The WORD in Other Words by Fr Flavie Villanueva SVD (Philippines) for Saturday 9th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Pauls’s words in today’s first reading aptly describes today’s signs of the times,
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine…. they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths”(2 Tim 4, 3-4)
On the afternoon of September 2016, a group of policemen rammed through the door of Maria’s house while everyone was eating. All were directed to leave the house, dragged out. Her husband, Tony, and son, Carlo, were left at table. Their long frantic wait of 20 minutes ended with 8 gunshots, preceded by two distinct pleas: “huwag po, huwag po, maawa po kayo” (Please don’t, please don’t, have mercy). But the police declared, “Nanlaban sila’ (They fought back.), Maria, carrying her little girl, went hysterical in the street when he saw Tony’s and Carlo’s lifeless bodies with 4 gunshot wounds each.
I met Maria when she decided to join “Program Paghilom,” which I had started for the care of widows-orphans victimized by extra-judicial killings (EJK). Traumatized by her experience, she broke down telling her story and cringed at the sound of a strong horn. After 6 months of faithfully going through the process of “Paghilom”, she emerged as a leader of the two batches of the Program. She testified: “Evil people have done very bad and painful things to my family. But God helped me, He led me to Paghilom. I have no money to give. But I offer my story and my healing instead.”
Maria tragically lost what’s precious to her. She turned to Jesus, the Wounded-Healer. Now, she possesses “the widow’s mite.” Can you be as generous?
Source – Bible Diary 2020