July 23, 2024

“God did not make death nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living.” (Wisdom 1:13)
It is often heard from people especially when death, suffering, sickness, and misfortune confront life:
“Anusan tayo. Anya ngay ket isu met ti planu ken nakem ti Dios.”
“Well, let us be patient. We cannot do anything. It’s the plan and will of the Lord.”
I see the need to correct this kind of expression and mentality with the Book of Wisdom. “God did not make death nor does He rejoice in the destruction of the living.”
It is never the will and plan of God for people to die, suffer, get sick, and have misfortunes. If He does, then He is not a God of love. It is not the will of God but He allows it to happen.
There are unpleasant happenings and realities that come along our life. Sometimes, it can strengthen our faith or weaken our faith to the point of questioning God and his existence.
We are being reminded again that “God fashioned all things that they might have being; and the creatures of the world are wholesome, and there is not a destructive drug among them nor any domain of the netherworld on Earth, for justice is undying.” (Wisdom 1:14)
Suffering, pain, sickness, death, frustrations, and loss are all human realities. We cannot remove them in our life.
Instead of self-pity and even self-destruction, we pray hard to God, “Lord, please increase my faith to understand and manage these odds and challenges of life. Amen.”
“For God formed man to be imperishable; the image of His own nature he made him. But by the envy of the devil, death entered the world,a nd they who belong to his company experience it.” (Wisdom 2:24)
Envy and jealousy explain the sufferings of humanity. Letting envy and jealousy operate in our lives will not only put down others but also ourselves. Nobody reaped success from jealousy and envy. Jealousy and envy coupled with pride and greed will never benefit people but the destruction of life.
Let us all be vigilant against the cunning, deception, and temptation of the evil one. Envy and jealousy caused the sufferings of man and continue to destroy us.
Adam and Eve were deceived by the Devil and he persisted in his strategy until his envy resulted to the fall of humanity.
Cain killed his brother Abel because he cannot afford to see the overflowing blessings of God on his brother. Cain was dying with jealousy and envy. He failed to examine himself and unaware that the Devil is preying on him through jealousy and envy.
The devil will not stop his evil objective to bring down humanity. Let us therefore have constant communication with God so that his presence in us will become our strength to overcome jealousy, envy, pride, and greed.
We ended the month of June and welcome July with beautiful scriptural readings that must correct common mistakes being said and circulate in conversations.
Ending June with a Sunday and worshiping on Sunday, we had the Holy Mass with Word of God.
Psalm 30:2 “I will extol you, O Lord, for you drew me clear and did not let my enemies rejoice over me.”
St Paul writes, (2 Corinthians 8:7) “Brothers and sisters: As you excel in every respect, in faith, discourse, knowledge, all earnestness, and in the love, we have for you, may you excel in this gracious act also.”
The gospel of Mark narrates the healing stories of Jesus. (Mark 5:21) “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”
Jesus to the synagogue official: “Do not be afraid, just have faith.” To the little girl: “Talitha koum!” It means, “Little girl arise!”
We need faith, family, and faithful friends to nurture our values to virtues.
After the Holy Mass in Barlig, we had a beautiful moment at the rectory with friends. The CFC from Bontoc, Mountain Province, visitors from Switzerland; Sagada, Mountain Province; and the youth enjoyed the patopat and coffee at the rectory.
The Barlig Youth Ministry had their meeting while the CFC spent the whole Sunday for CLP and I delivered my talk in three Ts and three Fs: family, faith, and friend.
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