Saturday, March 31, 2018

Holy Week 2018: A Loving and Merciful God

Visita Iglesia 2018: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish; Divine Mercy Shrine; San Roque Parish - Mandaluyong

This year's  Holy week reflection may be different as compared to my previous years' celebration, since I have contemplated on the reality in today's society where there's an absence of light in the hearts just for the sake of cleansing or renewal. In our country where the battle between good versus evil is such a big challenge to be won; when thousands of lives were not saved, but have left a scar and darkness from deep within. It's a terrible and sad reality where darkness has invaded the souls not just of the sinners but also the righteous men; the so-called protector of the state and its people.

When killing has been a normal thing produced in the mouth of the most powerful man...
When abuses to women have been a normal form of mockery...
When the biggest offenders are being protected while the poor men are being executed...
When the young minds are becoming influenced and confused of what's right and wrong...
When dealing with things in a violent way to prove righteousness and justice...

In this new generation of believers and non-believers, we have allowed ourselves to be defeated by the darkness. We have allowed to be tempted to commit a sin to eradicate the dark, yet it's done in a wicked way; a barbaric way that is unacceptable in today's time.

Is there some light hidden in our hearts that needs to blossom and enlighten the people that surrounds us? That might be a reality to some, but truly a mystery that only a few understands. Today's society is focusing on wars that they will never be triumphant. Absence of love and inhumane behavior to defeat evil is never easy. Just like defeating our inner demons is a challenge that we have to fight forever. We have not resorted to other means, but to seek the Divine light to renew us and strengthen our faith that we could defeat evil in our hearts and minds.

Our society is becoming sick that we have allowed anger, resentment, aggression and violence to solve unending problem. It has become an instant solution to ward off negativity. This in return created a cycle of violence in our emotional, mental and physical state. We have have been defeated by the darkness and our solution is not to seek the light but to create a chaos; another darkness that have enslaved our soul.

Let this Holy week be a reminder that we have the goodness in everyone's heart no matter how evil people may have become. We may have sinned in the eyes of men, yet there's always a loving and merciful God who can forgive us and renew our life. There's always a God who will take us out from the darkness and live an illumined life. There will always be an evil in this world, but we can always defeat them through the purity of our hearts and our thoughts.

Let this Holy week be the time to renew our faith; to be strengthened by God's love and mercy. Let us not allow evil to influence our thoughts and intentions. Let us remain to be meek and humble like a child. Let us remain to be innocent and forgiving and not to plant seed of negative intentions or harm to other people.

Let our Divinity rule us to be kind and loving...
Let  our conscience dictate us of what is right and wrong...
Let our humanity rule instead of insecurity and bigotry...
Let us be the light in the world of wickedness and lies

Our society is dying in terms of human values and virtues, let us help to resurrect our old and good ways. When we have been raised as a good child, we will never forget that goodness in us no matter how sinful we may have become. We can better appreciate the light when we have been in the dark, but let us not prosecute those who are already in the dark, but lift them up and help them towards spiritual renewal that they may appreciate the light after a longer journey of the darkest moment of their lives. If God is Loving and merciful, how could we not forgive and help them lead a better life.

There's always opposite in this world...
There's a light after the dark...
There's a day after the longest night...
There's a joy after loneliness and sorrow...

Let the resurrected Christ be our shield to rule our hearts and to win over evil and bring light in our society and our world today and forever.

© 2018 Del Cusay


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