Legislation or Salvation?

May 25, 2008

“…This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world…”  (John 6:51)

“Manila is a dying city…”, my uncle remarked as we drove along EDSA last week. Being the retired history professor that he is, my uncle then began to enumerate different cities which have gone the way of economic death. Looking around me that night, I couldn’t help but agree with him, albeit for a different reason…

I believe Manila is dying, and so are many other cities in the world, but not just economically but moreso morally.

Crime…corruption…prostitution…materialism…addictions

It’s not that the government has not done anything about these. It has. Numerous bills have been passed in Congress yearly. Ordinances have been approved in the City councils. The executive deparment has implemented perhaps every conceivable promotional gimmick to fight them off. But despite all these, our cities continue the way of death.

Why is this so?

In the Gospel today, Jesus said:

“…This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world…”  (John 6:51)

Laws are important. Policies are key. Government campaigns are essential. But only God can bring life to a dying world.

Talk about the grieving widow…

Or the cancer patient…

Or the teenage single mother…

Or the young man hooked in drugs…

Laws can only help them so much. Policies can only take them so far. Because the source of death is within. The source of death is the heart. Empty. Hopeless. Painful. In despair.

That is why tempting it might be for me to just embrace the comfortable life somewhere else, I still choose to slug it out in this dying city. Because this is where Jesus is most needed. To heal. To restore. To bring life.

My prayer for you, friend, is for you to also experience the way of life as you receive His body in communion today. As you take him into your mouth, experience him also coming into your heart. To fill your hunger. To quench your thirts. To ease your pain. To relieve you of your worries. To bring you new life.

And life can be found, not only in legislation, but more importantly in salvation. In Jesus, the true Bread of life.

Have a blessed weekend!

I remain, your friend in Christ,

Bobby Q.

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