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Episode 26: Called and Sent | The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector

Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (Mark 6.7-13) on this Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. He mentioned: “Jesus did not just go among the villages teaching, He also summoned the Twelve and sent them out two by two. This meant that those who are called and sent will never be alone. The Lord gives us companion, co-workers, collaborators in the mission. And accordingly, Jesus also gave them authority over the unclean spirits. In other words, those who are called by Jesus become extensions of Himself, they become sharers of the mission of Jesus…” In addition, Father Rector mentioned: “Those who were called by Jesus are to proceed with consciousness in mind that they are to depend on the providence of God; Their preaching will usher peace to the receptive household, but can also be a testimony against those who refuse to welcome and listen to them; The message of salvation is to be given as a gift.”

Father Prabhakar Thadigatle from the Society of St. Eugene de Mazenod shared his vocation story. He mentioned, “At the age of six, my parents put me in the ‘hostels,’ which is run by missionaries, the Roman Catholic priests. There as a child I saw a priest having a white cassock…in hands there was a rosary, and I looked at him, I was thinking maybe ‘he is God.’ Then during my stay, I was impressed and inspired that I should see Jesus and Mother Mary physically because my catechism teachers have told me about Jesus and Mother Mary…I was thinking that these priests always mean Jesus, always mean Mother Mary, physically and directly. Then, thereafter, I said, ‘I must become that priest…’

When asked what kind of preparation he had done before coming to Canada, he responded: “Initially I dropped the idea of coming to Canada. By God’s grace, the Prince George Diocese, through the bishop had given us an invitation. Then, once again I thought of coming to Canada as a missionary…I google about Canada and the Diocese of Prince George; I began to seek Canadian news…I also began to think in early days many missionaries from Europe had come to Asian countries like India...they don’t know about the language, food, culture, and people but they worked a lot as good missionaries and spread the Word of Jesus to many people…they become my inspirations…I prepared mentally, physically to face the challenges…I prayed a lot…”

Father Rector asked him: “How do you face people who do not welcome you and the Good News that you bring? Father Prabhakar responded: “…Jesus never rejected the people, he loves them…I always believe he has called us, and he is with us…even if my enemy comes to me, I just smile…”

At the end, Father Rector thanked Father Prabhakar and wished him all the best, he said: “the people at St. Andrew’s Parish and Missions in Fraser Lake should look forward to meeting and welcoming Father Prabhakar, SDM because he is coming as a humble, joyful, simple priest who will journey with the people….”

Watch and listen, get to know Father Prabhakar, SDM and his missionary journey!

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/fDN1xxG-1cw?si=L1wotVUHMISoJ12R

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Episode 25: Don't be discouraged! | The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector

Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (Mark 6: 1-6) for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. He mentioned: “The people around Jesus have seen and heard firsthand the teachings being presented by Jesus and yet they were not receptive of Jesus and his message. Because they were sizing him up; they were measuring him; they were putting him in a box…Despite of this sad episode though, the Scripture told us: ‘he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them…Then he went about among the villages teaching.’ This meant that nothing could stop Jesus from doing what needs to be done! That is to continue to proclaim the Kingdom of God, the reign of God, the love, mercy and compassion of God!” Father Rector continued by saying: “Do not be discouraged when in doing the tasks of bringing the Good News to those around us, we experience non-receptivity or rejection. Remember, our Lord Jesus himself had experienced being rejected and yet, he did not allow that to be an obstacle for him to fulfill his mission.”

Mark Macapinlac share what struck him in the Gospel, he said: “…the fact that even when Christ returned to his hometown to preach the Gospel, to work more miracles, that his very own people were the ones that doubted him…”

When asked if he had encountered any difficulties or challenges along the way of fulfilling his prophetic ministry, Mark responded by saying: “…in my own personal life, this particular Gospel teaching is so relevant right now…it saddens me a lot to see that there are a lot of people that I grew up with especially those in my family that no longer practice the faith…we (me and my wife) try to witness to the faith as much as possible and in the moment speak the truth of Christ and so often we find that…the ones we love the most seem to reject all the time. And we know that at the end of the day…our job is to witness to the truth of the Lord, to plant the seed and to let the Holy Spirit work within their lives. Maybe we just need to an example to them. Maybe down the road they are able to see how we live our lives…”

