Submitted for Resolution

“…The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and steals away what was sown in his heart..” (Matthew 13:19)

More than a week.

That was how long it took for my family to decide on the medical procedure that my father would undergo this coming Wednesday. Being a family of many lawyers, we needed to get all the facts before we made the crucial decision.

The scene was a classic straight out of a TV sitcom.

My father, subject of the case (meaning he was the patient), called the meeting of all family members and all the attending physicians last week in Davao. Lying on his hospital bed, he called the meeting to order. The family members took turns presenting their persuasive arguments like counsels to a case. The doctors were cross examined on the witness stand. Pros and cons weighed. Risks evaluated. Situation analyzed. After more than an hour, my father called for a few days recess. We were then ordered to go for a second opinion from an expert witness in Manila.

Yesterday, when all the pleadings as well as the second opinion were filed, both parties rested their case and the case was submitted for resolution. My father, acting as both patient and judge, was left with the decision.

He chose angioplasty over bypass.

In legal practice, a judge must know the relevant facts and laws in order to make an informed decision.

I want to believe it is the same thing with anything in life, especially our faith.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus said:

“…The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and steals away what was sown in his heart..” (Matthew 13:19)

Isn’t it true with many of our brethren in the faith?

Some of them desert the faith without first understanding it. Either the mass or service is too boring or the bible too confusing. It may be because of a bad-witnessing Sunday school teacher or a tyrannical parish priest. Or it may have something to do with outdated teachings or irrelevant preachings. Whatever the reason is, some us have given up on God and the church without even first trying to know the facts and understand the laws.

Just like in law or medicine, before one submits his case for resolution, one must first try to get all the facts and laws he needs in order to make an informed decision regarding his faith. You may not make the right decision all the time, but you will always be at peace knowing you had all the information that you needed before making the choice.

Are you on the brink of giving up on your faith?

I have one unsolicited advice: Don’t.

Know your faith. Study. Ask.

For the enemy is powerless over someone who truly understands the beauty of our faith.

I remain yours,

Bobby

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