The Gospel Today
Thursday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division.
From now on a household of five will be divided,
three against two and two against three;
a father will be divided against his son
and a son against his father,
a mother against her daughter
and a daughter against her mother,
a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
Reflection (Sem. Tommy Gawain Lira):
The challenge of the Gospel today is for us to practice discipline which helps to the making of good choices in life. Jesus proved it right when he remained firm in what he believed is what it takes to do the will of God. Anyone can be the cause of division whether in the family, in the office, institutions, among the siblings, friends or to anyone. As long as you do the right thing for the right reason then perhaps you have the guts to stand up among the rest because you believe it’s the best thing to do. It takes discipline to achieve such courage. You have to practice so that it becomes a habit that will eventually build your character so that you will not ‘starve to death’ when your attention is called in a given situation. You will be able to stand for the truth, for life and for God.
Many times unable to handle pressures in life usually is the reason why marriages fall apart, broken families, children’s separated from each other and sometimes the cause of someone’s physical and psychological breakdown. A person who struggles with sexual addictions, chemical cravings and other sickness in life does not know the difference between his wants and his needs. Maybe from a simple choice of food to financial spending perhaps out of control. Thus, in the end, life becomes more miserable.
We have to remember that our lives in the future will depend on how we examine and practice our lives today. Whenever we find something that is not right, be willing to stand for a change. It can only happen when we practice discipline in many things we do and make choices in life.