Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
Psalm: Rest in God alone, my soul.
1 Corinthians 4:1-15
Welcome to the eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time!
Today I remember the song, Hindi Kita Malilimutan, credited to Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ. When he was in high school, ang klase nila ay sumali sa isang liturgical song composition. It only took 30 minutes para matapos niya ang melody nito. His class sang it for their mothers. It was so beautiful that at the end of the year, the song spread out in the parishes of Archdiocese of Manila. Hanggang sa kinanta na rin ito sa weddings and funerals.
Ang kantang iyan po ay hango sa first reading today, at napakaganda ng mensahe: Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!
Pinapalala na kahit na ang ang taong nagmamahal ay maaring makalimot, ang Diyos ay di ka kakalimutan.
He has written you in the palm of his hands. God will never forget you.
Our readings for the 8th Sunday in ordinary time remind us to avoid anxieties by putting our complete trust in God’s providence.
- Avoid unnecessary worries.
Ano ang nakaka-stress sa inyo?
Ang CNN Philippines ay nagkaroon ng survey tungkol sa ano ang nakakapagpa-stress sa mga Filipino. Ang mga respondents ay nagsabing ang first 4 ay: (1) job or studies (22.85%); (2) traffic (14.84 %); (3) finances (14.54%); (4) personal relationships (12.46%). (Source: http://cnnphilippines.com/lifestyle/2015/09/23/Filipinos-top-causes-of-stress-job-traffic-money.html)
Ang gospel natin for this Sunday ay nagtatanong: Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? (Matthew 6:27) Kung maging balisa kayo sa mga bagay-bagay, sa tingin ba ninyo, kayang makapagdagdag yan ng kahit isang segundo ng inyong buhay?
Not all worries are bad. Some can even even motivate us. Or prepare us. But the danger is, when we become professional worriers.
Lagi ka na lang bang balisa, dahil wala kang pera?
Lagi ka na lang bang balisa, dahil may pera ka ngunit kulang pa?
Lagi ka na lang bang balisana ikaw ay may sakit?
Lagi ka na lang bang balisa, dahil malusog ka’t takot magkasakit?
When we become professional worriers, it can take its toll on our health. Worrying is not good for your health. Ang pagiging balisa ay parang isang linta, hinihigop nito ang ating lakas na dapat sana para sa ngayon at maging sa bukas. It can deplete our body of vitamins and minerals essential to daily functioning. It can affect our mood, behavior, productivity and over-all health.
Kaya bes, wag masyadong galingan ang pag-wo-worry. That is dangerous to your health!
What to do?
- Remember we have a God we can count on.
Put your complete trust in God.
God takes care of the birds.
God takes care of the wildflowers.
God will take good care of you. You are precious, you are are blest, you are loved.
The Lord remembers you. Seek him first and everything will fall into place.
Alamin mo ang gusto ng Dios para sa buhay mo.
Put your security in God, not in your money, not in your beauty, not in your own confidence, not even in your dyowa.
Yong dyowa mo, maaaring come and go pa yan. Ngunit ang Dios, forever yan.
Brothers and sisters, wag nating gawing dios ang stress, anxieties, negative feelings and even past experiences sa ating buhay. They can swallow us and make us cripple.
It’s high time that we live one day at a time. Start your day with a prayer, offer your day to the Lord, always count your blessings, not your problems. At the end of the day, be always grateful.
This is Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD – Witness to the Word!