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Goodness will triumph!

The story is told about a man who desperately wanted to catch his flight. He was begging the taxi driver, almost yelling at him, to drive faster so that he can make it to the airport on time. Then suddenly, there was silence. In a sad tone, he said to the taxi driver: “Let’s go home … I just saw the sign ‘Airport Left.’”

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In today’s Gospel (John 13:31-33a, 34-35), the disciples were downtrodden with the thought that their Master was leaving them. “My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.” It was goodbye, but not an empty, dead-end goodbye. It was a goodbye that was loaded with a promise and a commandment: “I leave you a new commandment: Love one another.”

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We just had our elections. Let us not focus on our goodbyes, the could-have-beens, the should-have-beens. Let us not be disheartened. Let us continue to focus on our mission, and hold on to the promise that God is on the side of those who live righteous lives. Hard as it may seem at times, we affirm our Lord’s promise that goodness will triumph in the end.

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“As I have loved you, so also should you love one another.” If only we remember and follow our Lord’s commandment! If only we applied this commandment even in the world of business and politics!

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With the way we do politics in our country, there is no way a person can be elected to public office. Sad to say, money has become the bottom line in our elections. That’s how low we have come and become.

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I have heard before that in order to win the elections, one needs money and machinery. Now, people are saying that aside from money and machinery, in order to win, one has to have the machines.

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The moneyed people do not need to campaign. Pera pera lang! The greatest disrespect for the people is to use money and fear to get their votes.

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Using our story above, what happened in the last elections is that the moneyed have not only stolen our seats in the airplane that will bring us to our dream destination but they have stolen the whole plane as well! Not only that, they have stolen the airport itself!

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I feel sad for the many young people who were robbed of their chance to build their own future. Their hopes and dreams have been stolen by their elders who cannot let go, and who want to stay on with their ugly brand of politics and government. Please step aside! In a few years, you will be gone. Let’s give the youth a chance to love our country and serve our people in a better way than you have done.

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It is painful to lose in an election where you worked so hard and followed the righteous way to do it. The only consolation is that we did it God’s way and there’s no regret in that. As for those who cheated, lied, intimidated, or even killed people just to win, well, God will also have His way with you, sooner or later. Divine justice is slow, but it will come, for sure.

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“Don’t allow the sad sight of human injustice to sadden your soul; someday you will see the unfailing justice of God triumph over it.” (St. Padre Pio)

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“Do not worry about who is and is not on your side. Simply make sure that God is with you in all you do.” (Thomas Kempis)

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“A lie doesn’t become truth, wrong doesn’t become right, and evil doesn’t become good just because it’s accepted by a majority.” (Booker T. Washington)

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A moment with the Lord:Lord, help us to believe that goodness will triumph in the end, sooner or later. Amen.

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