June 19, 2018
Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said,
You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I say to you, love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be children of your heavenly Father,
for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good,
and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?
Do not the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet your brothers only,
what is unusual about that?
Do not the pagans do the same?
So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Reflection (Sem. Glicerio T. Tano)
“An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”. This is very striking to me as I pondered on my old habit before I became a seminarian. In my past life, I was influenced by peers whose character was to always desire revenge if someone in the group gets into trouble. Unconsciously I had imbibed this kind of character for many years. I was impatient, arrogant, and always vengeful whenever I get into conflict with somebody. Maybe my reasoning was very limited and I was stuck in seeing only others’ fault rather than examining myself and how I made the situation worst. It was clear to me that I had always been acting out my anger towards the people I got into conflict with. I was guilty of having that kind of habit in the past.
The message of the Gospel is very evident – that I should handle my anger issue properly. For almost two years in the seminary, the formation has changed my attitude in handling situations in a better way. But to change my habits is not enough to say that I am already a good citizen today. Maybe the challenge for me is to love people even those who hurt me. Moreover, the greatest challenge for me is to overcome evil deeds by knowing and living out what is right and good. “The true destiny of man lies in a gratuitous perfection that is beyond the human person yet relates with him/her thoroughly in freedom and in fullness of love”. (St. Thomas Aquinas) To give love is to live authentically in this world.