But as the popular saying goes, be careful what you wish for, because sometimes, our wishes when finally granted, do not necessarily bring happiness to us but instead they bring tragedy and misery. We have heard news items in Philippines about someone who won the jackpot in the lottery draw and after a few days, ended up being robbed, kidnapped, or killed. We have also heard news of Filipina women who married foreigners and after a while, ended up being a beaten and battered wives living in extreme miseries and sufferings. Or perhaps some of you here are now regretting so much to have wished working here in Taiwan. See, your dreams came true!
The Gospel today tells us an answer to God’s question to Solomon: we can ask God for the Kingdom of Heaven. If we look just at the first reading and the Gospel, we can see that the deepest wisdom of our lives is to choose to live in the Kingdom of God.
When we pray the Lord’s prayer, we say,“...Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Yes, my brothers and sisters, the Kingdom of God is right here right now, at this very place, at this very moment because we subject ourselves to God’s rule and control. We say it in our prayer, and we also express it in a beautiful song, “Ikaw ang nagturo ng tamang landasin, sa puso at aking damdamin. Dinggin ang papuri ng bawat dalangin, dahil sa’yo, lupa man ay langit na rin (Because of You, even the earth is heaven as well.)”