Walk Our Talk

28 August 2019. Memorial of Saint Augustine

Reflection (Sem. Keith R. Buenaventura)

One of the core values our seminary holds dear and wants each seminarian to acquire for his future ministry is fraternal charity. When I entered the seminary, it was hard for me to give and receive feedback. It hurts and causes more pain and conflict, but later on I learned to be at peace especially with constructive ones. I now consider feedback as opportunity to grow and understand each other. I am becoming more open, honest, and sincere in sharing my personal issues and present concerns, which help me move forward. Sometimes, I tend to give advices to change other’s behaviors, but I realize the need to accept and understand.

            I have to go out of myself in quest of the mystery of the other. As I become aware of myself, wounds and all, I also take a journey with my brother seminarians, wounds and all. What comes clear to me every after life-healing journey program is that I have actually been wounded as a child. These human formation programs I had received from the seminary helped me see myself from a different point of view, that is, of a more mature person in spirituality. The more I learn to accept my own flaws, the more I learn to accept others’ flaws as well.

            In the Gospel, Jesus showed us his feelings towards the hypocrisy and untruthfulness of the scribes and the Pharisees. That is natural. We also feel disappointed when we encounter someone who doesn’t live out what he or she says. Let us turn to Jesus as our model of living authentically. When we say that Jesus speaks with authority, that means His life and actions are consistent with what He says. As followers of Christ, we are challenged to walk our talk.

The Gospel Today

Matthew 23: 27 – 32

Jesus said,
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside,
but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth.
Even so, on the outside you appear righteous,
but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You build the tombs of the prophets
and adorn the memorials of the righteous, 
and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors,
we would not have joined them in shedding the prophets’ blood.’
Thus you bear witness against yourselves
that you are the children of those who murdered the prophets;
now fill up what your ancestors measured out!”

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