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Sunday, December 11, 2016

My Lord says ... Matthew 11:2-11

Photo Courtesy of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church's bulletin


When John the Baptist heard in prison of the works of the Christ, he sent his disciples to Jesus with this question,  “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”  Jesus said to them in reply,  “Go and tell John what you hear and see:  the blind regain their sight,  the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.  And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.” 

As they were going off, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John,  “What did you go out to the desert to see?  A reed swayed by the wind?  Then what did you go out to see?  Someone dressed in fine clothing?  Those who wear fine clothing are in royal palaces.  Then why did you go out?  To see a prophet?  Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.  This is the one about whom it is written: 

          Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;  
                    he will prepare your way before you.

Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist;  yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

A close friend of mine was emotionally devastated when she found out that her husband was having an affair.  She went to my place and cried out all her marital problems.  She didn’t know that until their common friend saw her husband with the other woman in a certain place.  My close friend happened to meet this common friend in a grocery store and informed her about that incident. She confronted her husband about it and without remorse, he admitted his illicit affair with the woman.  Not knowing what to do, she informed her parents-in-law about it. But instead of condemning the act, the more they criticized her.   She left them with a heavy heart and decided to leave the house. Nowhere to go, she brought her two young children to my house.  I offered her my place to stay to help her be relieved temporarily from her emotional trauma... 

I know it's a long journey to emotional recovery and to pray continuously for someone is mostly needed, not only in times of problems and struggles, but also when the situation in our life is still manageable. We’ve been friends for more than twenty years.  Whenever I have a problem, too, I run to her for help or advice. She has been a living witness to my kind of life and vice versa.  We both hold a pledge of allegiance to our friendship.  We can’t say “No” to each other when it comes to family matters or problems. We are "Friends Forever." 

" 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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