From today’s First Reading, in Leviticus 19:16 —
“You shall not go about spreading slander among your kin; nor shall you stand by idly when your neighbor’s life is at stake.”
I’ve always wondered what the Church and religious people in Germany and around the world did during the time of Hitler. Killing six million Jews didn’t happen overnight. And while they couldn’t keep track of casualties as real-time as we do today, news about what was happening in the concentration camps must have leaked out to the news.
Did they condemn the killings, the persecutions, the genocide? Did they make a stand against this megalomanaic and condemn his actions? Or did they keep silent, afraid of being persecuted themselves?
Sadly, we again live in times when the Church has to make a stand against the evil happening in our country. People, even Catholics, criticize our bishops and cardinal for speaking against the extrajudicial killings. Honestly, I’m thankful for them. Because they are leaders showing us courage and giving guidance during this increasingly dark chapter of our history. If they will not speak up, who will?
The blood of these EKJ victims water the thirst for justice and righteousness in our country. And as true Christians and patriots rise up for what is true, noble and beautiful in the Filipino, may we fall far short of the atrocities that Hitler and the Nazis perpetuated before they were stopped.