“34”Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household.37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
It is regretful-since my two aunts were very helpful when I was taking my college education at University of Santo Tomas. It was then I became born-again-became Christian-a disciple of Christ. But due to their previous experience with a relative who became a Seventh-Day Adventist, who always look at Catholics-as agents of the AntiChrist.Sunday being a creation of the Pope in their view.
So when Mojie (from IVCF and UST engineering student) started to conduct bible studies at the house at 1036 Instruccion St., Sampaloc, Manila-my aunts started to be hostile to me. My cousin-Berna and my nephew-Demy and my niece -Gemma were our bible studies participant. My father and my mother have to intervene the next weekend so that I can continue attending a house church at Constancia st.
Until they died some few years ago (2006-2007) I was no longer able to share to them the gospel one-on-one. But Auntie Binay was able to listen to the Gospel in my weeding in 1993-but I was not able to talk to her during her last days -because she is too weak and was not conscious at the time.
They believed that their religiosity-praying in front of images of saints and Jesus-will protect them from the fires of hell-And I wish it is true-for they did not really have an easy life. Their being strict was easily misunderstood by us. We always think that they are just dirty-minded-and not that they are just have foresight instead. And yes they are self and works -righteous. Not really grace. But in the end of their life-when their strenght are diminished-I felt they are understanding that they must rely much on the strenght that comes from God.
But through them I was able to make my first stand-And I did-because of HIm-who gives me strenght and easily gave me a way out.