Monday, January 13, 2014

Safe and Sound

Gospel MK 1:14-20

After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The Kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,
he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea;
they were fishermen.
Jesus said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Then they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along a little farther
and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They too were in a boat mending their nets.
Then he called them.
So they left their father Zebedee in the boat
along with the hired men and followed him.


More than two months have passed since that disastrous day. Yet, the memory of typhoon Haian, known locally as typhoon Yolanda, still haunts me. The strong wind that whistles as it knocks down every structure that block its way, the endless and pouring rain, the shattered homes, broken windows, flooding waters and flying roofs – these things cannot be easily forgotten.

I still remember that day – the day when I felt I could die any moment. That day when I looked back at how I have been living my life was when I realized how arrogant I’ve been. That feeling when you don’t know what you will save first, what you will do and what will happen, is really scary. Ever since then, my eyes were opened to reality. The reality that anytime we could disappear from this world.

The only thing that kept me going in those times was the promise of eternal life with God. No matter what happens, an ever-loving and ever-forgiving God awaits me. So, I should show my gratitude by further strengthening my faith in Him and believing in His infallible words. Thanks to Him, my family, friends and I are all safe and sound. I don't want to waste the life He has given me. I will show how thankful I am for giving me all the blessings in life even just by doing little things. Just like how Simon, Andrew, James, John and all the other disciples followed the Lord with all their hearts, I too want to be worthy to walk with Him. So, today I will repent and believe in the Gospel just as the bible says.