Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Grateful to the Faith

I still become teary eyed when I thought of what super typhoon yolanda did.  I am really grateful to God that we are spared.  I do not want to judge that we are the lesser evil.  It can also be that those who died are already saved and are already given the gift of resurrection.  But the sorrow of those left behind still struck my feelings.  It could have been us, but God saved us.  Does it mean that all those who were not damaged by yolanda has greater faith?  I do not want to put it that way.  It could have been me, telling others, "It is okay.  You can let go.  Save yourself."  Thinking about this made me burst to tears.  I do not question God's decision for what happened.  It is heartbreaking that 95% of Tacloban City was wiped out.  It is like starting from scratch.  I am too emotional yet I was not there.  I am in the comforts of my home.  I did helped monetarily but that's just it.

In today's Gospel, I just have to remind myself to be grateful to everything that God has given me.  Even to the simplest things which most of the time I took for granted.  I pray that all who are saved especially those who were not affected by yolanda would turn back to God and thank Him.  Those who survived may not yet be in the condition to thank God for the gift of life.  But I pray that hopefully, somehow they can overcome the sorrow this disaster has brought to their lives.  I am not in the position to say this, but I pray that they would not be angry at God for what happened.  Their faith would not be shattered but rather become stronger.  This may not be immediate, but soon they will be.

And as for those Religious group who is feeling high and mighty that they are saved, please do not forget to be grateful and share your blessings.  Thank God that you are saved and help others so you can again thank God that you are able to share your grace.

Today's Gospel



LK 17:11-19


As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,

he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.

As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.

They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying,

“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”

And when he saw them, he said,

“Go show yourselves to the priests.”

As they were going they were cleansed.

And one of them, realizing he had been healed,

returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;

and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.

He was a Samaritan.

Jesus said in reply,

“Ten were cleansed, were they not?

Where are the other nine?

Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”

Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;

your faith has saved you.”

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