ROUGH CUTS| The human side of the tough President

SUNDAYS are always the most expected day of any week among Christians. And today is another Sunday, the 4th of September and the first day of the 23rd Week of the ordinary time of the Church calendar.

     This space will again yield to the First reading and the Gospel that will be shared in all Catholic churches of the world.

     The first reading is taken from The Wisdom of Solomon, Chapter 9, Verses 13 – 18. Meanwhile, today’s gospel is culled from Luke 14:25-33.

     Here is the first reading titled: Solomon Prays for Wisdom.

     13 “Who can ever learn the will of God? 14 Human reason is not adequate for the task, and our philosophies tend to mislead us, 15 because our mortal bodies weigh our souls down. The body is a temporary structure made of earth, a burden to the active mind.

     16 All we can do is make guesses about things on earth; we must struggle to learn aout things that are close to us, Who, then, can ever hope to understand heavenly things? 17 No one has ever learned your will, unless you first gave him Wisdom, and sent your holy spirit down to him.

     18 In this way people on earth have been set on the right path, have learned what pleases you, and have been kept safe by Wisdom.”


     And as we earlier said here, the gospel that will be expounded in the churches today is from Luke.

     Titled The Cost of Being a Disciple it says:

     25 Once when large crowds of people were going along with Jesus, he turned and said to them, 26 “Those who come to me cannot be my disciples unless they love men more than they love father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and themselves as well.

     27 Those who do not carry their own cross and come after me cannot be my disciples. 28 If one of you is planning to build a tower, you sit down first and figure out what it will cost, to see if you have enough money to finish the job. 29 If you don’t, you will not be able to finish the tower after laying the foundation; and all who see what happen will make fun of you.

     30 ‘You began to build but can’t finish the job!’ they will say. 31 If a king gos out with ten thousand men to fight another king who comes against him with twenty thousand men, he will sit down first and decide if he is strong enough to face that other king. 32 If he isn’t, he will send messengers to meet the other kings to ask for terms of peace while he is still a long way off.

     33 In the same way,’ concluded Jesus, ‘none of you can be my disciple unless you give up everything you have’.”


     The toughness that President Rodrigo Duterte is showing to prove that he is one who cannot just be bullied by anyone from within the country who does not agree with his style of governance, or from some pseudo do-gooder leaders of other countries who would want their interventionist character implanted in the Philippines, is well-balanced with the soft side of his human person.

     This he has manifested with his unfailing visits to the wakes of policemen and soldiers slain in line of duty, and those who are in the hospitals treated for their injuries while performing their job as law enforcers and protectors of the country.

     He also finds time to entertain right inside the Palace of the People visitors as young as five years old who have wished to see him personally. The latest was the boy from England who came all the way to Davao City with his parents just to have the opportunity to meet the President. And we could only imagine their frustration when they found out the President was already in Manila when they arrived in the southern metropolis.

     Possibly their situation was communicated to Malacanang where the President later on asked the couple and their son to proceed to the palace where they were welcomed by Duterte himself.

     It was a sight to behold the President taking the young boy on his lap as if he was his own son.

     Yes, that softer side of the tough President is clearly his edge over the others who came before him when it comes to their persons outside of their being the elected leader of the country.

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