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Tuesday, 10 March 2009 01:04

He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted—Jesus Christ


T oday, we renamed the “Sunday Sermons and Readings” as “The Daily B.R.E.A.D.” Yes, B.R.E.A.D., as in “Bible Readings, Essays and Articles about Divinity.” Our latest contributor, Bobot Apit, has been sending since Feb. 9, 2009, on a daily basis Gospel readings and articles about meditation, reflections and the spiritual world. We think that the new name of the section will best reflect its contents and readers can browse them not only on Sundays. And we have been told that the is one of the very-few secular websites that carry spiritual and Gospel readings for almost two years now (as our second anniversary falls on April 9, 2009). We decided to carry spiritual readings for as the Good News says, “Man does not live by bread (pun intended) alone” (The phrase 'Man doth not live by bread only,' as found in Deuteronomy 8: 3, is one of the many phrases from the Torah that Jesus quotes in the New Testament).


Perhaps, Philippine President Gloria M. Arroyo, her family and Cabinet members and their kin and her Rasputins may read the daily postings of Bobot Apit and the occasional writings of other regular contributors to this section, namely Francis Fernandez, Msgr. Winfred Vergara and others. By reading The Daily B.R.E.A.D., perhaps President Arroyo and Company may finally realize that everything in this world is temporary. All of us will be gone someday. As I like to write about it, “Many can make money but few can make a name and leave a lasting legacy to this world.”


P erhaps, Philippine government officials should remember that they are public servants and they better live by the words of Jesus Christ, as quoted above.


The lead paragraph in this article is taken from Matthew 23:1-12 as posted by Bobot Apit in today’s “The Daily B.R.E.A.D.” Perhaps, President Arroyo and Company may also browse the entire reading, specifically, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat; so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice.”


A President does the equivalent of preaching when he/she issues a proclamation or an Executive Order or his/her Press Secretary (the presidential scribe) writes a press release. Can we, therefore, argue that Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is a Pharisee of a President? Because she does not practice what she preaches? Since this is the Lenten Season, she ought to read again Why Not All Filipino Catholics Are Christians for her to know herself.


Amen. # # #


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