Thursday, January 21, 2010

Daily Digest #369

We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. —2 Corinthians 5:10

I bet most of you had a great long weekend :D I had an extraordinary one, together with a few close friends. We were privileged to go to Hua Hin, led by Father Tamayo, to serve in the morning mass for President Gloria Arroyo. It was humbling to witness the presence of Jesus in that small conference room yesterday morning. Words flowed out of Father Tamayo's mouth, straight into the small crowd's heart. The atmosphere was very peaceful. There were neither interruptions nor problems, despite of the tight schedule, raw callouses and nervous voices.

After telling the story of the blind man, Bartimaeus, who was healed by his faith, the homily ended with the question: "What would you ask Jesus to do for you?" With the president in the audience, the gospel allowed each of us to reflect on our choices -- whether to lose faith, or to keep holding on -- especially at difficult times. The gospel was very timely for such a crowd. Sometimes, we really need to be reminded of our priorities -- God, others, or ourselves.

Indeed, God equips those He calls for service. At the end, we were graciously applauded, and were invited to have breakfast with the president! How cool is that??? :D

Let us thank God for all the blessings that we have received. Everyday, the Lord gives us reason to smile, and praise Him for His works. May we lift up all our troubles, fears and plans to Him, and trust that He is always watching over us. May He live in our hearts as we await eternal life, where we would be one again with the Father. We ask these in Jesus' name. Amen.

Happy Monday! Pray always. God bless!

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