KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Failure to grasp true meaning of Christmas PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 December 2014 14:08

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…`Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Matthew 7:24, the Holy Bible).

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FAILURE TO GRASP TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS: Once again, Filipinos have shown their inability or their failure to really understand the meaning of Christmas. Two or three news stories highlighted this sorry character of ourselves as a supposedly-Christian believing nation. These stories show that while we were professing belief in Jesus, we were nevertheless pitiably ignoring His teachings.

The first news story pertains to those who celebrated Christmas at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City and in other public parks and places nationwide. After enjoying the Circle or park grounds, the people who went there left their trash and their garbage just about everywhere! This does not only show lack of discipline, it is a demonstration of lack of faith.

Why? If one is imbued with faith in Jesus, whose birth all of us celebrated last Christmas, then we would definitely obey one of His greatest commands, found in Matthew 22:39, which says we should love our fellowmen as much as we love ourselves. Can leaving our trash and garbage behind be considered as loving our fellowmen as much as we love ourselves?

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LACK OF DISCIPLINE, OR LACK OF FAITH? The second news story that proved we are really fake Christians—or Christians only in word, but not in deed—pertains to the mad traffic rush at the TPLEX (or the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway), at the SCTEX (or the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway) and, finally, at the NLEX (or the North Luzon Expressway), as reported by my brother, Philip, at about lunchtime last December 27, 2014.

These three expressways connect Metro Manila, Bataan, Zambales, Tarlac, Bulacan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, and La Union, all in Central and Northern Luzon. It is of course usually clogged every holiday season with all sorts and sizes of vehicles either travelling away, or to, Metro Manila.

But that was not the story there. The story was the refusal or inability of many drivers, apparently with the encouragement of their passengers, to exercise discipline, and have patience to fall in line, and wait for their turn behind other vehicles. Many drivers either refused to stay at the end of the line, or chose to swerve and crisscross on the road, thereby causing accidents and foul-ups and, hence, more delays.

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ARE FILIPINOS REAL CHRISTIANS? The same thing is true with the chaos reported at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals, as a result of people refusing to follow the line in a mad rush to be ahead of the multitude of other hurrying passengers. Indeed, it was a picture of total lack of discipline, confounded by the ineptitude, inefficiency, and incompetence of airport personnel and officials.

The question in all these is this: if Filipinos were rushing to celebrate the birth of Jesus, why were they acting so very unlike Jesus? Why were they acting very much like the enemies of Jesus? Jesus Himself gave the reason, in Matthew 15:8 and Mark 7:6, echoing Isaiah 29:13: “these people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”

This is dangerous, to say the least, not only in this life, but even in the hereafter. Jesus said He will not listen to the prayers of these people and thus make them unworthy of His blessings here on earth, and would not accept them in His Kingdom (Matthew 7:21-23). I wonder if the people who threw their trash and garbage in the parks, or refused to fall in line in the expressways and in the airports even knew this?

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