At Lumuhod ang Diyos sa Tao

 

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Sa Diyos na makapangyarihan, na nasa langit at nakaupo sa kanyang trono o sa Diyos na kapiling natin at sa atin ay naglilingkod?

Imahe ng Diyos

Lumaki tayo na ang imahe ng Diyos na alam natin ay makapangyarihan, at naglikha ng buong mundo, na nasa langit at sa atin ay nagmamasid sa mga ginagawa natin dito sa lupa.  Ang Diyos na nagbibigay sa atin ng mga biyaya, at nagpaparusa sa mga kasalanang ating ginawa.  Ang Diyos na tumutugon sa lahat ng ating mga tanong at pangangailangan.  Ang Diyos na nakaupo sa kanyang trono ang sa atin ay maghuhusga sa katapusan ng ating buhay.

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At tunay namang napakahirap makilala ang Diyos, lalo na at ang Diyos na ito ay luluhod sa ating mga tao, katulad ng alipin na maghuhugas ng ating mga paa.  Ang Diyos na nagpakakaba, hinubad ang kanyang pagka Diyos, iniwan ang kanyang trono sa kalangitan at pinili ang maging maralita katulad ng isang alipin.  Ang Diyos na pinili ang maging tinapay, para hatiin at ibahagi sa kagutuman ng sangkatauhan.

Diyos na lumuhod sa tao

Ito ang gusto Niyang mangyari sa Kanya para sa atin. Ang Diyos na Haring handang maglingkod at hindi para paglingkuran. Nasabi ni Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI sa isa sa kanyang mga pagninilay: “ Nuong ang Diyos ng mundo ay dumating at naging alipin sa pamamagitan ng paghuhugas ng mga paa ng kanyang mga apostoles, nagkaruon tayo ng bagong larawan.  Ang Diyos ay lumuhod sa tao, upang tayo ay itaas. Ang misteryo ng kapangyarihan ng Diyos ay makikita sa katotohanang siya ay walang wala, mababang mababa.”

Sino ba sa atin dito ang nanaisin na maging mababa? Ung inaapakan, ung kinakawawa? Hindi ba sa telerserye ng pagbabanggaan ng makapangyarihan sina Claudia at Amor, bumaligtad ngayon ang mundo, natikman na ni Claudia ang kapangyarihan ng inapi. Nangyari na ang banta ni Amor: “matitikman ninyo ang batas ng inaapi!” at tunay namang siya ay punung puno na ng powers.

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Lahat tayo ay nagsisipag sa buhay, patuloy na nangangarap na magkaruon ng maginhawang buhay, maging mayaman, maging sikat, maging somebody ika nga. Sa kabilang banda gusto rin natin ang Diyos natin ang siyang pinaka malakas at makapangyarihan.  Pero naiba ang takbo ng istorya ng mismong si Jesus ay ibang takbo ng plano.  Gusto nyang ipakita sa ating mga tao ang mukha ng tunay na Diyos, na hindi pa natin tunay na napapahalagahan at tinutularan – Diyos na nagpakababa at hindi natakot na maglingkod tungo sa daan ng buhay paglilingkod.

Kung inaaasam natin ang pagdating ng araw na kung saan tayo ay kikilalanin at pararangalan sa kung ano ang nakamit nating tagumpay – posisyon, yamang material, kabaligtaran naman Kay Jesus na lumuhod sa kanyang mga apostoles, at naghugas ng kanilang mga paa. Kakaiba di ba? Di natin maarok di ba?

Naranasan nyo na ba ang mag pa footspa? Kamusta naman?  Kapag nakapag pa footspa ka, masasabi nating isa na itong luxury.  Nasubukan ko na rin ito isang beses, at habang ginagawa ito sa akin, ay talaga namang gusto ko ng sipain ang nag fo-footspa sa akin sa sobrang kiliti.  Napa isip na lang tuloy ako, ng medyo kalmado na ako, pinangarap kaya ni ate ang trabahong ganito, ang humawak ng mga paa ng iba, may amoy na paa, punung puno ng kalyo paa.  Sino ba naman ang nag nanais na maging ganito ang trabaho.

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Iniba ni Jesus ang mundo, he turns the world upside down at hinahamon nya tayong mga taga sunod Niya na tignan ang tunay na kagandahan, kabutihan at pagiging dakila ng tunay na paglilingkod.  Nakikita sa kababaan ang tunay na kataasan – kaluwalhatian, at sa tunay na pagliligkod sa ating kapwa – naruruon ang tunay na tagumpay.  Ito ang kanyang pinangaral…ito ang kanyang isinabuhay…

Matatapos na ang taon, matatapos na rin ang Year of the Poor. Lahat tayo ay mahirap, ngunit may kakayahang maglingkod sa munting pamamaraan natin.  Nasubukan ba natin, kamustahin man lamang ang ating kapwa rin na mahirap na katulad natin.  Ang ating pangangamusta sa kanila ay paraan na rin ng pagliligkod sa kanila. At ngayon tayo ay iniimbitahan tayo ni Jesus: gawin ninyo ito bilang pag alala sa akin, kung paanong hinugasan ko ang inyong mga paa, maghugasan din kayo ng mga paa ng bawat isa.”

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Pagluhod, isang panawagan…

Nagkaruon ba ng pagkakataon na may mga taong lumuhod na sa harapan nio?

