The Gospel Today
Monday of the Twenty-eight Week in Ordinary Time
While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
“This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will condemn them,
because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here.”
Reflection (Sem. Ramon Jamora, Jr.):
The readings point us to God’s call for us to be holy. This call has constantly been God’s act, drawing us to Himself. The first reading allows us to see that discipleship or following Jesus is humanly possible. St. Paul, in his letter to the Romans, was exhorting the people of Rome to live in holiness. We have all been graced, through Jesus, to be holy and blameless before God. The Gospel, on the other hand, stresses out that repentance brings us favor before God and may even spare us from punishment. Jesus cited that Jonah’s preaching of conversion is the same sign that we are called for to repent and be holy before God.
I believe that our wickedness or sinfulness begins from a very small and simple sin. This simple sinning can lead us to commit greater or even mortal sin. If we try to look back and imagine ourselves when we weren’t sure what was right and wrong, good and bad, better and worst, we may say that we were innocent. But as our parents and the elders that we met taught us what was right, good, and better, we were slowly being formed to be righteous. But we were not only taught of the ‘good’. Along the way we also learned about preferences, comforts, pleasures, satisfactions and other things which may hinder us from being righteous.
One of the common, simple and small sins, that we may have committed, was getting coins from our father’s pocket. This simple act of dishonesty may have been the cause of so many cases of corruption. May be it is always good to be aware that whatever we do, it must be something that is blameless before man and God. We already have an idea about right, good, and better ways.
Today, we are called to correct our ‘sinful and wrong ways’. We are called to discern well in everything that we do. We all need to repent. The simplest way to repentance is through the sacrament of reconciliation. God made it possible for us to experience His mercy. God made it possible for us to receive His grace. Let not this day pass without checking ourselves of the ways that need to be straightened. Act on it, NOW!