August 27, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Memorial of Saint Monica

Mt. 23:23-26

Jesus said:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin,
and have neglected the weightier things of the law:
judgment and mercy and fidelity.
But these you should have done, without neglecting the others.
Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You cleanse the outside of cup and dish,
but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup,
so that the outside also may be clean.”

Reflection (Sem. Randy Buquis):

            The Gospel today is inviting us to know what is essential and important in our life. For God, the most important is the internal which comprises our hearts, will, conversion and reformed lifestyle rather than external. Unlike the Scribes and Pharisees their deeds did not conform to the teaching of Jesus Christ.

            In the seminary context we do different things not just to comply with what the formators want us to do but because they are the right and good thing to do. That’s why we are always reminded that compliance is more evil than disobedience. It is also important to know the objectives of the things we are doing in the seminary.

            As I continue to reflect on tomorrow’s Gospel, I realized that I need to check my emotions. Is it really the feeling I portray to them? Or do I hide my feelings in order to please others? Anger is one of my difficult feelings to express in which I try to ignore that feeling and not own it.   Through the help of my counsellor, SD and prayers, I was able to be guided and was able to express what is inside my heart, the true feeling that I need to express. Like our night prayer every Wednesday it says that “When we are angry let it be without sin.

            Tomorrow’s gospel is an invitation for all of us not to focus on the external but to live to the truth with a clean heart and with mercy. Let us continue to be merciful to others and completely trust God.

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