Back from blogging hiatus! 🙂
I’m writing this on a Thursday, November 25, a week after the KCON 2015 was supposed to have started. Originally, my plan was to participate on Thursday, then have my friend Ku attend on Friday and Saturday because I couldn’t take a leave from work, and then come to the Grand Feast. Due to APEC road blockage, however, the four-day event was shortened to two days—21 and 22—with the Thursday activities moved to Saturday and Friday activities to Sunday morning. Though I could only attend the Grand Feast on Sunday afternoon, it felt like I have really come home.
I have been a Kerygma reader since 1993 when my second year HS adviser gifted me with a subscription for my graduation. I renewed that subscription, but stopped after some time. In 2000, I met a Kerygma shepherd during one of my daily commute to the office. That shepherd eventually became my soul sister. Ate Mhean introduced me to the Light of Jesus Family, and invited me to my first Feast in Camp Aguinaldo.
Though I haven’t been attending as consistently as I did back then, LOJ is indeed like family—warm and welcoming. There were thousands of attendees, all friendly faces. Like home, there is something very comforting with the old and familiar (although there were also many new things). Because I came late, I was expecting a general admission ticket but a member gave me his upper box ticket (Salamat, Kuya!)
The messages were all moving—from the homily to Bro. Justin Fatica’s “You’re amazing!” reminder, from Bro. Alvin Barcelona’s thoughts on coming home based on the Parable of the Prodigal Son to the reps (Bro. Eng Si, Bro. Jon Escoto, and Bro. Velden Lim) of the three generations of Feast Builders’, and Bro. Bo’s “You already have it!” I got all the affirmation I ever needed to overcome the challenges I am facing, and for that I am immensely grateful.