Maria was an only child of Elias and Martha. They spoiled her a lot so she is used to getting whatever she wants. She goes through some tantrums when she doesn’t get something she likes. Elias and Martha are having a hard time controlling her.
“Mother! I want to have a new pair of rubber shoes just like my classmate has.” Martha approached her daughter. “You still have a good pair of shoes, Maria. I think you shouldn’t buy another pair. “No, no, no! I will buy a new pair tomorrow.” She hurriedly went to her room and slammed the door behind her leaving her mother disappointed for how she acted.
The next day she was supposed to go to school but her parents had a hard time convincing her. “I won’t go to school unless I’ll have those new pair of shoes like Grace.” Elias shook his head and said, “Maria, we don’t have money yet. So we can’t buy them for now. Please understand, my daughter.” She didn’t answer and locked herself inside the room. “I never understand our daughter. She always gets what she wants but she’s still not contented. Have we done something wrong?” asked Martha to Elias.
One day, Maria had a dream. In her dream, she wasn’t the daughter of her parents but another girl she doesn’t know. The girl in her dreams was the exact opposite of her. Cecilia was a sweet, obedient and kind child and was loved by Maria’s parents because of her character. In that dream, they know nothing about Maria and this saddened her.
“We have a beautiful, kind and sweet child. She doesn’t ask for so many things even if all her classmates and friends have new clothes, shoes or toys.” Elias told Maria. “Yes, Cecilia is a blessing to us and I thank the Lord she is our daughter! I wouldn’t want another daughter for I love her so much!” With this, Maria wanted to shout out to them that she was their daughter and not that girl but she couldn’t do anything. Even her voice disappeared and it’s like she is watching a soap opera on TV. She wept because of that dream.
When she woke up the next day her eyes were swollen because of too much crying. “Mama, Papa!” she shouted. Elias and Martha rushed to her bedroom. “Why Maria? What happened to you? You look pale and you’re crying.” “Mama, I had a dream. I thought I was really happening.” Elias asked, “What was your dream, sweetie? Tell us about it.” Maria narrated her bad dream to them and they understood why she felt upset.
After telling her story, Maria said, “Papa, Mama, I know I’ve been a bad girl because I always get what I want. I am not contented with what I have and jealous of my other friends when I see them having new things. That dream last night made me realize that to deserve the love that you have given me, I should be a good and obedient child. I know how much you love me and I should be thankful for that. I hope you can give me the chance to be a better person.” She embraced them both after that.
“Everybody deserves to have a second chance. A person who committed mistakes in the past must still be loved by her family and friends. Look at what our Lord Jesus Christ did to His offenders. He forgave their sins, right? When He rose from the dead after three days, that’s the beginning of a new life. Our lives were changed because He redeemed the world. Sinners are forgiven by the Lord if they are sincere with their confessions. Maria, you will still learn a lot about forgiveness and other things as you grow up.”
That was the beginning of a new life for Maria as she learned how to be more appreciative of what she has. She also became an obedient, sweet and kind child. Now she knew the girl in her dream was the NEW MARIA and not another girl named Cecilia.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new.”
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
What is the true message of Easter? Easter is a season of forgiveness, of starting a new life, a new beginning. If you are a believer of Christ, you know your sins were forgiven because of His great love for us.
The youth can engage in enriching activities, meet new friends and have fun by joining youth organizations or clubs. These can also help them get closer to God: FUN, FAITH and FRIENDS put together make them a better person pleasing to God and their fellowmen.