Compassionate as the Father

Compassionate as the Father

June 25, 2018

Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

The Gospel Today
Matthew 7:1-5

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Stop judging, that you may not be judged.
For as you judge, so will you be judged,
and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?
How can you say to your brother,
‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’
while the wooden beam is in your eye?
You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”

Reflection (Sem. Mark Ian V. Abu)

Social beings as we are, we cannot help but to relate to many people around us. All of us involve ourselves in different relationships; may it be with our parents or with our siblings, friends, officemates, classmates, mentors and many others. In all these relationships we give our trust and confidence to the one we are relating with. Giving our trust to them involves sharing our life and experiences, empathizing with them, if necessary, and even sacrificing things for their good. But we cannot deny the fact that moments of anger, resentment and hatred come at times. We can consider these as challenges to the relationship. The manner by which the two parties deal with such challenges would either make or break the relationship.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is inviting us to have a very compassionate and just disposition in all the relationships that we have. Given the possibility of having misunderstanding with our brothers and sisters, we must not judge them and we are compelled to undergo the necessary ways of dealing with them. Here, dialogue and fraternal confrontation will be very important in order to restore and even strengthen the bond that is being affected by circumstances.

My life in the seminary is a great opportunity to practice this great act of mercy, an act of being compassionate to others. Living with different persons, with their different backgrounds and orientations, normally brings conflict and misunderstanding with each other. Yet the practice of fraternal correction is a big help not only in mending the wounds of unavoidable conflicts and tensions but also in deepening the brotherhood and community life that we are building here. Living in a community is a challenge and invitation to be humble. It is also an opportunity to foster a healthy and transparent relationship with every member of this family. In some ways, dialogue and fraternal confrontation would lead to growth in respect and trust. In situations like this, God will reign and be present to bless and enrich our relationships with each other.

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