The Word of the Lord

Episode 13: He Journeys with us!| The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector

Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (Luke 24.35-48) for the Third Sunday of Easter. He mentioned: “Our risen Lord truly never gives up on the weaknesses and failures of his disciples. He does the same to all of us, his present believers, and followers. He journeys with us even today. Our risen Lord continues to make his existence and presence known to us in ways that he alone can do…”

In addition to sharing what strikes him in the Gospel, Raphael Obasi also shares the ways he gives witness to the Resurrection of Jesus, that Jesus is alive. He said: (1) “The best way to give witness that Jesus is alive is to constantly renew my relationship with him...I have already established relationship with Christ, but I have to constantly renew that relationship…once you already have a relationship with Christ, there are so many things about your life that would change…(2) by being conscious of sacred lifestyle more than the secular lifestyle…(3) take the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ to others…”

Fr. Rector responded: “We cannot give witness to someone if we are not first related with that someone. We need to know who Jesus Christ is first and be able to established that relationship; and that relationship will constantly grow and be nurtured – by spending time with him, by learning at the foot of the Master…and more and more over the course of time, we will become more holy, more configure into his image and likeness…and then, we have a credibility to give witness to Jesus – we can go and proclaim to all the world that Jesus is alive and that we are related with him!

Watch and listen! Be inspired. Be blessed with his story of faith in our risen Lord!

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/RyhDBzWV6xc?si=AOiy7pQQDZfWlbfy

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Episode 12: Fruits of the Resurrection| The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector

Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (John 20.19-31) for the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy).

He highlights the fruits brought by the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus. These are:

• The gift of peace
• The gift of joy
• The gift of forgiveness and reconciliation

Ujunwa shares what was striking for her in the Gospel. She said: “The fact that Jesus met the disciples at the time of their fear, at the time when they were so anxious (they were almost confused) and Jesus kept his promise of coming to them bringing them the Holy Spirit…it means that despite the locked doors, it doesn’t stop Jesus…he cannot be deterred by the locked doors.”

Fr. Rector responded: “Our risen Lord is able to penetrate even locked doors because he wants to continue to journey with us. He wants to assure us of his presence. He wants to banish all the fear, the anxiety, and the worries…”

Ujunwa also shares a personal experience, an encounter she has with the Lord when she “locked herself up.” For her, “it was a moment when Jesus proved himself that even in the darkest shadow of death, he comes for his people, and he came for me.”

Watch and listen! Be inspired. Be blessed with her story of faith in our risen Lord!

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/Txc5C342gq0?si=ytmrPllfApxDXT6g

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Episode 11: Be Witnesses!| The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector

Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (John 20.1-18++) for the Solemnity of The Resurrection of the Lord. He highlights the following:

• The empty tomb.
• The appearance of Jesus, our risen Lord to Mary Magdalene.
• The invitation to spread the good news that Jesus is alive!

Cyril and Peace Ugbem share their understanding of Easter and the way they celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus. For them, Easter means:

• Jesus conquering over death and sin;
• Fulfillment of a promise;
• Beginning of a new life in Christ.
"As a Catholic Christian family, we dwell in reflecting God's mercies upon us; and how to improve upon our Christian life...we open ourselves up to Christ to come and take his place in our lives and use us to the glory of his name." (Cyril) "We celebrate by sharing food to our neighbors. You don't have to quantify what you are making. Just make as much as you can afford and give it out to all your neighbors..." (Peace)

When asked what it means for them to renew their Baptismal promises on Easter Sunday, they responded: "It is a reminder that we need to be vocal about rejecting Satan's empty promises..." (Peace) "Its a great opportunity for us Catholics...to remind ourselves of the task that is ahead of us..." (Cyril)

In the end, Father Rector thanked Cyril and Peace. He also remarks: “That's the beauty of our faith. We do not just celebrate and proclaim Easter in the four corners of our church, but we go beyond the doors of our church; we go beyond the doors of our home; and wherever we go, we proclaim that Jesus is alive through our words, through our deeds that care and show love to others especially those who are need.”

Watch and listen! Be inspired and blessed. Happy Easter!

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/q1Eaqh_uLrU?si=BFgUkZUxfD2MwW02

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Episode 10: Greater Love| The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector

Father Rector shares his reflection on the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark (Mark 14.1-15.47) for this Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year B. He highlights three points:

• The two kinds of people and their attitudes in the hour of the Passion of our Lord Jesus.

