I was pretty excited this day as this is my official first attendance at Mary Help of Christians Parish in Krungthep Krittha. I got there by 6:40 and was surprised they were having a rosary. That was already the fourth Joyful Mystery when I came. I was so happy as it's my first time to have the kind in the Church and after, we had the Simbang gabi mass right away.
Just wow, Father John Tamayo gave the Homily in 20minutes if I got the time right. I love listening to his share and as a Filipino, we can really relate how he speaks from the heart. He shared about the day's gospel on the first reading and the holy gospel. Both speak of Conception. The first reading is on the conception of Samson by a barren woman who Samson became a King later and of John the Baptist by the elderly, barren Elizabeth. Their stories are alike as they were conceived with purpose and God's will aside from the Miracle in it. The stories are 800 years apart as shared by Fr. Tamayo. Both conceptions are important steps in the FULFILLMENT of GOD's PLAN.
He also shared how Zechariah hesitated the news when the angel appeared to him announcing his wife was giving birth. As learnt, they were mature with age and Zechariah was estimated as over sixty that time. We can imagine his concern for his wife, Elizabeth in her age of bearing a son, it could be challenging and not easy to deal with. But then the lesson is PUTTING OUR TRUST in GOD even though at times we don't understand where are we going and we have less knowledge of what is happening as HE always has a better plan.
The Euchalette distributed in the church has these words:
"Putting Our Trust in God.
On this fourth day of our Novena we are reminded that, occasionally, God challenges people to trust things. The episode of the disbelief of Zechariah warns us that those who doubt God's words will be left to wittiness, ashamed and speechless, the fulfillment of the divine plan. On the other hand, those who accept God's plan in full trust and are ready to cooperate become His partners and instruments of His love and power.
Today's liturgy challenges us to choose between being spectators of God's wonders or His enthusiastic collaborators along the highway of salvation history.
In today's liturgy we are also invited to reflect on and pray for the elderly and the childless "titas" in our families. Their happiness depends on how we treat them."