St Michael BEC Monthly Gathering – January 2018

This month we meet at Elizabeth’s residence and we started with our usual Evening Prayer and then into the Reflection messages. We talked about our faith and the importance of 7-sacraments, especially Baptism, Marriage and Anointing of the Sick [Death], Have we forgotten the equal important of the other sacraments? The Eucharist at every single day of obligation, especially Sunday and Reconciliation seeking for Penance, Absolution, and Forgiveness of Sins.

 

Let’s take a step backwards and define – what is a practicing Catholic? From what I’ve always understood, a practicing Catholic was someone who “REGULARLY” received the sacraments they were able to receive along with confessing all mortal sin immediately as to not prevent oneself from receiving the sacraments. That’s means, we should be attending mass regularly and confess to any wrongdoings! Right?

 

As usual again, there is never a lack of food for the evening! True to HIS word, our Lord always provides. God is concerned with every part of our being: spirit, soul, and body. As the facets of His character are infinite, so the ways God provides for us are beyond anything we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). We can trust His goodness, guidance, and shepherding care to do more for us than we could ever achieve on our own. God provides a way for us to develop an intimate, conversational, obedient relationship with Him so that we can lead ourselves and others into a “Psalm 23” quality of life. Those whose shepherd is the Lord can say, “I lack nothing” (Psalm 23:1).

 

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus teaches His disciples to ask for provision, and our dependence on God is affirmed each time we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). In Matthew 6:24–25, Jesus tells His disciples not to worry about food or clothing. The Father knows our needs. He desires covenant relationship with us, and that involves trusting Him to meet our daily requirements and seeking first His kingdom and righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

 

I read somewhere that there are at least 150 verses in our Bible that our Lord assure us that he will provide, but yet we worry where we next meal maybe? Yes, I agree nothing drop from heaven, but do we really need to struggle so much that you have neglect to serve our Lord! He had given us a wondeful BEC – your BEC, St Michael!

 

We are calling members of St Michael BEC to come and serve our Lord. I am looking for willing volunteers from our BEC. Someone told me to just assign members to do the job. Honestly, I cannot do that because I do not know your household. In Luke 9:61, Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.” … Another said, “I’ll follow you, sir, but first let me tell my family goodbye.” …. Religion teaches us to be kind and good, to show piety at home, and to requite our parents; but we must not make these an excuse for neglecting our duty to God. I hope your conscious will help you come forward and help in our BEC.

 

My priority is that we must have a BEC Gathering every month and I hope you make time to come and share your time. I had submit our 2018 Planner to PCC and had BCC to all of you. I am URGENTLY looking for members to help with the following:-

 

1. Social Activity – dinner or an outdoor activity
2. Spiritual Activity – possible a formation or pilgrimage
3. Outreach Programme – helping those in need
4. Priest Visit – logistics
5. Home Mass – Host
6. Treasurer – Help keep and maintain our funds, also help to raise funds.

 

Of course, we also need members to fill-up the following CORE TEAM positions.

 

1. COORDINATOR OR MESSENGER
2. LITURGY
3. INTEGRAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
4. FAMILY LIFE
5. YOUTH
6. MEDIA

 

Not forgetting, we pray for everyone especially the sick and homebound! It as indeed a wonderful evening and left Elizabeth’s place almost to midnight! I know for sure the Holy Spirit were there to help us build our relationship.

 

We will meet again in February and looking forward to see all of you.

 

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