A Simple Reflection

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By Max Sangil

For the Record

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


'WHOSOEVER you are, even if you are the loftiest of tower death will surely overtake you'-quote from the Koran.

It is said when you are born, there is only direction, and that is death. From womb to tomb. But never fear death said my favorite priest, Fr. Sonny Lumanog of Immaculate Conception of Balibago in Angeles City.

'The greatest gift God has given to mankind is death,' said Fr. Sonny. I am trying to imagine people who would be in advance age, bed ridden, immobile and only under assisted living. I have friend from our Monday Club whose father was in that state for more than ten years and under the care of nurses.

According to him, in some instances he visited his father he would just take pity on his old man who kept asking who is he. The father can no longer recognize his own family but remember his friends and colleagues in the early years when he was still a practicing lawyer.

I have an auntie from Porac who was an ICU patient at the Angeles University Foundation Hospital for more than three years. She made a lot of money from several businesses, but spent all the profits for hospital bills. She was at some point asked God to end her misery and pleaded death.

There are so many other true to life situations wherein people begged God for mercy to end their sufferings.

'Father why thou hast forsaken me'. Even our Lord Jesus Christ uttered this word towards heaven when his human body can no longer endure the pain. What more for ordinary mortals.

During this Holy Week I hope each one of us will try to contemplate our own life existence. That it may focus on the fragility of human life, that one day you will breathe your last, and that at the end you can make good accounting of what you have done for others.

Shakespeare once wrote, 'all the evil in men will be interred with their bones'. I beg to disagree on the thoughts of the greatest writer of all time. Possible he didn't realize when he was writing that particular line that there is the last judgment that will come.

A blindfolded lady symbolizes human justice, meaning she cares not if you are rich or poor, good looking or ugly, educated or unlettered, but her ears can still hear and be tempted of a whispered promise. Not in the Divine Justice, husticia divino. It will be right minus wrong since in my belief God is all just. If you have done thousands of good deeds and committed few infractions and felt really sorry for your sins, God may in the last judgment reserve a seat for you in heaven.

So, please be nice, kind, gentle and generous.

'Today's life is only for today. Enjoy every moment because even today's newspaper will become tomorrow's waste paper'.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 17, 2014.

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