"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God"
The priest started his homily by asking the church "Sinong mahirap dito?" and almost all raised their hands including me, without hesitation.
And then my youngest son Kenneth, asked me "Mayaman ba tayo mama?" and i honestly dont know what to answer, but i nodded to a Yes.
And i listened on... and some part of the sermon that i remember that made me realized, I am not poor.. and i am not rich either.... i realized that I am BLESSED....everyday of my life...
The only poor people are those that eat once a day or sometimes not at all... While me and my family eats 5 times a day, sometimes 7 with midnight snack and early coffee morning included..
The only poor people are those who have no home to shelter them... While me and my family has 2 houses, one where we stay and the other we rented out for additional income...
The only poor people are those alone, with no body to share or take care of them.. While i am well taken care of by my husband and i have a beautiful family close to me...
When the priest told this poor conditions, that i am not in, he told me, those who raised their hands when he asked if "Sinong Mahirap?" were hipocrites... me included....
And at the back of my mind, it made me realized... "OO nga no..." Napakaraming blessings na binigay skin ni Lord, pero ang nasa isip ko ay Mahirap pa rin ako...
Walking home, i realized, i have to treasure all the blessings that is being given to me... I may not have a grand house, but i still have a house that i can call home and a family that gives me happiness bar none.
Indeed... I am BLESSED...
As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, «Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?»
Jesus answered him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.
You know the commandments: 'You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.'"
He replied and said to him, "Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth."
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, "You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to (the) poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me."
At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!"
The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, "Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
It is easier for a camel to pass through (the) eye of (a) needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."
They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, "Then who can be saved?"
Jesus looked at them and said, "For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God."
Peter began to say to him, "We have given up everything and followed you."
Jesus said, "Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel
who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.