This past week was quite busy and toxic, but nevertheless everything just fell into place. Schedules were tight and narrow, decisions have to be made in precise moments, in all these the Lord guided me every step of the way.
The 2016 Grand Alumni Homecoming which happened last week at the University of San Carlos was a pretty well-attended affair, with prominent alumni personalities in school and in global society joined. To kick-off the homecoming, together with several other alumni, we were given a speaking role in the Conference with the Engineering and Chemistry students at the Rigney Hall after a sumptuous lunch held at the Alumni Office in the sprawling, still-growing Talamban Campus. Alumni from all over the world gathered and in every occasion, gave praise to the Lord for bringing us together again, and for creating us to where we are now, after many years of separation from our Alma Mater. Just like the First Reading in today’s Sunday readings, the alumni who gathered to share their experiences all acknowledged the Lord’s role in our respective lives. After school, most of us in one way or the other actually became witnesses to the Word, as charged to us by our S.V.D. mentors. It is humbling to hear how successful alumni struggled in the early years, but the Lord’s steadfast kindness and fidelity has been enduring. (Ps. 117: 1-2)
Back home, what a delight that the week ended with the celebration of forty years of the Holy Family Parish in Kapitolyo, with the Bishop of the Diocese of Pasig, His Excellency, Most Reverend Mylo Hubert Vergara, concelebrating with several other priests, aside from our own Parish Priest. “In its relevant forty years of existence, Holy Family came to gather us together, and proclaim the Good News” (Bishop Mylo and family reside in Kapitolyo and his mother is still very active in the Parish).
“Strive to enter the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough”. Lk. 13: 24
Many may not have enough strength and fortitude to persevere in facing the challenges along the way. Thus, we have to be prayerful, stay away from evil, and continue doing good to others. Even as we fall, due to our frail nature arising from original sin, we should strive to get up again, every time, and seek forgiveness from the Lord.
One has to endeavor to be strong and formidable to endure trials and sufferings that we may face. We also need to clothe ourselves with humility as the Lord has warned,
“For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” Lk. 13: 30
Life is short. Heaven is eternal. Let’s get our priorities straight.
“Go out to all the world and tell the Good News!” Mk. 16: 15