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Sunday, January 29, 2017

My Lord says ... Matthew 5:1-12


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 He began to teach them, saying: 


3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, 
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.... 

4 Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. 6 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”

*In deep thoughts …

Be-attitudes
People have different personality and that’s why people have different attitudes.  Why  are we not created of the same preferences or choices?  Why are we not created of the same mental, emotional, moral, and spiritual level? Why are we having different perspective in life and make different decisions?  When we were created, one thing we have in common is the gift of free will God has given us.  This answers the questions we noted here previously.  

How we live our lives depend on our choices or preferences in life through our free will. And we are truly blessed because of this gift.  But we often abuse this gift because we do things not pleasing to God, like gossiping, murdering or killing, stealing,  insulting, humiliating, disrespecting, committing adultery, etc.  We develop an attitude not pleasing to God, like being selfish, unkind, not generous, uncaring, irresponsible, not hospitable, not appreciative, not humble, not prayerful, etc.  When trials or afflictions happen in our life, we blame others and most especially, God, for our misfortunes at the end.

Our attitude towards ourselves and others show the kind of person we are.  How we use our gift of free will is the determining factor in shaping up the kind of living a person has to be, even though we are brought up in different family atmosphere.   We know that there are two factors that influence our way of being brought up in life  --- family relationship and social factors. The family and social values affect our inner being.  In times of decision making, the most important thing to do is to seek God’s help through constant prayers by acknowledging our weaknesses and asking for guidance.   We need to be humble enough to admit our mistakes and shortcomings and be willing to change. 

I have my sister-in-law’s friend who admitted that she becomes more generous to poor people now, especially to those who are in the streets begging for alms.  She told us that she was not generous before to people whom she thinks is still capable of working independently, even though still begging nicely.  She was enlightened when she was with another friend and noticed her friend’s generosity to the person knocking on her car’s window.  She asked her friend why she gave the person money, instead of just ignoring the person.   Her friend’s reason was, “I rather give money to the person instead of me being in that person’s position.  The person asked money in a better way than just stealing money from another person's pocket.  In what situation do you want to be?” 

What are our be-attitudes?  

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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 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

My Lord says... Matthew 4:12-23


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

12 When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 that what had been said through Isaiah, the prophet might be fulfilled:

15 Land of Zebulun 
and land of Naphtali,
the way to the sea, 
beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles,
16 the people who sit in darkness
have seen a great light,
on those dwelling in a land
overshadowed by death
light has arisen.

17 From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say,  “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  18 As He was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother, Andrew, casting a net into the sea;  they were fishermen. 19 He said to them,  “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  20 At once they left their nets and followed Him.  21 He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother, John.  They were in a boat, with their father, Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed Him. 23 He went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people.



FISHER OF MEN
During the wake of my eldest brother,  we were amazed how a large crowd gathered in the house of my sister-in-law to give their last respect.  They were not all relatives, but people who came to know my brother as someone who was helpful in times of problem and someone who influenced their lives personally and spiritually. He served as an instrument for many people to be converted and become a reformed individual by bringing them to a known spiritual healing community- The Healing Missionaries of the Holy Spirit. He brought unity, peace, and harmony where division among family members was almost irreparable.  People talked about his good deeds and how he greatly impacted their lives and family relationships.  He was considered as fisher of men by people whom he selflessly and tirelessly served to bring them closer to God. And the story about him went on and on  till he was laid to rest….

He died in a car accident the year after we last met. He was a good son and a good brother.  The pain of losing a loved one is still here in our hearts, but we have to let it go and move on-- move on to what we need to do -- move on to what is the right thing to do -- move on to what is the best we can do… move on to how we should relive our lives the way we ought to do....

But the big impact echoing in our minds and hearts makes us ask ourselves --- "Do we need to have someone died first before  we become enlightened of how we should live our lives the right way in the eyes of God? 

