Fetalvero: Reflecting Christ in our actions

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By Noemi C. Fetalvero

Two empty bottles

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


JESUS is reborn not in a manger but in our hearts when we feed the hungry, quench their thirst and clothe the naked. This is what mankind did in response to the needs of the typhoon victims in Eastern Visayas and the Boholanos hit by earthquakes.

The virtues that Jesus imparted through the parables perhaps influenced mankind to be kind and generous. Since man was made in the image and likeness of God, it is inherent upon man to possess these admirable virtues. There were several companies that did away with their expensive hotel Christmas celebrations and instead used the budget to help the victims. They settled for a simple get-together at their office. Some Filipino families opted not to buy elaborate Christmas lights and decorations, and donated the money to the victims.

The assistance that came from the four corners of the globe was overwhelming and yet there are aspects of the human spirit that cannot be fixed with material things.

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The spirit is broken as when a father is left alone after his wife and four children die due to the disastrous storm surge that hit Tacloban. The spirit is broken when the church that you have been going to since childhood collapses in the aftermath of an earthquake. The spirit is broken when you lose your home and you have no place to go home to except for the tent or the bunkhouses promised by the government.

Faith and belief in the Almighty are what keep the victims from being in a state of hopelessness. Christmas is the time of the year when Jesus is reborn in our hearts. We wake up early dawn to attend the Misa de Gallo.

Maybe the victims prayed that they be able to celebrate Christmas even without the trimmings of a Christmas tree, the festive mood at the dining table, no queso de bola, spaghetti and fruit salad and the companionship of loved ones.

While I pray for the victims’ patience and acceptance of their plight, I am certain solace will come and God will manifest Himself through this simple prayer:

Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus

And tomorrow may never come

Just give me the strength to take everything

One day at a time.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 09, 2014.

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