Due to several commitments and work loads from my two jobs, I was having trouble sleeping lately. Each Sunday, I am supposed to leave home by 8am, done with breakfast and bath, and drive to the cathedral for my 9am serve as a lector. This Sunday morning I woke up at 7:40am! Blame that on me going to bed past 12 midnight.
For the past Sundays, too, the priest will always say something in his homily that will prompt me to smile, amused and in awe with some lightbulb moments. God talks to His people. He really does talk to us! The word of God is always alive, always timely, always appropriate for everyone’s need. In the Gospel, Jesus said to the disciples:
Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”
The priest said that when we’re tired in heart and spirit, it’s not sleep that we need but prayers. Prayers.
Two Sundays ago, there was “no homily”. The priest delved on the pastoral letter from the CBCP (Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines) which was read at all mass. On July 15, the abridged Filipino translation of the letter was read enjoining the faithful for 3 days of prayer and penance for the blasphemy committed against God, for the murders, etc. This Sunday, July 22, he expounded on the letter answering all the major points commonly hurled by bashers online and offline by people who call the institution “hypocrites”. I like how all the points were answered one by one. Finally, they decided to address the elephant in the room, inside the church’s wall rather, face to face with the lay people, taking their sweet time enlightening and guiding their flock. As has been said, it’s up to the people if they will accept it or not. I was actually waiting for some people to walk out, I thought I saw one. What matters is that what need to be said are said. Sometimes the job stops there. As in last two weeks reading,
Because they are stubborn and obstinate children, I am sending you to them, to say, “Lord Yahweh says this.” Whether they listen or not, this tribe of rebels will know there is a prophet among them.
Hypocrites are those who do not abide fully to concrete love and charity, who may be, yes the Catholic institution, and also yes, may be all of us especially those part of the 60 million Catholics who were asked to do prayer and penance but did not respond. Selective religiosity. In some ways we all pick nitty gritty the things and words that favor us and disregard the rest.
The faithful is still called to listen to the truth preached by “modern Pharisees” – as what they are sometimes referred to with ridicule – even if the priests are not perfect, which we’re all sure they aren’t. In my harsh opinion, I think Logic and Philosophy should be subjects in K-12 curriculum. Especially on social media, gullible and stupid people abound, spreading lies they thought were true and successfully making other stupid people believe the lies as well. Dumb and dumber.
With all that’s happening, monsignor said prayers for our government to be enlightened to do what’s right and for the Filipinos to uphold the truth is still the most effective thing we can do. Here’s a link to the pastoral letter from the fathers of the Church to its children in light of all the confusion in the country especially the blasphemy and rampant killings: CBCP Pastoral Exhortation: Rejoice and be Glad! May God’s peace be with all of us.