LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,’ says the Lord. `I will protect them from those who malign them’…” (Psalm 12:5, the Holy Bible).
HUMILITY MARKS THE BIRTH OF JESUS WHO IS GOD AND SAVIOR: Another extra-ordinary circumstance that accompanied the birth of Jesus which proves that He is God and Savior pertains to the very humble circumstance of that birth, notwithstanding that He is God entitled to pomp and royal treatment from his lowly creations. Indeed, the vital question to ask along this line is this: why did God, who owns the universe, decide to be born as a poor and homeless baby?
PATROLMAN WITH P20.3 M SHAMES ENTIRE PNP: What is shameful is not that a mere police patrolman like SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel has declared in his name P20.3 million assets and properties, even if his salary is a measly P8,000.00 a month.
What is truly shameful is that, knowing this patrolman had so much money and properties in his name as shown by his statement of assets and liabilities and net worth, the Philippine National Police (PNP) didn’t even bother to investigate him how he became so wealthy even if he was receiving a mere pittance of a monthly salary.
The impression this gave to the Filipino nation which witnessed the Senate inquiry on Thursday, January 26, 2017, is that, the PNP is not bothered at all that its foot patrolmen live the lifestyles of the fabulously rich and scandalously wealthy because, somehow, it expects its rank and file to acquire wealth while they are in the service.
WANT TO GET RICH? BECOME A POLICEMAN: Indeed, one of the easiest ways to get rich nowadays, as the example of SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel has shown, is to be enlisted as a policeman and then assigned at the anti-illegal drugs unit of the PNP.
Somehow, somewhere, sometime, in the discharge of the duties and responsibilities of an anti-illegal drugs operatives, miracles would happen that would enable him or her to stumble into a veritable pot of gold which would then make him or her greatly rich.
Of course, the question here would be, what sort of miracle or pot of gold could be found at the anti-illegal drugs unit of the PNP that makes even its mere patrolmen thoroughly wealth? Sta. Isabel’s experience would tend to show that it is by kidnapping and extorting ransom from people who had been planted with evidence to implicate them in illegal drugs. Can we believe that this is not known to PNP higher-ups?
WHY DID GOD CHOOSE TO BE BORN HUMBLY? The humble birth of Jesus, the Creator of all things in the heavens, is described in Luke 2:4-7 of the Holy Bible. Let us read this account of this humble coming into the world of God: “So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them…” Why did God chose to be born under such humble circumstances? To show that even if He is the God who owns everything, He is the God even of the poor and the homeless, who should have faith in Him.
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