A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation.  They talked about so many things and various subjects. When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said:  “I don’t believe that God exists.”  “Why do you say that?” asked the customer. “Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn’t exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people?  Would there be abandoned children?  Would there be suffering or pain?   I can’t imagine a loving God who would allow all of these things.”  
The customer thought for a moment, but didn’t respond because he didn’t want to start an argument.  Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and unkempt. The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and said to the barber: “You know what? Barbers do not exist.”  “How can you say that?” asked the surprised barber. “I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!”  “No!” the customer exclaimed. “Barbers don’t exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside.”  “Ah, but barbers DO exist! That’s what happens when people do not come to me.” 
“Exactly!” affirmed the customer. “That’s the point! God, too, DOES exist! That’s what happens when people do not go to Him and don’t look to Him for help. That’s why there’s so much pain and suffering in the world.”
On Feb. 2, 2006, President George W. Bush hosted the 64th annual National Prayer Breakfast.  The speaker that day was the rock star known as Bono, lead singer of the group U2. Here is something Bono had to say: “A number of years ago I met a wise man who changed my life. In countless ways, large and small, I was always seeking the Lord’s blessing. And this wise man said:   ‘Stop asking God to bless what you’re doing. Get involved in what God is doing, because it’s already blessed. Get involved in what God is doing.’"
What a radical idea. Don’t spend so much time asking God to bless what you are doing. Rather, ask God to show you what God is doing and join in. Jesus came as Light to dispel the darkness of sin by calling us to repentance and to the Kingdom of God. Looking at the misery in the world some might say like the barber in the story God does not exist. But like the rock star Bono said, we must get involved in what God is doing. Then we will see a great difference in our homes, neighborhoods, church and society.
Inviting you all to get involved in our church ministries so that we can see a visible change in our lives.

In the Service of the Lord,
   Father Thainese Alphonse



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