*Bible Readings: Revelation 14:1-5; Psalm 24:1-6; Luke 21:1-4 (or Matthew 12:46-50)
“Sino… sino ba sila?!”
Yan ang famous line ng oldies rock song ng Pinoy band na Sampaguita. Ang message ng kanta ay para sa mga maangas na tao. And the question seems to be nicely appropriate for the Scripture Readings today. After reading First Reading hanggang Gospel Reading from Matthew, hindi mo talaga maiiwasan na masagot yung tanong na “Sino ba sila?”
“Nosi ba lasi?”
Maaangas ang mga characters na binanggit sa passages in a different and good way. Maaangas sila dahil astig sila! God has given them the honor and privilege because of what they chose to become. This is an important truth in Christianity:
The Christian life is not about doing nor belonging, but rather about becoming.
Ulit: ang buhay Kristyano ay hindi tungkol sa kung ano ang ginagawa mo o kung saan nabibilang ang mga ginagawa mo; ang buhay Kristyano ay tungkol sa kung ano ka nagiging dahil kay Kristo.
Notice sa Revelation 14* yung description ng 144,000. Wag muna nating isipin kung konti lang ba ang maliligtas. The focus is not on the number but on the description of the number. “These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They have been ransomed as the first fruits of the human race for God and the Lamb. On their lips no deceit has been found; they are unblemished.” In Psalm 24 they were called “the race that seeks for him, that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.” And indeed the passage from Matthew 12* describes Jesus’ family as those seeking or looking for Him. At hindi lang basta naghahanap sa Kanya, niliwanag pa ni Jesus na sila yung sumusunod sa kalooban ng Kanyang Ama sa Langit.
All these ought to inspire us. Dahil hindi nga about sa belongingness ang Christianity, the question for us is not what we must do. Ang tanong na sinasagot ng mga passages ay what exactly we must become. Or rather, have we been transformed already?
Madalas we couldn’t be like them because we’re focused on what we want and thought we can do, e hindi nga about works ang Christianity. Good works is a product of our transformation, not the bringer of our transformation. What transforms us is the grace of God which we receive by faith. At tulad ng isang bata na puno ng lumang laruan ang kamay, matatanggap lang natin ang grace (gift of God) na ito kapag binitawan na natin ang mga hawak natin.
It is when we give up and surrender everything we have, like the widow in the Gospel from Luke*, that we receive and are received in the Kingdom of God.
Is there anything that you’re holding on to right now that keeps you from receiving the grace of God? May mga ayaw ka bang bitawan?
Let go and let God transform you.
Then you will become – a part of His family and a part of His Body.