April 18, 2019
“Sometimes, God breaks us to be used for more of His works with stronger faith.”
The Lord’s Flock (TLF) Lenten Recollection held last April 17 to 19, 2019 at the Sanctuary, aimed to give everyone something to remember and treasure. It was the good days of learning more about God’s love and mercy. As everyone commemorated on the passion and death of Christ, the recollection helped the people to know that it does not mean that we must not smile or laugh and that we must be ‘gloomy’ as it was in memory of the death of Jesus Christ, who died on the cross in order to save us. He therefore wants us to be happy; but of course, the respect and appreciation must be there. Repentance, forgiveness, love, and devotion are some of the best ways that we can do in commemorating everything that the Lord has done for us all. The Lenten Recollection that the community has prepared was a way that definitely helped everyone, and it truly filled all with overflowing blessings especially during the season of Lent.
Last Good Friday, April 19, 2019, was another day to learn more about God’s Word, works, and ways. TLF had Rev. Fr. Bong Guerrero and Rev. Fr. Jerry Orbos speak for the third day of the Lenten Recollection. Attendees heard about good points and facts such as: things will not always work out the way we expect and want them to be; focus on what you have and not on what you do not have; and, more.
“We cannot avoid death but we can prepare for it,” said Fr. Bong Guerrero as he spoke about everyone committing sins. He meant to say that our lives may be tough, but we must not get too desperate that we commit sin just in order for us to survive in a situation. He had some hits and jokes but left everyone wonderful reflections that emphasized the existence of all the great troubles and challenges in our lives that sometimes would just make us doubt and lose hope—but our God is so powerful and is bigger than everything and so we can overcome through Him.
Fr. Bong gave everyone a good 6 weeks throwback that discussed different events and parables in the scriptures. There were various reminders and key takeaways per week’s discussion such as: (1) temptations will always be part of our lives that we must always try to resist them and avoid committing sins; (2) change for the better; not directly, just physically, but with one’s traits and values; and, perspective in life; (3) God does not count our shortcomings and how many times we sin against Him, but He counts how many times we ask for forgiveness and repent; (4) salvation is not about what we say, what we think, and how we feel—but it is about what we do; (5) all of us do wrong things. We may begin in a way that is not so good, but it does not mean that we have to end up that way; (6) God made all things and said it was good—we are all good; (7) God see something different in us. He sees good in each one of us, (8) do not let your past determine your future; (9) who we are in the past does not matter to our God. What matters to Him is who we are today; and, (10) admiration fades away or does not last long. God does not need admiration. He rather needs good followers.
It was indeed a talk that was fully loaded of great thoughts for everyone. Even when people almost endlessly laughed out with all the jokes and hits Fr. Bong Guerrero threw at them, still he was able to relay God’s messages that were eye-opening and heart-striking.
The next speaker, Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD, testified to everyone about how great God moved in his life while he was ill. “Pray about everything. Worry about nothing. In Jesus’ Name all will be well,” he said. He shared about the cancer that he never knew existed till an accident happened. “I did question God on why he let me be in an accident. I almost got killed. But later on, I realized that He used that accident for me to know of what is more important. My life had a bigger threat that I did not even know was existing that time. Now, I am very blessed to have experienced God’s good grace.”
His testimony served as a reminder for everyone to learn how to let go of everything that makes us keep on thinking and worry about things going on in our lives, and let God move through; for even when we might not get what exactly is the purpose or whatever goes on with His ways, still God knows what must be done. “Focus on the humor, not on the tumor.” It is better to count your blessings, not the downfalls and sad things, and not the things that we do not have. Choose to be happy despite of everything. Make a decision to be joyful. Joy does not depend on the people, situation, and the things around you. It is acceptance. It is a decision—a choice to be happy.
Fr. Jerry also emphasized that no matter what happens, God must be in control. “Do not spend your life telling people that you are any better. Stop controlling people. You are not in control, and you cannot really control because your life is not all about you.” The world needs to know what you are going through. What is important is that God loves you so much, and it is true. The world may have its standards, but they are to which you must not conform. Let the world see and know the truth about you and what we all have; and one of those truths is that we are all blessed.
God used this event to remind everyone that we might have heavy burdens, but remember the cross which Christ carried and where He died just to save us.
“The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.” —Psalm 37:39
Trust God always and never worry. Travel light and travel bright.
By: Sis. Mycah Faro
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