Viva Señor Santo Niño!

The Church in the Philippines was given special Papal approval to celebrate the Feast of the Child Jesus—the Santo Niño on the third Sunday of January. In our home in the South, the devotion is such that my late mother initiated the annual celebration just like in any other city or town in the country — with Holy Mass and culminating with Sinulog street dancing. It’s just bad that the pandemic has temporarily stopped these activities for now. That is how special the Santo Niño is to us. 

In the Gospel (Lk. 2: 41-52) after Mary and Joseph completed the celebration of the Feast of the Passover, they returned and journeyed for a day before discovering that the child Jesus was not in the caravan with them. They returned to Jerusalem to look for him for three days and found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, Son, why have you done this to usYour father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety. And he said to them, Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?

In the beginning, Jesus already knew His identity. That’s why He stayed behind in the Temple even when it’s time to go home. He wasn’t really lost at that time. Jesus claimed it with confidence and certainty when He said, Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house? Hopefully, the pandemic ends very soon so that we can be without restrictions to freely visit our churches again. How about you, do you know that you are a precious child of God? Do you visit the Church regularly, when allowed?

The Gospel also tells us that the Lord already knew His mission. Jesus was already clear about what He should be doing while walking the face of the earth. This should be the same with us. 

If you haven’t found your purpose in life, it’s time to think seriously about it. Mark Twain once said, The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why

Finally, Christ teaches us to be obedient: He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. Knowing our purpose isn’t enough. We have to pursue it relentlessly. There has to be spirituality and obedience to the will of God. After your “conversion”, you have that responsibility to fulfill your purpose, just like Christ. 

In this Feast of the Santo Niño, let us pray that we may be reminded of our identity as sons and daughters of the Almighty God. May we know and fulfill our mission and calling in life. May this knowledge make us bow down in humility and become obedient to Him all the days of our life. 

Viva Señor Santo Niño!

All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God. (Ps. 98:3)

Bring Jesus Christ to Others

After a hopeful and holiday season, the surge comes strong. While there were warnings about its possibility, no one was able to anticipate the magnitude of the CoViD19 cases reaching this much nowadays. Many people took time to do reunions in the days leading to the New Year, after being out of sight from their families for long periods since the pandemic began. Yet today, after the rise in cases are reaching record highs, the common feeling is that all the memories seemed to have been deemed unimportant, as individuals and families cope with fear and anxiety over the threat of the Omicron variant.

The world is grieving and is in chaos. The many cases of CoViD-19 experienced all over the world, whether in the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and elsewhere have made it difficult for everyone. Added to that are the many challenges for the many who have been hit by the recent typhoon in Central Philippines. Up to now, power hasn’t been fully restored in Cebu and the adjacent provinces owing to the enormous amount of damage in the electricity and power lines. It is indeed a time when people are afraid and uncertain what tomorrow would bring. 

This is also the same situation that the people of Israel experienced at the time of Christ. In today’s Gospel (Lk. 3: 15-16, 21-22), the situation was partly described,

The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ. 

There was widespread poverty and being under the rule of powerful Rome added to the challenges of those times. We can hear the proclamation of John in the early verses of Luke Chapter 3. Because of his preaching and baptism of repentance, the people were full of anticipation, but John answered them all, saying,

I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

He didn’t claim to be the Messiah but instead, faithfully and without any selfish interest whatsoever, revealed that one mightier is coming.

In the present time, the Gospel comes when everyone’s hope is threatened and the agony of waiting for what will happen in the next few days is given a fresh perspective. John’s response that one “mightier” is coming, and that “He will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire”, enkindles the flickering flame in our hearts, even if more than two thousand years have separated us from that time. The message is timeless, such that even if the days appear gloomy and dark, the Good News is that Jesus Christ is God’s beloved Son, and with it, comes the promise of “healing all those oppressed by the devil, for God is with him.” (Second Reading Acts 10: 34-38).

Indeed, the people of the world is being oppressed by the evil one, and if we aren’t careful, we can become confused and miserable without appreciating clearly what’s happening around us. All these confusion and chaos are the works of the evil one, and our faith is being tested severely. We should be more vigilant, watch our reactions to what’s happening, and recognize if our faith and trust in the Lord is waning and fading. If it is, we should wake up our eyes and minds, and restore back our faith in the Almighty God’s power and dominion over all of nature.

