Talk TODAY, I want to preach the message, Trust the Judge. We’re about to read the very last public teaching of Jesus before He gets arrested. So, this teaching must be very special. To Matthew, it’s the core, conclusion, and capstone of all that Jesus taught: The upside-down Kingdom of Jesus. Jesus Is The Coming Judge But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me. “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ 41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ 44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ 45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’ 46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.” -- Matthew 25:31-46 NLT Warning: The passage sounds very simple, but it’s very deep, loaded with three difficult truths we’ll unpack today. Let’s start with the most controversial one… First: YOU CREATE YOUR FUTURE We usually don’t talk about Hell at The Feast—but it’s right here in this passage. People
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Let us pray our favorite prayer, our Novena to God’s Love: Father in Heaven, thank You for every person here— whether virtual or actual… I pray that the word that You’re going to speak today will jump out from the pages of this Book and leap straight into the heart of Your children. Speak, oh God. All of Your children are listening today, Your moment to shine— not mine, not any one of the preachers here onstage. But we are here to listen to You. So, bless us, in the mighty name of Jesus, we pray, and all of God’s people say, Amen. Jesus Wants To Give You Overflowing Joy! Our passage is from John 15: 10-12: Let me just say this: There is one word that is not allowed to be said in our home— my home. One word that cannot be spoken in every room and in any corner in my house is the word boring. Let me explain. We taught our son Ethan— he’s now four years old— never to say the word boring. When he was two years old, my wife and I made this conscious decision that we were not allowed to say boring in Ethan’s presence— or even any time at home. It was not allowed. Why? Because we noticed that some children, whenever they’re not doing anything, the first words that come out of their mouth are “I’m bored.” How many parents can relate? Raise your hands. And so, we said to Ethan: “If you hear the word boring, the first thing you’ll say, “That’s a bad word.” Bad Word, Good Word But you know what? I realized something—that a lot of us, you know, we think boring is not good. But I come from an age and a time when my generation— I know who you are if you snicker and you raise your hand, and you say “Amen.” We come from a time and age, and place, where you are not allowed to say boring. Otherwise, you will get screamed at by your parents. You remember that? During my time, there was no Internet, no WI-FI. But there were so many activities that you could do. You could have a snack. You could take a nap. You could play a musical instrument. You could study ballet— or for the boys, karate. During my time, that was the thing: karate. One of my fondest memories is what we did when I was growing up, when we had brownouts. How many of you can relate to this? Raise your hands. There was no electricity. No WI-FI. No Internet. That meant we could bring out the candles and then we could play shadow figures on the wall, and we could do it for hours. Distracted Generation Today, we have a distracted generation, infected by a virus. What is the carrier of this virus? The dopamine dispenser that you call your phone, that you call your gadget. That you call your TV. That you
2021: THE YEAR THAT WAS! JANUARY 2021 Talk: Rhythms of Grace The Feast Family January 2021 started with Bro. Bo Sanchez, our founder, SFH—Serving-from-Home—and his introduction of The Feast Talk series for January 2021, Rhythms of Grace. The January 2021 Feast talk series brought us back to our long-running study of the Gospel of Matthew. We discussed how Matthew described the different ways people respond to Jesus: 1) Some are positive, believing in Him and saying, “You’re the Messiah!”; 2) Some are negative, rejecting Him and saying, “You’re the king of demons!”: 3) Others are neutral, still asking, and doubting. Mercy Ministry: Anawim Home for Abandoned Elderly The Coronavirus Disease Pandemic may have stopped mass gatherings, business operations, even family reunions --but not mercy and kindness. Long before the COVID Menace, Sis. Aida Dy (above right) and Sis. Lynda Reyes (extreme right) benefactors and Board members of our Anawim Home for Abandoned Elderly, have been raising funds for Anawim. One of their projects: selling fashion accessories at The Feast Bay Area. They also organized members of The Feast to visit our lolos and lolas regularly. The pilgrims in action for the lolos and lolas, from top: They sing; They dance; They go crazy following wacky action song led by a lola. FEBRUARY 2021 Talk: Rhythms of Grace How Do I Love Thee? How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight… Yes, those are the first lines of Sonnet 43, How Do I Love Thee? by Elizabeth Barrettt Browning, English poet of the Romantic Movement which we quoted since February is Valentine Month, and our issues indeed counted the way God loves us… We continued the Feast Talk series, Rhythms of Grace, focusing on the part of the Gospel of Matthew discussing the Pharisees “demanding” that Jesus produce a miracle, revealing the emptiness of the soul apart from God. Here, Bro. presents a key message of the Talk series: “God is inside you.” Mercy Ministry: He Cares Mission for Street Children In Genesis 15:18, God promised to give Abraham and his descendants a land: “I promise to give your descendants all this land from the border of Egypt to the Euphrates River.” The land, as we know now, is Canaan, located on the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea. From Abraham’s story, He Cares Mission for Street Children borrowed the name of its latest project, yes, The Promised Land. By God’s grace, a supporter donated to He Cares 5.5 hectares land which He Cares, led by Bro. Joe Dean Sola, is now developing to provide food for the children under its care. Since He Cares’ Day 1, the Light of Jesus Family has supported the Mission as Bro. Bo has included the Foundation as a partner beneficiary of The Feast Family, part of LOJ’s Mercy Ministry, now with Bro. Hermie Morelos as chairman. MARCH 2021 Talk: O.G.
