January 2009 Calendar
It’s my second year to purchase this special inspirational calendar from the Salesians and just like last year, I shared it to select friends and relative as my gift to them. And as promised in one of my blogs, I will continue on sharing with you each of Joey Velasco‘s painting as my monthly opening salvo.
So now, here’s the January painting:
Something within tells me not to receive communion at that 3:00 pm Sunday mass. I felt gripped by a sense of shame and deep turmoil. As I warmed my bench, I saw three young men, all with Down Syndrome, stand up from different pews and fell in line to receive the Eucharist. I whispered to my wife, “Buti pa sila mangungumunyon.” She smiled and just looked at me, “Ano, ipe-pain mo na naman sila?” More than the visual interest, I closed my eyes and wanted at that moment to enter their world.
With the distinct line across their palms called Sydney palmar line, the received the Host. They have small hands and short fingers but their touch can move the unmovable, and thaw the coldest of hearts. I noticed that they have different shades of almond eyes that only seek the goodness in people; they are neither cynical nor judgemental. Their mended little hearts love unconditionally and forever. All these years, I thought that they just have extra chromosomes, only to discover the gracious reality that they are extraordinary children loved by God.
– Joey Velasco
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As I was typing this entry, I had short recollection on that great story about those special kids. I’m really not new to kids like them. When I was in grade school, I was personally exposed to and had direct contact with them. It was then when I realized that they are indeed very special. And I have always thought that their innocence make them extra-special.
Just like artist Joey Velasco, I also hope that we all have the same innocence… I guess, it’ll make life a little less complicated.
Happy January and a blessed 2009 to all!