Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth. ~ Genesis 7:17
It has been raining and pouring and flooding in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon. News reports say that torrential rains began Monday morning and have caused massive flooding, prompting evacuations and work suspension in government and private offices, as well as classes in all levels. The rains are predicted to continue until tomorrow.
My initial reaction when I heard about the news is that the heavens are crying for the Philippine people. A reminder for the Filipinos of that time Noah built an ark. A sign from God telling his children to repent and amend their lives. Though the Philippines the third largest Catholic state in the world after Brazil and Mexico and Asia’s largest Catholic country, sad to say, most Filipino Catholics no longer follow the basic beliefs and practices of the Church. Instead, they justify their actions and modify their religion according to their lifestyle and whims.
I should know. I was one of them. I used to do the same. It was not until I truly chose to be a Catholic and learn more about God and what it means to be a Catholic by attending doctrine classes, recollections, and retreats and frequenting the sacrament of reconciliation that I realised this.
And so I pray for my fellow Filipino people, my relatives and friends, for their safety, for their conversion. Today was the day intended for the deliberation of the RH Bill in Congress, after all. I’d like to think God’s hand played on the delay by causing the heavy rains.