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A  friend forwarded this a few minutes ago, it’s too good not to share.  They are reflections  of an old man who donated blood one Good Friday.

I gave blood, Christ gave His long ago; I gave a pint, He gave it all. My needle was short and sharp, His nails were large and dull. My cot was soft and restful, His cross was rough and hard. My med techs were kind and gentle, the soldiers were cruel and mean. The crowd applauded my sacrifice, those who passed by reviled Him. Mine was type A positive, His was positive for all. Mine, at best, will prolong life for a while, His without doubt will save us for all eternity.

A blessed Good Friday to all!

 

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Just came from The Last Supper Mass celebrated at St. Jude Parish a few hours ago. Josef and I were supposed to do our traditional Visita Iglesia this morning but we ended up staying home because of the disaster with our garden pond. He was cleaning the car and I was busy preparing breakfast when he shouted  “patay na sila.” I didn’t know what he was talking about and I thought there was an accident somewhere. He was in real panic, abandoned  what he was doing and ran to our small pond. It’s good he saw the water that flooded our carabao grass. The hose connected to the pump was dislodged and pointed itself to the garden. Gosh, all our fourteen Koi fish were somewhat  in distress because there was no water left in the pond except the small amount in the  catch basin located where the  pump used to be. They were all grouped together with their mouths open gasping for breath.  And I was praying “Please let them  live Lord” while we were both  busy with the hose and using  a small pail to put water back so they could swim again. It took him a while to transfer the Koi, clean the pond and have it refilled with water. By the time we were through, the whole morning is gone. Thank God, they are now happily swimming again.

Thinking about it, I just can’t help but reflect on how life sometimes seems so out of focus, that we are dependent on other people to get on with it.  What happened was full of “what ifs” in my mind? What if my son didn’t see the water that drenched our garden? Then we wouldn’t even notice that the Koi need immediate attention.  What if we have already left the house when it happened? What if they died?  We have  them for so long now that they are a part of our daily lives and it would really pains me to see them die.

I had the opportunity to watch Archbishop Tagle in Via Lucis (Way of the Light) . They had the pilgrimage at the Holy Land and I was so inspired by the sharing and the Bible reflections  and the places they went to. It was like I was also there personally with them sharing the weight of the cross on their shoulders.  I was also able to watch A Road  Less Traveled which was produced by Fr. Jerry Orbos. We may not always find ourselves in paved highways, the road may be rough and the terrain rugged but it is the road less traveled that offers a beautiful vista of what life is all about. We become stronger in faith while walking with Jesus in unknown paths that lead to our salvation and happiness. Problems are really no bigger than our lives. We learn to let go and to move  on despite the pain. Life’s meaning comes in small doses, it’s not given to us on a silver platter.

It’s a blessed Maundy Thursday after all!

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Feel the words and sing it silently, the meaning seems more magnified that way.  May your celebration of the Holy Week be truly meaningful and truly blessed!

Verse 1)
♫♪All that I am, all that I have
I lay them down before you, oh Lord
All my regrets, all my acclaims
The joy and the pain, I’m making them yours

(Chorus)
Lord, I offer my life to you
Everything I’ve been through
Use it for your glory
Lord I offer my days to you
Lifting my praise to you
As a pleasing sacrifice
Lord I offer you my life

(Verse 2)
Things in the past, things yet unseen
Wishes and dreams that are yet to come true
All of my heart, all of my praise
My heart and my hands are lifted to you

(Chorus)
Lord, I offer my life to you
Everything I’ve been through
Use it for your glory
Lord I offer my days to you
Lifting my praise to you
As a pleasing sacrifice
Lord I offer you my life

(Bridge)
What can we give
That you have not given?
And what do we have
That is not already yours?
All we possess
Are these lives we’re living
That’s what we give to you, Lord

(Chorus)
Lord, I offer my life to you
Everything I’ve been through
Use it for your glory
Lord I offer my days to you
Lifting my praise to you
As a pleasing sacrifice
Lord I offer you my life

(Chorus)
Lord, I offer my life to you
Everything I’ve been through
Use it for your glory
Lord I offer my days to you
Lifting my praise to you
As a pleasing sacrifice
Lord I offer you my life
Lord I offer you my life♪♫

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“Do you understand what I have done? You call me your teacher and Lord, and you should, because that is who I am. And if your Lord and teacher has washed your feet, you should do the same for each other. I have set the example, and you should do for each other exactly what I have done for you..”John 13:12-15

For the past six years or so, we started our tradition of Visita Iglesia every Holy Thursday and I always look forward to it every year. It’s one way of celebrating Holy Week by visiting old churches and praying the fourteen stations of the Cross.

Holy Thursday marks the end of the forty days of Lent. Holy Thursday is the day that we Catholics commemorate the institution of three pillars of the Catholic Faith: the Sacrament of Holy Communion, the priesthood, and the Mass. During the Last Supper, Christ blessed the bread and wine with the very words that Catholic and Orthodox priests use today to consecrate the Body and Blood of Christ during the Mass and the Divine Liturgy. In telling His disciples to “Do this in remembrance of Me,” He instituted the Mass and made them the first priests. And it’s the beginning of the three-day celebration of Easter. We call it the Maundy Thursday. Maundy is a Latin word “mandatum” which means a commandment. It was during the Last Supper that Jesus commanded:

And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.‘ John 13:34

The washing of the feet represents  the service and charity of Christ, who came “not to be served, but to serve.” It reminds us of  the tradition  of spring cleaning, that we have to be clean, both in body and mind to welcome the glorious celebration of Easter.

Here’s wishing you all a Holy and Blessed Maundy Thursday!

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Lord, I offer all the hurts and the pains in my life for you.

I know they are not even worth a pinprick of what You suffered on the cross.

Help me to accept everything without any bitterness in my heart.

Your will be done Lord.

 

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