First district Representative Rene Relampagos opted to send a message of peace as the whole Christian world celebrated Lent and now Easter.
The past year has been tumultuous for the most part. Unrest in both the local and international scene is a commonplace. Terrorist attacks in Europe, war in the Middle East, nuclear threats in the Korean peninsula, displacement of many people in the world. The Philippines is not spared with the Marawi siege the number one issue that shook the country’s peace.
But the lack of peace is also a problem in the communities, in the homes, in relationships, in ourselves, said the solon.
The lack of peace is counterproductive, destructive and vicious. It destroys selves, families and communities. It stunts economic growth. It brings political and social unrests. It sows unhealthy fear. It displaces trust. It creates chaos. It destroys humanity.
But because of His death, we gained peace, the Boholano lawmaker said.
The solon quoted the Bible, ‘By His wounds we are healed.’ May we take that to heart this lent. By His every wound, Jesus was casting away our fears, our doubts, our sins. He was healing us, bringing us closer to Him, giving us peace.
“Let us reflect that it is only by dying to self and by taking to heart Christ’s ultimate sacrifice of love that can we know peace. And it only by intentionally seeking the good of others, that we can gain true and lasting peace. Peace with ourselves, peace to our community and peace to the world,” said Relampagos.
He urged the Boholanos to be the peacemakers – in our selves, homes, workplaces and communities. By practicing humility and forgiveness, as Jesus did on the cross, and intentionally seek peace everywhere we may be.
The solon moved further to remind people to forgive and seek forgiveness with our families, friends and neighbors. He also urged people to be the bridge to create peace.
The solon urged the Boholanos not to forget the fact we are only sojourners in the world. It is not what we gain for ourselves that matter.
“It is what we give. We are only here for a short time. May it be our prayer to be at peace with ourselves and be peacemakers for the greatest good. This is my prayer for all of us. May we all have a reflective lent,” said the solon.