Our Empty Tomb

OUR EMPTY TOMB

By: Estrella (Star) del Mar

 

NEW LIFE!  NEW SELF!  NEW ME!

Easter 2018

Our old sins, old weaknesses, old bad habits are part of our old selves.

If they are still part of us now.  Then there is new life to talk about.

But let us suppose that during the Season of Lent, we had made a good confession, a good reflection and good resolutions of a new self to welcome Easter.

Old selves are our tomb.  Can we step out of our tombs?

Do we need assistance to roll away the stone?

Who will roll away your tomb stone?

It is not always easy to recognize the risen Lord!

We are given the signs but we do not pay much attention to them.  We have the Word and the Eucharist as signs of God’s presence among others.  For example, do we really recognize Jesus in the Eucharist? Or does He vanish when we leave the Church? Or do we continue to live the usual routine of the day as if Jesus is not there?  Do we find time to read the Word, reflect on God’s message, and live it?

People do not need preachers, they need witnesses who can share their faith!

The Lord has a mission for each one of us.  We need time to be quiet and listen to His Word and message.

We are busy with livelihood and a lot of things that use up a lot of our time and energy.  We need to try our best and exert effort to cooperate with God.  Ours is the human effort and God’s is the divine grace.

Easter 2018

In Scripture, we read the text and reflect on our lives as the context.

Let our lives become the text and the Scripture as the context.

Then Easter becomes a reality in our lives!

 

 

Happy 80th Birthday Sister Emma

Sister Emma Turns 80 Today

The Empty Tomb!

THE EMPTY TOMB

John 20:1-9


 “On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb.  So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them.  “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.”  So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.  When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.  Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believedFor they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead.”

Do we need to see to believe?  How come we do not yet understand?  How deep is our faith to believe and not see? To believe in the unknown?  To believe in God’s Word?

I did this exercise …

I tried to empty myself from everything:  achievements, success, prestige, honor, pride, position, power, and all material things painstakingly accumulated through the years.  And yes, even my dearly beloved ones: family and friends.  What are left? The life that God gifted me and the love He gave me and what I received and shared with others. And most of all my Faith in God.  I have always believed in a God of love, mercy and compassion.   I believe in a God who does not count my wrongs but is happy with all that I do right.  I believe in a God who is ever patient to wait for my growth.  Once upon a time, Jesus told me “you are still young; when you grow up, you will understand.”  I have grown in age and understood many things.  And yet, there is still so much to understand. Please Lord, help me to grow in faith and understand more.

I know that on the last day of my life on earth, I have to leave everything earthly behind.  I can only hold on to my spirit and all the spiritual treasures I received from God and the people who made my life meaningful with a purpose.

And when that time comes, don’t look for me in my tomb.  It will be an empty tomb.  As Jesus has risen, so I will rise with Him.  Alleluia!!  Thank you Lord for saving me!  Thank you for saving us all!  Thank you for your love, mercy and compassion!

For now, I am very much alive and happy with life!  In spite of my asthma attacks, broken spine, muscular spasms, bleeding ulcers, heartburns and refluxes, I have survived with the help of my patient Doctors and friends.  I have befriended my pains.  I continue my work joyfully and do them as if nothing happened.  But I have to accept my limitations now.  My body is ageing and my ailments are reminding me of that.  There is still so much to be done.  I have hope and trust that the good Lord will allow me to continue my work.

Easter is victory over death!  Easter is new life!  Easter is hope!  Easter is joy!

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!!

By:  Estrella (Star) Cui del Mar

April 15, 2017

 

Christmas Blessings and Greetings!

Christmas Greetings!

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‘Christmas is a day to open the heart:

it is necessary to open one’s heart to so much littleness,

which is there in that Baby,

and to so much wonder. It is the wonder of Christmas’

Pope Francis

 

Dearest CBF-SEA friends,

I wish you a wonderful and grace-filled Christmas

and a happy, blessed and peaceful New Year

        (January 1st – December 31st)

May our Lord shower his love and mercy

on our wounded world,

and make us instruments of his Peace.

 

See you in Vietnam!

Your companion on the way,

Sr. Emmanuel Gunanto, osu

Easter Greetings 2016!

EASTER FINAL CBF-2016

Grace-filled Christmas and New Year!

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Grace-filled Christmas and New Year!

Dear CBFSEA Brothers and Sisters,

Wishing each one of you

a blessed and grace-filled

Christmas and New year.

As we contemplate baby Jesus,

God’s greatest gift to mankind,

let us remember also that this tiny Baby

is the future KING of the KINGDOM of GOD;

a mighty warrior who will triumph

over all the evil in the world,

the LAMB of God who takes away

all the sins of the world;

the GOOD SHEPHERD who seeks and saves the lost,

heals the sick and comforts crushed hearts.

Let us therefore REJOICE,

for God is good and merciful.

And may this Divine Babe set our hearts afire

to shower love and mercy to all we meet.

Merry Christmas to all of you

and your loved ones….

and a blissful New Year too!

Sr. Emma with Star and Fr. Doms

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A Time of Preparation!

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ADVENT 2015

It’s Advent! A time of preparation,

of expectation, of hope!

It’s time to make that Christmas list,

choose gifts for family, relatives,

friends and those in need.

But more important than the wrapped gifts

to prepare is to prepare ourselves.

What do we want Jesus to see

in ourselves for his birthday?

What could be the best gift

that we can offer to Jesus?

Jesus does not need

our material things.

What He needs are:

patience, humility, forgiveness,

kindness, justice, respect,

service, care and love for others

especially to our own family and community.

WE wish you the graces and inspiration of Advent!

A blessed Advent to one and all!

Star del Mar

with

Sister Emma and Fr. Doms

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