the meaning/s of the text in your life.

Bapa Jun Mercado, OMI


Monday, December 18, 2017

4th Sunday of Advent (B)

Short Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Advent (B)

Readings: 2 Samuel 7: 1-5. 8-12; Romans 16: 25-27; Luke 1: 26-38

Selected Gospel Passage: And the angel said to Mary in reply, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God”. (Luke 1: 35)

Reflection: Jesus comes to us anew through the power of the Holy Spirit and like Mary, our mother, in events we least expect. What is important is our generosity and readiness to respond, like Mary, ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word’.  Mary is the model of discipleship – her readiness and willingness to do God’s bidding no matter the cost. to See www.badaliyya.blogspot.com

DHIKR SIMPLE METHOD...
Dhikr is an Arabic word for remembrance. In the “tariqa” (the way) movement, dhikr developed into a form of prayer… It is a prayer of the heart… following three simple steps:

1.Write in one’s heart a certain passage of the Holy Writ… 
2.Make the same passage ever present in one’s lips. 
3.Then wait for God’s disclosure on the meaning of the passage…that interprets one’s life NOW…!

It takes a week of remembering (dhikr)…or even more days to relish the beauty of this method…


Saturday, December 2, 2017

1st Sunday of Advent (B)

Short Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Advent (B)
Readings: Isaiah 63: 16-17. 19. 64: 2-7; 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9; Mark 13: 33-37
Selected Gospel Passage: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. And I say to you: WATCH!” (Mk. 13: 33 & 37)
Reflection: Take heed… Jesus comes in moments and at events we least expect. Vigilance is NOT doing anything or looking out at the sky but DOING our task and role well and conscientiously. Cuidate! www.badaliyya.blogspot.com
ADVENT is the beginning of a new Liturgical Year B. Advent a season of joyful expectation for the coming of the Lord celebrated at Christmas. Three characteristics should mark our Advent celebration:
1) “Make straight our crooked ways”;
2) “Allow ourselves to be taught by God”; and
3) Do Good to other and Do NO harm both to neighbors and environment.
DHIKR SIMPLE METHOD...
1st step: Write the text or Dhikr (the Arabic word for REMEMBRANCE) in your heart.
2nd step: Let the text remain always in on your lips and mind - RECITING the text silently as often as possible...
3rd step: Be attentive to the disclosure of the meaning/s of the text in your life.

Never Grow Weary

NEVER GROW WEARY


This sounds so simple and yet it cuts to the heart of many of our moral struggles. We give up too soon, give in too soon, and don’t carry our solitude to its highest level. We simply don’t carry tension long enough.

All of us experience tension in our lives: in our families, in our friendships, in our places of work, in our churches, in our communities, and within our conversations around other people, politics, and current events.

Being good-hearted people, we carry that tension with patience, respect, graciousness, and forbearance – for a while!  Then, at a certain point we feel ourselves stretched to the limit, grow weary of doing what is right, feel something snap inside of us, and hear some inner-voice say: Enough! I’ve put up with this too long! I won’t tolerate this anymore!
We let go of patience, respect, graciousness, and forbearance, either by venting and giving back in kind, or simply by fleeing the situation with an attitude of good riddance. Either way, we refuse to carry the tension any longer.

At that exact point, when we have to choose between giving up or holding on, carrying tension or letting it go, is a crucial moral site, one that determines character: Big-heartedness, nobility of character, deep maturity, and spiritual sanctity often manifest themselves around these questions: How much tension can we carry? How great is our patience and forbearance? How much can we put up with?

Of course this comes with a caveat: Carrying tension does not mean carrying abuse. Those of noble character and sanctity of soul challenge abuse rather than enable it through well-intentioned acquiescence. Sometimes, in the name of virtue and loyalty, we are encouraged to absorb abuse, but that is antithetical to what Jesus did. He loved, challenged, and absorbed tension in a way that took away the sins of the world. We know now, thanks to long bitter experience, that no matter how noble our intention, when we absorb abuse as opposed to challenging it, we don’t take away the sin, we enable it.

All of this will not be easy. It’s the way of long loneliness, with many temptations to let go and slip away. If you persevere and never grown weary of doing what is right, at your funeral, those who knew you will be blessed and grateful that you continued to believe in them even when for a time they had stopped believing in themselves.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thinking Small

THINKING SMALL

Not much in our world today helps us to believe that. Most everything urges us to think big and to be careless about small things. The impression is given us that what is private in our lives is little and unimportant. Likewise what is played out on the smaller stage of life – in the more domestic areas of family, marriage, and our exchanges with our neighbours and colleagues – is also deemed to be of little consequence.

The big stage is what is important. What mark have you left in the world? What have you achieved on the bigger stage? What has been your involvement in the great causes? Nobody cares about your little life!  Private morality, private grudges, the little insults that we hand out, our many angers and resentments, the small infidelities within our sexual lives, the many little acts of selfishness, and, conversely, the small acts of sacrifice and selflessness that we do and the little compliments that we hand out, these are not valued much in our culture.

I remember a young man, very dedicated to social causes, once asking me: “Do you really think that God gives a damn whether or not you say your morning prayers, or whether or not you hold some small grudge, or whether or not you are always polite to your colleagues, or whether or not you are always chaste sexually? That’s petty, small, private stuff that deflects attention off of the bigger moral issues.”

I believe that God does care a great deal. We tend to forget quickly who won such or such an award, or who starred in such and such a movie or play. But we remember, and remember vividly, with all the healing and grace it brought, who was nice to us all those years ago on the playground at school. We remember who encouraged us when we felt insecure. Conversely, we also remember vividly, with all the scars it brought, who laughed at us on the playground, made fun of our clothes, or called us stupid.

Falls and winters come and go, springs and summers come and go.  Sometimes the only thing we can remember from a given year is some small mustard seed, of cruelty or kindness.

To read more click here or copy this address into your browser http://ronrolheiser.com/thinking-small/#.WhRDmUtrxE4

34th Sunday - The Solemnity of Christ the King

Short Reflection on the Solemnity of Christ the King (A)

Readings: Ezekiel 14: 11-12; 15-17; 1 Corinthians 15: 20-26; Matthew 25: 31-46

Gospel Passage: “Lord, when did we see you hungry and fee you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you stranger and welcome you or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you? And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'” (Matthew 25: 37-40)

Meditation: In the end, the real test of discipleship is ‘believing and attending to the needs of the people in need, that is, caring for and ministering to people, especially the least of our brothers and sisters. The real fellowship at the table of the Lord is when we are able to break bread with the poor. The true image of Christ the King is NOT Jesus with Crown and scepter and sitting on his throne! That is the Constantinian King! The true image of Christ the King is Jesus with a crown of thorns before Pilate or Jesus Crucified with INRI label – the sentence for his claim!www.badaliyya.blogspot.com

DHIKR SIMPLE METHOD
Dhikr is an Arabic word which means REMEMBRANCE.
1st step: Write the text in your heart.
2nd step: Let the text remain always in on your lips and mind - RECITING the text silently as often as possible...
3rd step: Be attentive to the disclosure of the meaning/s of the text in your life.

The Solemnity of Christ the King

The Solemnity of Christ the King

A more biblical representation of Christ the King..! He is NO earthly king or an Emperor with power and wealth...!

He got no throne but the Cross; no scepter but a reed; and no crown but a crown of thorns!

His authority flows from that love he has for all creation that no man has... to lay down his life for his friends... and life to the full. And he calls as his friends!

His kingship is revealed in the washing of the feet of his disciples.. He who is called master and teacher washes the feet of his disciples so also his followers should wash each order's feet in remembrance of him and his deeds!