We have to remember that as God’s faithful servants what is important is that we have to face these challenges without fear and distress. We may struggle with it, but we must persevere in prayer and meditation. We have to recall God’s presence in our lives as the source of our power and strength. These are infinitely more powerful and universal. Know that God is with you and He won’t ever fail you. Of course, we have to remember that who reverently “fears Him and acts uprightly is acceptable to Him.” (Second Reading)

In this Baptism of the Lord Sunday, may we become obedient and faithful to our calling. May we have the strength to persevere and just like St. John the Baptist, to offer everything that we are facing to Jesus, who must “increase” while we “decrease” in faithful submission to Him. May we bring Christ to others, “a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out prisoners from confinement, and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.” (First Reading, Is. 42: 1-4, 6-7).

The heavens were opened and the voice of the Father thundered: This is my beloved Son, listen to Him” (Mk. 9: 7)

Seek the Messiah!

Today’s Gospel (Mt. 2: 1-12) proclaims about the adoration of the Magi — foreigners, non-Jewish, pagans — who came all the way from the East to pay homage to the Christ Child. They have travelled far and were guided by a rising star which was, for the rich and powerful as Herod was then, signals a threat to their dominion and power. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. These gifts identified with Jesus: as king, an offering, and for one who will die for mankind.

The First Reading (Is. 60: 1-6) shows the author’s inspiration of an event that’s so deep and well-described. Through the darkness, the light and glory of Yahweh rises upon us. The dawn of God’s new day coming makes your face radiant, your heart throbbing and full. The Prophet Isaiah, so filled with the Holy Spirit when he wrote this,  used words that are not only powerful, but are also alive and penetrating to the core of one’s being describing the experience of being in the presence of Yahweh.

St. Paul in the Second Reading (Eph. 3:2-3a, 5-6) tells us that this new dawn is not only for the people of Israel but is also for the Gentiles as well.

As the Gospel reminds us that if God called the Magi to recognize and give the Child Jesus proper respect as the newborn King of the Jews, we should realize that nothing in our lives, not even sin, can keep God from bringing us to Jesus. We are being challenged to detach ourselves from our treasures and offer it to the New Star, the New Treasure, who is Christ the Lord. Just like the Magi, for as long as we have faith that is strong and deeply-rooted, surely we will overcome obstacles to find Jesus and bow down in humility and faith.

May we realize that faith and trust in God is what matters the most in this challenging world that we live in. May we realize that whenever threatened by sickness and other difficulties, our faith in Jesus will guide us through. May we become a radiant light to others as the star led the Wise Men to Jesus, through our service, charity and compassion to others. 

Let us pray that the Epiphany of the Lord inspire us to seek the Messiah, the Rising Star in all circumstances.

We saw His star at its rising and have come to do Him homage.’ (Mt. 2: 2)

The Holy Family of Nazareth

It’s the season when families come to spend the holidays together. With the challenges of traveling during this pandemic, many use social media platforms to connect with family, virtually. Before CoViD19, we travelled long distances to attend family reunions, visit old friends and meet again childhood neighbors. It is timely and providential that in the middle of the holidays, the Sunday after Christmas Day, the liturgy focuses on the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

The First Reading (Sir. 3: 2-6, 12-14) reminds us to be most considerate with family, whom we love so much, 

God sets a father in honor over his children; a mother’s authority He confirms over her sons.
Whoever honors his father atones for sins, and preserves himself from them. When he prays, he is heard; he stores up riches who reveres his mother
.”

The Lord reminds us how to treat our parents especially in their twilight years. I’m just blessed that when Mom was in her last days, my sisters were around to take care of her. In the same year (2020), it was our turn to take care of Alma’s mother before she passed on to the Great Beyond. Yes, in the same year we lost amazing mothers in the same way as we also lost both our great fathers in the same year in 2013. We are grateful to be given the opportunity to serve them in the best way we could.

In today’s Gospel (Lk. 2: 41-52), we hear from St. Luke the narrative when Joseph and Mary brought Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem at the age of twelve to fulfill their obligations according to the Law. After that, they left thinking Jesus was with the caravan but the child stayed behind in the Temple.  When they found him after three days of search, they were surprised as he was sitting in the midst of the teachers of the Law. He was listening and asking them questions, and all who heard him were amazed at his wisdom.

Son, why have you done this to usYour father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for meDid you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them.

The scene must be one of mixed emotions; imagine the parents have travelled with the caravan for a day, returned to Jerusalem and searched for what, three days? This must be such a painful experience for Joseph and Mary. So what do you think was the reaction of the parents when they found Jesus? St. Luke didn’t elaborate much on that for us to reflect on this ourselves. And yet, 

Jesus went down with them and came to Nazareth and he was obedient to them.

