The Living Water

27 Mar

Today’s Reading is very inspiring. I can’t help and ponder over it. See it yourself 🙂 Have a great Sunday everyone! 🙂

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Reference: http://evangeli.net/gospel

Gospel text (Jn 4:5-42): Jesus came to a Samaritan town called Sychar, near the land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well is there. Tired from his journey, Jesus sat down by the well; it was about noon.

Now a Samaritan woman came to draw water and Jesus said to her, «Give me a drink». His disciples had just gone into town to buy some food. The Samaritan woman said to him, «How is it that you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan and a woman, for a drink?» (For Jews, in fact, have no dealings with Samaritans.) Jesus replied, «If you only knew the Gift of God! If you knew who it is that asks you for a drink, you yourself would have asked me and I would have given you living water».

The woman answered, «Sir, you have no bucket and this well is deep; where is your living water? Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well after he drank from it himself, together with his sons and his cattle?». Jesus said to her, «Those who drink of this water will be thirsty again; but those who drink of the water that I shall give will never be thirsty; for the water that I shall give will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life». The woman said to him, «Give me this water, that I may never be thirsty and never have to come here to draw water». Jesus said, «Go, call your husband and come back here». The woman answered, «I have no husband». And Jesus replied, «You are right to say: ‘I have no husband’; for you have had five husbands and the one you have now is not your husband. What you said is true».

The woman then said to him, «I see you are a prophet; tell me this: Our fathers used to come to this mountain to worship God; but you Jews, do you not claim that Jerusalem is the only place to worship God?». Jesus said to her, «Believe me, woman, the hour is coming when you shall worship the Father, but that will not be on this mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship without knowledge, while we Jews worship with knowledge, for salvation comes from the Jews. But the hour is coming and is even now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for that is the kind of worshippers the Father wants. God is spirit and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth».

The woman said to him, «I know that the Messiah, that is the Christ, is coming; when he comes, he will tell us everything». And Jesus said, «I who am talking to you, I am he».

At this point the disciples returned and were surprised that Jesus was speaking with a woman; however, no one said, «What do you want?» or: «Why are you talking with her?». So the woman left her water jar and ran to the town. There she said to the people, «Come and see a man who told me everything I did! Could he not be the Christ?». So they left the town and went to meet him.

In the meantime the disciples urged Jesus, «Master, eat». But He said to them, «I have food to eat that you don’t know about». And the disciples wondered, «Has anyone brought him food?». Jesus said to them, «My food is to do the will of the One who sent me and to carry out his work. You say that in four more months it will be the harvest; now, I say to you, look up and see the fields white and ready for harvesting. People who reap the harvest are paid for their work, and the fruit is gathered for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. Indeed the saying holds true: ‘One sows and another reaps’. I sent you to reap where you didn’t work or suffer; others have worked and you are now sharing in their labors».

In that town many Samaritans believed in him when they heard the woman who declared, «He told me everything I did». So, when they came to him, they asked him to stay with them and Jesus stayed there two days. After that many more believed because of his own words and they said to the woman, «We no longer believe because of what you told us; for we have heard for ourselves and we know that this is the Savior of the world».

Comment: Fr. Julio César RAMOS González SDB (Salta, Argentina)
Give me a drink
Today, just as in that Samarian afternoon, Jesus comes into our life, halfway through our Lenten journey, telling us, as He did to the Samaritan woman: «Give me a drink» (Jn 4:7). «His material thirst —says John Paul II— symbolizes a far deeper reality: it expresses his ardent desire that his dialogue partner and her fellow-citizens will open themselves to faith».

The Preface of today’s Eucharist celebration speaks to us of this dialogue that ends up in a salvific barter where the Lord, «(…) “so deeply thirsted” for the salvation of the Samaritan woman “he set on fire in her the flame of God’s love”».

Even today Jesus continues to “thirst”, namely, to desire humanity “thirst” for our faith and love, “thirst” for our response of faith before so many Lenten invitations to conversion, to change, to reconcile to God and our brothers, to prepare ourselves, as much as we can, to receive a new life of resurrection in the nearing Easter.

«I who am talking to you, I am he» (Jn 4:26): this direct and clear acknowledgment by Jesus of his mission, which He had never done before with anybody else, shows likewise God’s love, a love that undergoes more in quest for the sinner and promise of salvation, that will abundantly satiate the human desire for true Life. This is why, further down in this same Gospel, Jesus will proclaim: «If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water» (Jn 7:37b-38). So, your commitment today, is to go out of yourself and tell all men: «Come and see a man who told me…» (Jn 4:29).

