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Injustices to Jesus

By Edwin I. Lariza

The comment of Kitchenchief on one of my Ezine articles has inspired me to start a series of Lenten reflections.

Lent is traditionally observed as preparation of the believer for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus the Christ. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.

Considered as one of the major liturgical seasons of the Roman Catholic Church, Lent is celebrated by other Christian denominations including Protestant groups like the Lutheran, Methodist,Presbyterian and Anglican. Lent, particularly the Holy Week, is one of the two most celebrated events in the Christian calendar. The other one is Christmas.

Results of survey may vary as to the perception of people on the most important between the two celebrations. Undeniably, however, these two events dominated the thoughts of believers in Christendom to the extent that the totality of the life of Jesus has been ignored.

It’s unfortunate that Christians have become selective in remembering the life of Jesus. The other aspects of Jesus life are seemingly neglected, especially his manhood. Some sociologists and theologians view this as manifestation of cultural distortion or vested interests. We love to think of the baby Jesus and Crucified Christ.

Their images evoke compassion. More importantly, less threatening as they reflect innocence and helplessness. But we are uncomfortable of the adult Jesus who confronts everyone without fear or favor, even turning the tables of those who make business out of religion. It seems, we want to evade the Jesus who challenges us to follow his example in service

Oftentimes, the period in between birth and death have been neglected- his growth, manhood, the fight against harsh realities in life which could have been a model for living. How he withstand trials and temptations. How he did not give in to the pressures and enticement of power compromise and pleasures of the world. His willingness to offer himself for a great cause.

From conception, he has already foretaste the cruel world system. The intrigues his earthly family encounters due to the controversial pregnancy prior to marriage. At birth, he has been exposed to vulnerable condition of the poorest of the poor, being born in a manger.

His childhood experience is colored with the uncertain life of refugees to escape the persecution. Likewise, he has to adjust to the internal struggle in family relationship, as well as the immediate social environment as he keeps up the ideal living, even going against the norms.

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Hapag ng Pag-asa by Joey Velasco

Prior to his public ministry, he has to undergo the process of immersion. Living in a depressed community, he has seen the hypocrisy of leaders in the socio-cultural, economic and political structures. Their wanton disregard of the avowed mission to serve the people as ordained by God.

How corruption and abuse of power has encroached the ideal immunity of the religious establishment. How religion has been used for business and profit. Yes, he has witness how leaders enrich themselves at the expense of the people they are supposed to develop. .

Jesus also knows the struggle of well meaning people in the government and other sectors including revolutionary forces in effecting change. Their two pronged vulnerabilities- stereotype from victims and antagonism from the mainstream perpetrators. Aware of their conviction, he includes some of them in the core of his disciples, mainly composed of representatives from the basic masses.

To be continued…


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How the Gift of Wisdom Makes Leadership Attractive

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There are people who think that to be in a position of leadership; one has to have good education, preferably a doctorate, academic honors in college, no record of immorality, and a good following.

As far as standard qualifications are concerned, these would really place you in a managerial position. Above all else, to have an attractive leadership you must have the gift of wisdom.

Wisdom guides the leader to know what is right, true, and just

What great irony to know that after studying at prestigious universities of the world, gaining expertise in one’s chosen career, acquiring much knowledge, a leader flip-flops on discerning what is a very simple case of right and wrong, good and bad, just and unjust.

A leader who has wisdom is able to discern what is right, true, and just. He has that hindsight to check that the words and stories that come his way are either credible or mere gossips.

Wisdom directs the leader into correct discernment

Wisdom allows the leader to differentiate who among his subordinates are sincere and committed; who are glib talkers who wish to build up themselves through talking bad about other people.

When dishonesty and injustice pervades an organization, the real good and talented people lose zest in perpetuating whatever ideals or vision the organization has.

Without wisdom, a leader leads on mere trial and error bases and he is still learning from both good and bad decisions that he makes.

A leader will certainly bring about lackluster leadership if he cannot come up with wise decisions. What is sad, for every wrong decision the leader makes, there are people under him who suffer. The organization that he leads also downgrades.

Wisdom motivates and inspires

The leader who has no wisdom is easily persuaded to believe the story on first come first believe basis. He is inclined to appreciate fleeting traits because his eyes are veiled from discerning what is wise and right.

Basically, a leader who lacks wisdom would attract people who also lack wisdom, most of them have pleasing personalities but they do not have real goodness in their character.

The leader who is full of wisdom is a good motivator. He inspires people around him through his sound judgment, amiable personality, and encouraging word.

Most of all, the wisdom-filled leader has the uncanny ability to create a vision of the future; rally many people to work on the realization of that vision.

He exudes a very attractive leadership, so viral that one can’t help but be motivated and inspired to take part.

Wisdom is gift from God

It cannot be bought nor can you pretend to have it. Maybe you can feign knowledge, act as if you have good character, but you cannot make yourself believe that you have wisdom. The only way to have wisdom is to have a genuine relationship to the only wise God.

The leader who has wisdom freely enjoys his skillful application of Godly knowledge.

He exacts sincere loyalty and he is not insecure with his leadership even if he goes on a long Mediterranean vacation or spends some weeks driving through the interstate on an Edmonton Dodge.

He continues to inspire and motivate the people under him through his abundant use of common sense; making his leadership very attractive, shining, sterling and lasting.