Good evening, the Philippines - mabuhay!
This evening, I just want to share with this with you -
The Stranger at the Tabernacle
On 20110908, the feast of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I went to pray the rosary in front of the Tabernacle located on the right wing of our parish church to honor Mama Mary on her birthday.
During my prayer, three visitors came to Jesus.
The first one was a young mother and her young daughter; the second was a devout woman; and the third was a strange man, seemingly crude and unrefined, who ignoring all the norms of piety came with his footwear on and dirty clothes, snapping his fingers at the Tabernacle, mumbling strange words to God.
I was becoming concerned at the spirit of the latter for it seemed alien to the quiet of the place and then my Jesus made realize: the first visitor was led to Him by her love for her daughter; the second by her love for God, and the third by the grace of God.
All are children of the Father. But of all of them, I was more like the last one.
When I pray to the Father and feel helplessly inadequate as I oftentimes do, it is the welcome of Christ that constantly reassures me that I belong. It is the Spirit of Christ that prepares me to receive the invite of the Father to attend the wedding feast of His beloved Son, my most loving Jesus.
How can I go wrong by listening to Him Who came to save me? And we listen to Jesus when we pay attention to the Gospel.
- selah -
The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 22:34-40 -
When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them (a scholar of the law) tested him by asking, "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?"
He said to him, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."
Let us pause and reflect on the timelessness of this Wisdom, alleluia.
For it is this love that binds us together as one nation.
Whatever challenges the new week shall bring, if we face it together, if we persevere in our unity, if we keep in mind all that unites us more than what divides us, not only shall we overcome, my people, but in God we shall prevail.
So may the Holy Spirit of God sustain each of us, especially in our continuing quest for peace and righteousness in our Country, as we enter as one nation together into another working week.
My salutation is peace to you all.
The DOST Juan Time Campaign -
Juan time starts tomorrow!
No more advancing the time to make up for Filipino time. Let us all set our watches to Juan time and be on time all the time.
Filipino time is a myth.
The truth is we move to the beat of just Juan time.
Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! God bless us all.
Who is a Filipino?
But the heart that lives
to love the Filipino
and the one Republic
of the Filipino people.
How is the Filipino?
But through faith that seeks
to find itself alive
in the eternal remembrance
of God and our people.
Where is the Filipino?
But in the will that accepts
the trust that embrace
our lives and our fortunes
together as one nation.
Why is the Filipino?
But with every dream that begins
ever like a single breath
to become our breathing together
of the many into one hope.
When is the Filipino?
But at every present rising
from the deep of Eternity
in the every moment that breaks
upon the awakening reality
of the dawn of a new Philippines.
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