A reflection contributed by Emma Bridger of the United Society Partners in the Gospel – USPG in London, United Kingdom. She recently visited Philippines including the lumad communities in Mindanao particularly in Barangay Saad, Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur.
Dedicated to the Justice Sunday, 29 March 2020, of the Lutheran Church in Germany especially in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany. Adopted and distributed by the Zentrum für Mission und Ökumene, (Centre for Global Ministries and Ecumenical Relations) as reference for today’s reflections.
Sharing to you my testimonial sermon for 22 March 2020 during the Opening Service of the ROMERO DAYS, an annual ecumenical celebration in remembrance of Archbishop Oscar Romero to be held in Apostelkirche. However, this has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and maybe pursued in a later date. Our Faith Challenges Us To […]
March 8, 2020, the Second Sunday in Lent. A reflection on John 3:1-17. “How can these things be?” (v9b). Nicodemus was a Pharisee, a teacher of the law but apparently, he did not know or understand what Jesus was talking about. I beg to disagree with some people saying that Nicodemus did not understand Jesus […]
March 1, 2020, First Sunday in Lent. A reflection on Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus survived the test and unlike the first man, in Adam, he did not succumb to temptation. Jesus must now be ready for all the hardships that his ministry might bring him. The story might not at all be true just like all […]
February 26, 2020, Ash Wednesday. A reflection on Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21 Today is the beginning of the 40 days Lenten season and on our forehead is imposed molten ash moisture with the oil of catechumen with the priest reciting the formula, “Remember man that you are dust and to dust you shall return!” In his […]
February 23, 2020, Transfiguration Sunday. A reflection on Matthew 17:1-9. “Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (v4) Did Peter react in the wrong way? No, he was just […]
February 16, 2020, the Sixth Sunday of Epiphany. A reflection on Matthew 5:21-37. “Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one.” (v37) Our Gospel reading for this Sunday can have several themes for reflections. Almost every verse can be a good point for reflection but […]
February 9, 2020, Fifth Sunday of the Epiphany. A reflection about Matthew 5:13-20. “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot.” (v13) “For centuries since the advent of Jesus, […]
February 2, 2020, Fourth Sunday of Epiphany. A reflection on Matthew 5:1-12. “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” (5:11) Have you ever thought why church people even if attacked and persecuted are still standing firm on their ground and […]