December 22, 2010
Wow! Two masses more to go and it's Christmas time once again. I went back to MHC Church last night as the mass was in English. There is this feeling of "high" when you can digest all the things that are goin' on around you. It feels like each of them come to one's every veins and it feels tremendous.
The first reading was from Samuel. It was on a mother named Hannah who offered her son, Samuel to the Lord. She stated that she prayed for the child, and the Lord granted her request and she gave her son to the Lord in return. As long as Samuel lived, he should be dedicated to the Lord, she left her son at the temple of the Lord in Shiloh. This is momentous as this reading manifests how prayers work and reminds us of being grateful on the blessings that we get. Hannah is such a grateful person and as a mother, we know that it isn't easy to be away from a child but because of gratefulness, she didn't mind the thougt and just trusted the Lord in everything believing that her child child would be in better hands.
And the gospel? Here it is, still a sequel of Mary and Elizabeth.
Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. for he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever.” Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home."
It was a concelebrated mass of Father Tamayo and Father Ledesma. Father Ledesma presided the mass and his Homliy was very inspiring. He shared that our history speaks on the rich and the famous. We can hear nothing about the poor of the old times but the bible starred the simple people of the past. Like Elizabeth, an outcast of being barren and Mary who was just a poor girl. Father Ledesma also spoke on freedom to one self. As many of us desire to change and improve this world but sometimes we fail to note that everything starts WITHIN us and in our respective families. He also shared on thinking in a micro level. That sometimes we get so anxious in the world and the things around us, neglecting our very own selves forgetting that there are some things that we need to change and improve better in ourselves. And that our respective souls reflect in us and we can inspire more people by inspiring ourselves first. That we can change others, if we change ourselves first. And that we can't be kind to the rest unless we are being kind to ourselves.