Together with the psalmist this morning, I sing to you O Lord, “How sweet to my palate are your promises, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”(Ps.119:103)
So many times in life, I seek and long for some “sweetness” that would comfort me, assure me of being loved and cared for. But, sadly, O Lord, I end up bitter and sad after seeking sweetness in sugar-coated promises of the world. Teach me to be like Ezekiel, to eat your words, to speak your words, to live your words. Indeed, the only sweetest thing in this life is to remain a child before you, trusting you, relying more on you.
I feel so ashamed before you O Lord for the many times I act like your apostles, asking “who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven” in the belief deep inside that, it could be me. Yes, you know it so well when deep inside I feel so entitled being your disciple, of being “good” and worthy unlike others.
Give me the grace Lord Jesus Christ to be like St. Maximillian Kolbe who truly led a life so sweet when he faithfully followed you like your Mother the Blessed Virgin Mary. He led a life so sweet because in his loving service and sacrifices for your words using modern media, many lives were touched and blessed. Without any sugary pretensions to greatness and fame known only as prisoner “16670” at Auschwitz, St. Maximillian made the ultimate sweet sacrifice of his life for the love of the family of a man due for execution. Indeed, he is the patron saint of our “troubled century”, showing us the truly sweetest things in life are you, O Lord, your words, and your Cross. Amen. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II,Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria,Bulacan 3022 .
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