Candles

09 September 2019. Monday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Reflection (Sem. Eric Martin Jimenez)

In the Gospel, we see another the confrontation between Jesus and the Pharisees. We can learn here that Jesus already knew their thoughts. But in spite of this, He still continued to do what is good even if the Pharisees will hurl accusations and false charges against Him.

            When I was in a Parish, I met a lady who, since her youth, has been a candle vendor in front of the church. One morning, I went out to the parish grounds to walk around. Before the beginning of the morning mass, I passed by the woman, kissed her hand, and greeted her good morning, and I turned around to fall in line for the procession. While I was at the altar, I noticed that she no longer sells her candles and I became disturbed when I noticed that she was in tears. After the mass, I ran to her and asked what the problem was, and she told me, “I have been here for 30 years now, and no one has ever kissed my hand, and greeted me as you did.” I never imagined that what was ordinary for me could mean a lot for someone. I was a bit guilty then, because I know that I did it ordinarily, but it meant a lot for her.

            From then on, I challenged myself to always bear in mind that whatever simple things I do could mean big for my fellow men. Maybe this is the challenge of the Gospel for me on how will I be able to manifest Christian values through my actions and through the persons whom I meet, especially those who are unpleasant. Every day, I have a choice: To do well, or do harm; to save life or destroy it. May I be a Christ to everyone and may I see Christ in them so that in the end, we will all join in the company of the ever loving Trinity.

The Gospel Today

Luke 6: 6 – 11

On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught,
and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.
The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely
to see if he would cure on the sabbath
so that they might discover a reason to accuse him.
But he realized their intentions
and said to the man with the withered hand,
“Come up and stand before us.”
And he rose and stood there.
Then Jesus said to them,
“I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath
rather than to do evil,
to save life rather than to destroy it?”
Looking around at them all, he then said to him,
“Stretch out your hand.”
He did so and his hand was restored.
But they became enraged
and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.

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