2. The candidate has NOT been linked to drug trade, drug possession or drug use or receives money from illegal gambling. Better yet, he/she has done something to stop illegal gambling especially jueteng. Silence is consent.
3. The candidate has NOT been convicted for a criminal offense. Government officials must be honorable.
4. The candidate does NOT support black sand mining; nor does he tolerate irresponsible quarrying or illegal fish pens. Nature is our mother; if you can rape your own mother, what else will you not do?
5. The candidate has a track record of uplifting the plight of the poor that started even before campaign period. Performance is better than promises.
6. The candidate does NOT give money or distribute goods to voters during the campaign period. Vote buying is prostitution.
7. The candidate has NOT been involved or linked to terrorism or the use of goons for self protection within or outside the campaign period. Peace is the only way to peace.
8. The candidate does NOT show off religiosity only during the campaign period. Neither is he/she is antagonistic to church teachings and practices. Corruption and hypocrisy are twins.
9. The candidate is faithful to his or her spouse and children. Corruption begins at home.
10. The candidate does NOT have other members of the immediate family in government positions already. Promoting family welfare and promoting the common good cannot mix.
Have you ever felt like you’ve done so much, yet achieved so little? Maybe this isn’t an uncommon situation, especially for individuals in quarter-life crises such as myself. Today’s reading, which comes from Luke 5:1-11, finds Peter in the same predicament. He’s a fisherman. Probably has been his whole life; maybe even inherited the trade from his forefathers. And now he’s out at sea, yet another day at work. He’s been at it all day, but he hasn’t caught anything yet. I’m sure this has happened more often than he’d like. He’s a failure, he knows it.
Then Jesus comes in and tells him to put out into deep water. Go at it one more time! And Peter practically tells Him, “It ain’t gonna work, Sir. I’ve been doing this for a long time. It’s a lost cause.” But he goes and does it anyway. And to his great surprise, where he expected nothing was instead unbelievable bounty.
Jesus can and does turn our failures into success. We just have to listen to Him, even if we are ready to give up. And yes, even if we wished we didn’t have to, we must put out into deep. That’s where all the fish are.