Monday, September 12, 2011


Seekfirst


"33But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness,* and all these things will be given you besides” (Matthew 6: 33)

Matthew 6:33 is my key scripture par excellence.  This is the scripture that gave me my business name:  Seekfirstweb.  Seekfirstweb has today three domains, seekfirstweb.com, seekfirstweb.org and Seekfirstwb.net.  It has one Blog, Seekfirst Blog.  The idea went back to a journal entry in 1996.  I reproduce below this journal entry:

SeekFirst
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.”  (Matthew 6:33)
On the 1st of November 1996, I confided the following to my journal:
[Yesterday at Mass, I made the resolution to attend daily Eucharist as from 11/01/96.  I regard this development as a big grace and I thank the Blessed Virgin Mary for it.  I see it as the first fruit of the October devotion.  My prayer to God is that since I am not capable of carrying out such a lofty resolution on my own, that he should provide me with all the physical and spiritual strength I need to carry it out.
I recall the miracle of my friend, Carrena who told me in 1992 that for over 10 years, he had attended Mass everyday without missing one day.  May God give me the same blessing not just for 10 years but for the rest of my life.
The October devotion was concluded yesterday with the Mass novena in the last 9 days and the extra Rosary during the month.  How do I feel now about my prayer request?  Very confident.  For one thing, I have come to know more about the Blessed Virgin Mary form the book of Fr. Francis Ripley, “Mary, Mother of the Church”, which I bought on October 25th.  I came to realize as I never did before that it is God’s will that all graces come to us through Mary.  I also learned of the constant teaching of the Church articulated so well by many pontiffs that Mary is very powerful in her intercession on our behalf. 
I started the devotion this October asking for one favor and one favor only:  the total success of the Enterprise.  In the concrete, I seek for the following graces:
·         A burning zeal to see the will of God accomplished in my life with regard to the Enterprise.
·         To seek God’s will and not mine in every detail of the Enterprise.
·         Faith that is firm, unwavering and constant that God is for me and with me in this project and therefore success is guaranteed.
·         Patience to wait for God’s time, realizing that everything that happens takes place when God chooses.
·         Wisdom to know what to do and when in every step in this project. 
·         Humility to totally depend on God for everything vis-à-vis the Enterprise.
I have sought for these graces through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  I believe I will get everything I asked for and more.
I feel deeply encouraged by the grace for the daily Eucharist.  To me it is like “seeking first the kingdom of God and all that he requires of me” and then challenging God to fulfill his promise to supply all my needs.
Today marks two weeks since the commencement of the Enterprise.  Looking back at everything that has happened so far, I thank God that I am benefitting from the preparation I made.  I am following my scripts closely.  Considering how things have gone so far, it appears as if the Holy Spirit is in a hurry to establish for me his priority in the Enterprise.  The thrust and emphasis of my effort have been spiritual development.  Although I have spent time thinking of money and security, these thoughts are clearly secondary.
With the blessing of the daily Eucharist, I know for certain that I am heading in the right direction.  God will fulfill his word to me at the right time.  “All other things shall be mine without the asking.  For the Father knows that I need them.  And indeed, for this reason, he has placed me here.”  This is my belief.  Praise the Lord.  Alleluia!]
It has been 10 years since I wrote the above reflection.  Reading this again today in 2006, I marvel at God’s faithfulness.
Today, September 12, 2011, I reread this journal entry with great emotion.  Matthew 6:33 is still my key scripture.  I am growing in seeing that this scripture contains everything I need in life.  If I believe what I read and teach what I believe and practice what I teach, all will be well with me.  Help me Jesus.





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