This is the theme of today’s gospel. We are reminded about God’s unconditional love for us. The priest’s sermon was this. When we get frustrated with the way things are going on with our lives, when our dreams are not achieved, when relationships end, we tend to stop loving. But when we stop loving, it’s already as good as dying. Thus, despite all the frustrations and disappointments we have, we must keep in mind that God is always there loving us and God’s love alone can keep us going.
We visited Uncle Arthur’s family this morning and the kids are all grown up. I only saw Steiner and Griener. Marjorie is with her Aunt Kate at Cervantes. They were my babies when I stayed with them during my third year in college, which was 7 years ago. I am happy with the way they are slowly learning things like doing some household chores and taking care of themselves. I remember before that everything was done for them. I prepare their food. I even feed the youngest one. I am happy to see that now, they are the ones doing those things already. Steiner is already mature for his age. He listens to advises, he realizes his mistakes and knows how to say sorry. I am happy that he’s growing to become a fine adult. He’s planning to enter PMA coz he wants to be a pilot. Greiner on the other hand is still a kid but growing up fast. I got a hug from him when he saw me. I pray that he will also grow up to be a responsible young man.
We went home to my mother’s hometown in Colong, Kabayan Benguet. It was an abrupt decision last Sat. I was surprised to learn that Fr. Benny is the current parish priest of Sayangan. What a small world we really have. He was our regular priest before at St. Martin. He was the officiating priest on our First Holy Communion and our graduation. He has been with us in almost all of the occasions in our school. He was one of our favorite priests and we love him. He was also our parish priest before in St. Paul Tuba. The folks in Colong also love him because of his maka-masa ways. He goes to the most remote areas to evangelize. For this, he will surely be missed when he will be transferred to Cathedral at the end of this month.
I had a good chat with Manong Taxi Driver on the way home. He talked about his passengers for the day. He has a list of his passengers and their destinations. In his list, I am the 19th passenger. He shared about those passengers who are generous enough to give him a tip. Others even give him food for pasalubong. I asked him how his income is with the current gasoline rate. He said it’s not a huge amount but enough for his family to eat at least 3 times a day. I was particularly touched when he shared that he can’t resist passengers who have babies and kids with them. Every time he sees such passengers, he remembers the safety of his own grandchildren, that’s why he lets them ride even though it’s already the end of his shift. It’s his own way of doing something good for other people. It’s comforting to know that there are still trustworthy people around despite all the crises around.
Today is Ash Wednesday and fortunately for us, we were able to attend mass at Divine Mercy, the church near the office. The priest’s sermon was about the things that we usually do during fasting and abstinence. Since its Lenten season, I was thinking of one or more things to abstain from. On the way home, I decided to refrain from saying bad words. Francis and I actually made this as our resolution around July last year but with the nature of our job, we really can’t avoid it sometimes (Am I making excuses here? J). Anyway, this time, I’d like to bring back that resolution.