Last Holy Week, my Second Son has been very busy. He serves as an acolyte in our parish and has gained a number of friends. Sometimes, his friends would go to the house to fetch him so they could go to church practices and meetings together.
My mother used to warn me of Second Son’s two new found friends. She described the two as “someone you should not trust.” They unlawfully occupy an unused land and claimed it as theirs. Their father has no decent job as well.
Last Thursday during the Washing of the Feet play at our parish, I noticed that Second Son’s two friends weren’t there. Then I learned from my mother that the two boys were kicked out from being sacristan. Their father went to the church one day and made a scene. Our parish priest did not like what happened and ordered the two not to attend anymore.
Second Son and his two friends
This reminded me of an incident before. Second son came from a church practice, and instead of going home, he went with his two friends to play basketball near their place. After the game, they let my boy go home alone without even giving him some water to quench his thirst. My son walked real far.