31st Sunday Pointers

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31st Sunday Pointers       

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Today the story of Zacchaeus is presented to us. Zacchaeus was a tax collector who was so short that he had to climb up a sycamore tree to get a better view of Jesus as he was passing by—somehow this small man climbs up the tree because of his great desire to see Jesus. Everyone including Zacchaeus himself is completely surprised when Jesus announces that he intends to stay at Zacchaeus’ house that day.

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“Come down, Zacchaeus,” Jesus calls out to him.  The crowds that recognized him must have boiled with hatred.  But Jesus showed him compassion, “I must stay in your house.” While no upright Jew would have dared enter the home of a public sinner, an unclean person, Jesus crushed through their borders and invited himself to the home of Zacchaeus.

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For people the incident was an opportunity to condemn the tax collector; but for Jesus, it was an opportunity to invite the tax collector to repentance. .  It is the Lord who reaches out to and embraces a man ostracized and condemned by society.  By expressing His wish to eat with Zacchaeus, the tax collector spontaneously repents of his sins and offers to make quadruple restitution to those he has wronged. Clearly, Zacchaeus was converted by his experience of God’s mercy.

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The aftermath:

  1. After giving up his ill-gotten wealth, Zacchaeus , in a way, became poor but found his true wealth in Jesus.
  2. Before his encounter with Jesus, Zacchaeus  was a social outcast.  And being forbidden to enter any place of worship, he must have felt cast out of God’s circle.  Now he felt included in God’s embrace.
  3. While he was previously miserable and desperate spiritually, now he was reborn and filled with joy and zeal — not because of what he had done for God, but because of what God had done for him.  Because God reached out to him and entered his home, God made a home in him.  As a result, Zacchaeus found himself finally at home in God.

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Life Situation and Application

  Like the crowds, we rightfully detest the corruption and sinfulness of people. Like the crowds we judge certain individuals as being beyond redemption—without the slightest compassion for them proudly and confidently proclaiming to the world that we are the insiders and they outsiders, that we are hold in God’s arms and sinners as beyond divine mercy.

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 At some moments in our life we too are like Zacchaeus—involved in questionable act.  But like Zacchaeus , having received God’s mercy, can truly repent and turn away from our sinful patterns of acting.  And strive to live a virtuous life. As we approach the end of the liturgical year and reflect on the Second Coming of Christ, we are invited to be reborn in Christ.  May Christ, King of the Universe, invite himself to our homes, win our hearts and in the process redeem us not out of this world but while in the world.

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The story of Zacchaeus is our own story as well. The God who searches for the tax collector, searches for us as well. In each of us there lives a sinner and the Lord who is too willing to give us a fresh start. We are all important in the eyes of God. When we accept our own sinfulness and the grace of God, we begin to live a new life.

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  • All day
    January 1, 2022

    SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

    55th WORLD DAY OF PEACE BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Cristita Cha, AR

2
  • All day
    January 2, 2022

    SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Conrado Flores, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Emma Toro, SAR (Valencia Chapter)
    Sis. Marcelina Nicolas, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Erlinda Casaje, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis.  Arsenia  Villanueva  (Trial  /  Urbiztondo Chapter)
    Charlene Catchillar (RAY-Urbiztondo)
    Jorge Datuin (RAY-Urbiztondo)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2021-2022)

    Fray Chrislean Rey Pamilaga

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Rizalina Salera, SAR (Cavite Chapter)

3
  • All day
    January 3, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Bella Mojica, AR
    Sis. Basilisa Espinola, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Carmencita Abis, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Melodina Paragat, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Estelita Buenavista, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Angelina Bacalso, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Clemencia Ranin, AR

4
  • All day
    January 4, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Br. Danny Cabuslay Jr. (1st year Aspirant, CaReS, Baguio)
    Bro. Ernil Orbecido, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Sis Mary Grace Susas, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Cristina Domingo, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Fran Cheska Marie Andan (RAY-Laray)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Regina Cadiz, AR
    +Sr. Adelaida Elli, AR