Father Rector responded, “if the people around us see that we are consistent with what we are doing because of our belief; because of our faith; then, eventually with their own accord and of course, with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, there will be conversion that will happen. This is really God’s work, that we are called to participate. So, when we are feeling discouraged that the people around us seems to be not receptive or accepting of our message, then, we look at the life’s events of our Lord Jesus. He, himself had experienced rejection…”

Mark also shares his own joy in serving the Lord. He said, “The Lord has call me to serve in the capacity of serving young people. What brings me a lot of joy is seeing young people encounter Christ, most of the time, for the first time. And it allows me to relive the moments early on in my faith journey and it’s a reminder of how God’s love is unceasing and relentless…seeing how some of these kids become the catalyst for their entire family to become more faithful to Christ…”

At the end, Father Rector thanked Mark for his time, his sharing, and his commitment to support the church especially in the aspect of youth ministry. Watch and listen! Be inspired and encouraged from the sharing of Mark Macapinlac.

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/2oVa-XVhJAQ?si=fr_NEJFdojpLVmU4

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Episode 24: Have Faith in Him! | The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector

Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (Mark 5:21-43) for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. He highlighted the following: “(1) Faith in Jesus is important; (2) Physical proximity or closeness to Jesus matters; (3) The healing that is offered by Jesus is more than just a physical healing. It includes spiritual healing, wholeness.”

Sonny & Dina Plaza share what struck them in the Gospel. For Sonny, he said: “When Jesus said, ‘Do not fear, only believe.’ It means we need to be stronger in our faith. Don’t be afraid and just believe Him.” For Dina, she said: “The reading in itself is amazing in its entirety…what struck me the most is when Jesus said to the woman [who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years], ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.’ It struck me because the woman was healed because of what she believes. She was healed because of her faith in Jesus.”

Father Rector responded by saying: “really this story is an invitation to put our faith in Jesus. He has authority over heaven and earth. He has the power to give back life even to those who are no longer alive."

Sonny & Dina also narrated about healing experiences brought by Jesus in their lives as a couple and as individual. Sonny recalled, them as a couple wanted a child soon but in God’s plan however, it is different. He was working outside their home country then and the doctor prescribed that he needed to take some medications/supplements to help in their aspiration to have a child soon. But then suddenly, he heard news from his wife, that she’s pregnant and that he no longer needed to take the prescriptions. He expressed the fact that he was so grateful to God that their prayers were answered. Dinna on the other hand mentioned, “I think God healed me in many ways: forgiving, acceptance, and realizing that everything that’s happening in me is in His plan…I am in my happiest state in my life now. I thank God. But before that there were people who betrayed me, there were experiences when I was single that I asked the Lord, ‘Lord, why are you giving these to me? We are serving you. Why is this happening to me, to my family…?’ Recalling those experiences today, I realize ‘God has plans why he let me experience those. So that right now, I am grateful for what I have because I had experienced those in the past.’”

Father Rector received their narrative and said: “When we experience something that our prayers are answered, it brings joy; it brings delight to our hearts. In his own time, he answers our prayers and heals our infirmities…” He added: “It is good to be able to recognize the different states in life where we are in…even if God gives us something that is not so happy, he must have something planned out of that. With God, he can translate even our bad experiences into something good…”

Dina & Sonny also shared points encouraging others to have faith in God even in difficult times. These are: (1) Pray always (2) Keep the faith; (3) Don’t loose hope; (4) Hear/Attend Mass every Sunday; (5) Involve our family to help us in our spiritual growth; (6) Seek the help of the community to assist us in growing our faith.

At the end Father Rector thanked Sonny and Dina for their time, their sharing, and their constant support to their children in serving the church.

Watch and listen! Be inspired and encouraged from the sharing of Sonny and Dina, active members of our parish and Couples for Christ!

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/o16ZnhJEwO0?si=IpaiPPKxL3-IvOX1

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Episode 23: He is in control! | The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector

Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (Mark 35-41) for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. He mentioned: “Storms are given facts of life…In our life’s journey, there will always be something that either shakes us or frightens us… Let us not neglect the fact that Jesus is with us, he sails with us, he is in the boat with us. Jesus is with us, asking us, in the midst of the storms in life: “Why are you afraid?”

