Promotion of common good
IN THE Middle East, 2,000 years ago, a religious leader named Caiaphas told his colleagues, “it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish” (John 11:50).
Caiaphas had precisely foreseen that Jesus would die for the good of Israel, and for all the nations of the world. By the death and resurrection of Christ, it paves the way for the world, which laid in death and darkness, to received life and light.
The Scripture states, Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone; because one person obeyed God, many will be made righteous (Romans 5:18-19). Through one Man’s life and death, all men benefited!
According to Fleur Dorell common good is the condition necessary for everyone to flourish. It promotes human dignity, relationships, participation, and stewardship. It insists that everyone is included and no one is left behind, and since the task is enormous every individual has a responsibility towards each other. Moreover, the promotion of the common good is the shifting of focus from “I” to “We” and “Us.”
Undeniably, we could be more productive for the promotion of the good of the majority, if not all people, when we focus on the welfare of our superiors, subordinates, constituents, colleagues, and to the office we are in rather than to our personal good and agenda. In the government, however, allotted budgets, according to reports, are being monopolized and exploited by few corrupt officials and employees for their own good.
Thus, averting projects and programs that would supposedly help alleviate poverty, diseases, crimes, and traffic congestion that would serve the best interest and good of the public. Indeed, “when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bears rule. The people mourn” (Proverbs 29:2).
Our president Rodrigo Roa Duterte said, “Love of country, subordination of personal interests to the common good, concern and care for the helpless and the impoverished – these are among the lost and faded values that we seek to recover and revitalize as we commence our journey towards a better Philippines.”
In light of the president’s statement, “a nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good.” Consequently, “work for the good of the cities .... Pray to the Lord on its behalf, for when it has prosperity, you will prosper” (Jeremiah 29:7). Along with “try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value,” says Albert Einstein.---