Suarez-Orendain: He is not here


THROUGH all the rough roads and paved highways I have walked, there has only been one man who walked patiently by my side.

Sometimes my side aches and I complain. But never once did he castigate me for expressing my feelings. There were even many times when I preferred to take the weedy path or the woody road or one that snaked this way and that way.

This man watched me as I enjoyed what I thought was life. He allowed me all the time it took before I came to my senses. I was wrong with many of my decisions. I needed him more than just a walking or hiking buddy. Or even an easy ATM provider whenever I needed bailing out.

He alone never rejected me. In fact, he pursued me whenever I took a dangerous detour. He called me by name even; when I was dead to my foolishness.

This greatest of man is the reason for Christmas. He is the reason why all Christendom commemorates Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Black Saturday and most especially the crowning glory of faith, the resurrection, Easter.

Christ Jesus came into the world on a mission. He came to save man from eternal damnation. He shed his life for all mankind. It is a simple invitation that needs no credit card or membership to a fraternity or a big business.

Anyone who wants him, can have him. Rich or poor, tall or short, fat or thin—whatever you are, whoever you are, if you feel you need him, he is all for the taking.

Christianity is the only “religion” that can boast “Our Lord is not here. He has risen.” The empty tomb is an emblem of triumph over death. It is a profound testimony to Christ’s words: “I am the resurrection and the life.”

We can take this day to have a rest from our fear of the Covid-19. We can lean on the breast of the Redeemer and tell him everything we have been through. Maybe it is time to let him into your life. I have done it. Do not be afraid.


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