So today’s gospel (here at San Jose Parish, La Trinidad, Benguet) relates the season of Advent to Philippine politics. In his homily, Fr. Abner compared the Philippine political structure to the following family: A mother who sleeps most of the time, leaving her children unattended; a father who sleeps with the family maid; a baby who just pooed on his diaper; and an older kid who doesn’t know what to do with his baby brother. The mother represents the Philippine president, the father stands for the government (na palagi nalang na”yaya”ri o nag”yaya”ri), and the two kids stand for the Philippine public or the society—the constituents of the President and the government. The poo on the diaper is for our problems—in our society now, everything is covered in sh*t.
Basically, the message is that we rely too much on the government and on politicians to solve our problems. If we would just think about it, we should change our ways and look inside ourselves for the solutions to the obstacles that we face everyday. We should also look to GOD for guidance on what we should do and how we should go about it.
I can’t help but contemplate current Philippine society. It’s true—most of us are very dependent. Most people don’t have a sense of independence—I think these people have lost it. They are sick and tired of continued everyday problems that they don’t know how to fight anymore. It’s sad that they have developed this kind of thinking, since life is supposed to be a continuous fight.
The message is right, we should stop looking to the government for aid. Why, when the calamities struck two months ago, people didn’t wait for rescue teams and relief deliveries. Each one helped out one another in any way that they could. This is the type of attitude that should be propagated within Philippine society. Actually, comparing ourselves to foreign countries, it would seem that we Filipinos rely too much on government action. Other nationalities literally take things into their own hands. Yeah, maybe we do have the freedom to do what we want with our problems, but most of us handle these irrationally and without a humanistic attitude. I think that’s the reason why the government butts in with majority of what Philippine society does.
I’ll stop there. I’ve been ranting about politics too much when it’s supposed to be about the Advent season.
Aside from the political side, today’s Advent gospel taught me that change should start within ourselves. As Fr. Abner placed it, “We should be MAD!” That stands for “Make A Difference.” We should be the ones to start and effect change. We should let it spread to our community that in doing so, we inspire others to be better people.
If you’ll notice, it goes hand-in-hand with that simple tradition that we try to follow every new year—the New Year’s Resolution list. Why wait for the new year before implementing a different and better change in yourself. Do it now! Does it really have to be in a list? Start with a single step at a time to realistically achieve it! Why focus on your physical assets (i.e., lose weight, grow hair, get lighter skin, etc.) when you can deal with behavioral flaws (avoid getting late in school or work, saying kinder words, being involved in volunteerism, etc.).
Truly, this season of Advent, Christmas, New Year, and the holidays give us a lot of time to reflect on how we can improve ourselves for us and others/society.
Again, Maranatha to all!
See last week’s post on the start of the Advent season here.