With the fast advancement of technology there comes a time when your parents lose track of technological developments in their aging years. Take it from my own experience: most will not understand what you’re doing so they sometimes ask you questions about it. If you’re not patient and understanding with them, you may unknowingly take them for granted and hurt them, unlike the child Jesus at twelve. You may not be patient with them when they talk about the past a lot, or rewind stories every now and then. In this Gospel, Christ taught us how to honor, understand and be patient with our parents, for they rightly deserve it.

Surely, we’ll find comfort in the promise of Yahweh God, as can be read in the closing verses of the First Reading (Sir. 3: 2-6, 12-14),

My son, take care of your father when he is oldgrieve him not as long as he lives. Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him; revile him not all the days of his life; kindness to a father will not be forgotten, firmly planted against the debt of your sins —a house raised in justice to you.”

Let us pray that during this season may we realize how blessed we are to be given that opportunity to take care of our beloved parents, so that we too can share our gratitude to their never ending love and patience in raising us. Like Christ, may we remain obedient and grateful, so that in doing so, may we reflect the Lord’s goodness to Joseph and Mary. May we honor the Holy Family and follow their example of what a model family should be.

Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in His ways.’ (Ps. 128: 1)

The Coming of The Messiah

For a very long time, the people of God waited for the promised Savior of mankind. The Messiah’s coming was foretold by many spanning numerous generations and centuries. And, on this Fourth Sunday of Advent, the Church liturgical readings reveal the true identity of the promised Messiah.

In the First Reading, the prophet Micah foretold that the Savior will come from Bethlehem, where David was born of Jesse the Ephrathite and anointed king:

Thus says the LORD:
You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah too small to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; whose origin is from of old, from ancient times.

The Second Reading (Heb. 10: 5-10) tells us that Jesus is the Holy One of God, 

When Christ came into the world, he said:
    “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;
    in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.
    Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll,
    behold, I come to do your will, O God.’”

In today’s Gospel (Lk. 1: 39-45) John recognized the Savior while still in his mother’s womb, and leaps for joy:

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb…

Elizabeth, too, is filled with great joy and with the Holy Spirit. She recognizes that “the mother of my Lord” has come to her: 

and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, 
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

I was blessed to attend this Sunday’s Mass in Don Bosco, Batulao, celebrated by Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB, who led the weekend Advent Retreat. He described Mary’s journey to visit her cousin Elizabeth, as one of eagernessShe was joyful, obedient and passionate. Elizabeth affirmed to Mary what God has promised not only to her, but to all throughout history. The sentiment during those moments is one that can be described when the heavens feel that God’s plan is about to explode!

Mary’s obedience to God was perfect in that even though she may not have fully understood the meaning of what was happening to her, how unfathomable and ‘out-of-this-world’ it seemed, yet she obeyed and trusted. She embraced this mystery fully; no ifs, no buts. And the fruit of her womb should bring us joy—He is the Savior!

Today, let us reflect on our own journey, 

Are we accepting God’s invitation to embrace the mysteries of life?

Are we saying “yes”, fully in faith, and without hesitation?

Are we moving forward “in haste”, sharing this happiness to others, to follow Mary’s example?

Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to Your Word

(Lk. 1: 38)

Rejoice!

The appointed time draws near and we are now deep into the Advent Season. The third Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete SundayGaudete, a Latin word which means “rejoice,” is a reminder that Advent is a season of joy because our salvation is already at hand.

However, it is understandable that many are anxious and worried as many amongst us are still reeling from despair brought about by the pandemic. A number of jobs are gone and others have lost their loved ones to the disease. There is hopeful anticipation though as businesses are already opening up and everyone is praying that a better Christmas is up compared to a year ago. We are also grateful that the average number of CoVid19 cases are continuously dropping despite the threat of a new variant. 

St. Paul exhorts us in today’s Second Reading (Phil. 4: 4-7),

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Let us continue to purify ourselves worthy of the Lord’s coming. We can divert our energy at helping others to make the season meaningful and bright. “Caring and personal happiness, they go together”, said Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB, in his homily today. As St. Paul said,

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again:  rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near.

Christmas is just thirteen days away and Holy Mother Church reminds us to continue our reflection on the person and mission of St. John the Baptist — a great example of humility and meekness. St. John remained humble despite a great following in his time. In today’s Gospel (Lk. 3: 10-18), the crowds were asking him a lot of questions, to which he answered them well. 

Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the ChristJohn answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water,
but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Today, let us continue to prepare for the coming of the Lord. Let us continue to reflect on the meaning of His birth:

Are you rejoicing that the Lord’s coming is at hand? 

Are you prepared spiritually to meet and receive Christ when He comes?  

Have you considered making others happy by sharing and caring? 

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.” (Is. 61: 1)

Prepare!

