Thursday, January 7, 2010

Gordon and Fernando: much more than women urinals

CAN GORDON AND FERNANDO DWELL ON OTHER MORE IMPORTANT MATTERS? The reported bickering between presidential candidate Sen. Richard Gordon and his running mate, former Chairman Bayani Fernando of the Metro Manila Development Authority, over the use of urinals for women in public places in the Philippines is a good political gimmickry, but it is something that fails to impress.

I mean, it is indeed a healthy sign, if both Gordon and Fernando get elected in May 2010 as the country’s next president and vice president, that they could disagree and yet continue to be a team seeking the good of the country.

But, how I wish the two of them (and their handlers who are paid handsomely to make them look good at least until May 2010) would try to crack their a nuts a little harder, as it were, and find some more worthwhile subject matter (other than women’s urinals) to bicker about.

If the reported bickering between them over women’s urinals would be taken as a sign of their administration, I shudder to think what other more mundane things they could devote themselves to when they finally become president and vice president, the grave and destructive problems of the country and the people notwithstanding.

I am sure there is more to a Richard Gordon and to a Bayani Fernando aside from women’s urinals, right?


LET US START GIVING IN 2010: A guy whose Internet name is “Bernardo Padua” and whose email address is paduabd@drive, is asking Christians (of whatever sect or denomination) to give more to people who work for God in an email sent worldwide on January3, 2010. Here is a part of this email:

Let us start giving this year 2010! Blessings be upon us! But to whom do we give? According to our Lord Jesus and the New Testament, Christians should give to the preachers, brothers, sisters and the poor (needy).

“(1 Cor 9:11-14 NIV) If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? {12} If others have this right of support from you, shouldn't we have it all the more? But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ.

“{13} Don't you know that those who work in the temple get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? {14}In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel.


LOVE NOT IN WORDS AND TOUNGE BUT WITH ACTION:Workers hundred-fold blessing: According to our Lord Jesus: (Mark 10:29-30 NIV) `I tell you the truth,’ Jesus replied, `no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel {30} will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields--and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.

In the parable of the sheep and goats we see that the Lord expects us to help our brothers who are hungry, thirsty, needing clothing, or sick or in prison. (Mat 25:37-40 NIV) `Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? {38} When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?

“{39} When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' {40} `The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

“(1 John 3:17-18 NIV) If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? {18} Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth....”

More of this next issue, folks!!!


ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY: The fourth “Glorious Mystery” in the Holy Rosary of the Roman Catholic Christians is the assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which deals with the taking up into heaven of Mary, body and soul.

Even among Christians though, this is a controversial issue, with many of the so-called believers outside of the Catholic faith insisting that the assumption of Mary into heaven did not happen.

But the teachings of Roman Catholic Christians point to the occurrence of the event, and Catholic popes and leaders from the 3rd century on actually cite many portions of the Bible to justify this belief.

In Wikipedia, an item on the assumption of Mary contains this explanation: “All these passages – John 14:3, Isaiah 60:13, Luke 1:28, Song of Songs 8:5, 1st Corinthians 15:21-26, Psalms 132:8, Psalms 45:9-17, Song of Songs 3:6, 4:8, 6:9, Genesis 3:15, and Revelation 12:1-2 – are drawn upon as Scriptural support of the Assumption both in that original document, and today by Catholic apologists.”

The prevailing thought is that these Biblical references show that Jesus would not have allowed His own mother to have died and her flesh to have degenerated to dust, and that considering Mary’s role in giving birth to the “seed” (Jesus) that will crush Satan, it is believed that the fate of Jesus in ascending to heaven body and soul is the same fate that happened to Mary


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