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It is still two months before new American President Donald Trump assumes office in Washington, DC, but we are beginning to feel the initial effects of his coming presidency. Last Tuesday, Secretary Silvestre Bello III of the Department of Labor and Employment announced that the government is ready to provide assistance to about 271,000 Filipinos facing deportation when the new administration takes over on January 20, 2017.

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When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”

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Today is the feast of Christ the King. When Jesus was crucified, a crude, wooden sign (caratola) was nailed over his head with the inscription INRI, which in Latin means “Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum.” In English, “Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews.”

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WHO is exempted from heartbreaks, illnesses, embarrassing moments, unfair criticisms, financial difficulties, failures, and natural calamities? Certain things, people, events, and situations can give us so much stress – and if we don’t know how to cope in a proper manner, we might end up not only wasting our time, but our lives as well.

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The ARMM was created on August 1, 1989, by Republic Act 6734, pursuant to a constitutional mandate for the creation of autonomous regions in Muslim Mindanao and the Cordilleras. The ARMM – composed of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi – was inaugurated over a year later, on November 6, 1990, in the provisional regional capital, Cotabato City.

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The crucifixion

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The rulers sneered at Jesus and said, “He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.” Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine they called out, “If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.” Above him there was an inscription that read, “This is the King of the Jews.” Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

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