Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 16 – 22 October 2016
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
I was reviewing the video archives of the papal visit of Pope Francis this evening. While watching the videos, I suddenly remembered myself those times when I stand and walk kilometers just to get a close look at the pope. Back then, I went to Roxas Boulevard on the evening he arrived and failed to see him from the pope mobile.
The following day, I went to SM Mall of Asia to again see him. When he first arrived on the area, I failed to see him again. However, I noticed that after the pope passed the crowds immediately dispersed leaving open areas in the barricades (where you could get the best view). I decided to wait for him outside. 2 hours later my waiting paid off – I caught not only a glimpse of him but I also saw him smile in front of me with his hands waving, blessing us all those who were there for the pope.
It was a tumultuous experience but also a memorable and enjoyable one. It also happened during my most important chapters of my life so far.
We have experienced moments when we are caught in a situation when we nearly lose hope because of failure or delays. As a human being, it is easy to get discouraged when what we expect, after all of what we did or prepared, goes into nothing. But God has always a way for us on our journey. He will pick us up from where we have fallen and give us another chance to go. Losing a chance, does not mean it is the end of the story. We may always try again and hope for the better, learning along from the mistakes or the lost opportunities along the way.
Today, let us ask God for guidance and grace, that we may continue to endure and believe in Him, knowing that every failure, struggle or hardship, with perseverance, will bear fruit at the end of the journey.
Success is sweeter to those who struggled.