“And He said:’I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’ And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.” Matthew 18:3-5
once in a while, i stumble upon stories of real people that deeply touch my heart. even after the stories end. this morning, i met a beautiful child named CJ.
his father, benette, who works abroad and was about to celebrate his birthday, called home and talked to his son, CJ. he asked his father to look for his gift when he comes home for vacation in his ‘aparador‘. father and son also talked about plans to celebrate his sister Camille’s birthday and CJ’s becoming an altar boy, and eventually a priest someday. the conversation was really sweet and touching, as detailed by benette in his facebook account.
that same night, tragedy struck. CJ was ran over and back by a ten-wheeler truck. half of his frail body was crushed. he was with two of his cousins, Melai whose right arm was seriously injured and Melvin who was pushed by CJ to save him. this happened three years ago.
it’s really hard to lose someone we love. but to lose him unexpectedly and in a really gruesome way is even harder. i recently lost dear loved ones recently too – my daddy, my childhood friend and best friend roobee, my aunts: tita fortune, tita estela and auntie bebeng, dearest friends boeing and eugene. though really painful until now, i draw strength from the sweet memories they left behind.
but now, the parents of this little angel are still grieving, not only for the loss of their precious son. but also for the elusive justice that they seek. indeed as Catholics, we are taught to forgive. but what is there to forgive, when the sinner does not repent? and where is peace, when there is no justice?
i write this by God’s grace, so that readers may join hands in prayer to find justice for CJ and his family… to hope that this tragedy would never happen again to any family… and that a boy named CJ would finally rest in peace.