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FOR two weeks, we’ll give Matthew a Christmas vacation. We’ll resume studying his Gospel on January 9. Today, we’re going to unpack a beautiful passage from Luke. Here’s the Christma s message we want to preach to you today: Angels Are All Around Us I want to take you back 2,000 years ago to a quiet evening out in the fields, where some shepherds were tending flock. There weren’t any lights coming from cars or lampposts or smartphones. Only the moonlight illuminated the surroundings. When all of a sudden, they were soaked by a bright light. It came from an angel of the Lord. We can only assume that they had never seen an angel before that incident – because the verse says that “they were terrified.” But the angel reassured them and told them, “Do not be afraid.” It’s funny how the first reaction of the shepherds to the angel was not excitement or joy, but fear. And it wasn’t just simple fear, but extreme fear. They were terrified. This was not the first time that an angel of the Lord appeared before human beings. And it also wasn’t the first time that the angel’s first words were: “Do not be afraid.” When the angel Gabriel appeared before Daniel, she said, “Do not fear.” Same thing happened when she appeared before Zechariah. She said, “Do not fear.” An angel also appeared to Hagar and said, “Do not fear.” Truth: Take a look at this photo of a beautiful angel. Trivia: The Bible rarely describes angels as having wings. Only two types of angels with wings are mentioned in the Bible: Cherubims and Seraphims. The image of an angel with wings only caught on because angels were said to move quickly from one place to another. So, people started assuming that they had wings. No one has a factual accurate description of what an angel looks like. So, for us to assume that this was what the angel that appeared before the shepherds that night looked like is completely inaccurate. If the angel came as a person we know, there’s a big chance that our first reaction won’t be fear. For example, what if the angels that showed up at your front door looked like this: Mega popular, especially among millennials, this is BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, a South Korean boy band formed in 2010 and debuted in 2013 under Big Hit Entertainment. Or what if they looked like this: SB19, Filipino boy band that debut in 2018 consisting of Josh, Pablo, Stell, Ken, and Justin, the first Filipino and Southeast Asian act to be nominated in the Billboard Music Awards for the Top Social Artist category. AsiaAsani Or what if they looked like this: The Kerygma 5, singing Feast Preachers, from left: Jon Escoto, Arun Gogna, Adrian Panganiban, Alvin Barcelona, and Obet Cabrillas. Or lastly, what if they looked like this: The Prayboyz, from left: Audee Villaraza, Carlo Lorenzo, Mike Viñas,
THE CLASH Talk 12: Stewardship vs. Negligence WELCOME to our happy study of Matthew. Jesus tells this parable: “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. 16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. 19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’ 21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’ 23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 1“Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ 26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ 28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 25:14-30 NLT) Today, we want to preach the simple message: Don’t lose your biggest blessing. We will also share three
THE CLASH Talk 11: Foolish vs. Wise WE’RE nearing the finish line of Matthew. Today, we preach the simple message, While you’re waiting, God is working. We call this season Advent which is Latin for coming. I believe Jesus comes in three ways. First, Jesus comes Every Time He comes to us at every single moment of our life. Every moment is pregnant with His Presence. That was the last He said in the Gospel of Matthew: I am with you always, even to the end of the age (28:20 NLT). He didn’t say, “I’ll sometimes be with you” or “Occasionally, I’ll be with you,” or “When you’re a good boy or good girl and behave according to my expectations, I’ll be with you.” He simply said, “I am with you always.” 24/7. No breaks. No vacations. No exceptions. Say it, “Jesus is with me always.” In your good times, in your bad times, in your ordinary times. He meets you in your daily circumstances, in your joys and in your sorrows, in your mountain peaks and in your lowest valleys. He also meets you especially in the faces of the poor, the abandoned, the sick, the dying, the imprisoned. He also meets you in prayer. So, when we pray, we “enter into His Presence” as if we were outside it prior to praying. When we pray, we simply become aware of His Presence that has already been with us all along. I repeat: Jesus meets us every time. Second, He’ll also come to us at the End-Times We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus. Christ is coming back. 8don’t know when. I don’t know how. But He will. On that last day, good will win over evil. And all creation will be restored in every dimension—social, cultural, personal, and cosmic. God is creating a new Heaven and a new Earth. And every human that has ever lived