Third Sunday of Lent (A)

God desires that everybody will be saved and come to the knowledge of truth (1 Timothy 2:4).

Third Sunday of Lent (A)

Exodus 17:3-7

Psalm: If today, you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

John 4:5-42

 

Welcome to the third Sunday of Lent!

 

As we progress through our Lenten preparations, this Sunday is a reminder of God’s loving generosity, BIG TIME. Of all the things God can give, he gave His only Son, the living water that gives eternal life.

 

Our gospel for this Sunday is entitled Jesus and the Samaritan Woman – a story of: tragic sinner meets tender savior. While Jesus passed through a town of Samaria, he met the Samaritan woman at the well. When he talked to the woman, marami pong hindi nasunod si Hesus na mga protocol dito.

 

Una, mahigpit na magkalaban ang mga Jews at mga taga-Samaria; Second, kahit na ito ay isang “short-cut” na rota papuntang Judea to Galilee, ito ay iniiwasan ng mga Jews because this place is not considered to be part of the “holy land; Third, normally Jewish men would not talk to a woman in public.

 

Jesus broke the social customs of his time and after asking for water, he offered the woman the water of eternal life. At sabi ng babae, sir, give me this water, so that I may not thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” (John 4:15)

 

What are the reminders for us today?

 

  1. Salvation is all grace!

 

Kadalasan sa mga Jews kapag sila ay pupunta sa Galilee from Judea, they are willing to travel for 6 days instead of  3 days para lamang maiwasang daanan ang Samaria. Jews hated the Samarians because Samarians descended from Jews who had intermarried with Gentiles or pagans! But Jesus did not operate like that: he didn’t care about heritage, he didn’t care about the other people’s ill perception, he just wanted to save this poor woman.

 

God operates through grace. Samakatuwid hindi lamang ang mga mabubuti o matutuwid ang pwedeng bigyan ng kaligtasan. Kung tatanggapin mo ang Diyos sa iyong buhay, sasaiyo ang kaligtasang kanyang alay.

 

Sometimes we are too concerned with how we dress up, or how we look like, or how we have followed our religious duties, when after all, God only wants our willing hearts. Mahal ka niya, maging sino ka man.

 

 

 

  1. True satisfaction comes in godly life.

 

Noong sinabi ni Hesus sa kanya na “Whoever drinks the water I shall give shall never be thirsty again” – wow, this must be very appealing to the woman! All her life, naghahanap ang girlalu na ito ng makakasatisy sa kanya. She tried physical relationships-wa epek! Naka-anim na asawa na nga siya, wa- epek pa rin. Hindi pa rin naibigay ang kanyang hinahanap-hanap.

 

Her encounter with Christ changed her whole life. She became a witness, and kahit na hindi pwedeng tumestigo ang mga babae during her time, many people came to believe. And Jesus stayed in Samaria for 2 days.

 

Interestingly, when the apostles started preaching after the stoning of the first Christian martyr St. Stephen, it was Philip who went to Samaria and proclaimed Christ (Acts 8:5). The people there listened to the message, accompanied with supernatural signs. Many were converted.

 

Lent is the time for us to see our mistakes that keep us from coming to the living waters of a right relationship with God.

 

Brothers and sisters, hindi ikaw lamang ang mahal ng Diyos! If we think we deserve more than others because of our righteousness, then we don’t see as God does. God desires that everybody will be saved and come to the knowledge of truth (1 Timothy 2:4).

 

This is Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD. Witness to the Word.

Technology Will Never Replace Love

"Technology Can Never Replace Love"

“Technology Can Never Replace Love”

 

So, this is my first post regarding my life as a Graduate Student at the College of Development Communications here at the University of the Philippines, Los Baňos, Laguna.

 

 

In one of my subjects, I was tasked to report about social ad campaign. I reported about the “Technology Will Never Replace Love” by the DTAC cellphone brand from Thailand. The campaign was made by the Y & R Thailand, an advertising firm which is very popular around the world.

 

 

This ad shows a father leaning over his crying baby in a crib, looking scared and confused on what to do. He calls his wife who happens to be at a grocery store, starts a video call so that she can pacify the child. She sings, makes funny faces – to no avail. The young dad suddenly makes an effort to slowly pick up the child. Presto, the child stops crying. The mother sees this wonderful moment of love straight from her DTAC cellphone.

 

The ad uses appraisal theory: instead of overtly selling a product, it makes the consumer feel a connection to the brand.  In this case, that feeling is the power of love. There is no up-front unique selling proposition.  They took the consumers into an emotional journey to form a resolution to take action. In DTAC’s ad, it shows how technology can’t replace love but it can uniquely connect people in moments of love.  The desired action is to use DTAC phones to never miss a loving moment.

