Praised be Jesus and Mary!
Fr. Jess Cruz, San Agustin parish priest, gave a very interesting question for us to think about. He shared this story:
Foreigner: Bakit kayong mga Pilipino mababango?
Filipino: Kasi madalas kami maligo.
Foreigner: E madalas din naman kami maligo a.
Filipino: E kasi nasa kinakain n’yo iyon.
Fr. Jess: Kung naaamoy sa atin ang kinakain natin, ibig sabihin ba amoy Kristo na tayo? Kasi kinakain at iniinom natin si Kristo sa Banal na Eukaristiya.
Foreigner: Why do Filipinos smell good?
Filipino: Because we bathe very often.
Foreigner: But, we also take a bath.
Filipino: I think it’s because of what you eat.
Fr. Jess: If we smell like what we eat, does it mean we smell like Christ? Because we eat and drink Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
How nice would that be if we really smell like Christ. Maybe we’ll do if we pray more and live a better Christian life.
Have a blessed Lent!
Kristine G. Veneracion