A reflection on the book El Camino de Santiago by Michael Caiga, CFC FFL Fulltime Worker. El Camino de Santiago is a book written by our Servant General, Frank Padilla.
God gave us this gift of mission to continue this work of salvation; it is from Jesus and we must share it to others. This privilege must continue. Along the way, we will encounter struggles, hurts, insults, and many more. But it is all part of it, it’s all part of the way of salvation. The only thing we need to do is to never stop what you are supposed to do – continue the work of God. It is not about the people hurting or insulting us, but its all about Gods Salvation. We would rather bring those people on the way of salvation because it is also for them.
We will get weak, we will experience suffering but God will always remind us to never give up. He also encountered those painful experiences Himself but He finished it. So should we. Let us fix our eyes to Jesus, He will be our strength in this journey.
As we keep on going this journey of salvation despite of our weaknesses and everyday struggle, we should always be grateful. Everything is a grace and a gift from God. Most of the time this is the opportunity of God to show His love and mercy for each one of us. This is His opportunity to remind us that we need Him, that He is our strength in our weaknesses to continue this journey. He will always teach us to be humble enough in doing this work. And if we are humble enough to do this work we will look at things differently, we will be grateful in simple things. Sometimes we forget those simple things is the way to give us a simple joy in our heart.
Sometimes we make things complicated. There are a lot of things to be grateful, but we look for something greater and the result of it is that there are some pilgrims who are not happy in this journey. That’s why it is very important to offer everything to the Lord as our way of worship and thanks giving – even our pain and sufferings. This will lead us to be a more humble and joyful servant of God.
I remember my experience as pilgrim in WYD2016 at Poland as a barker of CFC YFL Sub group. This reminded me to keep on the right way because I’m the one commanding my co-pilgrim to stop or go, to run or walk. More than being on the track I need to look at my co-pilgrim if they still have the strength to run and walk, because we can also stop and rest for a while.
Same thing in our journey to our salvation, we need time to devote in the sacraments, studying the Bible and our personal prayer time. This will be our weapon in this unseen battle, and yes this journey is a spiritual battle! We need to be ready when to stop or attack, when to run or just walk and when to stop. We are at the forefront of this battle of salvation.
In this battle Jesus and Mary is with us. We will fight this battle with a joyful heart. He already won this Salvation, only we have to do is to respond to be his servant leader to bring people to His kingdom of heaven. We are called to represent Jesus! We are to live Christ and share Christ!