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My Lola’s 75th Birthday! :)

27 Mar

Yesterday was the 75th Birthday of our ever dearest Lola. It was a fun-filled event shared with all my loved ones- my family, relatives, and Jon 🙂

The celebration was held on Scout Gandia street where we rented this very cozy-by-the-pool haven. I hosted the event, and I found it challenging, compared to some events I have hosted before- the thing was, I couldn’t think of games for this kind of party (75th bday), and the kids were busy swimming and going back and forth to the Chocolate Fountain set-up for them. So it was really a challenge to get everyone’s attention. Thanks to the videoke though, it kept everyone entertained 🙂

The food– very lip-smacking! When I looked at the visitors taking turns to get some munch-ons, I knew that the food was great! We had rice, pansit, baked mack, roast beef, pink salmon, tempura, lechon, salad, veggies, potato balls, chicken cordon bleu, cupcakes and caramel cakes for dessert– when I got my plate on the table, I whispered and said “dami ko ata nakuha..” haha! 🙂 The food was really delicious and appetizing. Yes, it was a bit costly but everyone really enjoyed and forgot their diet plans. Take note, I even whispered to Jon “ngayon na lang cheat day ko, instead bukas, pagpapalitin ko” J Wise enough, right? J Drinks were everywhere too- waiters serving soft drinks, canned beers, Tanduay Ice, and Brandy. The drinks undeniably added some twists… J

It felt good to see Jon and my relatives altogether for the second time that evening. I can really say that my family and relatives like Jon. J Looking forward for more bonding moments to come! J

To my dearest nanay, I love you Nay! Wishing you more healthy and happy years to come… J Happy Birthday! J

My Nanay

 

mother, hun, and moi

 

moi. 🙂

Hun and moi 🙂

testing the videoke machine 🙂

cousins  🙂 kulang pa yan!


Pre-Birthday Treat For Our Dearest Lola :)

18 Mar

‎..Conti’s
..With Sam & EJ
..Nanay and Sam had Baked Salmon
..I had Chicken Ballotine
..and EJ had Spaghetti
..Mango Bravo and Adobo Rolls for take-out:)
..Happy BIRTHDAY nanay! 🙂
..We love youuuuuu! ^^.

Happy BUM :)

18 Mar

Effective today, I now declare myself- Happy BUM! haha! 🙂 After working for four years, I am now unemployed. 🙂

I’ve decided to leave HSBC because of many reasons, health, schedule, and work load. Leaving the company was not easy, I had to think many times and I even thought of withdrawing my resignation back, why? Because of my HSBC Family. I made many friends inside and outside the Process where I worked for 2 years and a half. I found wonderful and great people who became part of my everyday journey (THEY WILL ALWAYS BE, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE ^^.)

So what’s next? I feel the need to look for a job that runs during normal working hours, MORNING shift which is not a permanent option in a BPO Industry. AND YES, I’m into Job-hunting right now. Yesterday, I passed the general screening of (COMPANY-Confidential muna… may ganun!?), the test was impossible, it was all about numbers…but I passed- UNBELIEVABLE nga..hahaha! All I have to do now is wait for their call for an interview. I just wish they’ll call asap.. 🙂 While waiting for their call, I still want to look for other options, so next week will be a busy one for me… Let’s do this! 🙂

To my HSBC Family: You know I love you all… 🙂 I will always bring the memories with me, and our friendship doesn’t end today…i’ll keep it forever! 🙂

To myself: Jam, cut back on some things muna, remember, wala ka ng sweldo… haha! 🙂

I know God has better plans for me, for all of us! 🙂

Re-consider?

16 Mar

A few months ago, my doctor advised me to wear eyeglasses, I didn’t buy it. Braces and another pair of “eyes” would make me a geek- that was my excuse.

Contact lens aren’t for me too, they won’t correct my eyesight, so I guess I have to re-consider wearing a pair of eyeglasses soon. Darn this headache! 😦

Sunday :)

6 Mar

Spent the day with Hun, Friends, Family, and food 🙂

Just want to share some of the photos… 🙂

Simple pleasures! 🙂

Good night everyone! 🙂

Photoshoot with Hun :)

4 Mar
  • One fine afternoon
  • DSLR Nikon D90
  • Photoshop cs5
  • Jon had to pose in front of the lens several times for these different projects 🙂 He enjoyed the pose-there-pose-that a loooot! 🙂
  • I had hard time because I didn’t use our Tripod when I should have 🙂 Advise: if you want to try merging photos, using a Tripod will make your life easier. Remember that the primary secret of PHOTO MERGING is to get same BACKGROUND LEVEL… meaning, same height, same distance, and same surface. 🙂
  • I didn’t use our Tripod because I didn’t know where my sister put it…haha! 🙂
  • I posted these photos via Twitter and my followers love ’em 🙂