A Gospel Reflection on the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary time, November 6, 2011.
Dominican Province of the Philippines
Sa panahon ng kalamidad gaya ng bagyo ay naghahanda tayo.
ANONG KLASENG PAGHAHANDA ANG GINAGAWA NATIN?
Halimbawa, nag-iimbak tayo ng mga pagkain, ang iba’y bago dumating ang bagyo ay nagpapanic-buying na sa mga groceries para makabili ng mga pagkain at iba pang kakailanganin sa oras ng bagyo. Ang iba diyan ay bumibili na ng maraming kandila para gagamitin kung sakaling mawalan ng kuryente sa oras ng bagyo. At marami rin sa atin kapag pinaghahandaan natin ang malakas na bagyo ay nire-recharge na natin ang ating cellphones at flashlights. Ito ang mga paghahandang ginagawa natin pagdating ng mga sakuna gaya ng bagyo.
Dito sa Ebanghelyong (Matthew 25:1-13) binasa natin ngayong araw na ito ng 32nd Sunday in Ordinary time, November 6, 2011, nakita natin dito yung sampung babae na may dalang ilawan. Ang Sampung Babae na ito ay hinati sa dalawa, ang matalino at hangal. Ang mga matalinong babae ay nagdala ng ilawan ngunit may baon silang langis. Samantalang ang mga babaeng hangal ay nagdala ng ilawan ngunit hindi naman nagbaon ng langis. So nakita natin dito na yung limang matatalinong babae ay laging handa sa pagdating ng lalaking ikakasal.
AT SINO YUNG LALAKING IKAKASAL NA TINUTUKOY DITO?
Ang Ebanghelyong binasa natin ngayon ay isang parable, THE PARABLE OF THE TEN BRIDESMAIDS. Ang PARABLE ay kuwento lamang . Si Hesus ay gumagamit ng parable para maintindihan natin ang mensahe ng kaharian ng diyos. Sa Ebanghelyong binasa ngayon ay meron tayong mapupulot na aral sa parable na ito.
ANONG ARAL NA MAPUPULOT NATIN DITO?
Ang Maging Handa tayo sa lahat ng oras.
Kung titignan natin ang ating kapaligiran ay maraming nangyayaring mga disasters. Iniisip ng ilan sa inyo kapag nakikita ang mga pangyayaring ito ay iniisip nila na MALAPIT NA ANG KATAPUSAN NG MUNDO. Yang mga nangyayari sa ating kapaligiran ay tinatawag na SIGNS OF THE TIMES, ito ay mga palatandaan na malapit nang dumating ang panginoon pero walang nakakaalam kung kailan, anong araw at petsa at anong oras darating si Kristo.
Kaya importante sa buhay natin ay lagi tayong maging handa sa lahat ng oras.
KUNG HINDI TAYO MAGHAHANDA SA PAGDATING NG PANGINOON AY SORI KA,
HINDI KA MAKAKARATING SA LANGIT.
ANONG KLASENG PAGHAHANDA ANG GAGAWIN NATIN?
MAGSISI TAYO SA ATING MGA NAGAWANG KASALANAN AT MAGBALIK-LOOB NA TAYO SA PANGINOON.
GAWIN NATIN ITO NGAYON NA, HINDI MAMAYA, HINDI BUKAS, HINDI SA SUSUNOD PANG MGA ARAW,
DAPAT NGAYON NA! NGAYON NA NATING PAGHANDAAN ANG PAGDATING NG PANGINOON SA BUHAY NATIN.
DO IT NOW!
Santo Domingo Church, Quezon City.
Dominican Province of the Philippines
Who live by the example of St Dominic de Guzman, St Albert the Great, St Thomas Aquinas, St Vincent Ferrer, St Martin de Porres, St Peter de Verona, St Raymund of Penafort,St Vincent Liem dela Paz and the Companions of St Lorenzo Ruiz who died as martyrs.
