Excess Baggage

Excess Baggage

June 26, 2018

Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

The Gospel Today
Matthew 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. John Paul S. Adia)

When went on a mountain climbing for the first time, I brought so many things that I thought would help me in surviving the track. But as we progress, I felt the pain and heaviness of my bag. I barely made a step because the bag weighs a lot. When we reached the first station where we rested, I realized that I was not able to enjoy the experience that much. Why? Because my focus was my heavy bag. This is how I would like to reflect on the Gospel for today. Do we have our excess baggage that hinder us to appreciate the beauty of life and the providence and generosity of God?

The world will convince us that many of the material things that we have are necessary; that we cannot live without them. Imagine life without computers or even cellular phones. The millennials will definitely be uncomfortable with that idea. There is truth that it is necessary but it is not absolute. Personal encounter is still the best encounter. But we cannot even leave it for a while even during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Putting it in silent mode and even turning it off during the Mass is just an option. We forget what is more important in that very moment. It becomes more difficult for us to receive that grace of the sacrament because we have our excess baggage.

Things in this world are made to address a certain need, but we need holy indifference towards them. The world should not control us because in the first place we are its steward. We do not own anything. God calls us not because of what is attached to our personhood – achievements, material possessions, power, and many more. We are created bare and so we are invited to be bare, that is to a life of simplicity. The true and total us. Sometimes, we see things necessary in the eyes of God but our hearts emptied for Him is enough because He alone is the one who can fill it.

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