June 25, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time 

Mt. 7:6, 12-14

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine,
lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the Law and the Prophets.

“Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few.”

Reflection (Sem. Jul Elden Nuique): 

One of my embarrassing experiences in the seminary was when the community watched a free concert of the Las Piñas Choir in San Carlos Seminary; it was my first semester as a seminarian in HASS.  While we were waiting for the event to begin, one of my fellow seminarians approached me and brought me to Fr. Carlo, the head of the Archdiocesan Sacred Music Ministry.  My brother-seminarian told me that I was to give the closing remarks for the concert since I knew something about music and I was the music coordinator of our seminary.  When Fr. Carlo saw me, he grimaced, looked at me from head to toe, and remarked, “What on earth are you wearing?”  In contrast to their formal Roman collar shirts, slacks, and leather shoes, I wore a comfortable but well-worn polo shirt, jeans, and sneakers to that event.  I realized my mistake and said that I could go home and change.  He brushed aside my comment and told me that in the event the assigned priest could not deliver the closing remarks, I would be the one to give it, and then he turned to another person for other concerns.  When the concert finished, the assigned priest arrived and gave the closing remarks, much to my relief.

That event taught me the lesson about behaving appropriately to the circumstances.  “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.”  It was not just about dressing properly, but speaking and acting fittingly.  As disciples of Christ, we should speak and act like Jesus, our Master.  If we conducted ourselves opposed to the Gospel teachings, we would have no difference from non-Christians.

We are followers of the Son of God, brothers and sisters in Christ, adopted children of the Father.  We need to think, speak, and act according to our nature and being.

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