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God rather than men…

With burning enthusiasm, the Apostles were fearless and unstoppable in advancing the name of Jesus. In fact, they even felt good that ‘they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name’ (Acts 5: 41). Gamaliel, a renowned teacher of the law, spoke to the people with fervour and asked the officials to let them go. He said, “…have nothing to do with these men, and let them go. For if this endeavor or this activity is of human activity or origin, it will destroy itself. But, if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God (Acts 5:38-39).” 

To be a vessel for divine presence is the hardest thing in the world because it’s costly and highly demanding. The message is clear and complex that’s why most people avoid it, leave the task to others and hopefully, get a free ride to heaven. As always, the greatest temptation is to lead a life contrary to the Gospel to the utter neglect of God that pleads to be known. As I prepare to administer St. James parish two months from now, availability is a must and refusing to live a life beyond the standards of the people are two of the most salient things in Ministry. With an attitude of contemplation and gesture of prayer, the God in whose name the Apostles operate and are prepared to die for will be immersed in the daily affairs of the people. Amen.

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A Filipino Catholic Priest, born and raised in Virac, Catanduanes, Philippines, ordained for the Diocese of Tucson, AZ, eleven years in ministry and counting, currently assigned as Pastor of St. Christopher Catholic Parish, Marana, AZ.

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