This pandemic disrupted everything that people have embraced in life: work, business, travel, reunions, celebrations, norms, etc., name it and everything that we accepted as normal and routine suddenly changed. By the look of things, the change looks far-reaching and may not return to pre-pandemic times anymore. The “new normal” seems to stay on for a long, long time. 

Some people that we know were gone, although not all were due to the disease. But their passing came at so bad a time that revered customs and traditions weren’t done anymore due to health and safety protocols being enforced to prevent risks that come when people congregate. The memories and scars remain but we have to move on, without losing sight that someday it is inevitable that it’ll be our turn to leave this earth which we call our “temporary” home.

The readings in today’s Gospel remind us to hope, to appreciate God who loves us through and through, and to prepare the way for His coming birth. In the First Reading (Bar. 5: 1-9) the Prophet Baruch tells us that God will save His people and splendor will be restored in the city Jerusalem. His people who have been dispersed abroad will return triumphant and with great rejoicing. This is a promise of hope for those who live in fear and misery. God assures that He will remember anyone who trust and are faithful to Him.

In the Second Reading (Phil. 1: 4-6, 8-11) St. Paul tells his gratitude to the Philippians for all that they have done in helping him to spread the Word of God. He prays that God will bless those who remain faithful and that your love for each other and for Godwill be blessed more and more. This love for God helps us to develop that discernment to know what is essential and important to the Lord as we prepare for the day of His coming.

In the Psalms (Ps. 126: 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6) today we proclaim: The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy! However, it isn’t easy to experience joy when one is facing challenges and difficulties. It takes faith that the Lord has done great things for us that we experience joy, not that we deserve it, but because of God’s loving mercy and compassion. We can’t appreciate and be aware of these unless we repent from our sins. This season, take the time to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation to restore the lines broken by our indifference and arrogance.

Thus in the Gospel (Lk. 3: 1-6) St. John the Baptist exhorts us to “prepare the way” for Jesus Christ. The prophecy of Isaiah who said that there would be a forerunner to the Messiah is fulfilled as St. John preached baptism for the forgiveness of sins. This is a reminder to us that now is the time to make our preparations for the Lord’s coming, now is the time to make a straight and open path into our hearts for the Savior who will come to us this Christmas.

This season, we are invited to prepare not just for this Christmas but also for our own salvation. We are encouraged to respond as St. John prescribed: repentance for the forgiveness of our sins. 

As you go on this Advent journey ask yourself,

What “crooked” ways do you need to straighten and what “mountains” do you need to level down in anticipation of the Lord’s coming? 

Have you ever thought about preparing for the day when you pass on to the next? 

Are you meaning your life to be a preparation for eternity? 

The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. (Ps. 126: 3)

The Strength to Endure

Today is the start of the Church’s Liturgical Year. With the improvements in vaccination rates and the loosening of the previously tight health and safety protocols’ restrictions, the sights and sounds of Christmas appear to be getting brighter and louder. During these Sundays of Advent, we are invited to meditate on the mysteries of waiting in joyful and hopeful anticipation. It is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord.

In our waiting for the Second Coming of Christ, the Gospel tells us (Lk. 21: 25-28, 34-36) that there will be chaos, death and fear. The Son of Man will come with power and great glory, yet the Lord also gave us hope and encouragement so that “when these things happen, we stand erect and raise our heads because redemption is at hand”.

We are cautioned about “becoming drowsy from excessive drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life”, lest that day may catch us by surprise. That day will affect everyone who lives, thus the need to be vigilant at all times. The Lord encourages us to pray that we have the “strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and the courage to stand before the Son of Man.”

It’s almost two years since the first lockdown and most likely everyone is with mixed emotions about the future. And this is what makes Advent so special, especially in these times of the pandemic. It provides us hope with the thought that Christ’s love makes Him come to us. Thus, preparing ourselves is something we have to do this season. Let us take the opportunity to create a new beginning, a new chapter in our life journey. Let us tear down the walls of indifference and begin to reach out to family members, neighbors and others who in one way or the other have drifted away from us. Let us bring ourselves back closer to Jesus by going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation to bring our hearts worthy of becoming His home again. In doing so, we renew our relationship with God so that we experience the depth of His love where we’ll be touched, healed and transformed.

When we open our hearts to allow His grace to do these, we allow Him to bring His love into the world. “Let us expect the Lord. Claim Jesus!”, Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB, said in his homily today. 

Back when we were younger and when my parents were still alive, mom and dad would prepare everything at home for their children coming back for the break. They would prepare our rooms, clear the home to give way for Christmas decorations and those thoughts would give us the joy in anticipation of the celebration.  Those times were long gone but those are one of the best memories of family that we love to remember. Today, we like to replicate those moments with our own respective families, ensuring tradition is passed on to the next generations. This is indeed one of the most wonderful times of the year.

