September 11, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Wednesday of the Twenty-thrid Week in Ordinary Time

Lk. 6:20-26

Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said:

“Blessed are you who are poor,
for the Kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
and when they exclude and insult you,
and denounce your name as evil
on account of the Son of Man.

Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!
Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.
For their ancestors treated the prophets
in the same way.

But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.
But woe to you who are filled now,
for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will grieve and weep.
Woe to you when all speak well of you,
for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.”

Reflection (Sem. Julius V. de Gracia):

Christ Values and the World Values”

Let me begin our reflection with a basic question that we wrestle with every day.

–          Am I willing to follow the values of Christ even if it is the hard way, yield immediate toil and it entails suffering?

–          Or Will I choose the easy way out, what is pleasurable and will yield profit immediately?

     Let’s be real and put it in concrete life scenarios. Perhaps you have heard of a the following;

     A student who at the brink of losing his scholarship, wanted to pass the examination, fulfill all the class requirements and has the chance to do it through copying and plagiarism. What will most likely the student choose?

     A taxi cab driver whom his wife is at the hospital is in dire need of money so that an operation will be done immediately to save his wife life, and it so happened that a rich man left a bunch of cash in his taxi. What will most likely the Taxi cab driver do?

      An ordinary employee wither private or public has realized his mistakes and become converted into his Christian ways and faith chooses now to stop the illegal and misdoings he was involved in. If he will do this for sure this would entail his job and his family will suffer eventually. If he continues, status quo will be observe, his family and children will continue to enjoy the benefits and as well as the approval of many. What will he most likely choose?

     In our life scenarios and events what I am trying to convey to you is that “our life here on earth requires an everyday CHOICE, and our choices in the past contribute to who we are at this very moment.” Whatever is the situation of your life, whatever you feel and who you are right now is the consequences of your life’s choices. This is not just choice and reward system, but this is more than that. This is Christian Living; this is a way of life of the people called Christian.

     If you will choose the way of the Lord Jesus, you must abandon the values of the world and if you choose the world you are abandoning the Lord Jesus himself.

      The world will measure success by calculations, wealth, power and fame, but to those who have chosen the Truth which is Jesus Christ it is a completely different way. This means that we are committed to proclaim the truth of Jesus, to believe in the truth of Jesus and to live and die for the sake of the truth of Jesus. This truth resides and is proclaimed in the holy mother the Church. Instead of bending, using our full energies to become wealthy, powerful and famous in this world, which is fleeting and fading, this is the reward that you can get most of it. But if you bend and used all your energies for the sake of living out the values of Christ, to be utterly loyal to your catholic faith and values, you may run into all kinds of trouble, you may by the world standards look unhappy and fool, but MUCH of your payment is still to come; and it will be JOY ETERNAL.  That is what is meant by Jesus in the gospel, “…rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your REWARD is great in HEAVEN…(Lk. 6:23)

     What is your situation now my brother and sister? Do you have to make a choice? Will you choose the values of the world which is easy but the joy is fleeting? Or will you choose Christ values? That which is moral and will make you holy? And your reward will come in the next life? Who and what will your choice be? Hopefully you will choose Jesus Christ.

Let us continue to reflect on the Word, unfold its meaning in order for us to live it out daily.

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