Sacred Heart College, Lucena City participated in the World's Big Sleep Out - A Call for an End to Global Homelessness held last December 7-8, 2019 at Quezon City Memorial Circle.
I learned about this worldwide activity from a forwarded invitation by an organization through facebook. It was from the Vincentian Foundation joining a collective effort to concretely respond to the “cry of the poor”, that is homelessness. Facts tell us that there are millions around the globe yet seem to be not existential for many.
Disturbing as it should be that I shared the message to as many and to those whom hearts are for God and for His beloved poor. There were 11 of us from Sacred Heart College who joined the group in Quezon City Memorial Circle. The basic objective is to raise awareness in the global action against homelessness. Another is to give the homeless, a HOPE that they are not alone in their flight.
A night experience of sleeping under the stars led me to go back to the story of Joseph and his wife Mary looking for a place to stay for Jesus to be born. Discomforts and anxiety were common feelings though very temporary compared to what exactly happened more than two thousand years ago and to the many homeless in our time. Yet, I believe it widely opened hearts and brought consciousness to people in the global society as Quezon City and Cebu City, Philippines joined for the first time, with other 48 cities of the world. It was my personal experience of sleeping out with all others however just a glimpse, that I truly understood solidarity which gave birth to hope based on the fulfilled promise of the Emmanuel – God with us. We, all can see the wonders of God, hear His mercy, feel His love and experience His compassion. More so, it was a graceful moment to deeply realize a faith that should be lived and a prayer that should be acted out for the wellbeing of our sisters and brothers.
With these, my prayer is that more people may notice them and let the homeless touch their hearts. As I hope, I make a conscious, maybe small efforts but committed to the on-going process of building the Reign of God here on earth.