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“From this day forward…”

February 28, 2007

“From this day forward,
You shall not walk alone.
My heart will be your shelter,
And my arms will be your home.”

Funny, what comes to mine is Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar singing “…it scares me so.” And it really does. I am posting during the marriage rites for over a hundred couples in a Mass Wedding sponsored by the City Government of Vigan in cooperation with the Parish of Saint Paul and the Balikatan sa Vigan.

I arrived first and in my solitude, I looked at the brides and grooms. Perhaps I was trying to search for answers to my own questions, perhaps I wanted to see that there is indeed that one person to whom we can promise forever, perhaps too I was silently daring them to prove the cynic in me – one I have been trying so hard to suppress – wrong. So I watched. As Fr Dizon is reading the Gospel, I still watch the couples. And for the rest of the morning, I will continue to watch…