Let Go

14 June 2019. Friday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reflection (Sem. Glicerio T. Tano)

In the gospel, as Jesus teaches about cutting off whatever that causes man to sin, it could also mean to me that man cannot run away from temptations. Reflecting on it, I came into a question of “Is there other way to avoid sin?”  This is an invitation for me to re-examine myself on what causes me to commit sin to my brothers. Perhaps this is a great challenge for me in my relationship with others and in my attachment to things that are not necessary in my journey in answering the call of vocation to priesthood.

            One of my struggles in life is that I always feel something is lacking in my existence. As I discerned and reflected deeply on my longings, there were actually many things that came up to my mind, and one of these is having a double-standard living which is not appropriate for someone who is a priest-in-process. This includes my desire for things that I wanted to possess, lust, and other undesirable things that are not good and acceptable as future minster of the church. Sense of detachment has been a constant struggle for me.

            Now, the greatest challenge for me is to be aware of the things that are not needed in my journey as I continue to answer the call of vocation to priesthood, and be always grateful and content with what I have. Hence, I will be steadfast with my decisions because a true follower of Jesus can live life without great attachment to worldly things which can ruin the soul. When I let something go, I am giving it to God to use in a way that will bless me and others.

The Gospel Today

Matthew 5: 27 – 32

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery.
But I say to you,
everyone who looks at a woman with lust
has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to sin,
tear it out and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one of your members
than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.
And if your right hand causes you to sin,
cut it off and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one of your members
than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.

“It was also said,
Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.
But I say to you,
whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful)
causes her to commit adultery,
and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

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