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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 

Friday, January 20, 2017

My hands can do this --- Baby Cro-Knit Headbands


Babies are like dolls.  They are very lovable, huggable,  playable, giggleable, and all the able’s that you can use to describe them.  Most mothers have all the time to take care of their babies, if they don’t work or just stay at home.  Pictures of their babies are taken to store the fond memories of their childhood until when they grow up.   Babies either tend to get  used to all the attentions they are getting from family members or get distracted and cry. But still they are so easy to make them stop crying for they love attention and being pampered.  They learn how to make faces in front of the camera –“Smile, baby (-.-)” click, click, click.   

Let’s take an example of this baby in the picture shown below.  She is not used to seeing me for I haven’t been with her for a long time.  Her mother has to be near her making her smile while I take shots.  Actually, she is my granddaughter by my eldest brother's family side.  I got the chance to finish this project and took these photos during my nephew's wedding day.  


BABY CRO-KNIT HEADBAND (1)
I- Materials:

(1) Caron Simply Soft (light country peach) (left over)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft (baby brights ombre) (left over)
       circular knitting needle, size 6 (4.0 mm / 16” – 40.5 cm)
       crochet hook, size 3.25 mm
       yarn needle

Level of Difficulty - easy

Stitch Abbreviations
(st/s)   stitch / stitches
(k)       knit
(p)       purl
(sp)     space
(sl st)  slip stitch
(YO)   yarn over
(lp/s)   loop / loops
(ch/s)  chain / chains
(sc)     single crochet
(hdc)   half-double crochet
(dc)     double crochet
(tr)      treble crochet

Special Instructions:
(hdc) – half-double crochet – YO once, pull up a (lp), and draw through the 3 (lps) on hook.
(dc) – double crochet – YO once, pull up a (lp), and draw through 2 (lps) on hook.  YO once and pull up a (lp) and draw through the last 2 (lps) on hook.
(tr)  - treble crochet – YO twice, pull up a (lp), and draw through the first 2 (lps) on hook.  Pull up a (lp) and draw through the next 2 (lps) on hook.  Pull up a (lp) and draw through the last 2 (lps) on hook.

Instructions

Ribbing (Light Country Peach) – Leave 4 inches tail for adjustment later on. With circular knitting needle,  size 6, cast on 72 (sts).  Place a marker to mark the beginning of the round and then join the (sts).

Rnd 1 (Right Side) – (K1) around
Result – 72 (sts)

Rnds 2 to 4 – (K2, P2) around. 
Result – 72 ( sts)

Rnds 5 to 7 – (P2, K2) around. 
Result – 72 (sts)

Rnds 8 to 10 – Repeat Rnds 2 to 4.
Result – 72 (sts)

Rnds 11 to 13 – Repeat Rnds 5 to 7.
Result72 (sts)

Rnd 14 – (K1) around.
Result – 72 (sts)

Rnd 15 – Bind off loosely for an edge with elasticity.  (K) 2 (sts) and insert the tip of the left needle into the first (st) on the right needle.  Lift the (st) over the last (st) you (k) and over the tip of the right needle.  One (st) remains on right needle.  (K) another (st) and lift that (st) over the (st) just (k).  Continue this pattern until one loop remains on the right needle.  Don’t cut it yet.  Hide the excess yarn at the beginning of the ribbing.
 Result – 72 (sts)


Edging
Using a crochet hook, insert it into the beginning (st) to join and make (sl st).  2 (Ch) and  insert the hook into the same (sp) and make 3 (dc).  Make (hdc) on same (sp). This is the first clover leaf shape.  [(Sc) on next 2 (sts).  (Hdc) on next (st).  3 (Dc) and (hdc) on same (sp)] 23X .  (Sc) on last 2 (sts).  The outcome is shown below.
Result – 24 (clover leaf shapes)


Edging (Light Country Peach)

Making of Flower  (Baby Brights Ombre)
Foundation:  6 (Ch) and join with (sl st) to form ring.
Rnd 1 – (Ch), 14 (sc) in ring. (Sl st) on beginning (sc).  Hide the excess yarn as you crochet.
Results – 14 (sc)

