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Sunday, January 22, 2017

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


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.

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? 

"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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