True friends are few

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Fr. Joel de los Reyes

A friend shared that photographers are sometimes cruel. They set you up, they shoot you and hang you on the wall!

We have many friends from all walks of life, longtime friends, new friends, weather friends, seasonal friends, friends coming only when in need, friends who praise us today but curse and betray us tomorrow, friends smiling at us now and frown later, and the litany can be endless.

The fact is that out of our many friends, only few are true. They believe in us, trust us, stand by us for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, in our triumphs and defeats, in our success and failures; when others abandon us, they remain faithful.

It is said that “in prosperity, friends know you; in adversity, you know your friends.”

Jesus was the apple of the crowd’s and worshippers’ eyes. “When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus” (Jn 6:24).

He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching for he taught them as one having authority. “All were amazed and asked one another, ‘What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.’ His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee” (Mk 1: 27-28).

There will always be “photographers” around you, setting you up to shoot you and hang you. Jesus was not spared by the “photographers” of his time. His popularity lasted only as long as they needed him. They then set him up, scourged him, and hanged him on the cross.

In life, we also meet persecution, opposition, injustice, hostility and tough trials. Like our Lord, let’s focus on our mission, not on public opinion or approval, neither on what people will say, but on God whom we serve.

Jesus was focused on his mission despite the persecution. He continued to love and care, heal and forgive, preach and save the world.

In life, we also meet persecution, opposition, injustice, hostility and tough trials. Like our Lord, let’s focus on our mission, not on public opinion or approval, neither on what people will say, but on God whom we serve.

Let’s be photographers for good reason and purpose. Someone said that in your “selfie” or “groupfie” include the Lord in the picture. What about doing a “Jessfie” with him? Let’s be happy and enjoy his company. Good Christians are joyful and happy.

We are blessed with the presence of the International Pilgrim Statue of our Lady of Fatima now on Guam. Father Patrick Peyton who used to accompany the statue once said, “The family that prays together, stays together.” Shall we say that “a family that laughs together, stays together?”

On the flip side, someone said that when a thing disturbs the peace of your heart, give it up. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that “injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere.”

I heard someone say that it takes one negative comment to kill a dream. Always end the day with a positive thought. No matter how hard things were, tomorrow’s a fresh opportunity to make it better.

Someone admonishes that we respect the old when we’re young, help the weak when we’re strong, confess your fault when you’re wrong, because one day in life you will be old, weak and wrong. When you have Jesus, you have everything. Amen on that folks!

Pray the Divine Mercy every 3 p.m. Daily recite the chaplet of Mercy for peace and conversion of sinners.

Big thanks to those who attended the Divine Mercy Symposium in San Vicente church last Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. May the Lord bless you always.

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