Rnd 2 – 3 (Ch) and 4 (dc) on beginning (sc).   To make popcorn, remove the hook from the 5th (dc) and insert it on top of the beginning (ch) and the last (lp) from front to back.  (YO) and pull up tightly through the (lps).  This is the first popcorn.  [(Ch), skip next (sc), and 5 (dc) on succeeding (sc).  Remove the hook from the 5th (dc) and insert it on top of the beginning (dc) and the last (lp) from front to back.  (YO) and pull up tightly through the (lps)] 6X.  (Sl st) on last (sc). 
Results -  7 (popcorn shapes)

Rnd 3 – 4 (Ch).  4 (Tr) on same (sp).  Working from front to back, insert the hook into the next (ch) and make (sc).  This is the first sepal in this round.  [4 (Ch) and 4 (tr) on same (sp).  Insert the hook into the next (ch) and make (sc)] 5X.  4 (Ch) and 4 (tr) on same (sp).  Insert the hook into the last (ch) and make (sc). 
Results – 7 (sepal shapes)

Rnd 4 – Working from back, make 4 (Ch) and 7 (tr) on same (sp).  Skip the first petal of Rnd 3.  Insert the hook on the (sc) of the first round of sepals and make (sc).  This is the first sepal in this round.  [4 (Ch) and 7 (tr) on same (sp).  Skip the sepal.  (Sc) on next (sc) of the next sepal] 5X.  4 (Ch) and 7 (tr) on same (sp).  Skip the last sepal.  (Sc) on the beginning (sc).  Pull up the round of sepals in Rnd 3 to make it look prominent as shown in the picture below.  Tie it twice and hide the excess yarn.  The outcome is shown below.
Results – 7 (sepal shapes)



Making of Flower
(Baby Brights Ombre)

Making of Flower Center (Light Country Peach)
Leaving a 5 inches tail, make 8 (ch).  From the hook, make 4 (dc) in each of 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th (chs).    Fasten off leaving an 8 inches tail.  Tie it with the 5 inches tail twice.  Use a yarn needle to sew the ends using the 8 inches tail.  Attach it at the center of the flower and tie both tails at the bottom twice.  Attach the flower to the headband using the remaining tails and tie them twice.  Hide the excess yarns.  

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BABY CRO-KNIT HEADBAND (2)

II-Materials:

(1) Caron Simply Soft (soft blue 9712) (left over)
(1)  Caron Simply Soft (baby brights ombre) (left over)
       circular knitting needle, size 6 (4.0 mm / 16” – 40.5 cm)
       crochet hook, size 3.25 mm
       yarn needle

Level of Difficulty - easy

Stitch Abbreviations
(st/s)   stitch / stitches
(k)       knit
(p)       purl
(sp)     space
(sl st)  slip stitch
(YO)   yarn over
(lp/s)   loop / loops
(ch/s)  chain / chains
(sc)     single crochet
(hdc)   half-double crochet
(dc)     double crochet
(tr)      treble crochet


(hdc) – half-double crochet – YO once, pull up a (lp), and draw through the 3 (lps) on hook.
(dc) – double crochet – YO once, pull up a (lp), and draw through 2 (lps) on hook.  YO once and pull up a (lp) and draw through the last 2 (lps) on hook.
(tr)  - treble crochet – YO twice, pull up a (lp), and draw through the first 2 (lps) on hook.  Pull up a (lp) and draw through the next 2 (lps) on hook.  Pull up a (lp) and draw through the last 2 (lps) on hook.

Ribbing (Soft Blue 9712) – Leave 4 inches tail for adjustment later on. With circular knitting needle,  size 6, cast on 72 (sts).  Place a marker to mark the beginning of the round and then join the (sts).