Ramon and Jovelyn Dulay share what struck them in the Gospel: For Ramon, he said: “What struck me in the Gospel is that even the sea and wind obey Jesus. Meaning, God is in control of everything…” For Jovelyn, she said: “When God rebuked the wind and said, ‘Peace and be still!’…that means that God can bring peace to any storm that comes to our life, no matter how big or small they are; we just have to trust God…”

When asked about the storms that they have encountered in their life as a couple and how they have faced it, they each responded, [Jovelyn] “The most unforgettable storm that happened in our life as married couple is that when I was pregnant with my first child…I was told by my doctor and specialist that I am carrying a baby that has a down syndrome and they suggested that we should terminate my pregnancy…I was wrapped with fear and worries…I cried myself to sleep everyday…but I know that I got no control over it and I know that it is also against my belief to follow the doctor’s suggestion…we held into God’s promise, we trusted our faith…I lift up everything to him; I surrender everything…” [Ramon] “That time…I feel everything will be ok, just lift it to God and everything will be fine…”

Father Rector responded by saying: “It is important that first, we are able to recognize the storms that come to our lives; then, pray to God, seek the help of others…so that we can handle the storms and face them with faith in the Lord…we can only put things into his hands if we have faith and trust in him…” He also commented by saying: “whether the child will come out with down syndrome or not, we will keep the baby because the baby is a gift of life; a gift from God; that one thing to realize; we do not have control over what others will advise us; but we have control over what we will follow in terms of their advises…in our decisions in life we should always be guided by our faith and relationship with the Lord…”

At the end Father Rector thanked Ramon and Jovelyn for their time, their sharing, and their constant support to their children in serving the church. Watch and listen! Be inspired and encouraged from the sharing of Ramon and Jovelyn, members of Couples for Christ!

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/PSgPNp7yt-c?si=1gwzCmKRgou5llkd

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Episode 22, SPECIAL EDITION: Let Go and Let God! | The Word of the Lord with Cardinal Thomas Collins

This week, Father Rector is on retreat together with the clergy of the Diocese of Prince George. The clergy retreat is being facilitated by His Eminence, Cardinal Thomas Collins, the retired Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Toronto.

Father Rector took this visit of Cardinal Thomas Collins in the Diocese of Prince George as a chance to seek the Cardinal's wisdom. And so, this week's episode of 'The Word of the Lord with Father Rector' presents a SPECIAL EDITION, 'The Word of the Lord with Cardinal Thomas Collins.

Cardinal Thomas reflects on the Gospel (Mark 4.26-34) for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. He mentioned: "Our Lord speaks to us about the Kingdom of God and about the reality of being close to the Lord God...and we, in our own lives, we make ourselves into little kings here and there. We try to take control of things all the time; and that has its place sometimes in life. But then, there are lots of things in life we cannot control...We need to look at the way in which God is in control. Everything is in his hands. And so, our Lord speaks of seeds and things in that nature like the little mustard seed; so small and we can't make it grow faster...same thing with the person sowing on the ground, the farmer isn't going there pulling on the seed to make it grow faster. There are limits on the things we can do...I think what our Lord is telling us is that a lot of things in life we need to surrender into the hand of God. He will make them flourish...Remember, when we say the Lord's prayer, we don't say 'my kingdom come,' 'my will be done.' We say, 'thy kingdom come,' 'thy will be done.' We surrender to the power of God, to the plan of God, the providence of God. We are in his hands and he loves us...."

At the end, Father Rector thanked the Cardinal for agreeing to break open The Word for us.

Watch and listen! Be inspired and encouraged from the wisdom of Cardinal Thomas Collins!

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/LnCIKdj81Ns?si=t50o6EFdZYx5EmZy

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Episode 21: Discern God's Will | The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector

Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (Mark 3.20-25) for the Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. He mentioned: “Keep in mind that when we are persevering to do what is right, what is good, what is beautiful, and what is holy, the devil is also equally at work to pull us to another direction. Be clear with your very identity and mission. Stay connected to the ONE who had given you that identity of being adapted children of God; in the same way, that our Lord Jesus, in the Gospel remain true to his identity and very clear about his mission of fulfilling the will of the Father.”

Joel and Hazel Piano share what struck them in the Gospel: For Joel, he said: “When after the crowd questioned him and ridiculed Jesus, he responded with humility and calmness. He did not resort to self-justification because he knew that he did not need to explain himself to the crowd, as he knows the Father is the only and who truly knows him.” For Hazel, she said: “When Jesus said that whoever believes in him is his brother, his sister, and his mother…”

When asked if there has been instance in their life as an individual or as a couple where they have doubted the power of God, they each mentioned: [Hazel] “I am grateful because early on in my life, I have come to know and learn about God. From there on, I have established my faith in him…he remained to be a faithful God to myself and to my family.” [Joel] “I will be hypocrite if I say, ‘no, I did not doubt God before because of the situation of my family.’ My father, he has a second family…they are calling me bastard. That’s why I doubted God. I got my faith when I married Hazel. She’s always there for me. She prayed for me…”

