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Home Sections The Daily B.R.E.A.D. March 8, 2012—Thursday Meditation (Goodness Drowns Evil ... And "Pondo ng Pinoy")
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Thursday, 08 March 2012 16:30

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By Bro. Bobot Apit  


So let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest. - Gal 6:9

YAHWEH EL SHADDAI, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we will always be full of enthusiasm and never getting tired to do good works. Thank You Lord! Amen!

L uke 16:19-31 Jesus said to the Pharisees: “There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. (20) And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, (21) who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. (22) When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, (23) and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. (24) And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.’ (25) Abraham replied, ‘My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. (26) Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.’ (27) He said, ‘Then I beg you, father, send him to my father’s house, (28) for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.’ (29) But Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’ (30) He said, ‘Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ (31) Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.’ ”

Meditation by Fr. Benny Tuazon


P ondo ng Pinoy (PnP), a movement spearheaded by His Eminence, Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, for the Archdiocese of Manila, takes its inspiration from the Gospel for today. Its working principle is, “Whatever is good, no matter how small, if done regularly, will lead to salvation!” (“Anumang magaling, kahit maliit, basta’t malimit, ay patungong langit!”) It was meant to help the poor and to encourage the people to do good on a regular basis. In a way, it has a national and secular character vis-a-vis a spiritual goal.

The story of Lazarus and the rich man presents clarifications about our faith. First, heaven is available to everyone who does good. Second, riches do not automatically disqualify one from entering heaven, in the same way that poverty does not assure one of attaining eternal life. Third, post-earthly life is a reality. And fourth, small deeds matter a lot before God.

 

In the Gospel, had the rich man shared even just the scraps of his food, it would have increased his chances of attaining eternal life. If the rich man was generous enough to give to the poor, no matter how little, he would have found favor with God. And if he did it again and again to become a habit, he would have been capable of more goodness. But the poor man maintained his dignity and goodness in spite of his poverty. He did not use it to commit a wrong deed against the rich man or anybody. He endured his suffering without inflicting the same to anyone, and he was rewarded for that.

With the pouring in of Pondo ng Pinoy cans filled with 25-centavo (or more) coins, it gives a strong sign that people are indeed lovers of goodness. Of course, goodness is not just defined by 25 centavos. We can be creative in doing good every day.

Flooding the world with goodness should drown evil. Get into the habit of doing good and do not allow yourself to give in to the seduction of evil. # # #

 

GOD BLESS US ALL!

O Theos Na Mas Evlogisi!
PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU. – Bobot Apit

 

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