by Bro. Anthony Capirayan, SSP
As of this writing, I am sitting on the whitewashed sands of Boracay and watching the glorious sun lean its elbows on the horizon. The gray smudges on the sky start to clear and the summer breeze becomes cooler. The island everyone considers as the hub for party people has become to me a hermitage, a sanctuary for prayer, a shore for a drifting soul. Neither the conversations of the locals and tourists, nor the laughter of children frolicking in the water, nor the rhythm of reggae music at Station 2, could disturb my silent meditation. On this hallowed ground, in this sacred time, God touches me to the core.
It’s my first time to be here. And just like Peter during the transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor, I propose, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. Can’t we just put up our tent and stay here for, like, forever?” I solemnly utter those words, but I know very well it’s just wishful thinking. My stay in this paradise is not going to last (or else I’m gonna end up broke). In a few minutes, twilight will drop its curtain. In a few days, I’ll pack my stuff, head back to Manila, and continue my apostolic work.
Dear youngsters, for sure you also want to extend your summer break. Well, who doesn’t want to have another beach getaway, group camping, and . . . uhm . . . oversleeping? Who doesn’t miss the times of staying late at night chatting with friends or binge-watching movies? Who doesn’t want to crawl to his or her bed without exams and assignments to worry about?
But time’s up! Even as you’re still on vacay mode and nursing your post-summer blues, you gotta roll up your sleeves and dig into your academic pursuits. It’s okay to feel you’re not completely ready. It’s fine to have those back-to-school anxieties. Give yourself some buffer time to resettle, and before you know it, you are back into the swing of routines. There’s no need to freak out. After all, you are not alone in this undertaking; God is journeying with you. He was with you during your vacation in Mount Tabor (or wherever did you go); he remains with even as you go back to “Jerusalem,” that is, your school life. With all the examinations, readings, and extracurricular activities at school, nothing would come easy. But if you put your trust in God, you would find your daily grind meaningful.
May you have a faith-filled journey this school year!