• The person of our Lord Jesus himself during the hour of his passion: [Jesus was aware fully that he will be betrayed and yet he allowed it to happen; Jesus prayed at the hour of his passion, and his determination is still in total obedience to do the will of the Father even to his death; In the midst of interrogations, false accusations, mocking, insults, including spitting, Jesus maintained his powerful stance through silence.]

• The profession of faith of the centurion.

Art and Jen Alido relate the Paschal Mystery into their married and family life by giving aspects of their married life: their covenant to one another; unconditional love; faith that they have for one another and faith in God.

When asked as to how far will they go in the name of LOVE, each of them gave their response: “I’ll die for my wife, I’ll die for my kid, I’ll die for our family that’s how far I could go to show my love…” (Art) “I will go seven thousand miles with him, that’s how far I can show my love for him…I give my life, my future, my trust…” (Jen)

They also gave suggestions to meaningfully observe the coming Holy Week as a family: support Holy Week activities in the Church; pray together; read the Bible; watch movies that are religious in nature; teach children to pray the rosary and the Stations of the Cross.

In the end, Father Rector thanked Art and Jen by saying: “Thank you for your sharing and the beautiful way you have shared your life with us…I am sure the people who will hear your story will be blessed in the same way you have blessed me with your presence.”

Watch and listen! Be inspired and blessed. Have a meaningful observance of the coming Holy Week!

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/MiIvr5ZbCYQ?si=Ln7pq_IqLaf-8yat

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Episode 09: Embrace the Cross| The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector
Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (John 12.20-33) for this Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year B. | Greg Gobby shares his journey of faith and how the various turning points in their life as a family strengthened their faith in the Lord.
 
He was born as a cradle Catholic. And when he was in his mid-twenty’s ‘spiritual immaturity’ launched him into a space where he was no longer feeling connected with the Church. But suddenly, their eldest presented him and his wife a question: “Some of the kids are saying there is a God. Is there a God? Do you believe there is a God?” This question became a significant turning point in their lives to return to Church…
 
When asked about recommendations as to how we can meaningfully observe the coming Holy Week, Greg responded by saying: “don’t just attend the different activities related to Holy Week, meditate on them…we have to meditate on these things and carry them with us, as we go through; not just come and attend and go home again; we need to talk about the Gospel with one another because they are so meaningful.”
 
Father Rector summed up Greg’s recommendations by saying: “As we approach the coming Holy Week, we just don’t approach it as if it is just a ‘normal week’. It is the HOLY WEEK! That means to say, we are invited to engage more fully into the journey of our Lord Jesus towards the Cross and really understand for ourselves, what does it mean for us – Jesus giving himself on the Cross for the salvation of the world…”
 
Listen! Be inspired and be enriched of Greg’s story of faith. Know how his many life’s experiences contributed to strengthening of his faith in the Lord!
 
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Episode 08: Magnanimous Love| The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector
Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (John 2.13-25) for this Third Sunday of Lent, Year B. | Anthony Royan shares his journey of faith and what made him fall in love with the Church. He said, “God and the Church have been central part of my life throughout…as I grew up in age, I fell away a little bit from church...later on where I felt most in love with the God and with the Church actually came with COVID. We had such an upheaval. My life and as many turned upside down and I really had to put my faith in God’s hand…”
 
Fr. Rector responded by saying, “It is interesting to know from your story as to how God will use a particular event in our lives so that he can speak to us more closely.”
 
When asked, in his own humble observation, what needs cleansing in the Church today, Mr. Royan responded, “We need to cleanse ourselves first of judgement; we need to stop looking at others and judging what they are doing or not doing...Instead start to embrace where they are at in their life and how perhaps we could help them; we need to be more positive, more accepting, more loving...”
 
Fr. Rector commented: “God meets us where we are and at the end of our days, we have only ONE JUDGE and he will judge us according to how we have loved.
 
Watch and listen. Be inspired of his story of faith.
 
 
 
Episode 07: Defend God's Dwelling | The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector
Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (John 2.13-25) for this Third Sunday of Lent, Year B. | Anthony Royan shares his journey of faith and what made him fall in love with the Church. He said, “God and the Church have been central part of my life throughout…as I grew up in age, I fell away a little bit from church...later on where I felt most in love with the God and with the Church actually came with COVID. We had such an upheaval. My life and as many turned upside down and I really had to put my faith in God’s hand…”
 
Fr. Rector responded by saying, “It is interesting to know from your story as to how God will use a particular event in our lives so that he can speak to us more closely.”
 
