Telling the world of God’s love in the time of corona

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe, Wednesday, Easter Week-II, 22 April 2020

Acts of the Apostles 5:17-26 <*(((>< +++ 0 +++ ><)))*> John 3:16-21

Photo by Mr. Jim Marpa in Carigara Market, Leyte, 2019.

Lord Jesus Christ, everybody is talking about the “new normal” these days, of how the corona virus pandemic imposed on the whole world a paradigm shift in the way we live, the way we deal with others and even way of thinking.

It is funny, Lord, when as they speak of this “new normal”, it is actually a return to the old ways when we have more of love and kindness, more of compassion and empathy, more of persons than things, and most of all, more of you, O God, is it not?

But during the night, the angle of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, led them out (Peter and company), and said, “Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life.”

Acts 5:19-20

And what is “this life” you have always insisted since then that we must all preach up to the present generation?

It is the sharing in God’s life through you, Jesus Christ our Lord who suffered and died for us in our sins so we may rise with you and in you to new life grace and holiness, fulfillment and meaning!

For God so loved the world that he gave us his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.

John 3:16

This is the life you have always told us to preach but unfortunately we have always rejected and refused to accept because we have turned away from you, when we do not believe in you, when we would rather hide in the dark thinking we have the light that momentarily shines for us, but never for you.

Forgive us Lord in turning away from you, despite your many graces poured out on us like your angels opening our prisons to set us free from sin and bondage, from ignorance and darkness, from meaninglessness and lack of directions in life as we succumbed to the lures of the world.

Today as we battle the corona virus, help us to be more faithful to you, that we may represent you more even without using our lips, we may “tell the people everything about this life” of simplicity and humility, fidelity and charity, of sacrifice and love without expecting anything in return.

Most of all, with the many lessons of COVID-19, may we start telling the world anew of your love. Amen.

First Mass of the first priest from our Parish, Fr. RA Valmadrid, December 2019.

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