Though I have to go to mass in our parish at 6:45 p.m. every Sunday. I don’t want to miss Fr. Mario Sobrejuanite’s homily at SMA Megamall through channel 23. It is being telecast at 9:00 a.m. (Catholics are required to attend the physical service to celebrate with the community and be able to receive Holy Communion. One is excused from attending the service if he is sick. Listening to mass on TV would suffice)
In today’s (Sunday, May 30, 2010) homily, the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Fr. Mar related the story during his visit to the USA in 1997. Whenever he visited a parish, he volunteered as a co con celebrating priest.
In one occasion, when he visited a village in the USA, the parish priest said that he was not feeling well so he asked Fr. Mar to be the celebrator of the mass. Fr. Mar tried to beg off, saying that he was not prepared. In the end he did it, despite the long gown of the parish he had to wear, (intended for six footers) after his prayer to the Most Holy Trinity. He felt the love and the warm reception of the congregation of the place.
One time he celebrated mass at Broadway, San Juan. He ended up at 6:30 p.m. He realized that he would be late for his next mass in Rockwell, Mandaluyong because of the worse traffic getting to Rockwell, and the difficult search for a parking lot considering that the chapel is in a mall.
While driving he prayed intensely to the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit to get him on time and provide a parking slot near the door of the chapel. His prayers were answered; he arrived at 7:03 p.m., one slot available, out of six parking slots, near the door of the chapel!
Ask, ask, ask! Don’t simply depend on your own resources and strength. Nothing is impossible with God, but you have to ask Him.