Change plans

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Fr. Joel de los Reyes

By Father Joel de los Reyes
Divine Mercy Moments

After returning from their mission, the apostles told Jesus of what they did, and the Lord planned to go to a private place so they can have quiet time by themselves. However, it was at this very moment that the crowd followed them. Seeing the multitude of people, the Lord changed his plan by ministering to their needs, spoke to them about the Kingdom of God, and healed those who were sick. He went as far as feeding them out their meager resources of five loaves of bread and two fish. There were about five thousand men, all ate and were satisfied (Lk 9:10-17).

How nice of some people to change or adjust their time or schedule to accommodate the needs of others, God blesses them. How humbling it is when someone offers you to get inside the long line, gives up a seat in the bus, holds the door for you, gets you to the lane in heavy traffic, helps carry your load, or takes time to listen to you or visit you. These are kind and merciful gestures reflecting the goodness of God in people like you.

There is a huge gap between the poor and the rich, but if those who have much learn how to share with “have nots,” no one will have too little or too much. The culprits to this catastrophic imbalance are greed and selfishness. These two evils are also complicit in the destruction of relationships. They are like a wall that divides and separates people from each other. Destroy this wall and replace it with a bridge of charity, forgiveness, and generosity.

Furthermore, sharing, sacrificing, adjusting, forgiving, and understanding are some of the essential ingredients of a wholesome relationship or partnership. Starting consistently in small dosage can form a habit and a habitual performance of virtue can change a person’s heart to love more, and where there’s love, there’s God. As the Latin song goes, “Ubi Caritas Et Amor, Deus Ibi Est,” which means, “Where there’s charity and love, God is there.”

The secret of miracle is sharing. Give and it will be given to you. A good measure pressed down, shaken together and running into your lap. For with the measure that you measure, will be measured unto you” (Lk 6:38).      

On the flip side, someone said that God is good even in the midst of your storm. If you’re going through something hard and messy, remember that God sometimes humbles us before revealing the message. Faith is about trusting God when you have unanswered prayers. Your part is to trust and obey, his part is to move mountains.

Be with someone who makes you love Jesus more. True peace comes from knowing that God is in control. It isn’t just about praying the right words or even making enough time to pray. It’s about laying it down before Him and letting His will be done.

If you’re praying about it, God is working on it. God will always lead you to where you need to be. In his time, not yours. Just trust him and believe. God knows exactly what you need. You cannot trust God and worry at the same time. If you want the life your heart longs for, you have to let God be in charge of it. Amen on that folks!

St. Faustina wrote: “He will not allow those who have placed all their trust in him be put to shame” (Diary 358).

Come to our healing Mass at 6 p.m. every Wednesday at San Vicente Catholic Church, Barrigada with the anointing of the blessed oil of San Roque and veneration of his sacred relic.