ROUGH CUTS| Senator Poe needs to give her mother some tips

TODAY is another Sunday, August 23 and the 4th for the month. This Sunday’s gospel is taken from John 6:60-69. Titled “The Words of Eternal Life” it says:

     60 Many of His followers heard this and said, “This teaching is too hard. Who can listen to it?”

     61 Without being told, Jesus knew that they were grumbling about this, so he said to them, “Does this make you want to give up?

     62 Suppose, then, that you should see the Son of Man go back up to the place where he was before?

     63 What gives life is God’s spirit; human power is of no use at all. The words I have spoken to you bring God’s life-giving Spirit.

     64 Yet, some of you do not believe.” (Jesus knew from the very beginning who were the ones that would not believe and which one would betray him.)

     65 And he added, “This is the very reason I told you that no people can come to me unless the Father makes it possible for them to do so.”

     66 Because of this, many of Jesus’ followers turned back and would not go with him anymore.

     67 So he asked the twelve disciples, “And you — would you also like to leave?”

     68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life.

     69 And now we believe and know that you are the Holy One who has come from God.”

     The gospel clearly tells us that even during Jesus, lifetime there already existed some people whose faith in Him was superficial. They want to see Jesus perform miracles for them to believe in his power.

     In fact like today’s generation, people during Jesus’ time prefer to follow only what they think is easy to do and would rather opt to abandon things that they believe hard to understand or follow.

     Again it has something to do on the depth of our faith in the Son of Man that determines how far we can go and live with him.

     On the above note we hope that we Davaoenos who have been on 1-week frenzy with the celebration of the Kadayawan sa Dabaw, would find time to ponder on our own faith and find out whether we have put compliance of our spiritual responsibility over our need for social engagements.


     Sen. Grace Poe Lamanzares is still a senator, not yet President of the Philippine; not even a candidate.

Of course she is already a politician, neophyte though.

     But veteran actress Susan Roces, adoptive mother of Grace Poe the senator, is already showing the public a peep into what she could do once her daughter becomes President and she does not like the criticisms coming from the public through the media.

     Imagine calling those who question the qualifications of her daughter for the Presidency as “bullying” her!

     When the lady senator decided to cast her lot in politics we are certain she was well aware of the fact that her person could be subjected to rigorous scrutiny. How much more now that she has shown tendency to try her luck in the derby for the highest office of the government?

     But of course we have observed how Senator Poe civilly reacted to her detractors. But her mother seems to have none of her civility when she lambasted her daughter’s critics like she were playing a role in a movie.

     Maybe the senator can give Ms. Roces some important pointers in dealing with critics. That would probably help her mother help her when she finally decides to run for the Presidency and trumps on the campaign trail.

     Or, has the senator forgotten that incident when her late father who was in the campaign sortie confronted GMA’s Sandra Aguinaldo right on the stage for what the late actor candidate for President then, might have misconstrued the reporter’s presence on stage as intrusion or intentional distraction of his speech?

     We were sure it did not bode well with the more discerning voters during that 2004 election.


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