Rnd 1 (Right  Side) – (K1) around
Result – 72 (sts)

Rnd 2 to 5  – (K8, P4, K8, P4) around.
Result – 72 ( sts)

Rnds 6 to 9 – (K1) around. 
Result – 72 (sts)

Rnds 10 to 13 – (K2, P4), [(K8, P4, K8, P4) around] (K6).
Result – 72 (sts)

Rnds 14 to 17 – Repeat Rnds 6 to 9.
Result72 (sts)

Rnds 18 to 20 – Repeat Rnds 2 to 5.  The pattern will look like this as shown below.
Result – 72 (sts)


Ribbing

Rnd 21 – Bind off loosely for an edge with elasticity.  (K) 2 (sts) and insert the tip of the left needle into the first (st) on the right needle.  Lift the (st) over the last (st) you (k) and over the tip of the right needle.  One (st) remains on right needle.  (K) another (st) and lift that (st) over the (st) just (k).  Continue this pattern until one loop remains on the right needle.  Using a crochet hook, insert it into the beginning (st) to join and make (sl st).  Leave a 3 inches tail.  Cut and tie it twice.  Hide the excess yarn.  Hide the other excess yarn at the beginning of the ribbing.
Result – 72 (sts)



Sewing Stitches  (Baby Brights Ombre)
Using a yarn needle, cut a two-arm length of yarn.  Tie twice the end of the yarn at the center back of the purl pattern (wrong side).  On the right side, begin sewing (sts) around at the center of each purl pattern to form like a small flower.  To close, insert the needle into the center hole and tie it once at the back of the project.  Insert the needle one more around the (sts) and pull lightly to make the center hole smaller. Tie it once more and hide the excess yarns around the (sts).   (Note: Cut more additional yarn until you finish  sewing.)  The outcome is shown below.


Sewing Stitches

Making of Flower  (Baby Brights Ombre)
Foundation:  6 (Ch) and join with (sl st) to form ring.
Rnd 1 – (Ch), 10 (sc) in ring. (Sl st) on beginning (sc).  Hide the excess yarn as you crochet.
Results – 10 (sc)

Rnd 2 – 3 (Ch) and 4 (dc) on beginning (sc).   To make popcorn, remove the hook from the 5th (dc) and insert it on top of the beginning (ch) and the last (lp) from front to back.  (YO) and pull up tightly through the (lps).  This is the first popcorn.  [7 (Ch), (sc) on next (sc), 7 (ch), 5 (dc) on next (sc)] 4X.  7 (Ch), (sc) on last (sc), 7 (ch),  and (sl st) on the beginning popcorn.
Results -  5 (popcorn shapes) and 10 (7 chains)

Rnd 3 – 2 (Sc), 2 (hdc), 3 (dc), 2 (hdc), and 2 (sc) on first 7 (chs).  2 (Sc), 2 (hdc), 3 (dc), 2 (hdc), and 2 (sc) on succeeding 7 (chs). Skip the popcorn. This is the first set of sepals of a flower in this round.  [2 (Sc), 2 (hdc), 3 (dc), 2 (hdc), and 2 (sc) on next 7 (chs).  2 (Sc), 2 (hdc), 3 (dc), 2 (hdc), and 2 (sc) on another succeeding 7 (chs). Skip the popcorn] 3X.  2 (Sc), 2 (hdc), 3 (dc), 2 (hdc), and 2 (sc) on next 7 (chs).  2 (Sc), 2 (hdc), 3 (dc), 2 (hdc), and 2 (sc) on last 7 (chs).  (Sl st) on beginning (sc).
Results – 10 (sepal shapes)

Rnd 4 – [(Sl st) on next (sc), 2 (hdc), 2 (dc)] of the first sepal.  [5 (Ch)  and (sc) on 6th  (st) from the beginning (sc) of next sepal to connect] 9X.  5 (Ch)  and (sl st) on 6th  (st) from the beginning (sc) of the beginning sepal to connect.
Results –  10 (5 chains)

Rnd 5 – 15 (Ch) and (sl st) on same (sp).  This is the first ring between two sepals. [Working from front to back, 5 (ch), skip sepal, and (sc) in between 2 (sc) of two sepals.  15 (Ch) and (sl st) on same (sp)]  9X.  5 (Ch) and (sl st) on the beginning ring.  Cut and tie it twice.  Hide the excess yarn.  
Results – 10 (20-chain rings)

Making of Flower Center (Soft Blue 9712)
Leaving a 5 inches tail, make 8 (ch).  From the hook, make 4 (dc) in each of 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th (chs).    Fasten off leaving an 8 inches tail.  Tie it with the 5 inches tail twice.  Use a yarn needle to sew the ends using the 8 inches tail.  Attach it at the center of the flower and tie both tails at the bottom twice.  Attach the flower to the headband using the remaining tails and tie them twice.  Hide the excess yarns. The outcome is shown below.


