It is the end of Day 3 here in the City of Tacloban, Philippines. We spent the day doing much of what we did on day 2. I was able to find my way to the early morning mass before we started our training at 9am.
I always find it interesting to see the theological and spiritual lens people use to respond to a tragedy. In these moments we are asking, “Why does a loving God allow bad things to happen?”
On Sunday morning I attended mass at Sto Niños parish, a short walk from our hotel. As you can see from the photos below, the parish did not fare well in the storm.
The gospel from this Sunday was the Emmaus story. Three days after the crucifixion of Jesus two of his disciples are walking along the road. A stranger approaches them and asks what they are talking about. They recount the past three days. The death. The missing body. The stories of angels saying he is risen.
Over dinner the stranger breaks and blesses bread. In that moment the disciples’ eyes are opened and see it is Jesus resurrected.
The homily was about 40% in English, but this is what I caught.