Pro­mo­tion of com­mon good

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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.---

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