Some of you will go to Church this Sunday. In the event you are Catholic I strongly you recommend you email this blog to your priest. Tell them they can take off having to write the sermon for Sunday. Move over Rover, let Father Gogs take over. Get Real Philippines is my pulpit. In these web pages lie your salvation!
For many people, the Bible is a timeless book. Regardless of your feelings on spirituality, creation, organized religion and the after life the Bible makes a fascinating study on human behavior. Someone said to me that the Bible is not naive. Meaning the Bible knows the pitfalls of humanity and suggests a different method by reinforcing certain timeless values. I have been doing informal study of the Bible for two years now and it is endlessly fascinating how certain themes show up again and again throughout the text. I am by no means an expert. There is just so much there that if some of you believe it is all a hoax well, it is an elaborate hoax.
The Gospel (Luke 18:9-14) this week involves the contrast between two men praying in the temple. One of them was a Pharisee. Pharisees were basically a group of men portrayed in a few Bible stories as people who seemed to have a monopoly on virtue. They were the sole source of morality. Yet their leaders were opposed to Jesus who lived out the moral life. More details on the Pharisees here. This particular Pharisee’s prayer was basically Thanksgiving for not being like the little people. It was a litany of things he did.
The other man was a tax collector by occupation. Tax collectors in those days taxed you on the spot with the good that were on you. They were also fellow Jews seen as traitors since they were doing the bidding of the occupying Romans. More details here. His prayer did not involve boasting or any lists. He just simply asked for mercy since he acknowledged that in the eyes of God he has flaws.
Jesus then said it was the tax collector who was justified. Prayer is part of transformation. Which one of the two was open to being transformed? When some one is full of pride, I doubt their mind is conditioned for improvement. Prayer not an end in itself . Prayer is a mean. Goal of prayer is to change and to put yourself into an encounter with God. It is not just talking but also listening . Bring us to transformation of our being. Bring us to conversion.
Let me take a look at the first person. Has no flaws, thinks of himself as better than the rest and seems to be in a world of their own. My gosh, that resembles Benigno Simeon Aquino III. If I ever see an ounce of humility emanate out of Noynoy it will be the first ounce. But Philippines, really. What did you expect?? Here is a man who in 2010 during the his campaign rationalized that being president of the Philippines was his destiny. Does that speak of humility to you?
Other examples of Noynoy Aquino as a modern day Pharisee:
- Noynoy said: “That whoever stands on this podium in the future will be a person of foresight; someone who definitely will not kick the can down the road; someone who will solve problems; someone who will fortify the culture of integrity that we are building now.” During the 2nd Integrity Summit at the Hotel InterContinental in Makati City. September 2012. Does that scream humility? I did not think so.
- Read this story in the Inquirer saying that Noynoy will go to Davos and tell his success story of Daang Matuwid. That was a full blown example of P.R. using the nation’s leading broadsheet. Now read what really happened which was conveniently left out of mainstream media. Does that scream humility? FallenAngel does not think so.
- Witness Noynoy’s initial indifference to the pork barrel backlash and then his back peddling. Does that scream humility? No, he first suggests there is no problem then he changes his tune but does nothing of substance as usual. Make no mistake, Noynoy is who he is because of the pork barrel. So far Noynoy is having his way and his way is pork barrel or bust. Ilda seems to think so.
Speaking of tax collecting. Do you notice the functions he goes to at home and abroad at enormous expense to the taxpayer? He does not wear the symbol of the country he swore to serve. Instead he used his family symbol that he used in his campaign. Is that the epitome of a humble servant?? Are you glad you pay taxes now? Special shout out to the Facebook book group To Mr. President Wear The Flag Not The Yellow Ribbon.
The analogy to Noynoy is not perfect. At least the Pharisee can list things he has done. The Pharisee tithed and probably earned his rank. Noynoy’s election resume was a blank state. Yes, I am giving you a litany of his miscues only to stress the point that his words are not worth the spit they are spoken on. I thought some people view his mother as a saint? All she did was raise a daughter who might have a hard time spelling the word chastity and some Pharisee wannabe son. A true leader should be about leading by example. Are you encouraged by this? The Gospel this week is about prayer. Looking at Cory’s children should encourage the Filipinos to pray more. We will need a lot of prayer with this bozo in charge.
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