‘For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.’ (2 Thessalonians 3:10)
I am guilty of short-term memory! I already discerned through a sister in the community (sis Bing Jandayran) at the start of the year that I will not be teaching catechism for two years at our local parish to serve my brothers and sisters in the community-and then I totally forgot about it.
Last Friday, I am on the verge of not attending community life for good. During that moment, I know I have 101 reasons of not attending the usual prayer meeting of our community Ang Lingkod ng Panginoon at Valero, Makati City.
One of the reasons is that I have a deliverable at work that needs to be finished. Another (major) reason is that it is already July. This is the same time last year and I am already a year after my promotion and sadly I have not saved anything. I told to myself since most of the social activities I am attending to is related to community life, I might as well not go for now. I have 99 other reasons… (and so I thought!)
I stopped doing what I am doing and asked for prayers from my brothers and sisters in the community. I told them:
‘Kapatids I’m not sure if makapagserve me 2nyt sa music min. I still have deliverables 2day. Pls.pray for me.’ (Brothers and sisters, I’m not sure if I will serve tonight in the music ministry. I still have deliverables today. Please pray for me.)
After sending that text message, I read a commentary of Psalm 23 of Matthew Henry and from it I got:
‘Those called to have a personal relationship with the Lord should not stop in sharing His goodness’
From that and also the intercession of my brothers and sisters I earned the guts to ask my supervisor if she will be needing the work finished on that day and she said no, I can go and finish the work the next week. Whew! What a breather… I can now go and serve the Lord on that day through worship!
Aside from the worship that night, we are also celebrating the 19th Year Anniversary of our community and there is a short awarding ceremony for the brothers and sisters who served well. Honestly, I am not expecting any award. Just then what a paradox it is, I was able to get the award I only wished before to get! What is more special is my name written on it, see below:
The next day Saturday, I am so happy that I shared this also with my classmates in Don Bosco Center of Studies in Paranaque and the awarding ceremony was again repeated! My professor Fr. Vic Cervania, SDB again awarded me this award together with the president of the Masters in Religious classmates, sis Becky. I am again in tears!
I also received a word from our Lord that day as shared by our professor Fr. Anthony Nguyen:
‘Your Father is still working and so you should still be working’
Again on the third day, Sunday while our family is attending Holy Mass at Ayala Trinoma, the priest doing the homily shared to us this:
‘When you work for God, God will work for you.’
You know what these three messages mean?! They are all same and one in telling me to not stop working in spreading His Word. May it be in my own family, my own workplace, or all the people around me and especially in the community He called me to be into. I have already saved and exceeded my target savings for this payday, many thanks Lord for the provision! Please continue to pray for me as well.
The Scripture reading for today is still aligns on this message:
Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest. (Matthew 9:38)
Thank You Lord for making us a part of Your work!!!