A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (Mark 6:7-13).
Jesus called together his twelve apostles and sent them out two by two with power over evil spirits.
He told them, “You may take along a walking stick. But don’t carry food or a traveling bag or any money.
It’s all right to wear sandals, but don’t take along a change of clothes.
This was just a part of yesterday’s gospel. And Father Lito stressed that we need not worry about tomorrow because God will provide. He shared with us his personal account about God’s generosity.
After his ordination as a priest, he was tasked to head a poor parish in Aurora, Quezon. The place was indeed poor that in a month, the church’s total collection would only be around P5,000.00. The money from the offertory basket would be used for Father Lito’s personal needs (food, clothing, rental payment), his parish’s needs (ostiya, etc) , and allowance for the eight boys living with him. Certainly, the P5,000.00 a month wasn’t enough to meet their needs, and yet they would always survive the day. During the offertory, farmers and fishermen would offer their harvests and freshly caught fish. Generous individuals would visit them and donate slippers, shirts, and pants. Again, it was God working in mysterious ways to provide for them.
Father Lito enjoyed his homily so much that his usual one hour and 15 minutes mass became one hour and 45 minutes. We were home at around 10 pm and I haven’t cooked rice yet. Our neighbor knocked and handed to us a plateful of pancit, spaghetti, and a generous slice of chocolate cake. It was our neighbor’s birthday.
The kids need not wait for the rice. We had pasta and cake on our dining table.
Thank you, God, for the food on our table. Indeed, we need not worry for You will provide.