Let us welcome the New Year with gratitude and hope. Each of us has something to be grateful for, even if the previous year was not as good as we expected or dreamt it to be. We might have avoided the worst scenario, but truth to tell, we are in deep crises.
Our dream of becoming better persons, our dream of a transforming and transformed nation must wake us to the realities that we are challenged to change. If, like Mary, the Shepherds, and the Wisemen, we open our minds and hearts to God, new possibilities and directions will happen, because “nothing is impossible with God” (Lk. 1/37). In doing our honest and credible share towards national transformation, we must at the same time accept what the other people of goodwill can do. Let there be co-responsibility and partnership in providing the multitude of under-privileged with the basic necessities of life: food, shelter, employment, education, and health benefits. This is reconciliation in the concrete, especially with the poor. This is the way to experience the New Year.
The goal of national transformation, which must be a shared one, should be the uniting factor of leaders and people in the great divide. National transformation is not something we just impose on others; it is something every concerned Filipino must initiate starting with himself. It cannot be done otherwise.
If we want dramatic and revolutionary transformation either in our own persons or in the institution, we need to change our perspectives, our mindset, our frame of reference. The great breakthrough is to break with the old selfish ways of thinking and behaving which have been the causes of conflicts and crises of sorts. We can even change the face of our government, if and only we change ourselves.
Happy New Year to one and all.
+ANGEL N. LAGDAMEO
Archbishop of Jaro