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Sunday, May 25, 2014

My Lord says ... John 14:15-21


15 Jesus said to his disciples: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, 17 the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him. But you know him, because he remains with you, and will be in you. 
18 "I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you." 

19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. 21Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

The most excruciating feeling my mother had experienced was when she gave birth to me without my father by her side.  It was a double torture effect on her after my father died five months before I was born. She has us four children to feed and provide for our education, especially sending us to private schools. She narrated to me that after my father’s death, she could feel his presence in her room every night.  It was always the feeling of coldness that someone was embracing her.  She felt scared and cried whenever he was around.  When she couldn’t tolerate anymore that feeling, she talked to him. She promised my father that she would take care of us and he didn’t have to worry about his children, especially me. Since then, he stopped visiting her in her room. During those years, that though we became orphans at an early age,  only her faith and belief in God that He said, “I will not leave you orphans,” which made her strong still to work hard with all her strength and time to provide for us.  She was a plain housewife then, but tried to take the opportunity of working outside of her comfort zone day and night that she had never done before.  At the end, in spite of her predicaments, she was able to survive all the struggles and trials that came her way.  Her struggles serve as a good moral example to each of us, her children that sacrifice is very important to help achieve one's goal in life no matter how hard or difficult it is.  Self-gratification is best at the end.  She is now benefiting much from the fruits of her labor at the end.         

"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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