Sacerdos in Aeternum | Rev. Fr. Rommel Molina Arcilla:

Do You Love Me?

This was the question of our Lord Jesus to Simon Peter when he appeared to them on the third time after he was raised from the dead. Without much thought, Peter answered: “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Well, at least, Peter was able to redeem himself in the eyes of Jesus after he denied knowing the Lord for three times.

 

Loving God is not so hard. We can say at any given time of the day that we love the Lord and we are so sure of it. We can announce to the whole world that we love the Lord without thinking twice and without any pressure at all. However, we must also bear in mind that, when Peter answered the Lord’s questions on love, Jesus continued with a command… Feed my lambs… Tend my sheep… Feed my sheep!

 

The act of loving someone is not so easy. Love goes beyond the words which we utter to say that we love someone. Love is actually a commitment that we are ready to do and to give up something for someone all because of love. Loving is a kind of self-surrender to the one we love and the acceptance that, from that moment when we said those magical words, we are now ready to take on whatever that love entails and entices us to do. Just like what Peter did, he tended and fed the sheep that Christ entrusted to his care when he accepted the task of leading the Church as its pastor after Jesus ascended to his throne.

 

We are also being asked by our Lord with the same question everyday in our lives, and I believe that we all have the same answer just like Peter; “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you!” But then, how do we show this love to our Lord? Every time we give our answer to him, we do not hear him say further what to do. But I think he is telling us to take care of our very own life and family so we can show him how much we love him.

 

But look around us? Even here in our very own country, love is not present in the air. There is too much hate and anger, there is too much greed for money and power, too much lies and deception. We have a lot of people around us who may have lost their sense of pride and dignity so they are aspiring to have a seat in politics after being convicted with plunder and some other illegal activities in their past. There is even a candidate who is aspiring for the highest post in our government but he cannot even solve his tax issues. How can we vote for a person who do not even have a college degree, a jobless man before he filed his candidacy, a man who came from a family of thieves! I say it loudly that only a fool can vote for an idiot to lead our country. Enough is enough, and I say never again to those abuses which this family committed during their satanic reign! There are a lot of other candidates who hatched their plans in the deepest deep of hell.

 

This election is another chance for us to prove our love to God and for ourselves. This is a chance for us to feed the lambs, tend the sheep, and feed the sheep that Christ has entrusted to each one of us. Those lambs and those sheep are you and me and we all belong to this one sheepfold. Our duty and our obligation as Christians are to improve our lives by choosing the best persons for their particular job. This is our chance to prove to God that we really love him because now we are all ready to awaken in us that sense of God and also our commitment to serve him and do his will. How I really wish that the candidate with a fear of God and with respect to the dignity of human life will prevail over the united thieves (unithieves) who are so bent on derailing her noble plans and platforms.

 

God bless us all, God bless the Philippines!

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