Saturday, March 22, 2014

Homiletic Tips for 5th Sunday of Lent, a

By Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD
Bishop of Pasig

God brings life to us who are dead because of sin.

1) Rdg from Ezekiel: God raises up the Israelite people from their graves who have been buried because of sin; 

2) Resp Psalm: The Lord's mercy and forgiveness redeems us so we can experience eternal life; 

3) Rdg from Romans: Paul writes that if the Spirit of Christ lives in us, we are no longer dead because of sin; 

4) Gospel of John: Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead showing us that he is triumphant over death and sin; 

5) A final thought: Why is it that we fear death but do not fear sin? If we just realize that when we sin, we sort of experience some kind of death in our souls, then we should fear committing sin.
Advise to preachers

"How good it is when priests, deacons and the laity gather periodically to discover resources which can make preaching more attractive!" (EG 159).

Homiletic Tips for 4th Sunday of Lent, A

by Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, DD
Bishop of Pasig

Sin blinds us from seeing God who is our only Light that leads us to eternal life.

1) Rdg from Samuel: God saw through the heart of David and chose him to battle the Philistine; 

2) Resp Psalm: The Lord is our true shepherd whose light gives us strength to walk and surpass the dark valleys of sin; 

3) Rdg from Ephesians: Paul teaches that the light of Christ shines on us and brought us out of the darkness of sin; 

4) Gospel of John: Jesus, the light of the world heals the man born blind who believes and worships Him; 

5) A final thought: Most of the time, sin is done in secret or in the dark. The more we remain in darkness or in secrecy, the more we sin. Bring to light your sins in Confession and you stop the cycle of sinning. You drive the devil away.

Advise to preachers: "If the preacher's interest is no longer about their mission but about money, they are like salt that 'loses its taste' and a lamp hidden 'under a bushel basket'" (John Wycliffe, Opus Evangelicum)

Homiletic Tips for 3rd Sunday of Lent, A

by Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, 
Bishop of Pasig 

We thirst for meaning in life.  We thirst for God. Let him fill the void within us.

1) Rdg from Exodus: God quenched the thirst of the Israelites;

 2) Resp Psalm: God's voice softens our hardened hearts thirsting for his love and mercy; 

3) Rdg from Romans: Paul tells us that the love of God had been poured in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, washing away our sins; 

4) Gospel of John: The woman at the well discovered the springs of living water coming from Jesus who quenched her thirst for love and brought her conversion; 

5) A final thought: Do you thirst for pleasure, popularity, money and power?  Such insatiable desires will make you more thirsty but lead you to sin. Our worldly thirsts  indicate that we thirst for something, someone beyond what the world can offer--only God.

Advise to preachers: Our parishioners thirst for God's word. Let us provide them with a good homily that will fill their hearts with no one else but Jesus, the Living and Eternal Word!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Communications: CBCP Lenten Message 2014

CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Communications: CBCP Lenten Message 2014: Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8)  POVERTY THAT DEHUMANIZES, POVERTY THAT SANCTIFIES As we begi...

Homiletic Tips for 1st Sunday of Lent

By Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, D.D.

We have the power by God's grace to resist temptation, decide not to sin and live a holy life:

1) Reading from Genesis: Adam and Eve gave in to the temptation of the serpent, disobeyed God and sinned; 

2) Resp Psalm: We humbly seek the mercy of God for our sins; 

3) Reading from Romans: Adam's fall from sin brought us condemnation but in and through Jesus Christ we are justified and given new life; 

4) Gospel of Matthew: The three temptations of Christ: pleasure, popularity and power; 

5) A final thought: "Temptation is a normal part of life's struggle, and anyone who claims to be immune from it is either a little angel visiting from heaven or 'a bit of an idiot'. The biggest problem in the world, in fact, isn't temptation or sin, rather it is people deluding themselves that they're not sinners and losing any sense of sin." (Pope Francis, January 31, 2014)

Advise to preachers:"A preacher has to contemplate the word, but he also has to contemplate his people." (EG 154)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Homiletic Tips for Ash Wednesday

by Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara

The desert experience

Lent is a holy season to enter a 'desert experience' -- a 40-day retreat with the Lord.

1) Three challenges: repentance, conversion & renewal; 

2) Three disciplines: prayer, almsgiving & fasting; 

3). Meaning of ashes: Returning to dust means returning to God. 

Isn't this what we all want?  That we come back to God because we belong to Him.; 

4)A final thought: Many times we think of lent as a time to do less -- less food, less movie watching, less pleasure-seeking, etc. Can we think of lent as doing more? -- doing more prayer periods before the Blessed Sacrament, doing more fasting from sin, doing more almsgiving to the poor, doing more acts of love!

