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To See God in All Things

STANDING OUTSIDE
July 21, 2020
MARY MAGDALENE & WOMEN IN THE CHURCH
July 22, 2020
PITIK-BULAG: To See God in All Things
 
As we begin the Novena to Saint Ignatius of Loyola today, we pray for the grace of SEEING GOD IN ALL THINGS. One of the main core values of Ignatian Spirituality. And today, as also celebrate the Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene, the Apostle of the Apostles (according to Pope Francis), we reflect on how she was gently led by Jesus to see things in God’s perspective.
 
Like Mary Magdalene, we are bearers of the Light. We are supposed to lead people from darkness to light. But how can lead someone if we are blind too? But sad to say, our grief, sorrow, frustrations, and false expectations could lead us to spiritual blindness. Mary failed to recognize the promised resurrection in spite of the many signs in front of her, like the rolled stones, the folded linen, the two angels, and Jesus Himself appearing in His front. She thought He was a mere gardener! Like Peter, she thought JESUS WAS STOLEN! Indeed, negative emotions and lack of trust could blind be very blinding!
 
Are we also like Mary Magdalene and the disciples? Because of our grief, sorrow and pain, we also lost our capacity to SEE GOD WORKING IN OUR MIDS, WALKING WITH US, AND GIVING US ALL THE GRACES TO CONSOLE US IN OUR GRIEF. In this COVID Crisis, we are undergoing now, many of us have asked, “Where is God?” Without recognizing that God is in the HERE AND NOW, because OUR TEARS FLOODS OUR FAITH. We are overwhelmed by the challenges we are facing. And many of us, simply feel that THE COVID HAVE STOLEN OUR FAITH.
 
THE CURE. The angels and Jesus have asked Mary Magdalene, “Why are you weeping?” Jesus wanted to emphasize the importance of NAMING AND RECOGNIZING THE SOURCE OF OUR BLINDNESS. What about you? Why are you weeping or grieving now? Try to identify it. Is it coming from your pain, false expectations, frustrations, hopelessness, confusion, or anxiety? Naming the main source of our grieving is the beginning of healing or seeing? Because in the end, God is always at our side. IT IS A MATTER OF WIPING OUR TEARS TO SEE GOD IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.
 
THE CALLING OF NAME. When Mary heard her name with the familiar voice of Jesus, suddenly her eyes were opened. Being called by our name means we important. We are remembered. At this point, it is only in prayer that we can hear the Lord calling our name. Do you come to Him in prayer? Do we seek His voice? Or are we rebelling that we don’t pray anymore in the mids of our trials? When someone is in pain or in a deep trial, we are encouraged to be more faithful in prayer. Life is full of mysteries, only faith can give us understanding or if not, the courage to lift in faith.
 
THE CALL. When Mary recognized Jesus, she renewed her commitment to the Lord and said, “RABBOUNI.” Jesus immediately sent her off with one mission, “GO TO MY BROTHERS AND TELL THE GOODNEWS.”
 
God is present everywhere. It is our inordinate attachments (like pain, grief, frustrations, false expectations, negative emotions, attachment to power, wealth and fame, and sins) that blind us to see God in everything! Name them! Cast them away from your heart! Recommit yourself in following Jesus. Never stay in your corner and weep for the rest of your life. Life is beautiful. In the midst of darkness, God is giving us all the necessary graces we need to survive and live a happy life. Let’s pray for that DIVINE EYES AND DIVINE INSIGHT to see things in God’s perspective! Amen.
 
See the Light and you will God in everything! There is an abundance of God’s grace everywhere and all the time. It is a matter of looking at things from God’s perspective … but if we cannot still see God’s footprints in everything … JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES IN FAITH … AND JUMP! For we walk not by our eyes, but by our faith. (2 Corinthians 5:7).
 
– Pitik-Bulag.
 
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July 22, 2020 – Wednesday
Gospel Reading: John 20:1-2,11-18

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