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And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to send her away quietly
Jesus, the Saviour, the Messiah was raised with this kind of man, a man who is just, righteous, considerate, compassionate, loving and protective.
I believe God continues to raise men like him, like Saint Joseph.
May you find someone like him today in your midst.
May you build someone like him today in your family.
May you recognise someone like him today.
May you choose someone like him today.
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In my bible reading of the gospel according to Mark, I encountered this verse again. This time it spoke to me in a different way. It spoke to me about signs and our judgement, even in our romantic lives. I went back to a video of Nicole Kidman, one of my favourite actresses, when, she guested in The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for the first time, sometime 3 years ago today.
I can’t help but picture it in my mind while Jimmy Fallon tells his version of the incident and Nicole does hers, too.
Here’s the link. You will certainly enjoy.
This is a story that creates different reactions from different type of singles.
For waiting singles, they will say “That’s a big near miss! Sayang”. For heartbroken singles, they will say “Men, they just do not see who are the one! Ugh”. For steady and ready-to-mingle singles, they will say “OK, let’s move on from here, next!”, without even asking themselves “Did I just had a T.O.T.G.A?
(T.O.T.G.A. = Teh, one that got away.) L.O.L.
This true story between Nicole and Jimmy never leaves my mind without me smiling… with relief.
When things are not falling into proper places and falling into places means falling at the right time, it only goes to show that the universe is helping to translate the situation that it is not meant for my good.
This thought was validated in this event with Jimmy and Nicole.
Here are my points:
First, I put the crucial point to Rick, the common friend. I must say that Rick did not deliver completely the task of a wing man. He did not tell Jimmy to order some nice foods and be at his best when him and Nicole arrive. He must have reasons for not doing so. That night might be not so romantic for him, that he did not see the the big picture of love happening between his well-known friends and doing great favours for them. He must have reasons.
Second, I agree of how Nicole assessed Jimmy’s wardrobe and look when they arrived at his apartment. If men are visual, all the more women are. The only difference is women can be quiet about it and have the power to still consider giving a man a chance of being together who does not meet her physical standards but appeals to her higher needs like security or life’s purpose. But, at this time, Nicole felt that Jimmy’s wearing of cap is an absence of interest. To share a bit of my own story. The Lord knows how I assessed (a few) men in the past and even in the present times, that men who meet me without even trying to look at his best, physically are not into me, simply, because they are not trying to impress me, not at all. Although, this is not the singular criteria of assessing whether a man is into a lady and vice-versa, a decent OOTD greatly matters for a first – time meeting between singles from opposite sex. That happened to Nicole for felling that way. She must have reasons.
Thirdly and most importantly, had Jimmy really liked Nicole and not just like having i-am-not-worthy-fan-admiration, he could have called Nicole and asked her number from Rick and call her with lines like “Oh, hi there. Thank you for your visit last night and I felt I missed to prepare you something great to eat, you know that kind of stuff. Err.. Would you like to have a dinner with me, sometime?” That’s not even 50 words including the shy-expressions! Why didn’t he call? He must have reasons.
OK, that first meeting might be tragic for Jimmy to prepare and be at his best. But, c’mon, man, ladies like Nicole can very well understand the situation that they’ve just walk-by without a prior notice so they can give this man a chance. Afterall, she liked him! But, Jimmy did not call and ask the universe to give him a chance to impress Nicole. Jimmy must have reasons for not doing so.
Or… the universe knew and whispered to Nicole as earlier at that time that few years down the road someone else is meant for her, who the universe will help to translate that he is the one for her and in the same way to Jimmy, too.
God is merciful. God sends signs so we will be aligned with him.
So, me and fellow waiting people whether single or married, waiting for a dream to transpire, be still and have faith.
When things are not falling into proper places, it is not yet time. When it is not yet time, be still and wait with anticipation for that time of favours to come.
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May God be praised.
Love and beauty,
This is a prayer shared by Father Pat Fitzpatrick C.S.Sp in his homily on 30 October 2018 at Daily TV Mass.
Before anyone can move forward from injustice, injury, failure, loss, rejection; acceptance is needed.
Finding it difficult to accept things? Reflect and pray this.
I see, Lord, in my tight hands the representation of my self.
I held on to myself, my cares, my possessions, my pride.
I shut you out, lest, you will change me.
And I shut other people, lest, they know me and maybe hurt me.
With closed fist I could strike – out against those who threaten me.
But, I see in the tight knuckles and tensed forearms what is this doing to me.
I’m opt tight, tense, lonely and I’m probably destroying myself.
And so I slowly open my hands and release myself to You, Lord.
Take me as I am, my guilt, my burdens, my cares, my emptiness and maybe my loneliness.
With open hands and out-stretched arms, my arms no longer hurt.
My knuckles are no longer tight.
Thank you, Lord, for release, for peace, for freedom.
With open hands, I no longer shut You out or strike – out against others.
Open hands are for helping. Fill them with Your love, O God.
Show them what to do, how to give, how to serve.
And now, I’m aware of the hurts and needs of others.
I placed them in these hands.
I gather them into my hands.
And I lift them to You, for Your sustaining grace and healing touch.
No longer alone, I reached out to grasp the hands of brothers or sisters.
I thank You Lord for him and for her.
Shape us together sister, brother, everyone.
Shape us together into the body of Christ.
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