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 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

June 30, 2019

Luke 9, 51-62

 

When the days for his being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village.

As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go,” Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”

And to another he said, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my Father.” But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

And another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.” Jesus said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”

 

Reflection

 

No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God. To approximate an understanding of this saying of Jesus we have to put it in context. Jesus has just decided to Jerusalem where he would carry out his mission (to suffer and die…that we may live). Some wanted to follow him, but he warned them that following him was a serious choice. He cautioned them because, as a human being, he knew that initial enthusiasm did not last. In fact, je just narrated the parable of the sower. “The seeds that fell on rocky ground are the ones who receive the Word with joy, but because they have no roots, they believe only for a time and fall away in time of trial.”

Jesus wants his disciples to follow him in a radical way. When Jesus calls us to follow him, and he calls everyone in different ways, he allows us to experience the beauty of being loved by God, for which it is worthwhile breaking with the past. But after the initial enthusiasm, the nostalgia for what we have left behind, and the influence of pervading values diametrically opposed to the new life that we have found will take its toll. This is the problem that followers of Jesus face every day. On the one hand we want to live the kind of life the gospels have opened for us, but on the other, we give in to our weaknesses. The lure of our past life and our surroundings exert their own weight and pressure.

The gospel message today tells us to be coherent, persevering and faithful. If we have experienced the beauty of God’s love then we also know that nothing is more contrary to it than spiritual laziness, compromise and half measures. There is nothing more contrary to this new life than a life lived only for oneself in selfishness and self-concern.

What concretely should we do? The 2nd reading today from the Letter to the Galatians gives us concrete suggestions as to what to do. First counteract self-centeredness by being of service to one’s neighbor. The Letter to the Galatians says: “For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” The second suggestion from Galatians is for us to live by the Spirit, which means not giving in to selfishness and laziness. We must be ready to say “no” to any form of temptation. However, saying “no” makes sense ONLY if we have said “yes” to what God wants of us. Following Jesus is very demanding. No wonder he cautioned those who wanted to follow him with these words: “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God;” and that only those who endure to the end will receive the reward.”

 

By Fr. Magdaleno Fabiosa SVD

Sis. Teresita "Tess" Tung

Acolytes of St. Jude

Website: http://www.liganimaster.co.nr/

  • President: Ysmael Angeles
  • Vice President: Christian John Riparip
  • Secretary: Andrew Ligao
  • Treasurer: Paul Angelo Riparip
  • President: Betty Ngo
  • 1st Vice President: Helen Tan
  • 2nd Vice President: Perla Tan
  • Secretary: Chua Co
  • Assistant Secretary: Vicky Ramos
  • Treasurer: Elisa Go
  • Assistant Treasurer: Letty David
  • Member: Lizanne Castillo
  • Member: Rosario Ching
  • Member: Benita Chua
  • Member: Loretta Chua
  • Member: Romano Co
  • Member: Dy Tian Lillian
  • Member: Rosa Dytoc
  • Member: Monserat Gochioco
  • Member: Carmen Javellana
  • Member: Shirley Kaw
  • Member: Victoria Kho
  • Member: Grace Lim
  • Member: Mary Lim
  • Member: Consuelo Say
  • Member: Asuncion See
  • Member: Marcela Sim
  • Member: Jasmin Tan
  • Member: Juanita Tan
  • Member: Perla Tan
  • Member: Lucia Tang
  • Member: Dorothy Tee
  • Member: Adalia Uy
  • Member: Eufrancia Uy
  • Member: Elizabeth Wang

 

Unit Leader: Bro. Dave & Sis. Tess Calces

Household Leader: Bro. Daniel & Sis. Dome Magno

Members:

            -Bro. Joewey & Sis. Mayang Morales

            -Bro. Rodel & Sis. Shirly Saludes

            -Bro. Emman & Sis. Joan Leonor

Household Leader: Bro. Sonny & Sis. Cora Andal

Members:

            -Bro. Bernie & Sis. Lorna Faustino

            -Bro. Bong & Sis. Lani Mangalus

            -Bro. Randy & Sis. Gina Salma

            -Bro. Nonie & Sis. Josie Fajilan

Household Leader: Bro. Edmund & Sis. Eve Espiritu

Members:

