I still feel tired, Lord Jesus Christ after celebrating the Solemnity of your Kingship this Sunday. But I must confess and I am sure you knew it all along why we are so happy with Christ the King celebration: it signals the end of November, ushering the merry month of Christmas!
How foolish I am, O Lord! Sorry that until now I still don’t get it; it has been like a system within to count days, to count things and objects like money and everything I think to be leading to you. How foolish I am that I count days and weeks and months leading to you but never do I count on you. What a fool I am that I count everything except people and persons!
You have shown John all the peoples of all time represented by the 144,000 faithful standing before you in heaven in his vision. That early, you have counted us all to be included in your glory but sadly, here we are still counting things and objects like those people of your time when you observed how they dropped donations to the temple treasury.
You said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest” (Lk.21:3) because she had counted more on the people to be helped with her donation that was so little compared with others. But her donation mattered most to you because she gave her very best thinking more of the people, not of the money.
Teach me, Christ the King, to see more of people, to seek the persons in my heart whom I have long taken for granted. Teach me, Christ the King, to forget all those ideas and thoughts in my mind about people and focus more on their face as subjects to be cherished and loved. Teach me, Christ the King, to cleanse my heart, to always seek your face. 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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