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Sunday, May 18, 2014

My Lord says .. John 14:1-12


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

1 Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. 4 Where I am going you know the way.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him,


“I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me."


7 If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said to him, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. 12 Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.”



DEVOTED TO PRAYER
Every morning before I start my daily routine I always pray my rosary.  I always spend 45 minutes to 1 hour in praying not only for my family members, but for other people who need my prayers and even those who don’t know that I have been praying for them.  At an instance that I come to know their situation or problem, they don’t need to ask me to pray for them because I just do it.  I always pray for healing, guidance, conversion, and protection.  Prayer really works. 

There are times when accident comes to us, we don’t know what to do.  But at the end, there are still good Samaritans who are willing to help you where you are at that moment.    

Yesterday, I went to a museum which I thought was the exact day to attend a beading seminar. But I was wrong because I overlooked the date specified in the newspaper. I decided to drive back home and thought of filling up my gas.  I went to gas station, but I parked the car a little farther from the gas pump.  So the man asked me to move my car forward a little bit also.  When I clicked the switch to restart the engine it wouldn’t start.  I tried for the second time and it really wouldn’t start.  I wondered why, but I know the battery was bought only last year. I asked the guy to help me by jump starting the engine.  He brought in a truck near my car, opened its hood, and connected the clamps to respective battery terminal posts of his truck and my car.  (I always have these booster cables in my car for emergency situation like this. ) Then the car restarted and I was told to have it checked if the battery really needed a replacement.  Let’s start the countdown -- first Good Samaritan guy (-.-)

So I went to an auto spare parts store and asked the guy a favor to check on the condition of my battery and so he did.  The result – bad battery.  He advised to go to Wal-Mart and have it replaced.  Countdown -   second Good Samaritan (-.-) 

I went to Wal-Mart and asked a guy sales associate to help me remove the battery from my car.  (By the way, I couldn’t ask my husband to help me because he was still working in another state.) The guy politely responded to my call and got some tools.  He tried to remove each battery terminal cable.  He had a hard time removing them, so he asked for backup over the radio.  The response was – he is not allowed to work or help somebody outside his area. It’s against the company policy.  I felt dismayed upon hearing it, but he was still very polite in trying to help me.  He got the battery out and brought it in the store.  He tested the condition of the battery and printed out a slip – Bad Battery.  Since it was still under warranty, he got a replacement for me.  Countdown – third Good Samaritan guy (-.-) He has just been working in Wal-Mart for some months only and doesn’t know wholly the company policy.  (I didn’t know that, too, for I used to work in Wal-Mart as front-end cashier before.)

I took the advantage of being there at Wal-Mart and went around the store to buy my grocery items.  After checking out,  I asked another guy sales associate if he could help, but he turned me down because of the company policy.  So the cashier talked to somebody over the radio and asked who could help me install the battery to my car.  Guess who?  One of the assistant managers!  Last countdown – fourth Good Samaritan guy (-.-)

I really don't know why I experienced these incidents in my life. I haven’t been so conscious of any accidents in my life before.  Is there something a premonition in this or what?  Who likes to be in such an incident anyway?  Accidents can happen anytime.  Sad to say, my eldest brother died in a car accident.  He was a man of peace and prayer and led many people to spiritual conversion when he was still alive.  He truly believed in Jesus Christ.  Likewise, my faith is also in Him -- the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

Thank you very much to all the Good Samaritans.  
God bless you all. 

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"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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