The WORD in other words (2021) by Fr. Rodrigo Salac, SVD (Davao City)
Saturday 3rd Week in Ordinary Time
I once visited a very close friend who had bronco-pneumonia. While her condition worried me, it didn’t bother her: “I’m not worried at all. If I die because of this illness, it is the best thing that can ever happen to me. I will be with God; the earlier, the better.”
On another occasion, I was requested by Fr. Alejandrino Plaza, SVD (RIP), to serve in Tagabaca in Dinagat Parish during Holy Week. I stayed in the house of a charismatic couple who were both teachers. I asked how they were witnessing to their faith amidst hostile PBMAs. The wife said that they just trusted in God’s providence, so nothing bad would happen to them. When they needed a motorized boat, they just fervently pray to God to give them the boat, which they got in no time at all. She added: “We believe that God is good all the time.” And I said, “Praise the Lord.”
Trust in God should is not much of a problem for us today. The disciples of Jesus in today’s Gospel were still in the process of knowing who Jesus was. They were amazed at his power but, at the same time, wondered who this person was and how come the tempest calmed in his presence.
Our response to all the challenges in our world should be like that of Abraham in our first reading (Hebrews 11, 2). He trusted God, who made a remarkable promise: descendants as many as the grains of sand on the shore of the sea and as many as the stars of heaven.
Like Abraham and my host couple in Tagabaca, Dinagat, I do trust the Lord. Well, many more in this world do so, and that’s great.