Following the lamb wherever he goes

November 30, 2008

As I celebrated the first Advent today, I felt the Lord spoke to me through simple ways 🙂 again. The celebrant was a bishop emeritus from South Africa, and he shared with us about the recent synod on the Word of God. He mentioned that the Word should come alive, it is in the Word that we encounter the Living God.

As I listen to his sharing, the Lord reminded me of a reading that I reflected in one of the weekdays, I guess on the Monday after Christ the King. It was taken from Revelation 14.

I, John, looked and there was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion,
and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand
who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.
I heard a sound from heaven
like the sound of rushing water or a loud peal of thunder.
The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.
They were singing what seemed to be a new hymn before the throne,
before the four living creatures and the elders.

No one could learn this hymn except the hundred and forty-four thousand
who had been ransomed from the earth.
These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes.
They have been ransomed as the first fruits
of the human race for God and the Lamb.
On their lips no deceit has been found; they are unblemished.

I felt one sentence really speak to me, “These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes.” Somehow that sentence triggered an image in my mind, in fact, actually a passage from Isaiah 53:7

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb,
so he opened not his mouth.

And the book of Revelation spoke, and these were the people who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. Even to the slaughter??

The past one week have been quite difficult for me. It was tiring and sometimes hurting. There are times when I felt like being slaughtered :p But indeed, I thank the Lord, for he spoke to me. He usually spoke to me and strengthen me when things will be difficult.

I recall about 3 years back, as I prayed in a church, I felt in my heart that the coming years will be difficult and full of trials. And as I walked through those time, those words that the Lord spoke to me gave me a lot of Hope and Strength.

I am not alone in this difficult journey. I have him whom I follow. I know He is holding my hands. I recall also a prophetic word by a friend of mine in one of a charismatic conference that I attended. He said “hand”. That’s it!

I didn’t really understood at that time. But as I journey, the Lord kept on revealing the meaning of it. What I felt strongly was it was his presence, just as was mentioned several time in the Bible, “The hand of the Lord was with him”. He is with me. He is with me when things get difficult, He is with me when I did what is unpopular to many. He is with me.

I am reminded to a story of St. Peter during the christian persecution by the Romans. As Peter walked away from Rome, he saw the Lord Jesus passing by him going to Rome. And Peter said, “Quo Vadis, Domine?” Where are you going, Lord? And the Lord Jesus said to him, “I am going back to Rome to be crucified the second time.” And Peter walked back to Rome, following the one whom he loves.

These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes.

Let us follow the Lamb wherever he goes, even to the slaughter. When things get difficult in your life. Remember that you are not alone. There is someone who has walked that path before you. The Lamb who reign victorious. Let us not complain but follow Him. Let us not grumble but offer up as a sacrifice to Him. Let us be unblemished.

These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes.
They have been ransomed as the first fruits
of the human race for God and the Lamb.
On their lips no deceit has been found; they are unblemished.

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Halloween: the vigil of All Saints’ Day

November 1, 2008

For those who do not know, Halloween is actually celebrated by the Catholic Church, you can find the definition in the Catholic Encyclopedia on the “All Saint’s Day”, on the top, you will see

The vigil of this feast is popularly called “Hallowe’en” or “Halloween”.

the complete article is here:

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01315a.htm

I found delightful to read this fun article from “This Rock” magazine:

http://www.catholic.com/thisrock/1998/9809fea2.asp

It’s about “Taking back our HOLY Halloween”. I believe we catholic should take back our feast day. It’s sad to see some Catholics being conformed to how the world celebrate this feast. We should reclaim our feast, connect it to All Saints’ day. Anyway, it should be the vigil of All Saints’ Day, it’s our family feast.