Prepare For Christ' Coming

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By Angie del Rosario

My Dearest...

Friday, December 13, 2013

EVERY DAY, I receive a very, very long text message with the day’s bible reading, a prayer to the day’s saints, a powerful personal prayer, and a quote in an international language, from my friend, Doc Rene. How he finds time to painstakingly enter the message into his cellphone and group send it, amazes me. Being one of few literally “on duty 24/7” doctors around, he makes time for his daily text apostolate.

24/7, as his clinic hours reaches not only the wee hours of night, but the early morning hours of the day, until he finishes giving his undivided attention to each of more than 50 or more patients who wait patiently for him, on a daily basis.

Then one sees him at the Cathedral for Holy Mass, before an hour or two of sleep. How can he manage that? Only with the passion and dedication of a true Christian! Truly a man for others!

Advent is preparation for Christ coming. And he never fails to include a daily countdown from 100 to 1 before Christmas day. And his count is accurate!

I checked it at least thrice, and once even tried to correct him. I was wrong! The doctor beat the accountant!

I usually take his countdown for granted, until the number runs low, that’s when I “panic” and say, “When will I start preparing for the coming of Christ?”

This Monday and Wednesday, we had a recollection for our staff. Of course, attendance for such activities is voluntary. This time, only close to 180 attended. For one reason or another, some chose not to attend. Together with a good number of attendees, I was moved to tears by Sister Jet Mariano’s life sharing. Sister Auring Suclad's powerful “preaching” and leading of worship put us literally in the presence of the Holy One on those nights. Sister Tess, Sister Lina and Sister Ghie of the Sacred Heart Community led the singing.

One night’s recollection is never enough, but it certainly is a good “beginning” for most of us, as preparation for His coming.

My Dearest Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I should learn from people like Doc Rene, that preparation for Christ should be a daily thing, day in and day out. Doc, is it 363 or is it 364 days a year of preparation? 365? What if it’s a leap year? Hehehe. Anyway, “Daily” is the key word.

“Reach out and touch the Lord…”, “These are Holy Hands….” “We are standing on Holy Ground…” and other powerful words kept reverberating in my mind after the recollection. May they reverberate in my heart, in my mind, in my words and in my actions, on a daily basis.

As a parting story, last Wednesday, I received a gift without a gift tag from someone. It was a beautiful statue of Our Blessed Mother.

Later that day, Jessica, my daughter, told me the story behind the gift. A male teacher, possibly in his early thirties, had come over and gave it as a “token of repentance”. Why? When he was a kid, he broke an item at our grocery and hurriedly left without paying for it. That incident had bothered him through the years.

I salute him and would like to meet him. He has truly prepared for Christmas! Can we do the same, if we were in his shoes?

What other “things” have I not repented for?

I bow my head in shame!

Isaiah 40:3 A voice of one calling: "In the desert, prepare the way for the Lord, make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God!"

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 14, 2013.


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