by Danny Tariman

As soon as they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him. – Mark 6:54

“They’re here!” Announcing our arrival, the little boy immediately ran inside the campus and shouted again, “They’re here!”

As we stepped out of our van, the smiles of the little kids greeted us. I could sense an air of expectancy that they would receive something that day.

We went to this rural village for my daughter’s birthday. She wanted to celebrate by feeding a hundred children from poor families, give away school supplies and bags of groceries.

This experience made me reflect on our faith walk.

There are times when we we seem to drag our feet when we go to Mass. When invited to a prayer meeting or a Bible study, we find excuses not to go. Or if ever we say yes, we have no intention of really going.

Know that Jesus is present in the Eucharist. The Lord inhabits the praise and worship of His people. He is present in the prayer meeting. And blessings pour out during these events.

Recognize God’s presence and you will be excited just like the poor children who were expecting to receive.

Reflection: “Expectancy is the atmosphere for miracles.” (Edwin Louis Cole)

Prayer: Forgive me, Lord, for taking for granted Your presence in the events of my life. I receive Your love and mercy!

[This reflection was first published in Didache, Feb 8, 2016]

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