11 November 2019. Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours
Reflection (Sem. Ryan Tristan O. Digan)
“And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him.” This is how big the heart of our Lord is. That is why, in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, we would hear the priest say, “…for the salvation of all.” Yes, the death of Christ and His resurrection saves us all from eternal damnation.
Reflecting on our Gospel today, I tried to recall how many times I have committed mistakes and wronged God. I felt upset because I could not remember the number. Living in this world for 35 years, I believe I have sinned a thousand or even a million times already. But should I feel devastated and hopeless because of these sins? No. If I will do that, that would simply mean that I have not valued the sacrifice of Christ; that I consider the cross of Christ as nothing but ordinary wood.
Thanks be to God that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is always available for us Catholics. I am so privileged to have known Christ in my Church and to have known how compassionate and merciful He is to sinners. The invitation to me now is to so that I would be courageous enough to avoid the occasions of sin and to be faithful to my covenant with God.
The Gospel Today
Luke 17: 1 – 6
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Things that cause sin will inevitably occur,
but woe to the one through whom they occur.
It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his neck
and he be thrown into the sea
than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.
Be on your guard!
If your brother sins, rebuke him;
and if he repents, forgive him.
And if he wrongs you seven times in one day
and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’
you should forgive him.”
And the Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
The Lord replied, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you would say to this mulberry tree,
‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”