Father Rector responded by saying: [to Hazel] “That’s a real statement of faith. And even if sometimes we doubted, we can always pray for the gift of faith; the gift of clarity of mind; the gift of enlightenment…[to Joel] that’s a very honest and straightforward response…there could be instances in our lives, maybe not now, maybe down the road. But in your situation before you got married, there where those situations where you have doubted the Lord. It is important that we are able to say that and recognize that because when we recognize our own doubts, our own moments of darkness and struggles, before the Lord, the Lord himself will be there to rescue us. It is either thru an event in our lives or thru a person…who will bring us to a point of enlightenment…it is important that we recognize these things because it is God’s special moments of revelation to us…”

In the end Father Rector thanked Joel and Hazel for their time, their sharing, and their constant support to him and the cathedral parish.

Watch and listen! Be inspired and encouraged from the sharing of Joel and Hazel, members of Couples for Christ!

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/Rt4d_MMlpr4?si=sn5Ti1og0aisllqN

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Episode 20: Intimacy with God | The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector

Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (Mark 14.12-16,22-26) for the Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). He mentioned: “The sacrifice of Jesus’ Body and Blood for us…is an everlasting sign that God in the person of Jesus wants to be forever related with us, that God wants intimacy with us, and that he loves us so deeply that he gave his own body and blood for us…Our response must be an act of humble thanksgiving.”

Norman and Chona dela Cruz share what struck them in the Gospel. For Norman, he said: “When the disciples asked Jesus Christ where to set-up the Passover, the disciples just followed him, trust his ways, this means that Jesus Christ is in control.” For Chona, she said: “When the bread and the wine was shared…that symbolizes the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ to humanity…”

When asked how much significance they place on the Sacrament of the Eucharist, they each responded by saying: [Chona] “it is part of our existence; we have to bring up our children according to the teachings of our Lord; So, it is very important for us to attend regularly the (celebration of the) Eucharist…This is where we nourish our faith, our spiritual well-being…” [Norman] “In the Eucharist we are not only receiving the bread but we are taking in the Lord Jesus Christ himself within ourselves, within us, we are becoming one with Jesus Christ…” [Chona] “Our reception of the Eucharist is deepening our faith as a family and that’s what we wanted our children to remember and hopefully pass it on to their own family too in the future…”

Father Rector commented by saying, “we have heard it so many times, the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian life…we go and celebrate the Eucharist so that we can be nourished and sustained for our activities and tasks during the week; and comes the following Sunday we go back again to be nourished and sustained…we come and keep drawing strength from receiving IT.”

Watch and listen! Be inspired and encouraged the sharing from Norman and Chona, members of Couples for Christ!

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/9wu8wP4OfPE?si=9vyih_jRni97JJrZ

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Episode 19: God's Innermost Secret| The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector

Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (Matthew 28.16-20) for the Solemnity of The Most Holy Trinity. He mentioned: “In commissioning his disciples, Jesus declared to them that he has the power to do so, for he said: 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me…' This means, absolute authority has been given to Him by God the Father...Secondly, this Gospel passages also introduce the Trinitarian formula for baptism...lastly, as the disciples proceed to obey the command of Jesus, He remains to be with his church until the end of time.”

Alec Pena shares how in his own unique and special way fulfills the task of evangelizing. He said: "I had been blessed growing up in a Catholic family; and I had been blessed more for having Catholic Education since kinder...since I was in high school, I started teaching catechism in public schools - how to pray, how to read the Bible...and when I was in College, I was active in the church as well..." He also shared a particular experience related to ashes imposed on his forehead on Ash Wednesday and how that experience became a quiet way for him to let others (his co-workers) know of his Catholic faith.

When asked as to how he can encourage others to actively participate in the parish life, Alec mentioned: "To encourage parishioners is first by INVITATION - in any endeavor invitation is important...don't force, but don't stop inviting...and show them the joy that I am getting when I sing (serve) during the Mass...let that person whom you invited experience it (that joy). Then, let that person decide; but first invitation, then do the work so that the person will be inspired in what you do.

Father Rector summarizes it by saying: There must be initiative on the part of those who are already 'active in the parish' but also a life of witness - show them the joy of being part of the bigger church.

 Watch and listen! Be inspired and encouraged with sharing from Alec!

