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Sunday, December 29, 2013

My Lord says ... Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23


*Sunday Gospel

When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,  “Rise, take the child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you.  Herod is going to search for the child to destroy Him.”  Joseph rose and took the child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt.  He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled, 

“Out of Egypt I called my Son.”

When Herod had died, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said,  “Rise, take the child and His mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”  He rose, took the child and His mother, and went to the land of  Israel.  But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go back there.  And because he had been warned in a dream, he departed for the region of Galilee.  He went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled,

“He shall be called a Nazorean.”

When I was still in high school, I felt the desperation that I couldn’t even ask my mother what went wrong or if there was still a way to solve the problem. That moment  when my mother told me that I couldn’t continue my studies, I felt a bomb suddenly exploded in front of my face. Tears just fell intensely in my eyes, as I was thinking about my forthcoming exam.  I couldn't take the exam if I couldn’t pay my tuition pay for that period. My mother was the sole breadwinner of the family because my father died at an early age when she was four months pregnant with me.   Things in her business were getting hard for her to pay all the household expenses and our studies in private schools.  The only one whom I told about my feelings was my eldest brother.  He is older than me and I’m the youngest in the brood of four children.  He even wanted to stop schooling for the meantime, so our mother could be less worried about our expenses.   He just comforted me and told me to just let it go.  But at the end, my mother was able to find a way to pay for my tuition fee.  I felt relieved and happy, but I didn’t bother anymore to ask her how she got the money.  I was just an ordinary, young teenager who couldn’t feel yet what is like to be a mother.

Now being a mother, myself, I have experienced and realized the hardship of raising my own four children. I begun to realize the sense of responsibility my own mother took on her shoulder in order for us to live and survive. Any parent would really find a way to provide and support their children’s needs, no matter how hard it is going to be.  When a child is lost, a parent, whether a single mom or single dad, gets on to his or her feet to look for the child.  When a child cries, a parent comes to her or him and hugs the child to console and provide his or her needs.  When a child is in danger of getting an accident, a parent sacrifices himself or herself to save the life of a child.  This is what it takes to be a parent.  This is what you call-- Acts of  LOVE.     

" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a 

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