April 6, 2005

Amen!!!

The irony of all ironies. Sa darating na graduation ng FEU ngayong darating na Lunes, ako ang naatasang mag-deliver ng invocation bilang representative ng Institute of Graduate Studies. Kung speech ang pinapagawa sa akin, madali lang e. Pero kapag isang public prayer, medyo nahihirapan ako.

Dahil ba sa hindi ako naniniwala sa diyos? Hindi. Naniniwala naman ako sa diyos e, kahit na siguro hindi ako naniniwala sa organized religion. Sa akin lang kasi, ayaw kong nagdadasal in public. Pag may pinagli-lead nga ng prayer, nagtatago na ako para hindi ako ang ma-assign. Gusto ko kasi, ang dasal ay parang conversation lang. Para lang kaming nag-uusap ni Lord. Sasagot siya, sasagot ako. May personal touch.

Heniweyz, kanina ay sinimulan ko na itong isulat. Ang lumabas ay nakapagsulat ako ng speech...tapos nagkaroon na lang ng mga salitang Lord at God kaya nagmukha nang dasal. Hay naku...pagpalain naman sana kami ni Lord sa mga pagsasabihin ko sa stage. Ano kaya ang magiging corrections ng admin sa aking prayer? Masyado na naman kayang activist ito sa tingin nila? Sana wala nang palitan...

We are in the presence of God.

Lord, thank you for this moment of pride and joy as we celebrate the end of one chapter in our lifelong quest for learning. It has been a long and trying journey for a lot of us, and we thank you for guiding us with your spirit along the way.

As we open a new chapter in our lives, please remind each one of us that we are some of a privileged few from our society who managed to reach this point of academic distinction. In a society obssessed with displaying diplomas and medals on our walls, it is ironic that less than 5% of our population manages to get this far in terms of educational attainment.

In this light, please remind each one of us, Lord, that our privileged position of being college, master's or doctorate degree holders does not mean that we are an exclusive elite destined to feast on our nation's riches. Rather, we are your instruments of change and development, bestowed with the responsibility to open the doors of opportunity to our less fortunate brethren. You have given us the key to these doors leading to our country's future. Please shower us with wisdom to guide us in fulfilling this responsibility.

Lord, please bless this batch of Tamaraws. Make us special. May we be remembered not just as another batch of names to be added to the alumni roster of our distinguished University. Instead, may we be remembered as the batch of Tamaraws who left the hallowed halls of Far Eastern University and struck out to become a force of good in our families, our local communities, our nation, and in our world.

All of these we ask in your name. Amen.

2 comments:

nanoy said...

huwahaha! hindi si lord ang nagpapaalala sa kanila, ikaw! :D

Anonymous said...

Amen to that sir!ang lufet..sa tingin ko wala naman dapat baguhin..ang ganda nga e..graduate na rin sana ako..hehe..-tanny