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/bHgQpxhFPeQ?si=1s8An7zRFegTnBxw

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Episode 18: Receive the Holy Spirit | The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector

Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (John 20.19-23) for the Solemnity of Pentecost. He mentioned: “Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to the disciples, to the ‘church’ he has established so that the Holy Spirit will be the church’s constant companion, that makes God present everywhere…the Holy Spirit is continually being bestowed upon us, we need to be grateful recipients…”

Chille Ocbeña shares what struck her in the Gospel, that is: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you…Receive the Holy Spirit.” She said: “It struck me because of the image of the Trinity – the Father has sent God the Son, and then God the Son bestowed the Holy Spirit upon us. It is a great reminder of how whenever God calls us to evangelize, to build his church, that we never walk alone; How God calls me can look different on how God calls other, but we can be assured of the guidance of the Holy Spirit.”

When asked how she can encourage other young people to be connected and related with Jesus, she enumerated the following: “The first thing for me that helped me in my faith is our Sunday commitment, so going to Mass every Sunday; for the reason that it helps established our roots in our faith; Second, will be to take a step further and look for ways to offer your time to help the church i.e. joining music ministry; be a reader at Mass; Another thing that helped me a lot in my faith is attending community event organized by the parish. I think that’s one the reasons, I got connected with young people as well as to be able to surround me with people to bring me closer to the Lord.”

Father Rector thanked Chille for her sharing and the way she shares her time and talent to the parish. He said: “obviously the way you are manifesting that you are grateful recipient of the gift of the Holy Spirit is by sharing it with your parish community…”

Watch and listen! Be inspired and encouraged with sharing from Chille!

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/eysYfFKy0wE?si=ut5YL_RYrQ7m3umW

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Episode 17: Go, Proclaim, Evangelize! | The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector

Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (Mark 16.15-20) for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. He mentioned: “Jesus commissions the apostles to go and preach the Gospel to all…The Ascension of our Lord should remind us that Jesus has left us a mission to evangelize the world!”

S. Rosviminda Ochoa, from the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM) ministering in the Diocese of Prince George and a faithful volunteer of the cathedral parish shares her own joys and the challenges in fulfilling the task of proclaiming the Good News. She mentioned: “…it is an invitation to share the joys and the challenges of his [Jesus’] life with every person that I meet and journey with regardless of what color, or race or social status. It is a constant awareness that we are an embodiment of his love and compassion…” She focuses her sharing on two things: (1) the joys of being sent and present; (2) the challenges of living a life of witness.“

S. Rosviminda, RVM also shares about her Congregation and their devotion to Our Lady. She said: “The Religious of the Virgin Mary was founded in 1684 in the Philippines by Venerable Ignacia del Espiritu Santo. It is the first Filipino Congregation for religious women…In defining her leadership, Venerable Ignacia drew inspiration from the Blessed Virgin Mary…” Regarding their devotion to Our Lady, she mentioned: “we follow the disposition of Mary when she said ‘yes’ to the call of God to be the Mother of Jesus…”

Father Rector received and responded S. Rosviminda’s sharing by saying: “In fulfilling the mission entrusted to us the Lord himself assures us, we are never left alone…” He also thanked S. Rosviminda for her 23 years [and counting] as a religious, as well as her volunteerism at the Cathedral working behind the scenes in many aspects of the parish life. He mentioned: “I am most grateful. That only tells us that in the work entrusted to us by our Lord himself, we are never alone. We are always sent, we are asked to be present, and to recognize that there are others who are called, and we are called to work with them. Thank you for your ways of collaborating sister...” As to the introduction of their founder and congregation, he said: “one thing that is unique to your congregation is to celebrate the Baptism of your founder…everything that we do in church is rooted in our Baptism.” He also mentioned: “The other important thing that I, myself, would personally remember is your motto: 'To Jesus through Mary'…”

Lastly, Fr. Rector thanked S. Rosviminda, RVM for introducing their Congregation both in words and in actions. He mentioned: “your constant presence in our parish speaks to us of who your founder is and how you are carrying on her charism.”

Watch and listen! Get to know the Religious of the Virgin Mary – their founder, their charism, and their ministries! Be inspired! Be blessed with the sharing from S. Rosviminda, RVM.

