I was at mass a few weeks back when Lent was just starting out. The priest who was celebrating the Holy Eucharist then, suggested that Lent is a good time to start reading more of the Bible.
I came across this quotation attributed to HK Barclay in the January 15, 2008 reflection in the daily devotional Living Water: “When walking through the ‘valley of shadows,’ remember, a shadow is cast by Light.” This is a comforting thought to remember when we go through some circumstances or situations which my not be entirely pleasant.
A few weeks ago, the Gospel reading was about the sending of the 72 disciples. If you have been raised as a Catholic, we know that most of the focus, in most readings, would be on the 12 apostles. In a homily by Monsignor Dan Sta. Maria, he relates the sending out of the 72 disciples to lay people like us who must also do our share in spreading God’s Word. We cannot just rely on the religious to do the work of spreading the faith.
Today is Trinity Sunday. Catholics recognize that there are three Persons in One God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. In the mass that I attended this morning, Bishop Raul Martires states that the Blessed Trinity is not a “mystery to be solved but a mystery to be lived.”
In today’s Gospel reading, we hear about Mary Magdalene meeting Jesus for the first time after Jesus had died on the cross. In a recollection that I attended during the Lenten Season, Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ, gave a very interesting talk about making the resurrection a present reality.
Last March 16, 2007, I attended a Lenten Recollection and Musical at Christ the King Church in Greenmeadows. One of the speakers was Bishop Raul Martirez. His talk focused on three things or three words that were prominent in Mother Mary’s life and how we should take her as our model in our daily living.
In life, we spend most of our time waiting. Waiting for our kids to arrive from school. Waiting to find that perfect job or our perfect mate. Waiting to be healed from some sickness. Waiting at the doctor’s office! Waiting while stuck in traffic. Waiting for our turn at the bank. Life is a series of opportunities to wait and at times, we may get impatient.