Let’s Start with Our Name GOD be praised for this grace for me to have this column where we can give you updates on our management of our mission. I title this column Letters— inspired by the New Testament where 27 of the books are 21 epistles— the word derived from the Greek word epistole, translated to letter. Bible studies say four of the letters attributed to Paul the Apostle — letters to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon— are called Prison Epistles because Paul wrote them while he was under house arrest in Rome. The letters are most relevant for us nowadays as the Community Quarantine to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID) has placed us under house arrest too. I am not at all a Paul, but well, with my positions in the Media arm of our Light of Jesus Family, it’s my humble duty to write this column— so says our ultra-strict editor So, here’s how it all happened. As our Light of Jesus Family founder, Bro. Bo Sanchez, announced earlier, Bro. Hermie Morelos (right), retired from his post as head of our Shepherd’s Voice Radio and Television Foundation and Shepherd’s Voice Publications Inc., also founded by Bro. Bo, passing the Media Ministry baton to me. Now, in this maiden issue of this column, I start with an update on the changes in the names of our ministries. As you know, The Feast Family is the official online newsmagazine of this LOJ spin-off ministry founded by Bro. Bo, what we used to call the Kerygma Family, a unique online, nonphysical, borderless, international community of friends who support each other’s personal growth. Kerygma Family was named after Kerygma, our inspirational magazine, also founded by Bro. Bo, who took the name of the magazine from the Greek word kerygma, meaning to proclaim as a herald. And by God’s grace, Kerygma has well proclaimed the Good News of our Lord Jesus, attracting thousands to The Feast, our weekly faith gathering. Since most of our members have also become members of The Feast, in time, we eventually renamed Kerygma as Feast, and Kerygma Family as The Feast Family, which continues to support our Mercy partner beneficiaries. Of late, to be specific about its function, we also renamed The Feast Family as the Feast Mercy Ministries -- served by SVRTV, so, we are under the leadership of our overall LOJ Mercy Ministry coordinator, Bro. Hermie, and of course, Bro. Bo, our founder. But don’t mind the titles. Humbly, we all are simply, servants, blessed to be called by our Big Boss, our Lord Jesus— the One whose name is derived from the Hebrew name Yeshua, meaning to deliver, to rescue. Yes, that’s what He does for us to this day. Praise be Jesus, the Name Above All Names. All for Jesus, RANDY BORROMEO The Mass FR. BOB McCONAGHY on the Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40 The Great Commandment Excerpts… I LOVE the Gospel today – it’s a beautiful
Give to God What Belongs to God FRIEND, look at yourself on the mirror. What do you see? Some misunderstand this command: “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything…” (Exodus 20:4 NLT) No, it’s not a prohibition against making statues of Jesus and Mama Mary. In the Old Testament, God asked Moses to build statutes of Angels. But it’s much deeper than that: God prohibits any Tselem (Hebrew for image) because there’s already one existing. And He made it. The Bible said, “So God created human beings in his own image.” (Genesis 1:27 NLT) You’re His image. You’re His picture in this world. That’s why when the religious leaders were asking Jesus if they should pay taxes to Rome, Jesus asked whose “image” was on a coin. When they said “Ceasar’s image is there”, Jesus said, “…give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” (Luke 20:25 NLT, emphasis mine) Are there days when you doubt your worth? Look at the mirror. You’re a picture of God. You belong to Him. Give to God what belongs to God. You’re an imperfect saint who will be perfect one day. Our Issue Today PEACE and Love, this November month of all Saints and All Souls Days. In this issue, we feature glimpses of The Feast at Home last Sunday, October 25, 2020 – the Mass, starting on page 4, and Talk 7 of our Miracles and More series, focusing on the Gospel according to Matthew, page 7. Nowadays, many of us fear the ill effects of the Coronavirus Crisis and what still looks like a dire future we are facing. Talk 7, titled Make Me Brave, gives not just 1 but 8 powerful messages – each speaking to each one’s situation today. Speaking of bravery, The Feast continues to courageously face the Coronavirus Challenge to reach out to those heavily afflicted by the crisis through our Feast Acts of Love, page 13. Also in this issue, we have a new columnist. Presenting Bro. Randy Borromeo, executive director of our Shepherd’s Radio and Television which produces The Feast Family, who gives updates on the various events The Feast Family covers, page 3. My Feast Family, again, I call on everyone to unite-- let’s do our part in following the practical safety protocols and help those in need the best we can. My family and I continue to pray for you all. Keep the faith. Trust God that in His Perfect Way and His Perfect Time, this menace will soon end. May your dreams come true, May your dreams come true, BO SANCHEZ P.S. During the Coronavirus Community Quarantine period, check out the schedules of The Feast at Home on feast.ph or call 8725-9999.