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/EbhdmQ3_arU?si=1etIcPgneASd7jLB

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Episode 16: Remain in His Love... | The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector

Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (John 15.1-8) for the Fifth Sunday of Easter. He mentioned: “Jesus uses the image of the vine and branches to relate the truth that belonging to him guarantees us life and life eternal…God in the person of Jesus never wants us to be separated from him, like the branches are attached or connected to the vine: Jesus, being the vine is the constant source of life and nourishment of the branches…”

Martin and Lemon Tran share how they have experience pruning in their lives. Martin said: “The Word of God is like a pruning tool, if we listen to it, we allow God to prune ourselves…sometimes we have conflict, we have argument…but I remember, Jesus said that ‘you need to love one another as I have loved you…’ So, I need to do something…I decided to be the person to apologize first…and then happiness of my family is recovered…”

Lemon said: “I grew with him…I never said that [‘sorry’] as a single person…And the fruit that we get from those tests and challenges [pruning] are our happiness and strengthening our bond as husband and wife; and we will do that for our daughter; she will see whatever we are doing and she’s going to do the same thing…so that it becomes the fruit of the fruit in the future…”

When asked of any recommendation how we can remain connected to the vine, they named the following: (1) We need to keep communicating with Him through prayer. (2) Seriously take Communion, thinking what we are receiving, and taking it with all the heart, and just think that Jesus abides in us. (3) After the Mass, go out there and live with others dealing with conflicts, challenges the way Jesus think. 

Watch and listen! Be inspired. Be blessed with Martin and Lemon’s reflection and sharing!

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/nOb_9twtJSs?si=2WlsGXf6yBFtMt2k

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Episode 15: Jesus Remains in us | The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector

Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (John 15.1-8) for the Fifth Sunday of Easter. He mentioned: “Jesus uses the image of the vine and branches to relate the truth that belonging to him guarantees us life and life eternal…God in the person of Jesus never wants us to be separated from him, like the branches are attached or connected to the vine: Jesus, being the vine is the constant source of life and nourishment of the branches…”

Martin and Lemon Tran share how they have experience pruning in their lives. Martin said: “The Word of God is like a pruning tool, if we listen to it, we allow God to prune ourselves…sometimes we have conflict, we have argument…but I remember, Jesus said that ‘you need to love one another as I have loved you…’ So, I need to do something…I decided to be the person to apologize first…and then happiness of my family is recovered…”

Lemon said: “I grew with him…I never said that [‘sorry’] as a single person…And the fruit that we get from those tests and challenges [pruning] are our happiness and strengthening our bond as husband and wife; and we will do that for our daughter; she will see whatever we are doing and she’s going to do the same thing…so that it becomes the fruit of the fruit in the future…”

When asked of any recommendation how we can remain connected to the vine, they named the following: (1) We need to keep communicating with Him through prayer. (2) Seriously take Communion, thinking what we are receiving, and taking it with all the heart, and just think that Jesus abides in us. (3) After the Mass, go out there and live with others dealing with conflicts, challenges the way Jesus think. 

Watch and listen! Be inspired. Be blessed with Martin and Lemon’s reflection and sharing!

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/HJcoctxQaeg?si=MYY_9wfy7WBNGUKt

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Episode 14: Imitate the Good Shepherd| The Word of the Lord with Fr. Rector

Father Rector shares his reflection on the Gospel (John 10.11-18) for the Fourth Sunday of Easter. He mentioned: “To imitate the Good Shepherd: we need to follow his voice…let genuine love and care be our motivations in fulfilling our respective vocations…develop an attitude and mindset that promotes inclusivity….” He said, “Remember, our Good Shepherd would leave the ninety-nine just to seek the one who is lost, so that, he can bring that one back to the fold.”

Joel Wilson, shares as to when and how he experiences the Good Shepherd in his life’s journey. He said: “I would experience the Good Shepherd when I am at work and away from my family…I work on the road…it gets really lonely…and I always remember that Jesus is always with me. I am never alone…that sense of spirituality helps me get through the day…it also makes me a happier person…”

Fr. Rector responded: “Our Good Shepherd never leaves his flock unattended, whether we are near of far, the Good Shepherd is always there attentive to the needs of his sheep, his flock.”

Through his small gestures Joel Wilson let his co-workers and friends to experience the Good Shepherd too! Towards the end, in terms of nurturing aspects of Good Shepherd within each of us, Joel mentioned: “I would recommend starting up with small, good deeds, eventually leading up to bigger good deeds…”

Watch and listen! Be inspired. Be blessed with Joel’s reflection and sharing about his experience of the Good Shepherd!

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/y02q6SY4ku0?si=oy6_yKSjRzYQ8Ea0

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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!
 
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.
 
 
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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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