LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing…” (2 Thessalonians 1:3, the Holy Bible).
THE STORY OF THE BOY JESUS BEING FOUND IN THE TEMPLE: Why would the Bible carry an account of a relatively uneventful story of Jesus being left behind by His parents in Jerusalem who, after three (3) days of searching for Him, would find Him in the company of teachers in the temple courts? The objective, once again, was to show that Jesus was no ordinary boy, and that He was in fact disclosing His being God and Savior early on!
UBIAL MUST RE-FOCUS WORK ON SEXUAL PROMISCUITY OF THE YOUTH: If Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell Ubial really wanted to address sexual promiscuity that often leads to early marriages or unwanted teen pregnancies, she must re-focus her energies towards inculcating good manners and right conduct among Filipino children, with a deep emphasis on spirituality.
That way, she would be able to truly introduce change the mindset of the youth today, which is now steeped in disrespect for and contempt of parents and any and all forms of authority, permissiveness anchored on lack of moral values, and absence of fear and love of God that are often the breeding ground for crime and corruption.
Ubial should be told that handing out condoms to the young, blocking porn sites in the Internet, and distributing print materials showing photos of people afflicted with sexually transmitted diseases will not deter sexual promiscuity nor early marriages or unwanted teen pregnancies.
RETRAINING FOR SECRETARY UBIAL NEEDED? In fact, I will even suggest to Ubial to consult motivation and spiritual speakers in the likes of Francis Kong, Pastor Ed Lapiz and even Brother Jurem Ramos (who is from Davao City like her) to learn from them what ails the Philippine society in general, and the Filipino youth in particular, and then carry whatever they may prescribe as cure for misbehavior and recreant attitudes among the young.
I am sure Kong, Lapiz, and Ramos will tell Ubial that young children can now engage in sexual adventurism even at a very young age, precisely because they are no longer being taught good manners and right conduct and, more importantly, spiritual values that are necessary to mold them into good individuals and, later on, responsible citizens of the Republic.
If Ubial does not seem to consider the teaching of good manners and right conduct and spiritual values as important in molding the character of the youth and in bringing about a citizenry that is productive and progressive, somebody should tell her to undergo an urgent re-orientation and a re-training so she could focus on what is truly important in making a citizen a good person.
THE CONCERNS OF THE BOY JESUS: In Luke 2:41-52 of the Bible, the story is told of Joseph and Mary going up to Jerusalem every year for the Festival of Passover. When Jesus was 12 years old, he was brought by them to the Festival and, when Joseph and Mary were already travelling home, Jesus stayed behind without telling them. They had to search for Him all over.
The search ended up in the temple courts, where Jesus listened, and asked questions, to the teachers, amazing the crowd with His understanding. When He was asked why did He not tell Joseph and Mary what He wanted to do, He told them: “Didn’t you know I had to be in my father’s house?” This question perplexed them, of course, but it only meant that Jesus was already saying that He had concerns in this world other than the concerns of ordinary men and women!
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