Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Come As You Are...


His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of college. He is brilliant. Kind of esoteric and very, bright. He became a Christian while attending college.

Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church. They want to develop a ministry to the students, but are not sure how to go about it.

One day Bill decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his T-shirt, and wild hair. The service has already started and so Bill starts down the aisle looking for a seat. The church is completely packed and he can't find a seat. By now people are really looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything. Bill gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit and when he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet.

By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick. About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill. Now the deacon is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, and a three-piece suit. A godly man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly. He walks with a cane and, as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves that you can't blame him for what he's going to do. How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor?C0006

It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy. The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man's cane. All eyes are focused on him. You can't even hear anyone breathing. The minister can't even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do. And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With great difficulty he lowers himself and sits down next to Bill and worships with him so he won't be alone.C0002

Everyone chokes up with emotion. When the minister gains control, he says, "What I'm about to preach, you will never remember. What you have just seen, you will never forget."

Coming across this article, I remembered the last day I had been to church. Just this Sunday, I finally got the chance to go to church.. ALONE. For years I have not been able to attend mass at GSIS, our lady of Lourdes, because I was an AWOL of the Junior CWL. ; )

B0018 Due to favorable circumstances, my hubby was away for the weekend (we all need some breather, don't we?) I got up early wanting to be able to concentrate on the sermon. The discussion in the 7am mass revolved around reciprocity. It was the Golden Rule according to the Lord's philosophy. Be kind to those who are kind and to those who are not. Love your enemy. What a phrase! The joys little things could do are wondrous. Even a smile could brighten up a stranger's day. All in all the preaching was really heart-warming. I even got teary eyed. True...

There was also a parable shared. It was about life longevity. And the secret is "At the end of the day, put all your worries away." Nice noh?? Very gasgas... Often heard, but I never really thought about its core essence up until that time.

W0002Don't dwell upon yesterdays' miseries... Always look forward. Anticipate life...

Be happy!

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