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Good Things Take Time.

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April 5, 2021
Moving Forward.
April 5, 2021
PITIK-BULAG: Good Things Take Time
 
Our gospel today allows us to return to the “on and off” relationship of the Israelites with Yahweh. In bondage for 430 years, they cried out to God for freedom. God answered them and led them out of Egypt to the Promised Land.
 
Unfortunately, while traversing the land of Edom, they became impatient and spoke against God and Moses for lack of water and food (Numbers 21:5). They lost their sight of the Promised Land because of hunger and a long journey to nowhere. Because of their impatience, the Lord sent poisonous snakes, bit them and many died. When they repented, God commanded Moses to make a bronze snake, set it on a pole, and everyone who looked at it lived.
 
INSTANT GLORY. The life of the Israelites is a reflection of our life. We too have asked God of something: a new house, a green card, a happy family, a comfortable life, a baby child, reconciliation with a friend, healing from a long-overdue ailment, for our children to finish college, and more. We cross our fingers and hope that God, in His time, will grant our dreams. But our waiting becomes months, years, and forever. We begin to doubt God. We become impatient. We become tired of waiting. We want an instant solution or quick answer. We start entertaining two temptations: complaining and comparing. And in our desire to speed up the process, we end up doing hasty crazy decisions that lead us to sin or commit mistakes.
 
THE SNAKE. Most of our sins are caused by our impatience. We don’t want to be suspended in mystery, uncertainties, and suffering. We want to reach the end without delay. We want to solve the puzzle of life. But when the devil sees this growing impatience in us, he will offer an “instant solution” – a very tempting alternative to God’s promise. No pain. No suffering. No sacrifices. This is the modern poisonous snake. And it bites hard when one becomes impatient.
 
But God’s love never ceases. In the New Testament, instead of offering a bronze snake on a pole to look upon for healing, God offered His only Son – on the wooden pole. Anyone who looks and believes in Him will be saved. (John 3:14).
 
EMBRACING OUR CROSS. But believing here should go beyond words. Believing means following the footstep of Jesus. Every time we look at the crucifix, we are inspired by Jesus’ patience and endurance to hold on until death. It gives us the strength to move on and carry our daily crosses with determination and courage. I am healed by just looking at the cross with humility and faith. Surprisingly true, when one believes, patience flows deep!
 
To be patient is to be calm, to allow God to be in control, to smile when plans are not working well, to gladly tolerate delays, to hug the unknown, and to be hopeful.
 
PATIENCE COUNTS A LOT. In our present world where “quick fix, rush job, instant food, digitals, internet, cut and paste, search engines, liposuction, lotto, overnight affair, and divorce” – we are made to believe that PATIENCE is no longer a virtue.
 
If you are slowly becoming a believer of this CULTURE OF INSTANTS AND QUICK FIX, stop for a while and pray. Pause. Let your spirit catch you. Slow down. There is wisdom in slowing down. This Lent, watch a sunset, spend time with children, parents, and grandparents, or visit the Blessed Sacrament for an hour. Waste some of your precious time with important things in life that we usually ignore.
 
There is always joy in discovering that simple things in life can teach us the virtue of patience. Open your eyes. Good things are fruits of hard work, patience, and endurance.
 
LOOK AT THE CROSS. To heal our impatience and the desire to rush everything, we are invited to look at the cross. Look at Jesus hanging on the cross and be reminded that there’s NO GLORY WITHOUT PAIN. Sacrifice and self-dying are parts of life.
 
“Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses, and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.” – Joseph Addison
 
– Pitik-Bulag
 
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March 14, 2021 – 4th Sunday of Lent
Gospel Reading: John 3: 14-21
“And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life”

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