Advise to preachers: Make the Ash Wednesday liturgy meaningful to your mass goers-by delivering a touching homily.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Ang Ligaya ng Pagtuturo


ni Pd. Michael Israel Ortega

 "Ang bawat Katolikong Kristiyano ay Katekista"
- Anonymous
Nakakalimang linggo na ako ng pagtuturo ng katekismo sa Santolan High School. Iba talaga ang karanasan ng pagtuturo ng mga turo ng ating Panginoong Hesukristo sa loob ng silid-aralan at pagtuturo naman sa pamamagitan ng pagbabahagi ng homily sa Misa. Sa loob ng silid-aralan, may interaksyon sa mga mag-aaral kaya natutunan ko kung anu-ano ang mga mundong ginagalawan nila. Higit sa lahat, nagagawa kong iangkop ang aking pagtuturo sa kanilang pag-iisip at kahit sa kanilang mga munting mundong pinanggagalingan. Kaya, bilang pari, masasabi ko na matingkad kong nagagampanan ang aking "prophetic office"sa pagtuturo ng katekismo sa loob ng silid-aralan ng isang paaralan dahil direkta kong tinuturo ang mga mag-aaral. Dahil dito, natutuwa ang ilang lingkod ng Sto. Tomas De Villanueva Parish, lalo na ang isang guidance counselor na isa sa mga youth formator at lector ng nasabing parokya, sa aking pagtuturo ng katekismo.
Nagagawa kong magturo tungkol sa ating pananampalataya hindi lang bilang isang pari kundi bilang isang Katolikong Kristiyano. Bilang mga binyagang Katolikong Kristiyano, talagang tungkulin natin na magturo ng katekismo sa ating mga kapwa Katolikong Kristiyano. Sa katunayan, iyan ang bilin ng ating Panginoong Hesukristo sa atin noong sinabi Niya: Gawin ninyong alagad ko ang mga tao sa lahat ng bansa . . . Turuan ninyo silang sumunod sa lahat ng iniutos ko sa iny (Mateo 28:19 & 20). Kaya tayong lahat ay may banal na tungkulin na turuan ang mga kapwa natin tungkol sa ating pananampalataya at huwag nating ipapaubaya na lang sa mga katekista ng ating mga parokya. Maski sa mga madre at pari ay huwag nating ipaubaya nang husto sa kanila. Dahil nasa atin ang Banal na Espiritu na tinanggap natin noong tayo'y binyagan, dapat may katatagan ng loob at kaalaman tayo upang magturo ng katekismo sa lahat. Iyan dahilan kung bakit puspos tayo ng mga Pitong Kaloob ng Banal na Espiritu. Kaya magagawa nating sundin ang bilin ng ating Panginoong Hesukristo na magturo ng katekismo sa lahat.
Paano naman nating magagawang magturo ng katekismo sa iba? Maraming paraan iyan pero bago ang lahat kailangang turuan muna natin ang ating sarili ng katekismo. Ngayong Taon ng Pananampalataya, ito'y pagkakataon na natin na bumili ng mga aklat ng Katekismo para sa mga Katolikong Pilipino at Bibliya sa mga religious stores at basahin ang mga ito. Higit sa lahat, lagi tayong magsimba upang mapalalim ang ating pananampalataya. Sa ganitong mga paraan, magagawa nating ibahagi ang mga natutunan natin sa iba sa ating mga salita at gawa. Ngunit, ang isa sa mga pinakamainam na paraan ng pagtuturo ng katekismo ay ang pagiging mabuting halimbawa. Kung tayo'y nagsisimba linggu-lingg, laging naglalaan ng oras sa pagbabasa ng Bibliya at Katekismo, at naipapamalas ang kabutihang-loob sa kapwa, tayo'y nagiging epektibong mga katekista. Ika nga mas madali nating matuturuan ang iba tungkol sa ating pananampalataya sa pamamagitan ng ating mga kilos kaysa puro mga salita lang natin. Kailangan isabuhay natin kung natutunan natin at itinuturo nating katekismo sa iba upang maturuan natin sila. Kaya ang isa sa mga tanda ng isang binyagang Katolikong Kristiyano ay ang kakayahan na magturo ng mga katotohanan ng ating pananampalataya sa iba, sa isip, diwa, at gawa.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Homiletic Tips for 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

by Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara, D.D.

 God cares for us. Let us entrust ourselves to him. As long as he is in charge, we need not worry. 

1) Rdg from Isaiah: Even if a mother, forgets her baby, God, in his mercy and love, will not abandon us; 

2) Resp Psalm: For this reason, the psalmist says that in God alone is our soul at rest; 

3) Rdg from Corinthians: In line with God's stewardship who responsibly and lovingly cares for us, St. Paul instructs us to follow suit and become trustworthy stewards of the God's manifold mysteries; 

4) Gospel of Matthew: We should not be slaves of money and the insecurities which the world offers. Like the birds in the air and lilies in the field, we should not worry about what tomorrow will bring because God takes care of us and he is in charge; 

5)  A final thought: Why do people worry? Because they exhaust a lot of energy in the PAST and in the FUTURE, and do not live in the present--in the NOW!  Remember: what happened in the past is history and is not real. The future has not happened yet and is not real. Only the present, what happens now is real. So don't worry, be happy!

Advise to preachers: Three traits of effective preaching: it must INVOLVE your hearers; it  must engage your listeners to INTERACT with God and others; it must INSPIRE people to become Christ-like in their actions.