Making of Flower with Flower Center



video


Baby Cro-Knit Headband


Baby Ali at the Church


Baby Ali, the Little Mermaid

My granddaughter and my model of this project, turned one year old last January 11, 2017.  She had her birthday and baptismal celebration last January 15, 2015 which falls on the same day as my sister-in-law’s birthday.  The mermaid costume was crocheted by her own mother.  It was the chosen motif for her special day.  She is a fast learner in crocheting after I tutored her the basics.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

My Lord says .... Matthew 18:1-5,10


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

1At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2He called a child over, places it in their midst, 3and said, 

“Amen, I say to you, 

unless you turn and become like children, 

You will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 
4Whoever humbles himself like this child 
Is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 
5And whoever receives one child 
Such as this in my name receives me. 
10See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
For I say to you that their angels in heaven 
Always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”



*In deep thoughts …

BEING CHILDISH
In any relationship, I’ve heard many times someone say, “You’re being childish.  I don’t like you anymore.  Grow up.”    Is being childish a bad thing or not the right thing to be? What does it take to be childlike that you don’t want to be? 

Whenever my 5-year old granddaughter does something wrong, her mother confronts her and always ask her to say this,  “What will you say?”  Then my granddaughter’s response  always is, “I’m sorry.”  My elder daughter has been training her daughter to take up the responsibility for anything her daughter does wrong by letting her do the correct or proper way of doing things.  Her kind of upbringing her daughter shows the call for an ACTION -- firstly,  to admit the mistake and then express the sincerity of apologizing for the wrongdoing;  secondly, to do the thing the right or proper way;  and thirdly, to keep from doing the same misdeed.  Normally, at this stage, a child is really being programmed to be polite, honest, courteous, responsible, and so forth.  They are doing a great job as responsible parents and setting good examples to their only daughter. 

In reality, when a child  grows up, parents can’t always keep their child from committing a mistake or probably the same wrong doing again.  The truth is -- no one can because we make choices in our life, especially when we become an adult. We are endowed with free will to do things ourselves.  I’ve heard many times, too, people say,  “I’m just human.  I can’t control myself.” That’s why, whatever decision we make, it really does matter.  We should not forget to ask ourselves, “Am I being childish if I do this? 

On the other hand, there are many children in the whole world who are being abused emotionally, physically, and sexually.  Luckily, we were born, nurtured by our parents, and grew up as an adult.  But how about those unborn babies who were not given a chance to live because they were aborted willingly or unwillingly by their own mothers due to many personal reasons?  Children, especially unborn babies who can’t even defend themselves, are exposed to the dangers and contingencies of the world.  Remember, as what our Lord Jesus Christ said,

10See that you do not despise one of these little ones,
For I say to you that their angels in heaven 
Always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”


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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 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

My Lord says ... Matthew 2:1-12



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

THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

*Sunday Gospel

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw His star at its rising and have come to do Him homage.”  When Kind Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.  Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.  They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet:  


And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, 
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;  
since from you shall come a ruler, 
who is to shepherd my people Israel.”  

Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance.  He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the child.  When you have found him, bring me word, that I, too, may go and do Him homage.”  After their audience with the king they set out.  And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.  They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house, they saw the child with Mary, His mother.  They prostrated themselves and did Him homage.  Then they opened their treasures and offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.



SHE IS LIKE A RISING STAR
I was surprised and very glad to hear this familiar voice in my Ipad because it has been a long time since we had a heart to heart talk. She was very sad and in despair.  Why?


