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February 13, 2015

A Cry For Justice And Peace!

Gen Espina cried in last Tuesday’s Mamasapano hearing in Congress when he related the brutal murder of some of his SAF men. Gen. Napeñas could not help himself seeing his superior crying so he stood up and approached him and expressed his empathy. These are military men who had faced death so many times in their lives. Perhaps they will face more in the future. Yet, they were not ashamed to cry in public and in nationwide television.

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The emotions brought about by the tragedy took its toll on their hardened hearts. It was not a show of weakness. It was a, in fact, a show of deeply rooted strength. It only means that they knew their men. While they are professional police officers, they had revealed that they were very human and also possess feelings, fear and concern included. At times we forget what these men in uniform go through whenever they have a tour of duty. When they die, we are usually supplied only with numbers or statistics. We tend to disregard that they have families, friends and most importantly, they are human beings like us. This is just one of the consequences of war. Many lives had been lost, families separated, institutions destroyed, opportunities gone.

The irony is we all want peace. Anyone who will be asked of this question will certainly say yes. Yet, that is all is done. Few are lifting their fingers, even sacrificing, in order to attain lasting peace. In the eyes of the Christian, true peace comes in forgiveness and loving and respecting one another. Jesus was right in asking us to be like children. Children can be the worst of enemies at one time but can easily shift to being friends in a wink. Children grow no grudges. Past is past. Once they had forgiven, you can be certain all are forgotten and will never be brought up at anytime. Sadly, we cannot say the same for adults. And there, I think, lies not only the difference but the fault.

So, what will it take for us to attain peace not only here in our country but for the world? John Lennon expressed it in his song, “Imagine.” The last line should summarise what he suggests, “ You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one!”

Jesus’ peace transcends all peace in this world. He said it Himself. From His actions, as Prince of Peace, He was sent by God the Father to save a sinful world. Thus, on that silent night, holy night, Christmas eve, He was born. Peace on earth happened. God, the offended, offered His hand to us through His Son who became flesh and dwelt among us. May God’s peace be with us!

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