Skip to main content

Don't You Worry Child :)

First Reading: Isaiah 49:14-15
But Zion said: "The Lord has forsaken me, my Lord has forgotten me."
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child of her womb?
Yet though she forget, I will never forget you. 

Psalm 62:2-3.6-9
My soul finds rest in God alone; from Him comes my salvation
He alone is my rock and salvation; with Him as my stronghold, I shall not be overcome.
Find rest in God alone, O my soul; from Him comes my hope. 
He alone is my rock and my salvation; with Him as my stronghold, I shall not be overcome.
On God rests my salvation and my honor; He is my refuge, my mighty rock. 
Trust in Him at all times, my people; pour out your hearts before Him; God is our refuge. 

Gospel: Matthew 6:24-34
No one can serve two masters; for he will either hate one and love the other, or he will be loyal to the first and look down on the second. You cannot at the same time serve God and money. 

This is why I tell you not to be worried about food and drink for yourself, or about clothes for your body. Is not life more important than food, and is not the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow, they do not harvest and do not store food in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than birds? 

Can any of you add a day to your life by worrying about it? Why are you so worried about your clothes? Look at how the flowers in the field grow. They do not toil or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his wealth was clothed like one of these. If God so clothed the grass in the field which blooms today and is to be burned tomorrow in an oven, how much more will He clothe you? What little faith you have!

Do not worry and say: What are we going to eat? What are we going to drink? or: What shall we wear? The pagans busy themselves with such things; but your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Set your heart first on the kingdom and justice of God, and all these things will also be given to you. Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

A Mother's Love
There was a story of a mother who eats only two parts of any fish: the bone and the head. Her children grew up healthy and successful, and all the while they thought that the fish bone and the fish head are their mother's favorite food. As a sign of love and gratitude to their ever-caring, and now aging mother who lives alone in her home (because her children have their own families already), they regularly send her fish bone and fish head. One day, the eldest son decided to pay a surprise visit to his dear mother. As soon as he arrived at his mother's home, he was disturbed by the stinky smell coming from the backyard. He went straight to the source of the foul smell and was surprised to see all the fish bones and fish heads that they sent their mother. He went to his mother's bedroom and asked why she weren't eating what they thought was her favorite food. His mother lovingly said, "I was content with the fish bone and fish head because I knew you needed the nutrients from the meat. I want all of you to grow healthy and strong." 
Such is a mother's love. Unconditional. Sacrificial. 

But here's a better news: God loves us more than a mother! And He will never abandon us. Therefore, we should not worry. :)

Sadly, the people of this world are anxious about many things. Proof of this are the deadly diseases - cancer, heart attacks, ulcers - which are more often than not triggered by too much anxiety. If we know our Bible, then why do we still succumb to the temptation of worrying? 

One apparent reason is our desire to control our lives. We already have a perfect plan. We will be this. We will be that. We will go here. We will do that. And when things don't go according to plan, what do we do? Panic. Worry. 

This is why the Gospel also says, "Seek first the Kingdom of God." His will (not ours) be done. This is also the prayer that Jesus taught His disciples - to first of all, seek God's will. And when we know His will for us, may we, through His grace, accomplish it with joy. :) 

Altogether now, "Don't you worry, don't you worry, child. See heaven's got a plan for you." :)


Do not worry. The Lord's grace is enough. ♥
*Reflection from the homily of Fr. Albert Poblete during the CFC Mission Core Assembly held at the Metrotent this morning.

Popular posts from this blog

Jesus Week 2015: A Time To HEAL ♥

I had the best, most meaningful HOLY WEEK ever, so far (the best is yet to come!). :) Thanks to Joy who shared the Jesus Week poster on Facebook. It was God's personal invitation, and I couldn't thank Him enough for the grace that He also gave me to respond. Everything is grace. It was not just my personal decision to join. It was God's grace that allowed me to. 
So how did it go? Well, as what I have told my friends, it was amazingly beautiful! The experience was priceless! On Holy Monday, I posted Fr. Jerry Orbos' acronym for HOLY WEEK. I experienced all of that and more! :) 
I won't be able to share everything as there is just a lot of personal, intimate encounters with the Lord. But if I were to summarize, it was a time for me to HEAL. :) 
Halt. Indeed, I was able to stop and just rest in the Lord. Before leaving Manila, I have already told myself that this retreat will be all about Jesus (Jesus Week nga e :D). No emails, no texts, no calls. I'll just spend…