on this planet will stand before King Jesus to receive His mercy if they choose to receive it. But Jesus comes not only at the end-times—Third, Jesus will also come at the End of Our Time Yes, mamamatay ka rin. But if you’re a Jesus Follower, that statement doesn’t have to scare you. Because where you follow Jesus doesn’t matter. Earth or Heaven, as long as you’re following Jesus. Friend, your best years are before you, not behind you. The best is yet to come. After this little introduction, let’s dive into our reading for today… Five Wise and Five Foolish In Matthew Chapters 24 and 25, Jesus gave three parables about being ready for His return. We’re going to read the last one: Ancient Jewish Weddings Were Different Many have a hard time understanding this story. Because we do our weddings differently from the ancient weddings done in that part of the world. Ancient Jews knew how to celebrate. The wedding party lasted for an entire week of eating and singing and dancing. No wonder, one wedding celebration
SPECIAL TALK: Be a Bringer November 28, 2021 2 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.[b] 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” -- Luke 2:1-10 NIV TODAY, I’d like to preach to you this powerful message. If you can help me preach this, tell someone beside you, Be a Bringer. To me, the Wedding at Cana where Jesus turned water into wine is the most special miracle He ever did. It might not be the greatest of all time. It wasn’t as jaw-dropping as when He walked out of the tomb. It wasn’t as amazing as when He cast out demons. After all, He just turned water into wine. What’s so special about this one? Because it was the first one. Everyone knows that the first is always special. Your first crush. Your first love. Your first kiss. Your first break-up. Your first job. Your first paycheck. Your first airplane ride. Your first time to see our founder, Bro. Bo Sanchez, preach live. That’s a special one for me. I remember it like it was 12 years ago. Walking into Valle Verde one day and seeing this enigmatic preacher speak with fire on stage. And the first thought in my head was: OMG! Kuya Bojie from Batibot is now a preacher! And he even shortened his name to Bo! That’s why I think this miracle at Cana was special. Because it was Jesus’ first miracle. It marked the beginning of His public ministry that would be filled with a multitude of miracles. HOW many of you were blessed by the Feast Conference? Are you more joyful today than yesterday? Or is your joy still the same? One time, I made the mistake of saying that a friend ‘stole my joy’ because he did something that angered me. But later on, I realized that it was
SPECIAL TALK: Exhortation November 28, 2021 THE joy of the Lord is our strength. The joy of the Lord is your strength. I want you to know this: that God invented joy. But not only did He invent joy—He created the reason for joy. He created His own reason for joy. You see, God is joy. He wanted to be joyful. And what He did was He created the reason to be joyful. So, He created Audee Villaraza, Vanya Castor (Worship Ministry) He created you. So that He could be joyful. This is the God that you worship. And right now, you might not like yourself. You look down at yourself. Right now, you criticize yourself. You look at yourself and you’re not very fond of yourself. I’ve got good news for you. God created you and when He looks at you, He is happy. And when He is with you, He’s happy. The joy of the Lord is my strength. So, when I go through my trials, when I go through my struggles, I remember that God is happy when He is with me. And He becomes my strength. I’m a John the Baptist now. I want you to prepare your heart for the Word of God as spoken through Audee Villaraza. Audee will be preaching, but I want you to believe in your heart that God will be the One who will be speaking to you in your heart. Because Audee does not know what you’re going through but God knows what you are going through. And so, I want you to have this expectation that God is a God who is with you right now. Let me tell you a story… For three years, I lived in Anawim, our Ministry for Abandoned Elderly— it’s now a 30-year-old ministry. At the start, we had no electricity, no running water, and we were living in nipa huts. So, we had two kinds of visitors. The first kind comes and complains: “Ay, walang kuryente. Wala kang electric fan, Bro.Bo. Walang air-con!” The second kind of visitor thinks that Anawim is Heaven: “Bro. Bo, napaka-spoiled mo naman!” You see, especially at night, when there were no lights, we would look at the sky and see a million stars. It was so beautiful! My dear friends, there are also two kinds of persons right now listening to me. You see, the problem was not Anawim, the place. The problem was the perspective, the paradigm, the perception of the person. Life is a gift and you have to decide: Are you going to receive the gift or not? The Feast is a gift. The Word of God that Audee will be preaching now is a gift that God is giving to you. Will you receive it? Will you see it? I pray that right now, you’ll open your heart. If you expect little today from the Word of God, you will receive little. If you expect nothing, you will receive nothing.
