Monday, August 8, 2016

Muddling ideas

The famous quote of William Shakespeare: ‘To be or not to be, that is the question’ – continues  to muddle the modern mind.  So in our muddled situation today what confuses are the wrong, misleading, contradictory ideas.  For as the ancients say: ‘It is ideas that rule the world.’  They say that even reading too many things may leave the searching mind confused.  Right ideas enlighten and guide while wrong ideas dim the sky of truth.

This is what is happening to us now.  We are so confused by the false prophets (teachers) who themselves don’t know what they are talking about.  Just high-sounding words without concrete nor clear reference to what is reality.  Why don’t they rather speak in Visayan or the native tongue or vernacular?  As always the devil uses this kind of muddled unclear ways, being as he is the prince of darkness and father of lies (Jn. 8:44; Lk. 22:53; Rom. 12:12).  A blind man leading another will both fall into the pit. (Mt. 15:14). 

The simple solution is to follow Jesus.  As St. John XXIII answered when confronted by a hundred critics, he said: “My simple principle is to put my life in line with and do what Jesus did, and not to do what He did not.”  Remember Jesus was poor, humble, brave, patient, forgiving, long-suffering.  The modern critics are proud, angry, hateful, condemning, deceitful, ambitious, revengeful; or just an opposite.  ‘To be or not to be’ – for the Christian will be resolved by declaring:  ‘I am a true disciple of Jesus; I am a child of the Most High, All-loving, All-Merciful God.’ The right actions will then follow and bring peace in the quest for true freedom. 

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