Missionaries who evangelized Bataan, Pangasinan andCagayan. Religious Priests and Brothers who founded and work at the University of Sto Tomas, Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila, Laguna and Bataan, Aquinas University in Legazpi and the Angelicum College in Quezon City and Iloilo.
The only requirement is your willingness to try.
For details, please call Santo Domingo Convent at telephone number # 7126275 / 7437758 / 09156784728 or you may visit the Mother Church of the Dominican Province of the Philippines and National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval – Santo Domingo Church and Convent, 537 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.
DOMINICAN PROVINCE OF THE PHILIPPINES
AM – 5:45*, 6:30, 7:15, 8:00 AM & 12:15 NN
PM – 6:00
* Rosary, Mass with Liturgy of the Hour
SUNDAYS AND HOLYDAYS:
AM – 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00*, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00
PM – 4:00*, 5:00, 6:00, 7:00
* 8:00 am – Conventual Mass
* 4:00 pm – Parish Mass
MASS WITH BLESSING OF THE SICK AND DISTRIBUTION OF BREAD – every Tuesday right after 12:15 nn & 6:00 pm Mass.
WHO ARE THE LAY DOMINICANS?
The lay Dominicans or Secular Dominicans, as they are called today, (and who in the past have been known as Dominican Tertiaries, members of the Third Orders of St. Dominic, or members of the Order of Penance of St. Dominic) are ‘an Association of the faithful living in the world, who participate in the religious and apostolic life of the Order of Friars Preachers under the guidance of the Dominican Brethren and according to the Rule approved by the Holy See and thus strive for Christian Perfection.’ Although the word profession is often used, they do not take vows and, therefore, cannot be strictly called religious; yet, in a wide sense, they may be called religious living in the world. (R.Vahey, OP,Information)
‘Their vocation is superior to membership in a sodality or confraternity because it includes canonical status in a major religious Order and embraces a more universal objective’ (J.Rubba OP, Third Order of St. Dominic)
It is composed of Lay people, men and women, single and married, who live in and are a sign to the World.
(Excerpts from: Lay Dominicans Manual by:Eladio Neira, OP p29)
From the very beginning of the Order of Preachers, there are already groups of Lay people that participates in the apostolic works and associates themselves with the dominican friars. accordingly, “it has its origin in one of the twelfht century penitential movements which centered around St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers gathered around himself groups of Lay People for the spiritual and material defense of the Church and, ultimately for the participation in the Apostolate. (E.Neira, O.P.) “Thus, it is not surprising that the “history” of the Third Order does not begin in 1285, when the Master General Munio de Zamora officially promulgated its Rule, nor back to the early years of the 13th century, when St. Dominic lived and worked. The “history” of the Third Order goes back many decades before that. To understand what the Third Order is and whence it came, we have to look at the Church of the Middle Ages and the society in which it lived.” (Richard Weber)
it was known then to be the Order of Penitents of St. Dominic, Third Order of St. Dominic, and now as “Lay Dominican Fraternities”.
REQUISITE FOR ADMISSION:
The Dominican Lay Fraternity taps the vocation of men and women (Single or Married with the consent of spouse) to live a life of STUDY, PRAYER and APOSTOLIC WORK according to his / her own state of life.
1. Well disposed person
2. Practicing Catholic
3. Living a devout life and good refute
4. At least 18 years of age
5. Sincerely desirous of christian perfection
6. Can present a letter of recommendation from his/her parish priest
7. Must not belong to any other religious congregation or with another third order
8. Must be willing to attend meetings and study regularly
Any interested party may ask to be interviewed by any Lay Dominican of the Santo Domingo Fraternity. Regular council and Chapter meeting is held every First Sunday of the month from 12:00 nn – 4:00 pm at Santo Domingo Church – National Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of La Naval, 537 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. For details, pls call Santo Domingo Convent at # 7126271 or text at # 09154855915
SPREAD THE WORD! BE A DOMINICAN LIVING IN THE WORLD!