My heart is overflowing with praise and thanksgiving to you, O God our loving Father in giving us the wonderful gift of a saint who had lived during our lifetime, the great St. John Paul II whose feast celebrate today. Having lived during his pontificate, I have experienced your love and majesty, your presence, your reality. When I think and remember our beloved JP2, I cannot but be filled with awe that there is a loving, merciful and personal God like you!
In his own life, today’s words by St. Paul are evidently true that each of us is “your handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.” (Eph.2:10) When I recall the early childhood of St. John Paul II, his family, his Poland, his long pontificate along with his many travels and great speeches along with his bubbling sense of humor, the more I see your love and mercy, O God.
Here is a man with so much pains and sufferings until his death who never ceased to echo among us the call of Jesus to be not afraid. Here is a man who had showed us in his very life that “one’s life does not consist of possessions but of being rich in what matters to God.” (Lk.12:15,21)
Give us that grace too, loving Father in heaven, to be like St. John Paul II that we may also see you working in us and through us, despite our many brokenness, that we are not determined by our failures and sins in the past. Make us realize St. John Paul II’s teaching that we can only find fulfillment in your Son Jesus Christ who had come to bring us back into your loving arms. AMEN. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan 3022. E-mail to email@example.com for free subscription.
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