She had already too much to bear in her heart when her mother died suddenly last May, 2013 (the same month my eldest brother died).  Afterwards, another blow came -- her young nephew was arrested for shooting a man.  He had a drinking spree with his friends when that incident happened. He stole the gun and money from his own grandfather. The man didn’t die, but her nephew was arrested and imprisoned. Her brother seldom visited his son in prison because of his long-distant job, while his mother was hesitant to take him back.  The parents have been living separately since they were young. The mother has already a new family. His only sister was also hesitant to provide moral support to him.   While in prison, her nephew suffered from physical abuses and lack of food.  He had to sleep on the floor because of the crowded prisoners inside a cell and he got sick, too.  I learned from my friend that her nephew was on drugs, too.  While every one in her brother’s family turned their back on her nephew, my friend had been forgiving and compassionate, in spite of what her nephew did.  Her father wanted his grandson to go into a rehabilitation center.  She continued to give guidance and moral support to her nephew and niece, as well as, to her eldest brother.  She constantly called her sister-in-law to beg her to take and let him live with her.  There was a continuous family struggle to maintain peace and harmony…. 

While I was listening to her,  her voice was different than before.  I heard the good news that I have been praying for ---her nephew is already out of prison on a bail bond and has been living with her own mother and stepfather now.   His stepfather got him a job in the same company he has been working.  He is no longer on drugs, too.  

Happiness fills her heart, so is mine, too. She is like a rising star in the cloud of darkness that used to envelope her family.  She led her nephew out of the narrow path where even a small dot of light  wasn’t visible. She didn’t give up on him. Her patience, guidance, compassion, and forgiveness equal to only one thing – LOVE.  



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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

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My Lord says ... Luke 2:16-21


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

16The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. 17When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. 18All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. 19And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. 20Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them. 


21When eight days were completed for his circumcision, 
He was named Jesus, 
The name given him by the angel 
Before he was conceived in the womb.



THE NAME

When a baby is born, parents give their baby his or her name. Before, a name signifies something, like good qualities of a person to be, trade or profession, place of birth, where one lives,  social status, etc.  But now, a name becomes diverse and complex and gotten from anybody’s name, especially foreign sounding names,  that are different from its significance.  Parents have a choice what name to use for their children, but children don’t have at the time of birth.

I was named by my mother, ‘Mimona,’ taken from her former college classmate’s first name, who was a Muslim.  But a typographical error was committed by the county clerk when my certificate of live birth was registered because my name was registered as ‘Maymona.’  I experienced having my name misspelled several times when I was in the elementary schooling days.  It was misspelled, ‘Mimosa,’  ‘Mayona,’ and ‘Mayoma.’  I felt, like it was an insult, a total humiliation to me as a person. When I was still young, I asked my mother why she chose this name. She replied, “Because I just like it and in remembrance of my former college classmate.  She is a Muslim and it’s a Muslim name.”  I was left dumbfounded upon hearing it.

As a child, did I have a choice?  With two foreign sounding names plus my family name, I had a hard time writing my full name in a grade pad paper.  Imagine how I, as a grader, who writes big letters, can fill up the whole first line of space of a grade pad paper with my first name only!!! I tried using it for many years, till I got tired of using this first name when I entered my high school days. I tried to learn how to write small letters in my intermediate pad paper. When I entered college, I never had anymore problem in writing my full name.

In the Gospel, our Lord was named ‘Jesus’ by the heavenly Father and relayed thru His messenger, Archangel Gabriel, to our Blessed Mother, Mary.  His name, ‘JESUS’ has magnificent meaning, amazing, not only His parents, but the whole world -- for us to see, feel, know, and realize that the Truth, the Way, and the Light is only through this powerful name.  His name bears the heavenly qualities of the Son of man and Son of God to fulfill a great mission of showing love, mercy, and compassion to everyone.   It’s the most blessed name, heavenly name, everlasting name, and powerful name that should be embossed in our hearts and that deserves respect, praise, and glory.   

                        
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