            -Bro. Bart & Sis. Kathy Fallaria

            -Bro. Dan & Sis. Tess Tolentino

            -Bro. Eric & Sis. Lilian Lingal

Household Leader: Bro. Rodel & Sis. Mhang Manuel

            -Bro. Bong & Sis. Irene Austria

            -Bro. Willy & sis. Milly Lathrop

            -Bro. Randy & Sis. Jessa Quing-quing

            -Bro. Ernie & Sis. Darmie Sojor

Household Leader: Bro. Cris & Sis. Nora Pineda

Our Activities:


  • Chairman: Atty. William Limqueco
  • Coordinator: Mr. Antonio Esteban
  • Assistant Coordinator: Ms. Emily Valdez - Tan
  • Secretary: Ms. Rose Li
  • Treasurer: Ms. Bituin Madarang
  • Auditor: Mr. Romy Segovia
  • PRO: Ms. Nelly Alcantara
  • PRO: Ms. Charing Araque
  • Adviser: Ms. Estelita Aguirre
  • Adviser: Mr. Bernard Marcon
  • Coordinator: Cristina Tomas
  • Member: Beth Abacon
  • Member: Pilar Arguelles
  • Member: Hermie Asuncion
  • Member: Norma Baluga
  • Member: Fe Castillo
  • Member: Cora Gloria
  • Member: Cora Gonzales
  • Member: Marilyn Landrito
  • Member: Naty Makiling
  • Member: Norma Mangawang
  • Member: Remy Patricio
  • Member: Amy Reyes
  • Member: Leony Taray
  • President: Chastine Mae Melliza
  • Member: Lourdes Bitara
  • Member: Rina Rivera
  • Member: Maria Lourdes Yee
  • Member: Leidee FLores
  • Member: Elvie Tabliago
  • Member: Angelito Yu
  • Member: Rodolfo Jimenez, Jr.
  • Member: Nena Tabliago
  • Choir Teacher/ Guitarist/ Keyboardist: Ralph Adaza
  • President: Josephine Yap
  • Vice President: Roderick Barcelo
  • Secretary: Eunice Desiree Choa
  • Assistant Secretary: Judee Anne Mahandog
  • Treasurer: Arne Barcelo
  • Assistant Treasurer: Maria Teresa Casado-Ramos
  • Advisory Council: Leonila Ilagan
  • Advisory Council: Michelle Gonzales
  • Advisory Council: Lani Isleta-Palatino
  • Member: Rickie Bryan L. Santiago
  • Member: Lilibeth Calderon
  • Member: Therese Beryl Guevarra
  • Member: Wilma Orlina
  • Member: Marilyn Reyes
  • Member: Valerie Roxas Tan
  • Member: Eoner Candelario Vidanes

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National Shrine of Saint Jude: Legion of Mary Praesidium

MARIA SPES SINENSIUM Members :

  • President: Caroline Gozun
  • Vice President: Roderick Barcelo
  • Secretary: Arne Barcelo
  • Treasurer: Ivee Dy
  • Member: Allan Bueno
  • Member: Karren Noronio
  • Member: Shorrena Noronio
  • Member: Mercy Co

 

SCOPE OF WORK:

Home to home visitation; taking and updating of the parish census; recruitment and follow up of active and auxiliary members; follow up on marriage validation, baptismal, Holy Communion and confirmation cases; hospital visitation; block rosary; participation in various parish and curia activities.


ABOUT:

The Legion of Mary

The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work. The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. Persons who wish to join the Legion must apply for membership in a Praesidium. The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish. Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary.

The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serve the Church and their neighbour on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries. The first meeting of the Legion of Mary took place in Myra House, Francis Street, Dublin, Ireland, on 7 September, 1921. This meeting was to have very beneficial consequences for the mission of the Catholic Church and, in a special way, for millions of members of Christ’s lay faithful who would serve in the Legion and for those who would be served by the legionary apostolate. Many persons outside the Catholic Church would also benefit from that apostolate. With the approval and support of the Popes and a great many Bishops, Priests and Religious, as well as the prayers and efforts of legionaries, the Legion, by the grace of God, has grown into a worldwide organisation with several million members.

