Before the holy hour, Msgr. Dennis S. Odiver showed us a PowerPoint presentation about The Year of the Poor. And I began to understand what I ignored. While several points were raised, what echoes in my mind were: Do Justice; Love Kindness; Look up to Jesus; Listen to Jesus; The Logo and The Image of Jesus embracing a half-naked man. I smile at the thought of Jesus taking off His wardrobe to clothe him who is bare.

I remember once, I asked my cousin-priest: “Do you see Jesus in all the faces of the people you meet?” He answered on the negative. While I nod, he added – “But it is a challenge.” And so I thought.

To look up to Jesus is not only to see the cross. I could but grimace imagining the scourge, crown of thorns, lance or whip that tore His skin. To look up to Jesus is to see love triumph over suffering. It is His eyes, His gaze that in silence overshadows doubt. Only when we bow and close our eyes that we could see Him clearly. He is the light and our mind settled. Questions, hypothesis, observation and arguments are all inferior to the sight we see and whose heart we listen to. What a gift to capture those moments!

Before the holy hour, Msgr. Dennis S. Odiver showed us a PowerPoint presentation about The Year of the Poor. And I began to understand what I ignored. While several points were raised, what echoes in my mind were: Do Justice; Love Kindness; Look up to Jesus; Listen to Jesus; The Logo and The Image of Jesus embracing a half-naked man. I smile at the thought of Jesus taking off His wardrobe to clothe him who is bare.

I remember once, I asked my cousin-priest: “Do you see Jesus in all the faces of the people you meet?” He answered on the negative. While I nod, he added – “But it is a challenge.” And so I thought.

To look up to Jesus is not only to see the cross. I could but grimace imagining the scourge, crown of thorns, lance or whip that tore His skin. To look up to Jesus is to see love triumph over suffering. It is His eyes, His gaze that in silence overshadows doubt. Only when we bow and close our eyes that we could see Him clearly. He is the light and our mind settled. Questions, hypothesis, observation and arguments are all inferior to the sight we see and whose heart we listen to. What a gift to capture those moments!

A number of years ago, Gian Marco, an Italian-American teenage boy attended the Sunday School in our parish.  He always felt he was too old for the program.  About halfway through the course he stopped me in the hallway one day and simply said, “You have no idea what’s going on in my life.”  He was right; I have no idea!  I encouraged him to keep attending and to apply the truths he learned to his life.

After five long years, Gian Marco sent me the following letter from Seattle, Washington.

Sunday Mass Schedule Effective March 2011

6:30am - Filipino
8:00am - English
9:30am - English
11:00am - English

12:15n.n - English

3:30pm - Filipino
5:00pm - English
6:30pm - English
8:00pm - English

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