Ano ang Tunay na Tuwid na Daan? (What’s the Real Right Path?)
I think we are all familiar as we always hearing about the Tuwid na Daan (Right Path). For sure we all know that this is the political motto of the Aquino government and of the Liberal Party which assures a better and strong Philippines as a nation (Is this makes sense? Is this sounds appealing?). Stating this fact, it is not my intention to endorse the Liberal Party for 2016 Elections nor elevating the Aquino’s Administration. I used the Tuwid na Daan thing for my reflection in considering about the real straight and right path for our lives and for our welfare, i.e. the Lord’s Tuwid na Daan which is more powerful and greater than it.
The Second Sunday of Advent, which we commemorated last Sunday, and last Tuesday’s solemnity of the Immaculate Concepcion introduces and presents to us the real straight and right path for our lives. Probably, this straight and right path is what we really aspire, dreaming, and hoping for-the path that which greater than the government’s Tuwid na Daan and for sure cannot be also controlled by its temporal and political power. But, how we may be able to feel and embrace this path? Here are the three things that suggests our attentiveness and awareness; (1) To feel and embrace the Lord’s Tuwid na Daan means to prepare ourselves with a welcoming attitude. St. John the Baptist in the gospel for the Second Sunday of Advent encourages us to prepare the way of the Lord and to straighten his paths. This is possible unless we welcome the Lord in our hearts through conversion. So, the burning question is this; are we willing to change our old bad habits, vices, and intriguing values systems for the sake of welcoming the Lord into our lives? The only way in order to prepare and straighten the way of the Lord is really to prepare our hearts with conviction and motivation for change. By the way, what kind of way that John the Baptist is referring to us? Metanoia, i.e. our willingness to change of hearts or in other terms our capacity for Repentance starting from ourselves, and then our neighbors. (2) To feel and embrace the Lord’s Tuwid na Daan means to straighten our heart’s path. What do I mean in saying this point? In the gospel last Sunday, St. John the Baptist challenges us to prepare the way of the Lord. Good preparation of the Lord’s path starts from our hearts. If our hearts are not ready and willing to receive the Lord wholeheartedly, what is the sense of our waiting and our preparation for His coming? How could we fully enjoy His presence with joy, peace, and prosperity if mediocrity and disinterestedness sways and controls our hearts? (3) To feel and embrace the Lord’s Tuwid na Daan means be humble like Mary. In the gospel for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Concepcion, we witnessed how Mary humbly accepted the angel’s Gabriel announcement that she will bear the Son of the Most High. From that instance, Mary gives us a hint on how to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord, i.e. humility. Humility is not about being inferior to someone who is superior, rather it’s about trusting to the providence of the Lord in spite of our weaknesses and unworthiness. It’s also all about being true, transparent, and honest in front of the Lord who is gracious in mercy and bountiful in love. So, in spite of our shortcomings, do we still believe that we can receive the Lord through humility? Are we eager and keen to be humble like Mary as our way of preparing ourselves for the coming of the Lord? Are we ready to strive for humility even though it’s demanding and challenging?
Indeed, Ano ang Tunay na Tuwid na Daan? (What’s the Real Right Path?). Perhaps, you’re still thinking about a path that is not frustrating, convenient, progressing, dignified, and well-paved. But, how about our hearts’ path today, does it follow God’s standards and measures in order for it to be a straight and right path for our lives? Today, God only asks us three things in order that we may be able to achieve the right path that we are longing for; (1) To feel and embrace the Lord’s Tuwid na Daan means to prepare ourselves with a welcoming attitude, (2) To feel and embrace the Lord’s Tuwid na Daan means to straighten our heart’s path, and (3) To feel and embrace the Lord’s Tuwid na Daan means be humble like Mary. With these, we pray that God may gave us strength and inspiration in doing these challenges as we prepare ourselves for His coming.