Understanding Lupang Hinirang

Every Filipino knows Lupang Hinirang (though some know it better as "Bayang Magiliw"). How can you not know it when it is the national anthem of the Philippines? But do we really mean the lyrics that we sing? Do we understand it in the first place? 


This video has gone viral weeks ago. This afternoon, I shared it to my teammates, and one commented, "Yun pala yun. Ngayon ko lang naintindihan."He immediately downloaded it and converted to MP3.
So for those who have not seen it, once again, here is Joey Ayala's version of Lupang Hinirang. And I agree, you would never want to sing it in another way. (But that's just me. :D) This rendition is simply beautiful. Truly Filipino. :) Of course that doesn't mean we need to revise our national anthem but maybe we can consider about correcting the way we sing it (read: proper pronunciation).

Read more about the Philippine National Anthem here.

P.S. I read a lot of negative comments on the original video uploaded o…

Thank You, Lord! :)

It has been a long and stressful day (the past three days have been lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng and stressssssssssssssssssssssssssssssful), but You are just so amazing, Lord that I couldn't sleep without telling You how grateful I am. :)
Thank You, Lord for the miracle that You did yesterday. Break even and more. :)
Thank You, Lord for the laughter and stories shared during the post-mission meeting with Team Thailand. :)
Thank You, Lord for Lawrence. He is just the (almost) perfect man. He has his flaws, but they are acceptable; he makes mistakes, but they are all forgivable. There are a lot of men but there can never be anyone else. He's really the one. And You know it very well. :)
Thank You, Lord for giving me strength and endurance each day. :)
Thank You, Lord for the short but restful sleeps. :)
Thank You, Lord for every waking moment and every opportunity that You give me to proclaim Your greatness. :) Thank You, Lord for Your message through Fr. Frank. I heard it loud…

The Holy Spirit*

*Cluster 4 Household Topic
Reflections from John 15:26-16:4

True friendship is strengthened in adversity. Jesus offers His disciples the best and truest of friends. Who is this promised friend? 
Jesus calls the Holy Spirit our Counselor and Advocate (also translated Paraclete or Helper). Counselor is a legal term for the one who will defend someone against an adversary and who guides that person during the ordeal of trial. The Holy Spirit is our Advocate and Helper who brings us safely through the challenges and adversities we must face in this life. As Jesus approaches the hour that He was to be glorified - through His death on the cross and His resurrection - He revealed more fully to His disciples the person and the role of the Holy Spirit. What does Jesus tell us about the Holy Spirit? 
First, the Holy Spirit is inseparably one with the Father and the Son. It is the Holy Spirit who gives life - the very life of God - and who kindles faith in hearts receptive to God's word. The S…

Interesting Facts Courtesy of Celebrity Bluff :)

I was writing a different post, but Celebrity Bluff is just so fun and informative, I had to stop from blogging to list down the fun facts that I learn from each round. :) 


Thought it would be nice to share them here as well. For future reference. :D 
Q: In 2012, what kind of animal was named after Beyonce? A: Horse Fly
Q: What rare job in China will pay you US$50,000 a year?  A: Fart Smeller
Q: What alcoholic drink literally means "water of life"? A: Whisky
Q: In which part of the body can you find the tragus? A: Ear
Q: According to Merriam-Webster, what is the female equivalent of dude? A: Dudine
Q: What is longer in the male turtles than in the females?  A: Nails
And the final question is...
Q: According to Box Office Mojowhat are the top four (4) movies of 2013 according to global profit? A: (1) Iron Man 3, (2) Despicable Me 2, (3) Fast and the Furious 6 (4) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
That's all for today. :) 
For more fun facts, follow Celebrity Bluff on Twitter or watch it…