|60. Faithful, accompanied, and transformed|
|Monday, 30 April 2012|
ESSC shares an excerpt from a short talk by ESSC Director Pedro Walpole, SJ with other Jesuits on the last day of their villa in Baguio City from 26 to 30 March 2012.
There are perhaps three things we could draw from today's readings to give depth to our reflection: being faithful, accompanied, and transformed. I have spent 20 years sharing the message of Christ, love of neighbour, spiritual healing and caring for His people and His creation. After 20 years, people still don't fully understand me along the Pulangi, even if my Visayan liturgy is now better flowing than my English. Yet, the people understand in some way that I accompany them, and while unaware of their slow and unsure response, it seeps into me as an amazing assurance of love and overtakes me. All I can say is that the confusion, contradictions, and conflicts are truly a blessing and transform me, unprepared as I am.
Living the message of Christ s not just faithfulness and love of neigbour, but as the passion and death of Jesus reminds us, it is to bring our sufferings, the unbearableness of life to Christ. We do not mature nor are we transformed just by doing good things, but we need to face the impossible and offer our sufferings.
This is the last evening of our short stay here in Baguio, and as we look around in our environment, there are 10 things I view:
Looking more broadly, there are also the following points to think about:
All these 10 points call for faithfulness in doing little things, having small commitments to the environment and developing new habits. Reflecting deeply on the challenges, we are strengthened in facing the sorrows. Even in being beaten by the disasters of this world, we are learning to adapt and transform our lives and living.
There are no quick, easy, or even hard answers to the problems of the next generation. But what I see, not merely in science and technology, but also in people, assures me of the goodness of creation and people in our responses.
For those of us who do not experience the depth of the ecological crisis, these may all appear doomsday and hot air; it is anything but. It is the challenge of faith, accompaniment, and transformation all over again.
Given these 10 points, I remain deeply consoled as I sense the transformation that is building and envisage the time of others ahead.