“Desiring True Worship”
3rd Sunday in Lent
During the 19th century, the Philippines is known as the only Christian nation in the Far East. All around our country, from the highly urbanized cities to the far flung provinces, we have churches from different Christian denominations. Worship services are being held from the intricately designed old cathedrals to the modernly fashioned buildings to the small one-bedroom apartment houses. The general population still embraces worship as an essential element in their faith experience, so almost every Sunday we see Filipinos gathering in churches. An average Filipino would have had attended a mass or service at the very least more than a hundred times in his or her lifetime. It is safe to say then that we are a church going and worshipping people.
However, at the turn of the century, our country is ranked as one of the most corrupt nations not only in SouthEast Asia but around the world. Aside from corruption, we have high statistics of criminality, injustices and human exploitation.
Many would wonder then why a Christian nation like the Philippines would have these societal problems despite the fact that most Filipinos would have heard about God and His commands every time they attend a church worship. Unbelievers would all the more question the existence of God while believers would feel that God is not listening to their prayers. ANONG NANGYARI?
I present our country’s case in the light of our theme and our lectionary texts which speaks about desiring true worship. At Ellinwood Malate Church, do we really have true worship?