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They all shouted, “Crucify Him!” If we try to see the events occurring in the Philippines, we come to realize, there are so many “kababayans” condemned to poverty, misery, sub-human conditions, injustices, oppression, unemployment, dehumanization, ignorance, lack of freedom, etc. Are they not our countrymen? Should we take them for granted? Are we saying, – “Let him – whoever he is – be crucified! Wala akong pakialam!” We ask the Lord to open our hearts, that we, privileged Filipinos abroad dare to open our hearts and be bringers of hope to others, that we may feel a real need to share and to give, a need to stretch out a hand to a “kapwa Pinoy.” A certain Simon of Cyrene had been forced to take up his cross… There are a lot of fund-raising campaigns being initiated by different Filipino organizations wherever they may be. Such campaigns are naturally directed to our needy “kababayans”. Sometimes, like Simon of Cyrene, we are forced to contribute. Sapilitan. But Jesus accepted him, kahit sapilitan. Nevertheless, I believe that Jesus would be happier if we share our time and services to others wholeheartedly. We ask the Lord that He may teach us to reach out, to suffer with, to share love, to communicate, to be compassionate, to understand, to heal while we are on our way through life to death and new life. He fell once… got up and fell the second time… Walang trabaho… family problems here and in the Philippines. We feel being trapped, helpless, frustrated, powerless, desolate. We feel like giving up. But remember: Ang Pinoy ay metatag. Hindi madaling sumuko. All we need is to ask God’s grace, that He may help us to dig into the foundation of our faith and not to give away… to stand our ground, to hope against hope, not to give up, not to run away. Was crucified and died on the Cross There are times we experience death in our lives. The situation, other people, our own sinfulness and limitations seem to nail us down…unfree. There is nothing we can do and we feel trapped. Though, there is something we can still do if we try to be creative enough to make of the situation an instrument of redemption… of reconciliation. Like Jesus, napako at namatay sa krus. For us, this sacrificing act gives worth and meaning to our lives. It is what gives worth and meaning to one laying down his life for our kapwa Pinoys in need. We truly want to experience pagbabalik-loob… reconciliation. Everything begin in us… then we try to reach out to others and share our kagandahang-loob. We should not forget nevertheless those people in the Philippines who are weeping in silence and bleeding in pain. We pray that they may be led to a fuller measure of the justice, love, joy, freedom, truth and reconciliation of God’s kingdom.
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