August 26, 2015

The Gospel Today

Wednesday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 23: 27-32

Jesus said,
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside,
but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth.
Even so, on the outside you appear righteous,
but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You build the tombs of the prophets
and adorn the memorials of the righteous,
and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors,
we would not have joined them in shedding the prophets’ blood.’
Thus you bear witness against yourselves
that you are the children of those who murdered the prophets;
now fill up what your ancestors measured out!”

Reflection (Sem. Carmelo V. Pocdol)

8.26When I was a child, I learned honesty from the teaching and reminders of my mother and grandparents. I should be honest in everything: in playing, in school and at home. It is in our own families that we define and concretize the value of truthfulness. In school, it is re-inforced as we learn the lessons taught by our teachers. They also instill in our minds and hearts the value of honesty.

We are reminded again by Jesus Christ today to be always true to ourselves. Jesus tells us that we should be consistent in our thoughts, words and actions, so that we will not be charged of being hypocrite. Being true to ourselves would mean that we will become righteous in the eyes of God and other people. We should be truthful, first and foremost, within our being. We should also have an honest heart and mind, in such a way that our truthfulness will be manifested in our words and actions.

Being in the priestly formation, honesty is given so much premium. Even a single centavo should be properly accounted in the monthly financial statement of us seminarians. We should also be honest with our feelings and aspirations. Honesty within oneself and honesty to the community is needed not just because it is required by the seminary but, above all, it is needed by every individual who believes in Christ.

We continue to pray to our Lord Jesus to bless us always with a true and genuine heart as we continue to follow and serve Him in this ministry.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *