Today I craved for pizza, however, we have to wait for so long to get the delivery service, so we decided to have lunch Julie, our help prepared. It was still delightful enough. After that, while we tried to consider having pizza for afternoon “merienda” (talk about persistence!), we finally went for the local but equally delicious sweet potato. We still enjoyed it because we haven’t had it for a long time already.
It is understandable that service isn’t consistent nowadays, what with the ECQ still being implemented. You can hardly expect food service employees to arrive on time, especially with limitations in transportation. During normal period people can still be inconsistent and unreliable even with the promise of good delivery service.It happens even during the times you least expect it. How much more in these challenging times!
Yet, whatever is the time or season, in good times and in bad, only God can give you the assurance that He’ll be around when you need Him the most. In the Gospel (Jn. 14: 1-12), Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.”
How many times did God assure us of His presence and love? Enough actually to last a lifetime! Every day of the year and more, 386 times actually; there’s a similar assuring message in the Sacred Scriptures for each one of us. In this time of the pandemic, it is common for people to be anxious and wary of what can happen tomorrow and in the coming days. It must be providential that the readings of today, yesterday and Friday were all taken from the same chapter of the Gospel of St. John. The Lord is telling us simply, “Do not fear!”
Today as we celebrate Mother’s Day, the reading from the Prophet Isaiah comes to mind of God’s assuring love even more,
“Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb?Even should she forget, I will never forget you.” (Is. 49: 15)
How is that possible? Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB, in his homily today said, “Jesus presence is real! He is alive! The Lord’s resurrection made it possible for us to experience His love every day.”
In the Second Reading (1 Pt. 2: 4-9), God guarantees us,
You are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His own, so that you may announce the praises” of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.
Regardless of what happens, God is faithful on His promises. He has prepared a place for you,
“If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going you know the way.”
Unlike pizza and other food delivery services, God will always deliver. Promise. Have faith!
Let us therefore reflect on God’s words. With Jesus, we can attain the gift of salvation but without Him, we are nothing. Doing good is essential in being united in intimacy with Christ. Without Him we cannot do good things. If we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and if we are on the way to salvation, then goodness will flow naturally in our thoughts, words, and actions. While we can do good, it isn’t enough because only Jesus is The Savior. We cannot attain salvation on our own, but only through Christ.
“I am the way, the truth and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father, except through me.” (Jn. 14: 6)