I have heard some BCBP brothers and sisters complain that their Action Group meetings, Assemblies and Teachings are no longer upbuilding, nourishing, nor inspiring. While thinking and praying about this concern, a question came into my mind: do you prepare yourself to encounter the LORD, to listen to Him, and to be used by Him in making your Action Group meetings and Assemblies nourishing, inspiring and upbuilding? It reminded me of the need to prepare ourselves- heart, mind, body and spirit, to see the Lord, to hear the Lord, to be used by the Lord, to be fruitful instruments of the Lord in all of our activities. We need to pray for our activities and for everyone involved in these activities.

If God prepared for the coming of the Messiah by choosing and preparing Mary long before the coming of the Messiah, and Jesus always took time to prepare himself for the day’s activities by spending time alone with the Father, shouldn’t we also take time to prepare ourselves for each day’s activities? Even the Catholic Church acknowledges the importance of preparing ourselves such that we have the Advent Season to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Christmas, and the Lenten Season to prepare ourselves for the commemoration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Do you prepare yourself to celebrate mass worthily? I remember one priest asking this question during his homily and then telling everyone: if you celebrate mass worthily, you will be transformed, just as the bread and wine are transformed.

Similarly, if we prepare ourselves to encounter God in His Word and in all the people, places and events that He brings our way each day, we will encounter Christ and we will be nourished, inspired and transformed. What a difference it would make in our families, in our BCBP Community, in our work areas and in our Country, if we took time to prepare ourselves to encounter Christ in all of our activities!

Take time, make time to prepare yourself each day. Your time alone with the Lord could make the difference between remaining faithful to the Lord or falling into the temptations of each day, between an orderly and fruitful day or a chaotic and disastrous day.

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Babes Acena March 10, 2011 - 6:01 pm

i agree 100%. this is an eye opener. this is the reason why we have the 7 steps, to prepare ourselves to the encounter with the Lord. i just wonder why a lot of AG does not do this anymore. I feel that AGL must be masters in doing this 7steps. i feel sad whenever an AGL says that their role as AGL is just as coordinators, nothing more. 🙁

Caloy Matibag February 21, 2011 - 7:40 pm

Perhaps being new to the community (associate member), excitement prevails in every activity that I attend to. The realization that the spiritual enrichment these activities bring, I always prepare myself before each of these activities liking myself to a suitor who is to make a visit to my sweetheart.

ROSE February 20, 2011 - 2:40 am

I agree with you Bro. Larry. In our 9 years in the BCBP Tacloban, Alder and I were always excited to attend AGM because we want to meet Jesus in the group, through our AGM. Preparation is important. Daily prayer is important to be always excited to meet Jesus.


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