03 October 2009

“May Bukas Pa”

(by Msgr. Oscar V. Cruz, DD, Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan. Taken from his blog, Viewpoints)

A rescue worker carries the body of a child that drowned in flooding brought by tropical storm Ketsana in Marikina city, east of the Philippine capital Manila, on September 27, 2009. (JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)

”Huwag damdamin and kasawian.
May Bukas pa sa inyong buhay.
Sisikat din ang inyong araw.
And landas mo ay mag-iilaw.”

As people condole with those who lost their dear ones and sympathize as well with them in losing too their already little assets, the above song is not only significant but also very relevant. They suffered much and continue to suffer more on account of the recent devastating typhoon. They shed many tears. They harbor much sorrow. They feel great lost. But, may bukas pa.

“Sa daigdig ang buhay ay ganyan.
Mayroong ligaya at lumbay.
Maghintay at may darating na bukas

The well known and much heard song thus speaks of the following fundamental truths: There is the world reality that is a mixture of joyful and sorrowful events. There is human life that has its happy times and saddening days. There is man who is assured of a promising tomorrow after a lamentable today. So, may bukas pa.

“May bukas pa sa inyong buhay.
Tutulungan ka ng Diyos na may lalang.
Ang inyong pagdaramdam, idalangin mo sa Maykapal.
Nasa puso mo ay mawala ng lubusan.”

Thus it is that there is God Who is for man. This is why prayer is man’s strength and God’s weakness. God is not only all-knowing but also all-able. It is so easy for Him to reverse human misfortune. It is so natural of Him to cleanse the human heart from suffering and pain. Hence, may bukas pa.