Monthly Archives: September 2012

To the Wife of Jesus Christ

Imagine my amazement/surprise/glee when a New York Times article featured an evidence that in fact you existed. Who served as your witness? Your husband, the Son of God, no less. Apparently, this faded papyrus fragment the size of a business card (one of these days, I will tell you about business cards) contain an unpublished line in the Scriptures, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife...”‘

Oh dear Spouse of God, wasn’t it just ten years ago that we launched an email campaign urging the Catholic Church to acknowledge women in the priesthood and to allow married priest to continue in the ministry? The Roman Catholic Magisterium – its teaching authority – always asserts that Jesus Christ – the model of priesthood – was, ahem, single. Ergo, you did not exist, Holy Wife.

And now, this short unfinished sentence on a small piece of paper which is considered authentic by many scholars has the potential of redefining our faith and reinventing our religion. That line — Jesus said my wife — follows the other famous line of God — Let there be light – as two of the most important Divine utterances. They bring enlightenment and new life not just to believers but to the world.

Can you just imagine what kind of world we had if Jesus Christ was revealed as a family man who had a beautiful wife who was a female disciple and who had children running around while he preached the Sermon of the Mount? Then women wouldn’t have to fight for their right and dignity? Priests would have been allowed to marry and thereby prevent the shameful scandal of sexual harassment and child molestation. Your acknowledged and proven existence will send the Vatican to in the catacombs and Pope Benedict to abandon his Prada shoes and run barefoot to Castel Gandolfo.

Oh, but that is enough hysteria. We know the truth. The Church Magisterium and the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith otherwise known as the Holy Inquisition will dismiss the line as “taken out of context” and its author as “apocryphal” and not canonical the way it dismissed the earlier Gospel of Mary.

But the Church cannot dictate our minds and cannot suppress any information anymore. Not today when the internet allows us to share information, discuss our opinions, spread the word without the Church declaring us heretics.

Dear Wife of God, if indeed you exist, we will spread the good news via email. And we will call it the Email Gospel of the Wife of God. We will spread the word – or the text – faster and freer!

And thus, because of email, your memory will be honored, your place in our faith acknowledged. And yeah, it is only through email that I can say this line to the world without fear of excommunication: screw the doctrine!

My entry to the Daily Post Challenge: Mail It In!

Lea Salonga’s Filipina Identity

Memo to the Dying 06:
To: Lea Salonga’s Filipina Identity
Estimated Day of Death: The Broadway Premiere of Allegiance

Suggested Final Act: Give Us a Voice Lesson

Lea, we love you. We will always be proud of you. We are grateful that you claim that you are a Filipina.

But really, you are not. Not anymore. You have crossed-over from being world-class to a world citizen. You belong to the world now, the world population consider you as “theirs”.

Edith Piaf was a world-class talent but remained defiantly French. Kate Winslet is a world-class actress but is still decidedly British. Michelle Yeow has international recognition but looks and acts Malaysian Chinese.  But you – and Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and a handful of artists – have crossed international boundaries and become, well, global citizens.

Your body of work runs the gamut of archetypal polarities:

Waif (Eponine) and Princess(Jasmine);
Whore (Fantine) and Innocent Virgin (Cinderella);
Young Wonder (Annie) and Old Hag (Grizzabella);
Martyr (Kim) and Warrior (Mulan).

You can play any female archetype now and still be believable.

Saying that you are a Filipina is like saying Manny Pacquiao is a politician. It is a fact; but it is not true.

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Senator Risa Hontiveros

Memo to the Dying 11
To: Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel’s Senatorial Ambition
Day of Death: On the first day of the filing of candidacies

Suggested Final Act: Become the Presidential Consort 

Come now Risa, just stop it!  The TV Ad, the pre-election sortie disguised as relief operations, the media relations activities all mean one thing: you don’t get it. People will not vote for you as senator.

You are a fighter. But the best warriors know when a battle cannot be won; nobody is asking you to abandon the war, just this silly fight.

You have your team of analysts, research specialist, image consultants, and media relations officers. That you are still running means either you are  not listening or they are lying.

If the former is the case, you shouldn’t be a senator in the first place. But if it is the latter, then listen: here are three reasons why people won’t vote for you as senator. Continue reading