Thursday, August 30, 2007

Unless the Lord builds the house...

It's been all over the news the past few days, that ugly split in the leadership of Couples for Christ and Gawad Kalinga.

Echoing in my mind right now is Psalm 127:

Unless the LORD builds the house,
its builders labor in vain.

I'm not a member of either CfC or GK, so really, it's not my place to judge.

However, from a bystander's viewpoint, it seems that lately, all the attention and plaudits have been merely on the social aspects of Gawad Kalinga. Not GK vis-a-vis CfC, mind you (up until this blew up I didn't even know the two were related): just GK per se.

Oh, they've done good work and all, no doubt about that. But if they've exchanged that spiritual dimension for purely human and social aims, if the housing projects had ceased to become a means for apostolate, then it was bound to collapse under its weight.

Time for an examination of conscience.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"

"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.