Jesus Moment

(Pat Oconer, CFC FFL Work with the Poor)

I went to Navotas last Sunday to visit brethren that were hit by typhoon Pedring. The devastation also made me think of how they were able to survive, at the same time, reflected on the many things i should be grateful for.

Entering that place made me see even more the urgency to bring Gods work amongst the poor. They are deprived of what is due them, while others enjoy so much, they don’t have a decent home. While others lavishly stay in 4 to 5 bedroom homes, they don’t have clean water to drink. While we neglect conserving water, they don’t have nice clothes to wear. We ignore and forget to thank God when we actually have more.

We are called to bring liberation to those oppressed. We have the chance, we have the opportunity to help and be Jesus to other people, but I guess, the real challenge is for us to reflect on ourselves and the way we live our lives.

Leaving that place last Sunday gave me a rude awakening. I was disturbed, and questions circled over my head. Brethren affected brought us to my car, and bid us farewell with a smile, as if nothing happened.

I wonder, if that happened to us? Could we still smile? I have experienced and have seen Jesus in the midst of trash in Navotas. It was because of brothers and sisters who have showed me their faith, that still, despite what happened, know and accept that God is in control of their lives. And even more, they are grateful that they are still alive!