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Monday, October 23, 2017




October 23, 2017 - Bigger Barns?

Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time 
Father Steven Reilly, LC

Luke 12:13-21

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, "Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me." He replied to him, "Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?" Then he said to the crowd, "Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions." Then he told them a parable. "There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, 'What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?' And he said, 'This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, "Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!" But God said to him, 'You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?' Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God."

Introductory Prayer: O God, I come to you today with all my human frailty. You know me better than I know myself. I am in your presence to accompany and console you, not to seek consolation or a nice feeling for myself. Even if I get distracted during our time together, I offer myself to you completely.

Petition: Lord, give me wisdom to understand what is truly important in this life.

1. The Scorecard of Life: Driving down the road, a bumper sticker is often seen: “The one who dies with the most toys wins.” This is a contemporary rendition of the mantra of Jesus’ rich fool: “Eat, drink and be merry.” Juggling credit cards and all kinds of financing schemes, many people live life like the rich fool in today’s Gospel. Is the drive for material pleasure, or security, impoverishing my soul?

2. A Bigger Barn vs. a Bigger Heart: What will truly make us happy? Glossy magazine ads are, for some, a source of inspiration on this point. Basically, they are about “bigger barns”: a hotter car, redder lipstick, spectacular vacations. The rich fool believes that by increasing his capacity for material pleasure, he will be happier. But it’s an illusion. Like the running wheel for a gerbil, it is lots of movement without getting anywhere. We invest energy and effort acquiring things, but the bigger barn brings us little joy. That’s because our hearts--not our barns--are what really need to be enlarged. Our heart longs for love. That Augustinian restlessness will never leave us in peace until we have encountered the Lord who loves us and discovered him in the relationships ordained by his providence.

3. When the Final Curtain Is Drawn: At the end of this parable, Jesus in essence says, “You can’t take it with you.” There’s a place in Rome in which this is graphically depicted. The Capuchin church of St Mary of the Immaculate Conception, on Via Veneto, is affectionately known as the “Bone Church.” Inside there is an amazingly designed and arranged display made completely out of the bones of four thousand Capuchin friars! While it may strike at modern sensitivities as somewhat morbid, like today’s Gospel it teaches an important lesson. All those bones look alike. Unless you are a forensic expert, you cannot tell who was fat or thin, smart or dull, handsome or homely. Death is the great leveler. Earthly advantages dissolve. Material goods stay in this world. We go to the Lord to render an account of our lives at death. As the little sign on the wall of the Capuchin ossarium says, “One day, we were like you. One day, you will be like us.”

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, so often I find my eyes looking on the good things of this world more as ends than means. I need to keep my priorities straight always: you first and then everything else, inasmuch as they lead me to you. Give me the wisdom to realize that life is short and it must be lived for you alone.

Resolution: I will live charity today as fervently as if I knew this day were my last.

Why Yellowtards need people like @PinoyAkoBlog to ‘say what they want to say’

Unfortunately for the pro-Duterte community, the recent exposés on the identities of those behind certain anti-Duterte websites – SilentNoMorePH and PinoyAkoBlog among them – did not have the desired effect. Rather than flush out others who are involved in what is widely believed to be a well-oiled information control machinery, one of the persons identified, Cocoy Dayao, has generally kept a low profile. Jover Laurio from PinoyAkoBlog, on the other hand, had used the opportunity to paint the event as “coming out bravely” (as opposed to being exposed due to her own carelessness), and also to paint herself as the unfortunate victim, in an attempt by the pro-Duterte to silence its critics.
Naturally, because the anti-Duterte community – Yellowtards and Liberal Party supporters the most vocal among them – are currently struggling to find anything to latch on to and validate their self-righteous, and “decent”, opinions, they have latched on to Jover Laurio like barnacles. As GRP webmaster benign0 has said, Laurio has been groomed to be like a Yellowtard Joan of Arc – a figurehead, if you will, for their “anti-tyranny” and “anti-silencing” shriek campaigns.
This recent tweet by former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, who has volunteered to be Laurio’s lawyer, by the way, stands out as an example of such copious amounts of praise that has been heaped upon Laurio:
Some who have been unfortunate enough to read sample articles from Pinoy Ako Blog have found her writing amateurish, bereft of any astute political analysis, heavily partial to innuendo and personal attacks, instead of fact, as basis, and downright libelous. So, if one takes that into context, we find ourselves asking Yellowtards like Hilbay one simple question:
Why would you need someone like Jover Laurio to “say what you want to say”?
Funny enough, Hilbay on Twitter recently seems to be trigger happy with his block button. Reply to his tweets even in the slightest disagreeing tone, or use his tweets to make a case against what he wants to say (which is rather easy, by the way), and you’ll find yourself having to look for other ways to view his timeline.
Quite a few Yellowtards on Twitter, aside from Hilbay, have demonstrated that they would rather retreat to their ever-shrinking echo chambers than engage those with different and disagreeable opinions, and expound on why they keep clinging to their personality-based, and frankly, obsolescent way of thinking.
Interestingly enough, however, it seems that the golden age of Yellowtard blogging has long passed. Blogs like Filipino Voices, and Barrio Siete, those which showed their true colors by defending Noynoy Aquino even while he was still a presidential candidate, are no longer anywhere to be found. At present, the best that Yellowtard blogging seemingly has to offer, manifests itself in SilentNoMorePH and PinoyAkoBlog.
Yellowtards, it seems, have latched on the kapal ng mukha that Laurio exhibits with her blogs. What is apparent at face value, is that certain Yellowtards would rather not be caught dead spouting the jolog-style libelous statements she peppers her blogs with. Rather, their priority is to keep the air of “decency” that they are so proud of – proper, straight English, and faux-upright citizen with a hint of self-righteousness. Never mind that both ways come out as hypocritical, selective, and can easily be mistaken for being psychopathic.
Jover Laurio also proves useful to the snooty Yellowtards who will most likely find it too much work to get down from their ivory towers, and to interact with different people. Laurio’s blogs speak like the tambay sa kanto – the bystander at the corner who doesn’t have anything better to do. If one wants to preach to the masses, you’ve got to do it in the language they understand.
The second part of Hilbay’s praise, “takes in all the hatred”, speaks volumes about just what kind of people hide behind Laurio. Some of these balat-sibuyas folk – as perfectly demonstrated by Hilbay himself – just cannot seem to take as good as they give. In a sense, Laurio also could dish it out but not take it, but it seems the kapal ng mukha has served her well, in that she still continues to write under PinoyAkoBlog, even after her exposure.
There may come a time, however, when Laurio hits a brick wall in blogging as PinoyAkoBlog. Eventually, she may no longer be useful to the Yellowtards. No doubt that nothing can shake her fanatic devotion to the Yellowtard cause; it’s just that, if anything happens to her readership, or if court cases prosper against her, or if the Yellowtards feel that she is becoming a liability for whatever reason, they will simply drop her like a hot potato.
The Yellowtards may need her for now. But these are people who are only too willing to sacrifice others to save their own skin. They have used corpses to advance their causes; they sure won’t hesitate to use live bodies.
Whatever happens, PinoyAkoBlog and the rest of the Yellowtards will simply reap what they sow.

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А вы, друзья, как ни садитесь, все в музыканты не годитесь. - But you, my friends, however you sit, not all as musicians fit.