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My Morning Pandesal.

When God Complains.
April 5, 2021
Kailangan Kita, Nasaan ka?
April 5, 2021
PITIK-BULAG: My Morning Pandesal
 
When I was young, I love to eat pandesal without any palaman. The pandasal I used to eat was delightfully sweet, light, and tender. But now, many of us cannot eat pandesal without butter, hotdog, eggs, or ham. Things have changed.
 
In our modern society where we claim great progress and development, it is ironic that life becomes more difficult, complicated, and frustrating. People nowadays are more tensed and pre-occupied with things of lesser value and useless things.
 
We want more of everything. If possible, we want to grab all the luxuries of life. And when we can’t have them, we feel incomplete, frustrated, and pressured. Nowadays, we can’t even enjoy our humble pandesal without egg, ham, or cheese. We cannot simply enjoy the silence of the morning and the daily routines of our life. We want gimmicks, outings, and fun when the weekend comes. To some of us, even staying at home and doing nothing but resting is unthinkable. And most of all, silence, prayer, and reflection will never be one of our weekend options. Yes, God is not one of our options.
 
Jesus wants us to prioritize what is essential in our life – to seek for the BREAD OF LIFE that will give us genuine peace, satisfaction, and life eternal. And to stay away from the race to possess all the luxuries of the world, what do you do in the morning when you wake up? Have you committed yourself to seek this week what’s lasting and life-defining? It’s Monday again, have you thought of attending an early morning mass? Or just immerse yourself in the frantic race to worldly desires? Today is the Feast of Saint Joseph, it’s good to look at him as a model of total obedience to God. He may not understand the will of God of asking him to take Mary as his wife or to go to Egypt and stay there. God’s dream became his dream. It was difficult to set aside his dream – and dream for God. But it was difficult, but it was worth doing it.
 
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. Your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, but they died; this is the bread that comes down from heaven so that one may eat it and not die, and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” (John 6: 44-51). Jesus is simply inviting us to set our course towards real happiness. Joseph did and he was not disappointed.
 
What’s your morning food for your soul? What’s your greatest desire? What are your priorities? What keeps you going? Is it something essential in life or just an additive?
 
The butter, eggs, and ham in our pandesal are welcome additives. It makes our pandesal tastier and yummier. But they are not essentials. To dream some of those luxuries in life are fine, but those luxuries should not be our main priority. OUR MAIN GOAL AND DESIRE IS TO LOVE GOD, to be good and righteous, and to have a happy family. Aside from these things, everything should be secondary.
 
So, what’s your Monday morning pandesal for your soul? God is inviting us to read the Word of God every morning. Pause for a while to pray and ask God to bless your day. How about that for your morning routine, aside from eating your hot pandesal? Jesus said, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Luke 4:4).
 
One thing I know, those who can enjoy pandesal without any palaman are candidates to a happy life.
 
– Pitik-Bulag
 
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March 19, 2018 – Feast of Saint Joseph
Gospel Reading: Matthew 1,16.18-21.24a

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