Monday, March 27, 2006

He is weeping...

The story is about a father, Walter Wagerin, and his little fireball of a son named Matthew. Matthew would just go into action without thinking about what he was doing or the consequences of his actions. If he set his mind to something, it was done even if he might have to pay dearly for it later.

Now, it seems that when Matthew was about ten, he became a comic book junkie. The only thing is that Matthew used to steal the comics. One day his father, Walter, went into Matthew’s room and found him with a big stack of comic books. “Where did you get these?” his father asked, knowing that Matthew couldn’t have the money for them. “I took them from the library,” Matthew said. “You mean, you stole them,” his father replied. A call went to the library with great apologies from Walter, and then Matthew was marched down there to return the books, apologize and do whatever chores the librarian had in mind.

The next summer while on vacation in a little village in Vermont, Walter saw his son with another stack of comic books. “Where did you get these?” he asked. “From the corner store when the owner wasn’t looking,” Matthew answered. At least the kid was honest. Money for the comics was given to the store owner and the rest of Matthew’s summer was spent working for his father and mother, instead of fishing and playing with the other children. Walter also took the comics and burned them in front of Matthew one by one. As each one burned he had Matthew repeat after him, “Thou shall not steal.” He told him, “Matthew, if you ever he do this again, I am going to have no choice but to spank you.”

It didn’t deter the imp. A few months later, Matthew stole more comic books. This time, his father told him he had a spanking coming. So he went into Matthew’s room, put him over his knee and gave him five swats on the behind. When he finished, he could see that the boy wanted to cry, but was doing his best to hold it in. He didn’t want to cry in front of his dad. So his father said, “Matthew, I’m going to leave you alone for a little while, but then I’ll come back in a few minutes.” As soon as he closed the door behind him, the Walter himself began to cry, and cry very hard. After a while, he washed his face and went back to talk to his son.

Many years later, as a young man, Matthew was driving his Mom home from a shopping trip. They began reminiscing. Matthew brought up his stealing comic books. “You know, Mom, after Dad spanked me, I never stole anything again.” “I guess you were afraid he’d give you a worse spanking,” his mother said. “Oh no, Mom. I never stole again because when Dad stepped out of my room, I could hear him crying.”
The image of Jesus weeping reminds us that He is someone who cares enough to be pained by what his friends do. He is someone who has allowed his love for us to reduce him to tears whenever we betray that love.
Jesus weeps over our own personal versions of stealing comic books. He doesn’t like what our sins have changed us into or the hurt we’ve given others. Like Walter in the story, he cries not from hatred of his son but from love.

Perhaps if we contemplate the weeping Jesus, we will turn from all that gives him pain. Perhaps we will really change our lives. Perhaps we will give up those elements of our lifestyle that are slowly killing us. If we contemplate the weeping Jesus, we can change.
And this won’t be because we fear a spanking. It will be because we can hear Jesus crying.

17 comment(s):

awwww... so heart warming...

thanks for sharing!

By Blogger JO, at 11:43 PM  

that's a nice post!

so timely para sa lenten season.


By Blogger Owen FV, at 8:38 PM  

na-touch ako sa story. thanks for sharing KD.

By Blogger Ka Uro, at 7:21 AM  

lalo akong na-senti dada :(

By Blogger racky, at 12:24 PM  

Jesus wept! the shortest verse in the bible, tama ba ako fafi KD :)
This is really awesome, nakakatunaw ng puso. thanks for sharing fafi.
May the loving-kindness and compassion of Jesus Christ be yours today and always.

By Anonymous ethel, at 2:19 PM  

Na-touch ako...

Naka-relate ako sa sinabi mo na 'to: "Perhaps if we contemplate the weeping Jesus, we will turn from all that gives him pain. Perhaps we will really change our lives." Tagos hanggang sa kaluluwa! Kasi maraming beses ko ring pinaiyak si Kristo. I'm trying to change but that takes time.

Thanks for sharing this!

Ingat po kayo!

By Blogger Soul_Seeker, at 8:21 PM  

How I wish I am as patient as Walter. I think Matthew realized his mistakes when he heard his father crying because he knew then that his father didn't really want to punish him but had no choice.

I believe the Lord didn't just cry once for this world's evilness. He has been crying for years and moreso now.

By Anonymous evi, at 5:33 AM  

Nice story, touching. Maybe that is how people should be. It takes a lot for some to really realize enough is enough. Understandable naman ang measured action ni Walter kasi sometimes it takes those kind of action to make someone learn. Na konsensiya siguro siya kaya ayon naiyak...LOL. It's hard kasi eh na saktan ang taong mahal natin.

By Anonymous anaps, at 6:12 AM  

thanks for sharing kd

By Blogger Mmy-Lei, at 10:33 PM  

jo, I was touched by this story & just wanna share this with my friends. you're so welcome

By Blogger KaDyo, at 11:38 PM  

owen, oo nga malapit na mahal na araw. Ur welcome din

By Blogger KaDyo, at 11:43 PM  

fafa KU, ako din na touch kasi alam ko na sa mga kasalanang ginagawa ko laging umiiyak si hesus...and i want to say sorry to Him

By Blogger KaDyo, at 11:47 PM  

darna, tapusin na yang senti mode na yan =D sige ka heheh

By Blogger KaDyo, at 11:49 PM  

nang ethel, tama ang verse ni John 11:35 "Jesus wept" ang pinaka maikling verse sa bible. He wept because he loved Us so much, and he wants us to change.

By Blogger KaDyo, at 11:56 PM  

Diane, lahat naman tayo guilty dito, lahat tayo ay pinaiiyak si Kristo. Ngunit kahit minsan di niya tayo iniwan, andyan pa rin siya sa tabi natin, tayo pa nga ang laging nangiiwan sa kanya.
Huwag kang mag-alala, alam kong alam mo na palagi niya tayong binigigyan ng pagkakataon na magbalik loob sa kanya, at pag ginawa natin yun mababawasan na ang kanyang pagluha. TC lAGI

By Blogger KaDyo, at 12:09 AM  

evi, Matthew changed not because he was afraid of his fathers' spanking. He changed because of his fathers' love for him.

Thanks for the visit.

By Blogger KaDyo, at 12:16 AM  

tita anaps, The tears shed in love and pain changed Matthew’s life. These are like the tears that Jesus cried for us.
The image of Jesus weeping reminds us that He is someone who cares enough to be pained by what his friends do. He is someone who has allowed his love for us to reduce him to tears whenever we betray that love.
Like Walter Jesus cries, not from hatred of his son but from love.

By Blogger KaDyo, at 12:27 AM  

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