"So many of you have lost everything. I don’t know what to say to you. But the Lord does know what to say to you. Some of you have lost part of your families. All I can do is keep silence and walk with you all with my silent heart. Many of you have asked the Lord – why lord? And to each of you, to your heart, Christ responds with his heart from the cross. I have no more words for you. Let us look to Christ. He is the Lord. He understands us because he underwent all the trials that we, that you, have experienced." - Pope Francis
Oh my dear Pope Francis, as the Vicar of Jesus, I hope you were just being facetious. How could we Filipinos ever experienced the same trials of Jesus? Dead Filipinos have no ability to resurrect themselves back to life like Jesus did? We poor Filipinos have no ability to walk on water like they could have during the Yolanda flood destruction? We Filipinos do not know how to cure leprosy; or how to feed the hungry multitude; or, how to change water into wine like Jesus did!
In the meantime, where is Jesus? How come he has not as yet delivered his promise to return to earth?
A promised He made several times to His flock as written in the bible some 2,000 years ago! As you are
the Vicar of Jesus, aren't you in constant communication with Jesus - your superior in heaven? How come past Popes, the Vicars of Christ like you are only declaring as well that Jesus will soon be returning to be with us?
As a 10 year old boy, my 90 year old great grandmother was proudly telling me to believe that Jesus will
be arriving any day now! She herself believed it because her own great grandmother told her to believe it
too! My grade school and high school teachers of some 65 years ago told me to believe and have faith in the same thing. So where is Jesus?
Ever since Christianity arrived to conquer the Philippines into submission in the 16th century, more than
a BILLION Filipinos have already lived and died. Among these already dead are our loved ones - our parents, grandparents, great grandparents, uncles, aunties, cousins, in-laws, friends, teachers, professors, and associates - all devoted to God as they all loved and had strong faith in Jesus while they lived here in the Philippines. Aren't these Filipino souls manifesting more love and more faith to Jesus in heaven today?
Is Jesus not yet satisfied with such love, faith and devotion? So much so that Jesus needs more love and more faith and devotion from those of us poor Filipinos still living today in this poor and backward 3rd world country as the only Catholic country in Asia today?
My dear Pope Francis - why do you say that within our "problems" (street children, the homeless, jobless, and prostitution) as a poor and sick people; and, within our "troubles" ( sick, greedy, selfish, insane, and corrupt politicians of the State as a backward 3rd World country - "Jesus is with us!" I ask: isn't there something corruptible and destructible of a people historically sustained with comfortable myths? Indeed, of a people perpetually sustained with concealed falsehood rather than guided with the revealed truth?
In this day and age, more referred to as the 21st century, I said it before, I say it again: the desire to understand our country and the desire to reform its historical horrors are the two great engines of growth as a people, and development as a nation without which we Filipinos will just continue to be famous worldwide as the Poor and Sick Man of Asia eternally in desperate need of a Savior! Poch Suzara Twitter# Facebook# Google#