THE priest then reminded Tony to frequently hear homilies from various religions because these are the means of acquiring Knowledge. Curious, Tony went to church, only for the homily.
As he sat down in the bench, he heard the priest say: let me induce some hilarious tales, which if not original, was wittingly recycled from my old friend J.D. (again not referring to Jun Dalog). This was about robbery in broad day light or to be specific, robbery in front of the naked eye. When someone rob you of any belongings or say, your right as a person, like the right to head as a head teacher maybe, the right to administer as administrative officer probably, how would you feel or respond?
Right here has dual meaning, it can mean appropriate or it can imply claims. Robbers today are becoming sophisticated, cunning and for sure have thick faces, to hide their real appearances or motive. Robbers, too, have their respective accomplices and accessories.
Yet as everyone knows, if robbers can escape the long arm of the law, it will not be for the divine justice who patiently waits above. If they rob you once, forgive them once, if they rob you twice forgive them twice.
Always reserve countless forgiveness, because robbery will be done infinitely. Do not retaliate or claim your right, for, the devil might wake up and willingly give, what you are asking. But think twice before you receive, the devil has lots of hidden reservation at the back.
Claiming your right in school, you might unearth filthy things and can of worms concealed by the living and the dead. By nature, humans are prone to greediness; they want to acquire things beyond their ability, unmindful that their cups are full or overflowing. And in doing so, they have to step and muddle their fellows, cling tightly to their post and will move heaven and Earth to disallow entry to anyone who disagree with their own ways. Utmost, dirty tactics will be employed.
The priest continued his homily and he said: but, were there any of you, who have witnessed this thing called, justified robbery? Before I laid this robe, I am a teacher once. And I’ve known this student named Jack. I was his adviser and I noticed him to be very resourceful, keen observer, not so intelligent but he was quite creative in his own ways.
At one time he was so hungry and while looking at how his well to do classmate was throwing leftovers for fun, he noticed the overflowing foodstuffs in the principal’s table. He wondered why some people were so lucky to have this kind. With a crumbling stomach, a powerful force told him to take that one full roasted chicken, anyway, no one is watching.
Tempted at the aromatic smell of the chicken, Jack went in, just to touch the banana leaves around it, but the principal’s pet caught him red handed and reported the matter as robbery. Jack was brought to the conference room with the chicken on hand. Strict disciplinarian as she was, the principal told Jack: I do not tolerate this kind of behavior in school. You are taking things, not your own.
Jack answered back: Is touching the banana leaves an offence? With a fuming voice, the principal answered: yes, even if you did not steal it, if I say so. As punishment, whatever you will do with this chicken I will do it to yourself, if you pierce the wings, I will pierce your hand, and if you separate the legs I will prick the muscles in your limbs, those are the indisputable laws in this school and I will execute it without doubts.
After a few reflective moments, Jack took the roasted chicken, insert the anal part in his mouth and slurp the spicy juice with full force. Then he said: Principal, you may now execute the laws as what you have said. The priest then concluded the homily by saying, brothers and sisters let us enclose diligence in our ways. To be continued...