When asked, in his own humble observation, what needs cleansing in the Church today, Mr. Royan responded, “We need to cleanse ourselves first of judgement; we need to stop looking at others and judging what they are doing or not doing...Instead start to embrace where they are at in their life and how perhaps we could help them; we need to be more positive, more accepting, more loving...”
 
Fr. Rector commented: “God meets us where we are and at the end of our days, we have only ONE JUDGE and he will judge us according to how we have loved.
 
Watch and listen. Be inspired of his story of faith.
 
 
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Episode 06: Future Glory| The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector
Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (Mark 9.2-10) for this Second Sunday of Lent, Year B. | Dodie Bond shares moments in her life where faith became a real source of strength in facing “difficult” moments in life.
 
Asked about life’s experiences that brought difficulty in following the Lord, Dodie mentioned the passing of her daughter and husband. As to how she endured those difficult moments, she responded, “her family was there, Catholic Women’s League, the church…prayer…and if it wasn’t for her faith…she didn’t know [how to react on these difficult moments].” In her own words, she said, “my faith is what saves me and the love of Jesus, and especially Mary.”
 
Towards the end, when asked if she has any practical recommendation to make this Lenten Season a blessed one, she said, “take time to sit down and talk with Jesus and Mary.”
 
Father Rector affirmed Dodie's recommendation by saying, “as the voice of God the Father said in the Gospel, ‘listen to him’ and when we talk to Mary, she will lead us back to her Son, Jesus…”
 
Listen and be inspired to her story of faith.
 

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/pHuz0DUhnoo?si=zetXzMIQ1JAoTW5g

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Episode 05: Triumph over Temptations| The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector
"Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (Mark 1.12-15) for this First Sunday of Lent, Year B. | Daniel Munk shares practices that had helped him in his struggle towards temptation of falling to alcoholism.
 
For Dan, “prayer, the sacraments – frequent confessions, and the Eucharist, trusting in God’s love and his mercy had helped him overcome issues throughout his life.”
 
Father Rector in response mentioned “we need to approach God in humility and let the grace of the Sacraments continue to work in us and through us…”

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/mmj_px0SZV0?si=vKV9zxTkS7weB7mm

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Episode 04: Be Healed!| The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector
Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (Mark 1.40-45) for this Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. | Nerinisa Estrabinio-Bugayong narrates her journey towards physical and spiritual healing. She encourages listeners to face suffering as an opportunity to get closer to the Lord.

Nerine is a cancer survivor. After she experienced healing from the Lord, she is blessed to be a mother.

Listen and be inspired of her faith and transformation.

Fr. Rector remarks, "Nerine, you are not just a strong and brave woman; you are a woman of faith."

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/1v_BmN2LfZI?si=8JxhWoSbRqSW38dp

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Episode 03: Pray Always| The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector
Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (Mark 1.29-39) for this Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. | James Fowlie as his guest answers Father Rector's questions related to valuing prayer and incorporating prayer in one’s daily activities.

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/5YP6oiTynTU?si=S49RzWFfFZcxn1oY

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Episode 02: Be a Prophet | The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector
Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (Mark 1.21-28) for this Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. | Juan Miguel Reyes as his guest answers Father Rector's questions related to living our prophetic calling as baptized

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/SGA-K6x_w1A?si=c1HGMYNK_lnyZqIp

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Episode 01: We Are Called | The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector
Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (Mark 1.14-20) for this Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. | Juan Miguel Reyes as his guest answers Father Rector's questions related to the vocation to married life.

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/6ItwgWcY4u4?si=3QuhGnXxN383RhiB

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The Word of the Lord
The Cathedral Communication Network presents THE WORD OF THE LORD—reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. This is a YouTube channel of Fr. Rector that will be devoted to the reading of God’s Word every week. Please SUBSCRIBE, LIKE AND SHARE. The first episode will be on the observance of the Sunday of the Word of God, January 21, 2024.
 

The launching of this YouTube channel will be happening before the final blessing of each Mass this Third Sunday of Advent.

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/YAQOrvDfSSY?si=oqztYkd0Q_sxNKoR

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