Thursday, August 3, 2017

Yes, there’s a forever

THE Solemnity of the Transfiguration of the Lord somehow
reminds us that there is a forever. When Christ transfigured himself
before his three apostles Peter, James and John, he tried to reassure
them not to worry about what was going to happen to him on the
following days.

            Yes, there would be extreme suffering that would end in
Christ’s very miserable death on the cross. But all this would be
nothing compared to what would happen after his death. And with his
resurrection, there would be life everlasting—a forever.

            This forever is actually meant for all of us also, since
we have been made in God’s image and likeness. Even if we damaged that
original divine image in ourselves, that image has been repaired by
Christ himself who showed us how to handle precisely our damaged

            This reassurance of our eternal life with God should lead
us not to be afraid to take up commitments in our life here on earth.
Despite our limitations, not to mention our sins and mistakes, we can
still take those commitments because God will provide us with
everything that we need to carry them out.

            We should banish whatever fear we have of making
commitments and of eternal life itself. Let’s keep our faith in Christ
strong, and continue to boost our hope in achieving the promises of
Christ for all of us, in spite of whatever.

            In fact, by taking up commitments we would be showing the
strength of our faith, hope and love in God and in others. We would be
willing to undertake an adventure, cruising uncharted seas and
exploring the dark side of the moon, if need be.

            For sure, we are capable of entering into a commitment,
because we have both the intelligence and will that will enable us to
know what we are committing ourselves into and to want it for good or
for a time, irrespective of the changing circumstances and
developments that may be propitious or not to us.

            Entering into commitment can only show determination on
the part of the one assuming it, a determination that can only spring
from love, from one’s self-giving to another.

            It is a promise that is taken very seriously, just like
what a marrying couple would promise to each other on their wedding
day—“to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for
worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death
do us part.”

            As such, a commitment can truly be considered as proper
when it is inspired by God’s love, since it is God’s love that is its
source and pattern. God is always faithful to us, as can be gleaned
from the Book of Lamentations:

            “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies
never come to an end. They are new every morning. Great is your
faithfulness.” (3,22-23)

            And even if we are unfaithful to God, God will still be
faithful to us, as St. Paul tells us in his Letter to the Romans:
“What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the
faithfulness of God?” (3,3)

            We need to inculcate this sense of commitment among the
youth since they are the ones most affected by the current prevailing
environment of disloyalty, infidelity and promiscuity. Some have gone
to the extent of equating being non-committed with being free, when in
fact being non-committed can only make them held captive and enslaved
by self-seeking forces.

            If entered into out of love of God, there will never be
regrets. Even if the outcome may appear to be disadvantageous, such
disadvantage will only be apparent and would only be so if seen in
purely human and worldly terms. In the eyes of God, such commitment
can only be good to us irrespective of worldly and temporal

            Taking up a commitment is proof of our belief in the forever.

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