Seeing God in Ordinary Circumstances
As the pandemic continues with new virus strains, not a few people are tempted to ask where is God nowadays.
In his Homily on the third Sunday of Easter, Most Rev. Roberto O. Gaa, D.D., Bishop of Novaliches, said that God is in the ordinary circumstances and commended the community pantries that have started to sprout all over Manila and in the provinces, including those in some parishes of the Diocese of Novaliches.
“Nakikita mo ang haba ng pila ng kumukuha, tapos hindi mo nakikita yung mga nagbibigay, at para bagang hindi nauubusan,” he said.
“Yan yung pagpapakita ni Hesus, yung pagpaparamdam Niya, meron tayong pagasa, meron tayong liwanag, andito ang Panginoon.”
These makeshift food stalls first set up in Maginhawa Street in Quezon City by Ana Patricia Non, a former UP student, are meeting points for those in need and are hungry, and those who have some to spare. Vegetables, eggs, and canned goods, among others, are donated for the taking, and takers are advised to get only what they need.
“Walang tatanggapin ang mga nangangailangan kung walang nagbibigay,” he added. “Kaya dun sa pagkakataong iyun, pinagtatagpo ng Diyos yung nangangailangan sa may kakayanan, isang napakagandang pagtatagpo na kahit na sino pwedeng makilahok.”
Bishop Gaa emphasized that we see God among the donors and the kind-hearted, who keep replenishing the food and other items in the pantries. “Eto po’y kagagawan ni Kristo sa kanila,” he added. “Hinipo ng Panginoon ang kanilang mga puso.”
He likewise noted the donors’ humility as they bring their donations without fanfare, preferring to be nameless, anonymous.
He encouraged everyone not to lose hope in this time of pandemic. “Huwag tayong mawalan ng pagasa, huwag tayong manamlay, andito ang Panginoon,” he concluded.
Photo courtesy of OLFP Soccomm