April 27, 2017 by Stephen Bentley
Blessed Are The Pure At Heart: Filipino Style
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
– The Gospel According to St Matthew Chapter 5
There is something humbling about men and women who possess a purity of heart. In my life I have found many such people and many have one thing in common. They get their hands dirty and often toil in the most difficult of conditions.
So it was when I experienced a tire blow-out yesterday. Luckily, neither Zabrina or I were hurt and we didn’t hit anything or hurt anyone else.
There was an almighty bang then a fearsome noise. The rear nearside tire had shed its tread, striking and cracking the mudflap and creating one awful racket!
The bang drew the attention of a nearby construction crew on Bacolod’s Airport Extension road. They ran over, about ten in number, as Zabrina and I surveyed the aftermath.
One of the crew spoke to Zabrina in Ilonggo, “Where’s the tools M’aam?”
They got on with it. Inside ten minutes they had replaced the stricken tire with the spare and inflated it sufficiently with a hand pump so we could reach the nearest gas station.
The crew were such a happy bunch, smiling as they replaced my tire. Filipinos have to be among some of the most helpful people on this earth. Simple, honest people who work in a blazing sun all day, get their hands dirty and sweat so their clothes are soaked.
They asked for nothing. They were simply pure of heart.
We stopped on our way back home. They were grateful for the food, coffee and cigarettes we had bought for them as a thank you.
Yet, the Philippines is a country of contrasts. People will go out of their way to help like the construction workers. It’s strange therefore how the same people (not literally) can act so selfishly when behind the wheel of a car. They can also be selfish in playing loud music at all times of day or night. I have come to accept the annoyances. The good things outweigh the bad.
Surely, these construction workers are blessed. They are pure in heart and will see God.
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