June 12, 2013

The Gospel Today

Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Mt. 5:17-19

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”

Reflection (Sem. Primitivo Eublera, Jr.):

Today we commemorate our 115th year of independence from foreign rule. It was on June 12, 1898 when Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo declared Philippine Independence from the Spanish regime ending the more than 300 years of Spanish rule in our lands. The historic Barasoain church in Malolos had been a witness to this.

In our Gospel for today, our Lord Jesus Christ spoke regarding the Old law. He said that he did not come in order to abolish it but to fulfill it. The Mosaic law was the basis for the Jewish people in their day-to-day living. The more than 600 Jewish laws guided their daily actions. Our Lord Jesus Christ, the fulfillment of the old law, further said that those who accomplish these commandments and teach them shall be great in the Kingdom of Heaven and those who relax them shall be the least. The Ten Commandments were simply the summary of the old laws. But the question is, how far have we been obedient to these laws?

Yes, for more than a century, we became an independent nation. Therefore, we have the liberty to stand alone, with economic, social, and political sovereignty. Consequently, we have the autonomy to legislate our own laws. We have the three branches of the government: the legislative, which is composed of the lower house (Congress) and the upper house (Senate), tasked to promulgate the laws of the land; the executive branch, which implements these laws, and the judiciary, which interprets these laws of the country. Each of these branches is independent from each other. However, another question may arise. Are we sincere enough to legislate laws that are in consonance to the laws of God? Or are we deflecting to this truth that there are laws nowadays that are opposite to the Gospel values and therefore contradictory to God’s laws.

As we continue to be a country of independence and a person of total  freedom, may we use this privilege so as not to contradict God’s laws for doing so, we deviate from the authentic meaning of independence and freedom. Let us turn to the blessed Mother who is always docile to God’s will, that through her intercession, we may become more open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit in us. Amen. 18px; orphans: auto; text-align: left; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); display: inline !important; float: none;”>and his mother kept all these things in her heart.

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