READING— Luke 23:35-43
“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise”
On this Feast of Christ the King, we find cause for hope even as our country faces the long, arduous task of rebuilding the communities that have been affected by typhoon Haiyan. For it was in the midst of human suffering— hung upon the cross— that Jesus showed to us what his kingship truly meant. We do not understand fully why many of our countrymen have had to suffer the loss of family and property. We do not understand fully the anguish of those who struggle to survive in the midst of meager resources.
What we do understand is that in the aftermath of this terrible typhoon, many hands and many lives banded together to offer their help. Filipinos, even the smallest of them, did not remain unmoved. The overwhelming support our countrymen have received from others is yet another testament to the solidarity and compassion that we can find in the world. In this do we find Christ truly in our midst. He, who suffered himself, did not promise to take away our suffering, but remained in solidarity with us in our search for what is truly life-giving. Jesus’ solidarity with us moves us to be in solidarity with those who suffer and who like us, search for what will truly give life. We stand with them as their brothers in this common hope, that the well-being and fullness of life that Jesus promised will be ours.
The Philippine Lasallian Family and De la Salle Philippines is very grateful to our fellow Lasallians who have shown their solidarity with our countrymen in this time of need. The efforts to send relief to the affected areas continues. Already dispatches of these goods have been sent to Guian, Samar and Coron, Palawan.
I wish to acknowledge the generosity of those in our schools who have voluntarily given up a more elaborate Christmas celebration in favor of sending more assistance to the areas affected by super typhoon Haiyan.
What lies ahead of us is the task of rebuilding the communities that have been devastated. In view of this, I wish to make an urgent call to our educational communities in the Philippines to make this the focus of our celebration of the Advent season. We shall participate in the rehabilitation efforts, especially of the public schools and centers of learning that will need to be rebuilt. During this season, I urge each Filipino Lasallian to offer whatever small change they have on a daily basis during the Advent season, as their contribution to the rehabilitation efforts. may those who long for safer and more resilient communities find reason to hope in your generosity.
Liberating actions, we humbly pray for courage and inspiration to do Your will beginning today. AMEN.