When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
Mark 10:14 [New International Version (c) 2011]
This morning, I awoke to the usual ear-splitting racket of the neighbor’s radio. Of course, I was grumbling that I was disturbed from my sleep too early but after listening to what the noise was, I discovered it wasn’t music (the baduy kind they always listen to). It was … Well, first all I could hear was overlapping voices. Then there was a voice calling out for a ‘Maribel’ and more Bisaya. Finally, I heard the news reporter and the anchor exchange words.
My understanding of Bisaya is still limited but what I gathered, and because of more wailing and screaming in the background, there was a child found murdered. Raped and murdered. She was 8 years old, a Grade 3 pupil. They mentioned her name – Catherine. I couldn’t catch what her last name was. I don’t remember either what school she studied at. But when yesterday, she was still attending class, now she lies lifeless.
Good God, there are really sick people out there. This was a child. A small, innocent person. God strike you, you heartless, evil soul for what you’ve done.
Parents, adults, please. Let’s not be careless with the kids. Never ever be careless with our kids.
Offer a prayer for Catherine. Offer a prayer for the children.
EDIT: Related news here.