O kaya ay ikaw mismo ang lumuhod sa ibang tao?

Alam kong kakaiba ang ganitong uri ng senaryo, Gaano pa kaya ang Diyos ang siyang lumuhod sa harapan mo – ang Diyos na Haring nililuharan natin sa Banal na Sakramento. Ginawa niya ito dahil sa sobrang pagmamahal Nya sa atin.

At paano tayo tutugon sa Haring Diyos na nakaluhod sa harapan natin?

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Rule

As Sacramentino (preparing for perpetual profession), I am call and challenge to observe the Rule of Life of our Congregation. Knowing only the text of this Rule can be oppressive for me. I am praying that one day I will be woke up to the reality of the deep love of witnessing our Rule. That there is joy in living out our Rule, no more oppressive external enforcement but expression of a genuine affection on it, not out of compulsion but an inner freedom and appreciation for the Spirit behind our Rule of Life.

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FROM AFAR

I was still a college student then when I started to become fascinated with the Sta. Cruz Church. From my long break in class, I was exploring the nearby places in FEU (the University where I graduated) when I passed by the busy area of Sta.Cruz. As I look around, my attention was then caught by this old Spanish-built church. I was captivated by its exquisite appeal. At that moment, I felt differently as I headed through the door. Inside, I appreciate the inviting silence and the solemnity of the place, making me want to pray to the Blessed Sacrament, so as everyone else around me who are seated in that church.

As I watched from afar, I’ve observed the religious congregation occurring at that time. From the distance, I was so mystified with the way they pray and chant the psalms. Never did I know that I’ll be part of their evening prayer and that all happened, on that very momentous day.

May 4, 2012 – The day when I’ve become a member of this community. The fascination, bewildering, and mystifying became clear and fully apprehended. For a year, I was given a chance to witness what is stated in our Rule of Life # 41 that states “We will make our parishes into authentic communities shaped by the Eucharist, source and center of their life. They shall be: places of proclamation and the living of the gospel, places of prayer, Eucharistic adoration and festive celebration, places of sharing and fellowship, places of freedom and human development. United among themselves, our religious engaged in parish ministry shall collaborate in a special way with committed lay people.”

For a year, I was given a chance to experience the kind of life that I will embrace in the future as a Sacramentino Religious. My everyday experiences shaped and made me understand the following realizations:

First, In the formation house, I thought I am just nobody, limited in my knowledge and talents as compared to others. But then, I was given a chance to bring out the best of my potentials through the assignments entrusted by the Superior and Parish Priest to me. I was then appointed to be a Song leader in every morning mass, Intoner in every Lauds and Vespers, giving reflections, talks, recollections and formation in front of many people, and acting assistant treasurer of the community. These assignments somehow became so very easy for me, since I was a former accounting assistant in RCBC and a teacher by profession before I entered seminary. As I fulfill my devotion, there are times when I feel so elated, as I hear words of compliments from the parishioners such as “Brother, ang ganda ng boses mo…” “nakaka inspire naman ang talk mo…” “Br. Israel, ang galing galing mo naman…”, making me want to serve more with all the innate talents that God has bestowed on me, for I know that all these gifts has to be shared with them for me to inspire and touch their lives, and to eventually lead them to live a religious kind of life. Although at some point, I was also questioning myself if I am really that gifted because I hardly believe that I have such talents!

Second, I have this mantra everyday to “Always do my best!” that drives me to face all the works ahead of me with full of enthusiasm. I am always striving to be the best in every tasks entrusted to me. For me, to be consistently the best is the most important thing, but later did I know, that I was very wrong. I grew tired of always competing with myself, of always striving to be the best, because through that, I forgot to be good…to be a good individual; to be more compassionate; and to be more patient to myself and to others. From then on, I started to look life in a different perspective – that being the best has to yield positive outcome not only to myself, but for the common good of all.

Third, I also realized that the people of Sta. Cruz Parish are dynamic and unique. They will like you if you will always please them but they will hate you when you correct them in their wrong doings. I find it hard to cope with this principle and my desire to correct them only cause me troubles and pains. As a Sacramentino religious, I am very serious with my advocacy to rectify them because I care and love them. But I failed because there are some who are really not open for constructive criticisms. Through these conflicts, I grew wiser in dealing with them and that made me realize that no two people are alike in every aspect; that everyone has to be treated differently; and that’s why God created individuality is for us to be strong when one is weak; to be the positive when the other is negative; and to be white while the other is black; so in that way, we could learn to balance everything.

And lastly, I was so blessed to be assigned in this community because the religious members did not treat me only as a seminarian, but more so, as a mature religious. They gave me a chance to journey and to grow with them; they gave me a voice to express the love of God; they gave me eyes to see the beauty of vocation; and they gave me an ear to listen attentively to the voice of God. Being assigned in Sta. Cruz community became a chance for me to be a living witness of being a Sacramentino, a very Eucharistic person by joining them in everyday Eucharist, in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and in sharing my time with them in doing religious works.

My pastoral year exposure in Sta. Cruz community will forever be treasured in my heart. Those experiences I had, whether good or bad, are all worth remembering for those helped me become as religious as I am now. Those unclear pictures then on my head;  those confusion and mystifying, and those fascination and bewildering are now all gone. I have come to understand that the life I am embracing today and my life to be in the future is more on sacrificing and devotion, and the unselfish offering of my service to God and to others.