To our dear MC Community,
All of us are now experiencing the most uncertain period of our lives. It is like being under siege during a state of war the end of which no one can predict. But it is worse, for we do not see the enemy, and we do not know whether it is near or far from our home.
No matter how socially and physically distant we are from the next person, our experience now can teach us a clear lesson on the meaning of “being responsible for the other.” We forget this most Christian of all principles in times of wellness and certainty. We forget that if we just think of ourselves and are selfish in our actions, there can be negative repercussions on others that can ricochet back to us.
In the midst of these uncertain times, however, we are given the beautiful chance to understand and feel the meaning of being “one body in Christ,” and to experience the deep meaning of “being one with the rest of humanity”. We now see the whole world and the whole of humanity together–at being in danger. And so “being one with others” should not be an abstract concept anymore that we use in slogans or in rallies. It is about us and others, here and now. Together.
God is now also giving us the chance to experience His presence: “For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you: Do not fear” (Isaiah 41:13). And as you put your hand in the hand of the Lord, you will experience His peace. And within that peace, you will experience Him.
Your peaceful heart will bring you in God’s presence, and so you will also know the pain of others. He will then make you a ready instrument for His miracles that He can do only with willing miracle agents in this crucial time of uncertainty. And as you look up to Him in prayer, please pray that He also guides dedicated men of science in creating a weapon against humankind’s enemy.
May this experience of being in the most uncertain period in our lives become the most beautiful experience in feeling the presence of God. Stay safe and keep well. Our prayers are one with yours.
Amb. Laura Q. Del Rosario, M.A., M.Ed.