Let us pray that we find strength and consolation in Jesus’ words and in His redeeming presence with us to endure all our trials and to witness Christ’s love to the world.

Show us, Lord, your love; and grant us your salvation.’ (Ps. 85: 8)

Hail to Jesus Christ, The King!

In his homily today, Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB, delivered a beautiful reflection:

“Jesus is my King, the King of obedient love. We allow Jesus to reign in our hearts, we welcome Him in our lives, because He died for us. This is my King, hanging on the Cross. He died on the Cross. He died out of love, unselfishly, to the end. He did not get anything for Himself. He gave everything, even His life. Can you ask for more? But He died, not because He wanted to, but because the Father asked Him to die. He died because He obeyed. 

This is my King: the King of obedient love. He was willing to give everything, even His heart did not belong to Him, it belonged to His Father. Not only the act of dying but even the reason why I should die, did not even come from Him, but from the Father. Even the very motivation of dying was something that the Father asked from Him. So unselfish, genuine love. That’s why He will say, greater love than thisno man has, that He lays down His life for His friends. Not only because He laid down His life, but because He laid it down, out of obedience to His Father. That makes Him King.”

Today, the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year, we celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. In the Gospel (Jn. 18: 33b-37), St. John brings us to the dialogue between Pilate and Jesus. Caiaphas and the high priests have charged Jesus with a political crime, one that if proven guilty would get a punishment of death. 

So Pilate said to him, Then you are a king? Jesus answered, You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

People whose faith are deep believe in the truth that Jesus Christ is King and Savior. His might and power is hidden from many especially during His time. Only those chosen and have the eyes of faith were and are able to see this truth. As followers of Christ, we are not perfect though as we also struggle at times to recognize Jesus as King whenever we sin and fail Him. 

I remembered in one of the homilies about the dual nature of the Kingdom of God: 1) Something yet to come (eschatological), and 2) “Now”, “already but not yet”. 

I am the Alpha and the Omega, ” says the Lord God,
the one who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Rv. 1: 5-8)

It is deep and thought-provoking but for me it isn’t a mystery that needs to be solved, but to be believed.

In his book, “Kim.2”, Fr. Armand mentioned that in our search for happiness, the question is not “Are you a happy person?”, but “Are your people happy with you?” The search for happiness and meaning is not really about how we become fulfilled but in our ability to make other people feel about what might be possible when one lives a life of faith in the Lord. 

When we become men and women for others, we make the Kingdom of God felt in the present. We have to make others experience God’s love that in doing so, we bring to others God’s Kingdom in the now.

Let us pray that the Lord grant us the ability to increase our faith, that we proclaim more strongly with the life we live that Jesus through His Crucifixion and Death, is indeed the King of the Universe. 

The LORD is King; He is robed in majesty.’ (Ps. 93: 1a)

Only God’s Love

Plants take some time before these can be harvested. Fruits take time to ripen and flowers to bloom. It takes many months before grains are mature and ready to be harvested. We cannot rush them to produce as it will only damage the yield. Take the case of mangoes added with fruit inducers, these are not as sweet and juicy as the naturally-ripened ones. 

People are generally impatient and always in a rush. We want things to happen fast and at times even do things to shorten the process. We ask questions like, “When is Jesus coming?” Some try to answer, some take advantage of this curiosity that sects were organized, with false prophets predicting the date and even the hour. And yet, the Lord said in the Gospel (Mk. 13: 24-32),

But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in Heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

As we draw close to the end of the liturgical year, the Lord tells us,

Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that He is near, at the gates. 

It is important that in all these, we remain patient and persevere in the faith. As Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB, said in his homily today, 

“Everything in life, takes time. It takes time for the fruit to ripen. It takes time for life to flourish, it takes time for questions to be answered. It takes time for love to mature. It takes time for the Cross to be embraced. It takes time for faith to be lived. Life takes time.” 

Further, he said,

“Our hearts are restless, so we rush through life. Restless means we don’t want to accept the difficulty of life, we don’t want to stay long and we want an immediate answer to what we’re doing. 

Our hearts are restless, and they can rest only in God. Because it is only God who is permanent. It is only the embrace and love of God that will stay with us no matter what. At the end of the day, it is only God, and His love, that we can fully and truly trust.”

Today, let us reflect that everything in life is temporary and will pass away. Let us accept that it is only the embrace and love of God that stays forever. Let us pray for the grace to listen to God’s Word, every day, for as long as we live.

Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.’ (cf. Lk. 21:36)

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