Drawing its inspiration from the True Devotion to Mary, as taught by St. Louis Marie de Montfort, and which had a profound influence on the Founder of the Legion, the Servant of God, Frank Duff, the Legion is at the disposal of the Bishops and Priests for use in the mission of the Church. While essentially a lay association, legionaries look for spiritual and apostolic formation to priests and religious, who, as Legion Spiritual Directors, hold an honoured place in the Legion system. The Legion requires ecclesiastical approval to work in a diocese or parish. Loyalty to the Magisterium and to Ecclesiastical Authority is a basic legionary principle. The Legion aims to bring Mary to the world as the infallible means of winning the world to Jesus and legionary service is based on the doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ so that in their fellow members and in those they serve, legionaries seek to have the Person of our Lord once again seen and served by Mary, his Mother.

The general and essential means by which the Legion of Mary is to effect its object is personal service acting under the influence of the Holy Spirit, having Divine Grace as its moving principle and support, and the glory of God and the salvation of souls as its final end and purpose. Evangelisation, especially the seeking of conversions to the Church, should be a priority for the Legion. Through the visitation of homes and by other means, the Legion must, as a first principle, set out to establish a contact of some sort with every soul everywhere. Seeing and serving Christ in the sick and marginalised is another vital part of the legionary apostolate. While not engaging in the giving of material relief, legionaries will often find opportunities to do works of service for the needy.

The basic unit of the Legion is called a praesidium, which is normally based in a parish. A parish may have more than one praesidium. To be an active legionary it is necessary to apply for membership in a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting and allocates a weekly apostolic task to the members, who generally work in pairs. After a successful period of probation, members are called to make the Legionary Promise (this is only applicable for members over 18 years) which is directed to the Holy Spirit. Realising the necessity for a strong support of prayer, the Legion has Auxiliary members, who associate themselves with the Legion by undertaking a service of prayer in its name. The administration of the Legion is carried out through its various councils at local, regional and national level. The central council, the Concilium Legionis Mariae, meets monthly in Dublin.

The Cause for Beatification has been introduced for three legionaries: The Servant of God, Frank Duff (1889-1980), Founder of the Legion, who attended the Second Vatican Council as a Lay Observer; Venerable Edel Quinn (1907-1944), Legion Envoy to East Africa; and the Servant of God, Alfie Lambe (1932-1959), Legion Envoy to South America.

Visit Legion of Mary Ireland Website

  • President: Corazon Odrunia
  • Vice President: Emma Constantino
  • Secretary: Delia Carunungan
  • Treasurer: Corazon Ponce
  • Auditor: Aguida Savellano
  • Vestment Custodian: Edith Gloria
  • Vestment Custodian: Helen Simporios
  • Member: Salve Alamillo
  • Member: Bella Bituin
  • Member: Marietta Custodio
  • Member: Alice Olivar
  • Member: Dina Ponce
  • Member: Shirley Savellano
  • Member: Rose Yumang
  • Honorary Member: Lita Abagat
  • Honorary Member: Emerita Arreola
  • Honorary Member: Lourdes Casado
  • Honorary Member: Doris Delos Santos
  • Honorary Member: Chit Enriquez
  • Honorary Member: Ines Nealega
  • Honorary Member: Rose Ponce
  • Honorary Member: Marivic Tigno
  • Member: Yasmine Roselle Ocado Caparas
  • Member: Michelle Caparas
  • Member: Willyn Rose De Jesus
  • Member: Robert Chua
  • Member: Proceso Chua
  • Member: John Gohan
  • Member: James Ong
  • Member: Luciano Say
  • Member: Henry Tee
  • Member: Antonio Uy
  • President: Betty Ngo
  • 1st Vice President: Benita Chua
  • 2nd Vice President: Elisa Go
  • Secretary: Juanita Tan
  • Treasurer: Letty David
  • PRO: Romano Co
  • President: Maureen Jonet Alair
  • Vice President: Ma. Hamlet Erorita
  • Secretary: Heidee Flores
  • Treasurer: Ma. Lorie Simporios
  • Member: Edelviesse Bautista
  • Member: Jemely Belandres
  • Member: Ma. Marigold Erorita
  • Member: Leidee Flores
  • Member: Dundee Flores
  • Member: Jewanie Marie Gueta
  • Member: Jedel Manlapas
  • Member: Jennel Ojinal
  • Member: Jennifer Postrado
  • Member: Ma. Shiena Savellano
  • Member: Ma. Angelica Simporios