Champwise

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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