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Audience: 7:30 am Mass SBCA Chapel
Genesis 3:9-24; Mark 8:1-10
(Fr Aelred Nilo, OSB)

Filipino fast-food giant Jollibee has recently released series of heart-wrenching advertisements called ‘Kwentong Jollibee Valentine Series’. In its first installment the "Vow", it tackles the sacrifices a person would go through for the love of his life. Immediately the ads spurred funny messages and bitter memes over the social media.

 

One comment wrote, “friday mood: crying in a coffee shop because of jollibee commercials”. Some people were too emotional after watching the video. Netizens felt sad especially for the "best friend."

Interestingly, however, it reminds us also of the scripture readings today. While the "best friend" in the Jollibee’s “Vow” ads became the poster boy for "those who found joy in loving unconditionally", today’s scripture passage from Genesis shows us the sad aftermath of the first sin of Adam and Eve. Their sin reminds us that there is a rebellious part in each of us, which seduced us to an evil desire.

Since ADAM AND EVE DISOBEYED GOD THEY WERE BANISHED FROM PARADISE AND RETURNED TO THE GROUND FROM WHICH THEY WERE TAKEN. Thus, God said to the woman: “I will intensify the pangs of your childbearing; in pain shall you bring forth children. Yet your urge shall be for your husband, and he shall be your master.” To the man God said: “ By the sweat of your face shall you get bread to eat, Until you return to the ground, from which you were taken; For you are dirt, and to dirt you shall return.”

Similarly in that first series of Jollibee’s “Vow” ads, ChickenJoy turned into ChickenSad after the guy did not get the happily-ever-after he deserved, as his "JolliBae" only considered him as a "JolliBes.

Another comment wrote: “Jollibee's latest video reminds us that February isn't only for the couples in love, but also for the people who chose to love in silence".

GOD ALSO CHOSE TO LOVE US DESPITE OUR SINS. Although Adam and Eve had sinned, GOD DID NOT ABANDON THEM BUT SEARCHED FOR THEM. God has to ask us the question, “Where are you?”

God knows we are somewhat lost because of OUR DISOBEDIENCE. The result is that sometimes, WE DON'T FEEL AT HOME TALKING WITH GOD and WE EVEN HIDE OURSELVES FROM GOD. This is why we are unhappy or angry or feel at odds with so many people, because we are not at peace, or "at home" with God and with ourselves. Our bad choices alienated us with God, with others and even with our very selves.

Our reading today from Mark’s gospel shows us an incredible contrast. JESUS TAKES PITY ON THE CROWD. HE KNOWS THAT THEY ARE STARVING. HE DECIDES TO FEED THEM. Jesus summoned the disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat” (Mark 8:2).

Sometimes we get angry with God, because we blame God for not giving us what we think we want. When we are isolated and famished for a communion with our God, we can lose hope and say, “You can't feed me. I'm too impatient, or sad, or angry, or busy.”

JESUS TELLS US, “GIVE THEM WHAT YOU HAVE.” He says, in effect, “I'll make it work. I'll do the feeding. I am the Lord of communion.” GOD IS REACHING OUT TO US SO THAT HE CAN WORK HIS MIRACLE, HIS POWER, IN US.

An anonymous author wrote: “GOD CLOSE TO GOD FIRST BEFORE GETTING CLOSE TO ANYONE ELSE. GOD WITHOUT MAN IS STILL GOD, BUT A MAN WITHOUT GOD IS … NOTHING.”

Jesus also calls us to tell us he feels pity for us (Mk 8:2). We hear Jesus asking another question: “How many loaves have you?” Life or death lies within our selves and our motives for acting. Life or death is not “out there” but inside ourselves, in how we react to God and to share our life with others as God has shared his life with us.

Today let us ponder on these words of wisdom,: “YOU MAY BE THE ONLY JESUS SOME PEOPLE SEE.”

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