the House of God

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD 32nd   Monday of Ordinary Time Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica November 9, 2020 WORD of the DAY  Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”  The Jews said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years,  and you will raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his body. Therefore, when he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they came to believe the scripture and the word Jesus had spoken.                (John 2: 20-22) How shall I live this Word? In the temple of Jerusalem, Jesus encounters animal merchants and money changers who think about their own interests, sitting at their tables. This triggers His harsh reaction as He bitterly notes the profane character assumed by the feast of the Passover of the Jews. Jesus reacts by reproaching: “Take these things away and do not make my Father’s house a market place”. For the first time he calls God ‘my Father’ and speaks of the temple as the house of His Father. He, as the Son, purifies His Father’s...

The Eucharist – Catechesis at Home – Fr. Abe, Gui, and Vicky

Click the Link Above to View Fr. Abe’s Video! On Facebook (@salesianym / Salesian Youth Ministry) and YouTube (Salesian Youth Movement), please view and share two new videos from the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry as Fr. Abraham Feliciano shares on the topic of the Eucharist and as Guilherme Lopes and Victoria Weekley continue the conversation from their young adult perspectives.  This topic concludes the OYM’s video series. Thank you for your support in watching and sharing these videos. Please feel free to continue to share these videos with others, especially young people, as a means of formation. Stay tuned for more new videos in the future! Click the Link Below to View Gui and Vicky’s...

PRECIOUS BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD MOST PRECIOUS BODY & BLOOD OF CHRIST June 14, 2020 WORD of the DAY I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us [his] flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live...

THIRD TUESDAY OF EASTER TIME

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD THIRD TUESDAY of EASTER TIME April 28, 2020 WORD of the DAY So they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” (John 6: 34-35) How shall I live this Word? It is really true, we need food and water to live, to grow, to move forward; but food and water alone are not enough for us, we need other, more. We need to satisfy our hunger for meaning and life, our need for answers to myriad questions, our desire for completeness and love. We need a bread that feeds us deeply and heals our continuous hunger, a bread that gives us strength and courage and that nourishes us on our daily journey. We need hope that does not die and certainties that cheer us up and save us. And this bread God gave us, by giving us His Body and His Blood at the Last Supper, leaving us, as an extreme act of love, the Eucharist, the food that satisfies for eternity.” Lord, help us to...

Don Bosco Mati PROACTIVE Response to Covid19

Mindanao Bosconians preparing for post-pandemic times By Fr. Julius Sanchez, SDB Rector Mati, Philippines (FIS), 15 April 2020 — Mati, the capital of the province of Davao Oriental, is situated on the southeastern side of Mindanao. Although known for being a coastal city, agriculture and agro-business is the main source of living of the people. Hence, the Salesian community in Mati City initiates a project to make their land productive during this continuing enhanced community quarantine. The idea is that, while everyone is busy helping frontliners and victims of COVID-19, they are getting ready for the post-pandemic scenario. Led by Fr. Rex Carbilledo (Director of the TVET) they have started already their preparations for land cultivation and planting of vegetables. They plan to plant eggplants, ladyfingers (okra), lettuce, sweet potato (kamote), cassava, onions, ginger and sweet corns. Some of these have already been planted. In a month or so, they will begin to harvest their farm products. God-willing, they can provide a source of cheap and organic vegetables and hopefully they can extend this farm technology to the local people and neighboring communities. Don Bosco Mati is one of the two Salesian communities located in Mindanao island, with 6 SDB...

Third Tuesday of Easter Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Third Tuesday of Easter Time May 7, 2019 WORD of the DAY So they said to him, “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” So they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” (John 6 30: 35) How shall I live this Word? Then they said to him: “Lord, always give us this bread.” Jesus asked for faith in Him, a total adherence to His person, but people do not understand. It takes much more to believe in Him, the miracle of bread is not enough. So, like the...