The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saint Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
The Lord said:
“Woe to you who build the memorials of the prophets
whom your fathers killed.
Consequently, you bear witness and give consent
to the deeds of your ancestors,
for they killed them and you do the building.
Therefore, the wisdom of God said,
‘I will send to them prophets and Apostles;
some of them they will kill and persecute’
in order that this generation might be charged
with the blood of all the prophets
shed since the foundation of the world,
from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah
who died between the altar and the temple building.
Yes, I tell you, this generation will be charged with their blood!
Woe to you, scholars of the law!
You have taken away the key of knowledge.
You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.”
When Jesus left, the scribes and Pharisees
began to act with hostility toward him
and to interrogate him about many things,
for they were plotting to catch him at something he might say.
Reflection (Sem. Wilbert John “Wevy” Celestial Alivar)
“Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stop those trying to enter.” These are the words of our Lord that disturbed me the most. I am not claiming to be a Pharisee or a scholar of the law but Jesus’ words might be representing something that I need to reflect on.
Christ invites me to examine myself, especially the areas in my life where I seem to become like the hypocrites. Looking at them, I have this tendency to impose on someone something I know but do not even show, as a witness to my own preaching.
Many times I did things I thought were expressions of my love for God, like reciting plenty of prayers and doing a lot of rituals. But all these things did not make me change my attitude, especially my issues that need to be addressed. I thought I was doing the right things, but they were only to make myself busy, not even following the will of God, but my own.
God directed me to make myself humble after He showed me how I was acting like the Pharisees. The Gospel today is a good reminder for me to examine where I am in terms of following Christ. Am I still an attention-seeker or a person trying to convince everybody how important I am? These are my issues that I need to look at.
As I continue in my formation, God will purify me so that it will never be about me but about God. I pray that God will grant me the grace of humility that I may be a good witness for Him and a good example to others. Amen.