The Fear of the Lord and the Better Life — 2

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it (Prov. 15:17). A“dinner of herbs” is compared to a “fattened ox.” “Love” is compared to “hatred.” Thus, it is better to eat a dinner of herbs with love in it, than a dinner of fattened ox with hatred in it. Here, the spiritual is better than the material.

Remember the old saying, “Bahala na saging, basta loving”? (It’s okay to eat bananas, so long as we love each other.”) I said before that this is a recipe for poverty. It is wrong to get married without preparing for it. You will end up eating bananas, though with love in it.

On the other hand, it is better to eat bananas with love, than lechon (roasted pig) with hatred in it.

Thus, the better life is not a rich home, but a loving home.


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