 

 

This brand received widespread praises and criticisms around the world. I saw one blogger saying that he doesn’t like the ad because it shows fathers as “incompetent and clueless.” However, Askyourdad website also praised it for its realistic approach: “if we want honest representations of fathers in commercials, that means we don’t just show the strong, enganged, confident fathers. That means we show the scared ones too. They exist.”

 

 

I like this ad. It leaves a feel good experience. The message it sends is also very strong: Technology can be a good servant, but it can never replace love.

 

Verbum SVD House of Studies

The Verbum Gate

The Verbum Gate

Verbum SVD is a house of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), an international religious-missionary congregation founded by St. Arnold Janssen. Welcome to Verbum. It is located inside the St. Therese Parish compound of the University of the Philippines –Los Baňos, Laguna.

 

 

Resident members of the house are SVD religious missionaries and student priests and brothers from the different dioceses and congregations who are taking up courses at the University of the Philippines – Los Baňos, Laguna . We have a community mass on Wednesdays at 6 pm. You are welcome to join us.

 

Room at Verbum

Room at Verbum

 

As soon as you arrive, you will be given three (3 keys): one for the room, another key to the front steel gate, and the third key to the front door. Breakfast is served at 7 am, 12 noon and dinner at 7 pm.

 

Second Floor Hall Way

Second Floor Hall Way

 

We have an internet wifi within the house. You will be billed on a monthly basis. All common outlets are 220 volts.

 

The laundrywoman will wash your clothes for the rest of your duration. Air conditioning units with remote control maybe used.

 

Verbum mini-library and reading area

Verbum mini-library and reading area

 

The following rules and regulations are in full force and effect within the house. The rules are to promote the convenience, safety, peace, and welfare of the residents in the premises, preserve the property from abusive use, and make a fair distribution of services and facilities held out for all. The residents acknowledge that these rules and regulations are for the benefit of all.

1. No person shall be in the house under the influence of alcoholic beverages, cereal malt beverages or illegal drugs. There shall be no consumption, storage or sale of alcoholic beverages, cereal malt beverages or illegal drugs in the rooms.

Verbum Chapel

Verbum Chapel

  1. There will be absolutely NO SMOKING allowed in any of the rooms.

 

  1. There shall be no pets housed in or around the rooms.

 

Verbum Lobby

Verbum Lobby

  1. The sidewalk entries, passages, and stairways of the house shall not be obstructed or used for the any other purpose than for ingress and egress to and from respective rooms.

 

  1. No one shall interfere in any manner with any portion of the lighting apparatus in or about the rooms nor about the house containing the same.

 

Verbum Fish Pond

Verbum Fish Pond

  1. No additional locks shall be placed upon any door of the rooms without a written consent from the administrator.

 

  1. Please do not play music equipment or instruments at such hours and at such volume as to disturb other residents in the rooms.

 

  1. No waterbeds shall be allowed in the rooms.

 

The Bust of St. Arnold Janssen

The Bust of St. Arnold Janssen

 

  1. Residents agree that the cleanliness of the rooms is important. The administrator maintains the right to inspect for cleanliness and in the event a room is found unsatisfactory, the resident will be given notice.

 

Verbum Dining Hall

Verbum Dining Hall

 

  1. Any damage to the rooms will be assessed to the resident unless responsibility can be established to the contrary. The cost of repairs will be due and owing upon completion of the repairs. Residents are not allowed to do repair work in the rooms. Please report to the administrator any repair work to be done.

 

Ground Floor Hall Way

Ground Floor Hall Way

 

  1. Fire extinguishers are placed in strategic places for your protection. Any tampering with this equipment will result in disciplinary action and the cost of replacement equipment will be billed to the residents.

 

 

  1. There shall be no flammable materials or explosives stored in or about the rooms. This includes petroleum products, fireworks, etc.

 

 

  1. There will be no firearms or weapons (including paintball guns) permitted in the house.

 

Verbum TV Room

Verbum TV Room

 

  1. Personal belongings, effects and gadgets shall be guarded safely by the resident.

 

 

  1. No overnight guests without prior permission from the administrator. No person under the age of 18, not accompanied by parent(s), shall be in any rooms without first obtaining permission from the administrator.

 

Recreation Area

Recreation Area

 

  1. We sincerely appreciate if you can settle your obligations on a monthly basis, and on or before leaving Verbum.

 

 

  1. We welcome your suggestions and recommendations.

 

Conference Room

Conference Room

  1. If you are a Divine Word Missionary (SVD), religious or diocesan priest who wanted to stay at the Verbum while studying at the UPLB, may contact the administrator any time: Fr. Abraham P. Paz, SVD via his email address: shpabe@yahoo.com

 

Verbum Community

Verbum Community