Every nation on earth shall adore you, O God our loving Father because you are just and holy!
Through your Son Jesus Christ, you call us everyday to be like you, holy. And that is, to always love you through one another for“whoever loves God must also love his brother and sister” (1Jn.4:19).
Holiness is being filled with you, O God, “the Spirit of the Lord is upon me” (Lk.4:18). Holiness is perfecting our imperfect love by loving one another. That is your only vocation, your only calling to us all: to be holy like you.
Help to us to sustain your call by always being close to you in prayer through Jesus who showed us that the “strength of the vocation lies in prayer” (Pope Francis in 2016). Teach us to always come home to you like Jesus in the gospel today, to always immerse in your words. Most of all, like Jesus Christ “the word who became flesh”, make us your true prophets who do not merely speak your words but fulfill them in every hearing, making them happen, realized and actualized in our witnessing in love. AMEN. Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II, Parokya ng San Juan Apostol at Ebanghelista, Gov. F. Halili Ave., Bagbaguin, Sta. Maria, Bulacan.
*Photo by Mr. Raffy Tima of GMA7 News during Yolanda coverage in Ormoc City, 2014. Used with permission.