The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Friday, 36th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power, 25 February 2022 James 5:9-12 ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> Mark 10:1-12
Forgive me, Lord, a veteran of EDSA 1986 for having lost these past years the joy and fervor in celebrating your miracle at the world's first "People Power Revolution"; I really had no plans of praying today so as not to remember the February Revolution of 1986 because I have always felt betrayed by our so-called "EDSA heroes" who turned out to be modern Judas Iscariots who have used us for their personal interests and prostituted the People Power Revolution.
I have long felt within this pain, this anger, frustration and disappointment at how our supposed leaders have wasted the victory and most importantly, the lessons of EDSA '86; oh how my stomach burns in acid, making me belch and throw up whenever I would see or remember those traitors, Lord!
But, as I prayed today and see our nation's precarious situation, I felt ashamed, Jesus, at how I have acted like Judas Iscariot, not so much in betraying EDSA '86 in some ways too but in losing hope in you, the giver of that precious gift of freedom and democracy now under threat again from the same people who enslaved us, aided by these traitors.
Do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another, that you may not be judged. Indeed, we call blessed those who have persevered… let your “Yes” mean “Yes” and your “No” mean “No,” that you may not incur condemnation.James 5:9, 11, 12b
Take our hearts so hardened with bitterness, frustrations and disappointments; and yes, also of personal desires not met after 1986 and give us natural hearts that beat with firm faith, fervent hope and unceasing charity and love for you and our Motherland.
EDSA is not just a clogged highway of vehicles; EDSA was first of all a sea of humanity who have banded together to stand for what is true, for freedom and democracy all meant to bring back each person's dignity, created in your image and likeness.
You are the God of history, Lord, bring us back to the spirit and ideals of EDSA '86 to claim again its grace and promise of a matured nation you have gathered and joined together to become one in Jesus your Son with his Blessed Mother Mary who is our Mother too. Amen.