Day 3 November 21, 2021 HOLY MASS FR.PAOLO ASPRER, SSP on the Gospel John 18: 33b-37 My Kingdom is Not of This World Excerpts… TODAY, my brothers and sisters, I hope, I pray, and I trust that you are doing well, in best dispositions to receive God's gift, hope of healing, grace of new beginnings as we celebrate today the solemnity of Christ the King. One of the most well-loved films of all times is The Lion King. I am a ‘90s kid so the film played a vital role, a part of my childhood whether it was on a Broadway or a stage adaptation for the film itself in 1994… It’s a hit, people love the story and music. It’s the story for the young ones and the once young, for the children and the child-like like Brother Bo. And we could see ourselves also as Christians in the main protagonist, Simba. In one of the gripping scenes of the film, Simba, through the prodding of the wise old prophetic baboon and his name is Rafiki, Simba realizes that he has to leave his hakuna matata—meaning, no trouble, his problem-free existence with the meerkat named Timon and the warthog named Pumbaa. He must leave his hakuna matata existence and go back to his homeland, the Pride Rock (home of the Lion King and his lioness). Pride Rock is turned into a barren wasteland by Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, and his army of hyenas. Simba hesitates to go home because he is prevented by a bad memory and, of course, as bad memory as the death of his father, Mufasa, inflicted by Scar. Remember Who and Whose You Are The father of Simba appears to him and reminds his son to step on his role as the rightful heir to the throne and assures his son of his abiding presence. The conversation between the father and the son is noteworthy. Mufasa says, “You have forgotten who you are. Look inside yourself. Simba, you have forgotten me. You are more than what you have become. You must take your place in the circle of life.” The response of Simba: “How can I go back? I am not who I used to be.” Mufasa answers, “Remember who you are. You are my son, and the one true king. Remember whose you are.” Friends, look into the mirror and remember who you are. Let us remember whose we are. Hindi lamang natin alalahanin kung sino tayo pero kung kanino tayo. We belong to Christ the King, a servant King. We are not simply servants. We are not simply subjects. We are the children, the beloved sons and daughters of the servant King. You know, the irony of life is that we remember the things that we should forget and we forget the things that we should remember. Perhaps, this COVID-19 Pandemic—resulting in lost lives, lost opportunities, lost dreams-- has left a big scar, a bad memory in all of us. And
Day 2 November 20, 2021 HOLY MASS FR. MELITITO POCHOLO VISDA JR., OSA on the Gospel: Luke 20:27-40 The Resurrection and Marriage Excerpts… My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, good morning! God is good… All the time… Let us give thanks to the Lord. Palakpakan natin Siya. Let us thank the Lord specially that we are gathered in this celebration of the Feast Conference online for this year 2021. No lockdowns can truly hinder the celebration specially thanking the Lord, praising the Lord with all our heart… My dear brothers and sisters, the Gospel today from the evangelist Luke highlights Jesus’ teaching on the Resurrection which is in response to the disbelief of the Sadducees on the Resurrection of the dead. This is why they posted a question to Jesus as to whose wife she would be among the seven brothers with whom she was married. The contention of the Sadducees was that the Resurrection is a continuation of the life we have here on Earth. But Jesus clearly answered, “Those who are dimmed worthy to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead, neither married nor are given in marriage, they can no longer die for they are like angels and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise and that God is not God of the dead, but of the living, for him all are alive.” The Gospel today, my dear brothers and sisters, clearly reveals that our identity in the life to come is not associated with the life that we live here on Earth. Rather, it is rooted in the identity that we are God's children made out of His image and likeness. The glorification especially in the Resurrection, my dear brother and sisters, has purified and cleansed the totality of our very being where we recognize each other as God's children that is bonded out of God's overflowing love. That is why as God's children, we are created out of His love. Hence, we are motivated to love, to act joyfully in love, and to radiate the Presence of God Who is above all love. That's why, my dear brothers in sisters, we cannot deny that the love of the Lord will always cleanse us. It will penetrate our very being so that we will be reminded of our very identity-- that in this world that we are living in, we are called to love because it is out of the abundance of His love. It is Jesus who was manifested to us—so that the real meaning of love is not self-serving. Rather, love is self-giving-- where it gives joy and life to others as He offered Himself as a sacrifice on the Cross so that eternal life will be given to humanity out of His obedience to the will of our Heavenly Father. That is why we share in the Resurrection of Christ if we grow in obedience of God’s will in our