THE SERVANT GENERAL
AND RIGHTEOUS IS HE
"Justice is with the Lord, our God" (Bar 1:15a).
Thus we read in today's reading. The book of Baruch is situated
in the circumstances of God's people in exile in Babylon.
Today's reading writes about the people's realization. "We,
with our kings and rulers and priests and prophets, and with
our fathers, have sinned in the Lord's sight and disobeyed
him. We have neither heeded the voice of the Lord, our God,
nor followed the precepts which the Lord set before us."
(v.17). Their repentance eventually led God to bring their
exile to an end.
loves His people. He raised Israel and blessed them tremendously,
according to the promises of His covenant with them. He was
very patient with them. He endured their infidelities and
rebellions and idolatries. But because He loved them, at some
point God brought them to chastisement, in order that they
might realize how they had gone wrong, and be brought back
to their senses, repent, and thus be restored.
chastisement is a manifestation of His love! Many times, it
is the only way by which a wayward people can be brought back.
Philippines too is God's beloved. God has a special plan for
this land. But we too have been disobedient and unmindful
of the depth of His covenant. We go about our own ways, conforming
more and more to the ways of the world around us. Before everything
is lost, God sends chastisement, with the purpose that we
become reflective of why such disasters happen, and in this
way be brought back to the right path.
does God allow such disasters as Ondoy to happen to His people?
Because He loves us and has a wonderful plan for us. Why do
our people have to suffer? Because suffering is redemptive
and is cleansing. Why must we suffer pain in life? Because
it is the very way of Jesus, in order to come to glory.
is just and righteous. God is all wise. God does not give
up on His people. Let us repent of our infidelities, be faithful
to our covenant, and rejoice in God's love for us.
bless us all.
to me life is Christ, and death is gain." (Phil 1:21)
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