NOTE: This article is the homily of Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr. on July12, 2009 when Mr. & Mrs. July Buenaventura invitedWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » him to officiate the houseHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » blessingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » and child baptismCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » of ImmanuelGod is With Us. Read more ... » Juna in Victorville, CaliforniaThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... ».
What womanJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », having ten silverCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » coins, if she loses one coin“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... », does not lightThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » a lamp, sweep the house, and seek diligently until she finds it? “And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... », `RejoiceIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ (LukeThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... » 15: 8-9, NKJ).
ThankPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » you very much for inviting us today to share with you this moment of celebrationMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » and dedication. I said celebration simply because we celebrate the acquisition of this house even though the worldThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... » is in recession some say depression. A lot of people are laid off from their jobs, a lot of people have no houses“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » due to foreclosures, a lot of people have no moneyCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » to pay their mortgage, a lot of people have no shelterThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » to live in, a lot of people have no food to eat, a lot of people have no clothesWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » to wear and a lot of people have no GodTetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... » to celebrate with them.
In order to have a genuine celebration we need to consider the following:
You have something to celebrate, be it material, spiritual, inspirational, experiential, financial, or intellectual. When I discovered a certain program/ site in the Internet, I said to myself this is a great tool to making social networkCharice, a Diva With "Fingerprint" to Watch!. Read more ... » for specific people I knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... ». I have no formal educationThe Genesis of Wesley Divinity School. Read more ... » in the information or computer technology so this new learning is goldCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » to me. I tested and applied it to the people I know. Now I already created 12 social networks in six months like WesleyNet, WupNet, PcuNet, AraulloNet, etc. and they are growing in memberships! I celebrate due to these social networks I created.
Today we celebrate due to the acquisition of this house. Despite of hardships, the owners got this and dedicate to be a haven of loveWhat is the Greatest Commandment?. Read more ... » and serviceGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... ». We also celebrate today due to a new “angelGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... »” who is becoming ChristianThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » through baptism.
Genuine celebration needs to have people who would express their feelings of celebration. That feeling is usually associated with joy! In Luke 15, when the shepherdThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » found his sheepThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » he gathered his buddies and neighbors, and exclaimed, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost” (15:6). When the woman found his lost coin she gathered her friends and said, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost” (15:9). When the prodigal sonWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » came home“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... », his fatherThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » was so joyful. The father gathered his friends and neighbors and they had feasting! The father said, “We had to celebrate and rejoice because [my son] was deadJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » and has comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » to lifeThe Logos Becomes Flesh. Read more ... »; he was lost and has been found” (15:32).
However, joy can be translated into many forms. There are people who are expressive through shouts, laughter, smile, and cry. However, those are not the only forms of expression of joy. Some people express their joy in travel, writing, poemA Poem for all Mothers. Read more ... », musicMitoy to Ellen's Show?. Read more ... », songsThe World Sings for the Philippines. Read more ... », prayers, praises, photography, and arts. Some biblical characters and for most Filipinos we celebrate through foods and fellowships. When you go home, in the PhilippinesProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », your buddies will say: “Pare, umuwi ka pala, painom ka naman!”
As I already mentioned, in celebration we need people to express our feelings of joy. Our biblical characters celebrated their joy by sharing to others! It is not enough to celebrate by yourself; and when you are celebrating alone, you must lock your doorThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... », and laugh and shout inside your sound proof room; or else people who hear you might suspect that you are mentally retarded! We need people in our moment of rejoicing. You should connect with them to make your rejoicing genuine and lasting. You can connect in many ways such as food, fellowships, or sharing of what you have. People might forget the reason of your rejoicing, but it is hard for them to forget the act of connection.
Genuine celebration must have an object to be meaningful. Object means “the end toward which effort or action is directed,” or “something toward which a cognitive act is directed” (metaphysics). In our celebration today, our object must be our God! We “return” to Him whatever are the reasons of our rejoicing today. That’s why the biblical people offered their fruits of their labor to God as a signThree Radical Precautions of the Christ. Read more ... » of their faithI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » to the object of their faith. Making God as the object of our celebration reveals our faith in Him. Faith is the very reason of our being. Faith is the very reason of our coming“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » together. Faith is the reason of having baptism today. Faith is the reason of dedicating this abode to God today.
A holy man“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » was having a conversation with the LordCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » one day and said, ‘”Lord, I would like to know what HeavenThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... » and Hell are like.” The Lord led the holy manWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in.
In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth waterA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... ». The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possibleThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful. But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and sufferingThe Persecution of the King of the Jews. Read more ... ».
The Lord said, “You have seen Hell. Here is the Heaven.”
They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were wellJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... » nourished and plump, laughing and talking. The holy man said, “I don’t understand.”
“It is simple,” said the Lord. “It requires but one skill. You see they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.”
In the spiritProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » of celebration, to make it genuine and meaningful, one must have something to celebrate with joy, with people around us, where the object is our God.