The Gospel Today
Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus summoned the crowd again and said to them,
“Hear me, all of you, and understand.
Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
but the things that come out from within are what defile.”
When he got home away from the crowd
his disciples questioned him about the parable.
He said to them,
“Are even you likewise without understanding?
Do you not realize that everything
that goes into a person from outside cannot defile,
since it enters not the heart but the stomach
and passes out into the latrine?”
(Thus he declared all foods clean.)
“But what comes out of the man, that is what defiles him.
From within the man, from his heart,
come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder,
adultery, greed, malice, deceit,
licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.
All these evils come from within and they defile.”
Reflection (Sem. Tommy Gawain Lira):
Solomon is one of the greatest rulers endowed with wisdom by God. Yet, later in life, he abandoned such wisdom he sought when it clashes with his human ambition. In the Gospel today, Jesus is telling the people that what is important lies in a person’s heart rather than what kind of food is put in the body. Jesus offers wisdom to recognize what truly defiles the person.
It is important to be certain at all times, especially knowing what to do and how to do it when following the Lord. Wisdom helps us to be faithful for it acknowledges God as the source of everything.
When we ask the Lord for wisdom, we acknowledge our human inadequacies. To remain faithful in what God is calling us, wisdom is not just enough without our cooperation. Yes, the Lord will not test us beyond our capacities but our decisions many times it falters because we tend to do things which we do not like to do. That is why we need to be watchful and prayerful so that we may not fall into temptations, for the spirit is willing but the body is weak.
We need to be aware and remind ourselves to stay focus, because whether we like it or not the world will try to distract us, disturb and weakens our faith. The allurement of riches and worldly pleasures will bring us down if we are not sober and alert. By not being focus it will lead to our downfall. Like Solomon, the decline of his kingdom was brought forth by his extravagance and the injustice that leads to the suffering of his people because the wealth was not diffused to them.
Father Dave said during one of his homilies, wisdom will help us know what to do and skills is knowing how to do it, but to do it is a matter of excellence. May we always remember that true wisdom comes from the Lord, so that we may be able to discern what is right from wrong and live it consciously and conscientiously.