5
  • All day
    January 5, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Br. Jude Dacullo (3rd year Postulant, CaReS, Baguio)
    Sis Estelita Divinagracia, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Bro. Jose Pepito Gabriel Bonete, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Emiliana Carao, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Yulanda Lim, SAR (Trial / Miranila Chapter)
    Leila Barizo (RAY-Cavite)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Cleofe Claro, AR
    +Fray Casiano Cosmilla

6
  • All day
    January 6, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Sylvia Evina, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Grace Aba-a, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Aurora Decipolo, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Remedios Solatan, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Dominga Torregosa, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Juana de la Merced, AR
    +Bro. Rustico Magdales, SAR (Manila Chapter)

7
  • All day
    January 7, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Eliza Stubbs, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Lorelie Cabanes, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

8
  • All day
    January 8, 2022

    EPISCOPAL CORONATION OF NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL CARMEN, LA LIMPIA
    OLMCP-Recoletos, Cebu City
    9:30 A.M.
    Presider: Most Rev. Jose Palma, D.D.

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ian Anthony Espartero
    Sr. Leticia Cerdeño, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Julito Cortes, D.D. (Diocese of Dumaguete)

    NOTE: Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Provincial-level Christmas Party is called off

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  • All day
    January 9, 2022

    FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

    FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE
    (The traditional Traslación is canceled due to Covid-19)

    BIRTHDAY
    Br. Joshua Miguel Salmon (3rd year Postulant, CaReS, Baguio)
    Sr. Rosario Bianes, AR
    Sis. Marcelina Taguinod, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Dominga Gargarita, AR

10
  • All day
    January 10, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Br. Jayson Solmayor (3rd year Postulant, CaReS, Baguio)

    D
    EATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Luz Asuncion Nitura, AR
    +Sr. Paulina de la Purisima Corazon de Maria, AR

11
  • All day
    January 11, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Catalina Ruiz, AR
    Sis. Elena Dagdag, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Ian Gabrielle Canlubo (RAY-Cavite)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Zita Lloren, AR
    +Sis. Elena Caballero, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

12
  • All day
    January 12, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Reynaldo Jaranilla
    Sis. Josephine Guinto, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Bro. Hilario Torcedo, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    +Sr. Ma. Fortunata Gayumale Gaspillo, AR

13
  • All day
    January 13, 2022

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    (1998-2022)
    Archbp. Jose Palma, D.D. (Archdiocese of Cebu)

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Jonathan Casiño, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Bro. Antonio Sonsona, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Mo. Rosario Rosales, AR

14
  • All day
    January 14, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Emilia Madrigal, AR
    Bro. Jose Valdez, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Luisa Gumiran, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Esterlita Gracia, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    +Sis. Aurea Figura, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Vicenta Prado, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

15
  • All day
    January 15, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Anthony Irineo
    Sr. Ma. Marcela de la Cruz, AR
    Bro. Maximo Epanto, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Virgin de la Consolacion, AR

16
  • All day
    January 16, 2022

    FEAST OF THE STO. NINO

    COMMEMORATION OF THE DEAD RELATIVES OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ORDER

    BIRTHDAY
    Br. Jhon Russell Manalastas (2nd year Aspirant, CaReS, Baguio)
    Br. Janrey Palmis (1st year Aspirant, CaReS, Baguio)
    Mo. Maria del Carmen, OAR (Bacolod)
    Sr. Zerah Cordero, AR
    Sis. Alice Mojica, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Bernarda Tan, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Melissa Sandil, SAR (ManilaChapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Lucia Degamo, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    +Sis. Amelia Casiño, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    +Bro. Rustico Magdales, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    +Sis. Cleofe Alvarez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

17
  • All day
    January 17, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Corvin Maturan
    Sis. Belen Taniagao, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Celedonia de la Santissima Trinidad, AR
    +Sr. Cesaria Barbarona, AR

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  • All day
    January 18, 2022

    WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
    January 18-25, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Joseph Dexter Palagtiosa
    Sis. Guia Gonzales, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Christina So, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Rhea Canania (RAY-Urbiztondo)

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  • All day
    January 19, 2022

    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Cleofe Maria Agua, AR
    Sis. Angelica Tejada, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Myrna Amante, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Teodora Delus (Trial / Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Sheny Valerio (Trial / Urbiztondo Chapter)

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  • All day
    January 20, 2022

    ST. SEBASTIAN (PATRON SAINT OF MANILA & CAVITE COMMUNITIES, DIOCESE OF BACOLOD)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Adelina Reyes, AR
    Sis. Mercedes Velada, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Bibiana Madrietta, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

21
  • All day
    January 21, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Urbano Galanido
    Fray Jerome Virtudazo
    Sis. Leticia de Silva, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Alice Catulong, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Ofelia Balocating (Trial / Urbiztondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Flaviana Minoza, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

22
  • All day
    January 22, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Most Rev. Victor Bendico, DD (Bishop of Baguio)

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  • All day
    January 23, 2022

    SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD
    [Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter, Motu proprio Aperuit illis, published on 30 September 2019, establishes that “the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God”.]

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Marciano Cleofas, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Gloria Acosta, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Esterlina Silva, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Rosemarie Gaspar, SAR (Valencia Chapter)
    Sis. Melba Cariño, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Judith Mondejar (RAY-Caidiocan)
    Kathrine Bacalso (RAY-Laray)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Gertrudis del Pilar, AR
    +Sr. Cresencia Vailoces, AR
    +Sis. Felisa Torrecampo, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

24
  • All day
    January 24, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Paz Bawagan, AR Sr. Faith Niña Fuertes, AR
    Sis. Florida San Juan, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Raymunda Co, SAR (Laray Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Paz Chico, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Analyn Martinez (RAY-Valencia)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Teofilo Jabonero, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

25
  • All day
    January 25, 2022

    SOLEMNITY OF THE CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Rodelio Gasparillo, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Bro. Feddie Junsay, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Joelle Maria Mendoza (RAY-Miranila)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Lucia Sagmit, AR

26
  • All day
    January 26, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Cristopher Maspara
    Sis. Henrietta Morales, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Emenciana Cabaral, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    (2005-2022)
    Most Rev. Reynaldo Evangelista, D.D. (Diocese of Imus)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Margarita Zafra, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

27
  • All day
    January 27, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Marilyn Cula, AR
    Sr. Remilyn Leonido, AR
    Sis. Evelyn Balingit, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Luzonica Del Rosario, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Florepis Vergara, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Murita Jara, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    +Sis. Eusebia Siarez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

28
  • All day
    January 28, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Louie Gabinete
    Br. Ken Joshua Manalo (1st year Aspirant, CaReS, Baguio)
    Sis. Lita Lorenzo, SAR (Manila Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Fernanda del Pilar, AR
    +Sr. Ines Garcia, AR

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  • All day
    January 29, 2022

    FEAST OF NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL CARMEN DE SAN SEBASTIAN

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Francisca Rojas, AR
    Sis. Lourdes Insigne, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Anecita Paglinawan, SAR (Laray Chapter)
    Sis. Angelina Duhig, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Jona Mendoza (RAY-Miranila)
    Marielet Vital (RAY-Urbiztondo)

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  • All day
    January 30, 2022

    4TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    WORLD LEPROSY DAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Jonathan Caballero
    Sr. Angelica Fuentes, AR
    Sr. Pascualina Peral, AR
    Sis. Violeta Siozon, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Fedencia dela Criz, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    Sis. Minerva Alcarde, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Evangeline Castro, SAR (Trial / Urbiztondo Chapter)
    Sis. Julieta Dawa, SAR (Laray Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Bro. Jay Rosauro Cortez, SAR (Manila Chapter)

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  • All day
    January 31, 2022

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Josephine Ativo, AR
    Sis. Saturnina Antolihao, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Lance Raven Lapinig (RAY-Talisay)

     

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