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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Apr 9, 2020


ON GOOD FRIDAY, JESUS DIED to save mankind.

He’s really our Saviour, our Redeemer.

I don’t want to sound preachy, or holier than thou, because I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a sinner myself.

I really wish I could be kinder to other people, but I have so little patience, specially to those who are so bobo and those who don’t want to help themselves.

I can also be so proud. When I think about the high moments of my life, specially when I was in my 20s and 30s and felt like that I’m the sole master of my fate, I feel so proud of myself.

I believe that all the good things in my life are happening because of me, myself and I deserve it.

But now, in my sunset years, I've been humbled and have more humility to admit that all of them are mere graces the Lord that allowed to happen because He cares for me, even if I were sometimes undeserving, but He’s just so magnanimous.

As I grew older into my 60s and now, my mid-70s, I learned to acknowledge that God is with every moment of my life and all I have to do is to open my life, for Him to enter it.

He will never impose himself. Just like in His first miracle in Cana, He was invited and they asked His help before He turned the water into the best wine ever.

Man has many sins and one of them is not acknowleding Him at all. Sometimes, no matter how God has been generous to you, you are still not satisfied.

And that’s the problem with lots of people today: they just don’t know how to be contented with what they have.

God has already given them a good career or business, but they want to earn some more so they go into some other ventures.

God has given them a big house, a car, and other material things, but they’re still not satisfied. They want a bigger house, a bigger car, a more expensive cellphone, lots of gadgets and jewelry they can flaunt, it’s endless.

Walang kabusugan, walang kasiyahan, until they mess up their lives and wished they have something simpler, less messy.

In the end, it’s not the material things that matter, as we all know we can’t take it with us when we leave this world.

It’s our relationships. First of all, with God, our Lord and Creator, and with other people, our loved ones.

And now that we’re in the midst of this world wide health crisis that is teaching us something, my only prayer is: “LORD, YOUR WILL BE DONE!”