Brothers and sisters:
I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake,
and in my flesh I am filling up
what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ
on behalf of his Body, which is the Church,
of which I am a minister
in accordance with God’s stewardship given to me
to bring to completion for you the word of God,
the mystery hidden from ages and from generations past.
But now it has been manifested to his holy ones,
to whom God chose to make known the riches of the glory
of this mystery among the Gentiles;
it is Christ in you, the hope for glory.
It is he whom we proclaim,
admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom,
that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
For this I labor and struggle,
in accord with the exercise of his power working within me.
For I want you to know how great a struggle I am having for you
and for those in Laodicea
and all who have not seen me face to face,
that their hearts may be encouraged
as they are brought together in love,
to have all the richness of assured understanding,
for the knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ,
in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
PS 62:6-7, 9
R. (8) In God is my safety and my glory.
Only in God be at rest, my soul,
for from him comes my hope.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed.
R. In God is my safety and my glory.
Trust in him at all times, O my people!
Pour out your hearts before him;
God is our refuge!
R. In God is my safety and my glory.
On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught,
and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.
The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely
to see if he would cure on the sabbath
so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.
But he realized their intentions
and said to the man with the withered hand,
“Come up and stand before us.”
And he rose and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them,
“I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath
rather than to do evil,
to save life rather than to destroy it?”
Looking around at them all, he then said to him,
“Stretch out your hand.”
He did so and his hand was restored.
But they became enraged
and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.
“Brothers and sisters: I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his Body, which is the Church,” (Colossians 1:24)
It has been more than a week ever since the death of my beloved grandfather, the father of my dad.
Everything happened too fast. In as little as less than a year, he was diagnosed with a tumor in his brain and his health quickly declined. Everyone seemed to be preparing for the worst. I witnessed his suffering every time we would go to the province and visit him in the hospital which made all of us pity him in his condition. He would always be sleeping whenever we would visit him because of the medications that he would take. Those would always hinder us from being able to talk to him or bond with him even for just a few minutes. Because of his situation, I would never fail to include him in my prayers every time, that he would eventually return back to his old healthy self at 87 years old; still able to do the things he would normally do. As cliché as it may sound his untimely death definitely taught me a lot of things and made me realize how precious life is. It also taught me how to value the people around me – may it be family, friends, relatives or the people whom we just meet and pass by everyday as acquaintances.
Life is definitely too short to hate on people, live life miserably, or create conflicts. Death is not merely an event of suffering but an opportunity to love and make peace with people whom we unknowingly take for granted. Christ’s death and suffering in the Gospel manifested His infinite love and mercy for us despite our unworthiness for all our shortcomings. Salvation, the true and ultimate symbol of love can never be replaced by anything, for it is through Christ’s death we have been saved from our sins. My lolo, though he left us early and in a state of sorrow, is now finally resting in peace, rejoicing with the Father up above reassuring us that with death and sorrow there is peace, joy, comfort, and the ultimate love of salvation.
There is nothing greater than Your salvation. Although Death maybe a physical separation, but it can never separate us from You, our end and ultimate goal after our earthly life. May our beloved dead rejoice with you in heaven for there is nothing as fulfilling in this life but to be united with You up above! Amen!
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