Pagtatalaga ng buhay sa Panginoon

I was given the opportunity to share my thoughts on the theme we now use as a title here. This has been posted on the Ave Maria Pilipinas Facebook page.

My thanks go to Brother Weldann Panganiban for this wonderful chance.

As we usher in the Ordinary Time starting tomorrow, the Lord gives us another challenge, and we are faced with this question posed by the rich young man: “How must I inherit eternal life? (Mk. 10: 17)” And the Lord tells the rich man to sell everything he has and distribute the proceeds among the poor. And yes, the rich man went away sad.

In these times today, how do we give ourselves to the Lord?  How much of ourselves are we to give up in order to attain heaven?

The call to give up one’s self is very radical. As Christians we are never called to be comfortable. Remember the Lord even said that if we want to follow him, we have to take up our crosses. The road is hard, but yes, the rewards are great.

And since we are in the month of the Blessed Mother, the discomforts of giving ourselves up for the Lord are often soothed by that motherly care and affection by the Blessed Mother. This is because we trust all our cares to her. The song goes: “I do not sigh for the wealth of earth, for the joys that fade and flee”. In casting our cares to the Blessed Mother we only wish to see that “bliss untold which Thy arms enfold: the treasure upon Thy knee.”

No one ever said the road to heaven, the road to eternal bliss with Jesus is easy. Following Christ has never been a way of comfort. It never was and will never be. However, with the Blessed Mother, we will all enjoy her unfailing help. We are assured that everything will have its fruition, its reward. We will gain our prize. Heaven is our destiny.

Mary, the Mother of Perpetual Help, and the Help of Christians, we cast all our cares to you as we follow your Son Jesus Christ. We know our reward is great in heaven when we dedicate ourselves to your motherly love. Be with us as we follow that rough road.


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