The 2018 Post: It Is Not About Me

Guys, It’s 2018 what can I say, we all moving so fast, we are growing, learning under one sky. It just really kills me the fact that I am getting older and my daughter shoes are already size 7 and I am size 8. They are growing so fast!

Really, what is about this post? It says it’s not about me. It’s not about me, but about the world outside the “me” word. What is about being selfless? What is about service? These are the things I think about lately, things that are not really “me”. What can I do to others and given a situation would I do what needs to do for the people around me?

It came to me the realization during a mass, the priest preached,

“we are measured not to the good things we do but the things that we don’t”.

These words by the priest struck me that doing good is not enough. Given a situation that we did not do something about the people around us, then we are also committing something bad if not a sin.

Matthew 25:34-40

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Hate is not the opposite of love, it’s indifference. Sharing and service are the once I need to improve this year. I think more and more people need care and understanding. It is really a challenge to every individual, not just on those people active in religious community, but really it’s like a cancer in the society that we do not care anymore for our brothers and sisters.

This year, I pray to our Lord to have enough strength to extend more of my gifts to my brothers and sisters that are in need.

Have a blessed day to all.

A Journey of a Shepherd We Called Francis

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Almost every Filipino blogger would be writing a blog post about the Papal Visit, well this is not it. Let’s say a strange post about faith for those people that is either an non-believer or still torn to the separation of the organization and faith within Catholics. Do not get me wrong this is not a hate post either. It’s more aligned to the realization after the Papal visit.

In my lifetime he is the Pope that actually went down to see the people, technically he governs, but not. Anyways, at first I did not know that he will actually go to the Visayan region and meet the people that would really need his help now. For the most people that gone there to help, actually the Pope is the only person that sincerely helped them. He just nails it to every hearts of the people there which is very important motivation to the people there that has nothing. Catastrophe after catastrophe, typhoon in, typhoon out these people really experienced everything and I rant and complain that the traffic is heavy in Ortigas, I am so insensitive. What is awesome there? None, but on that very spot the airport is filled with hearts that are pure. Reflect on that.

Why did the Pope say learn how to weep? learn how to cry? He also challenges us to receive. That will be against the immortal saying – It’s better to give than to receive, but he answered that quite vague. I can’t actually quote him but I understand that giving is just the same of receiving, receiving with humility. Today, we wear a lot of mask and maybe we see people give away since it was the spirit of Christmas that drives them but giving away is equally important to be able to receive something from a person that you do not expect or from a complete stranger. Today people refuse to receive gifts that people are too proud to receive something.

He challenge also the crowd to cry, to weep. The point came from a girl that was a street children before now lives in the orphanage. The girl asked why there are a lot of children suffers? And Pope answered her with a hug with a blessing. The girl cried and cried and fill that very stage with her emotion. The Pope challenge everyone to cry and weep, in this age and our lifetime people are afraid to cry. We are distracted with earthly things and activities that diverts our sadness to a temporary happiness but in the end of the day, are you really happy? My interpretation of his challenge was, be with the world and feel your weakness and seek who really loves you most, who really makes you happy?

What Would You Do If It Is Your Last?

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The strongest motivation that I could say to myself and maybe to share with other people is “What would you do if it is your last?” Whatever last really means to a person it still the motivation that you would think twice or maybe thrice before doing it. I am not trying to send a message or something it’s just, what would you do about it? What would you do if you are put in a situation like that?

What would you do if it is your last? Giving your best shot? Giving all that I have is really not my best motto or maybe not my best attitude. I always fail in the first time, I guess I have no beginners luck, and even luck is not my friend. If it is my last what would I do about it? I just need to make it count. From a hundreds and thousands of ways on how would you spend your last? I would do it just because that’s how I feel about it, that’s how I would do about it. Making it count is not to be recognized as the best answer or one of the beautiful answers. There is no best and beautiful if it’s your last, it’s a really a very sad feeling. How peaceful or meaningful to you your answer is, face it! It’s still sad.

What would I do if it is my last? I really do not know, what will be my condition is on that moment. It could be abrupt, while sleeping or I’m bed ridden. I really do not know. But I have one wish when that happen, I wish that I could hug my family for the last time or just hold the hand of my love ones. The process could be different, like I said it could be fast. Maybe my wish could not be granted after all. I will let God decide on how He will take me to His kingdom.

What would you do if it is your last?