June 13, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Matthew 5:27-32

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery.
But I say to you,
everyone who looks at a woman with lust
has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to sin,
tear it out and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one of your members
than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.
And if your right hand causes you to sin,
cut it off and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one of your members
than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.

“It was also said,
Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.
But I say to you,
whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful)
causes her to commit adultery,
and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

Reflection (Sem. Randy Buquis):

     In one of our moral theology classes, the notion of freedom is defined as that which, “we can only say that we are free from the law when we already see, experience and protecting the core value of the law or commandment”. In today’s Gospel, the commandment of not committing adultery is having chastity, purity and conjugal fidelity. The invitation of today’s gospel is to embrace the core value of the commandment and living in modesty and propriety.

     If the core value of not committing adultery is purity, the root of the adultery is lust. Jesus wants to emphasize that to lust after another person affects the person’s mind and soul. If we were not able to treat it seriously it will lead to adultery. This is the same with venial sin that will lead to mortal sin.

     The Gospel today is inviting us to check and see the root of our sins. How do we obey the commands? Is it to compromise with others? How do we deal with our different temptations? God will help us to overcome our temptations and sins when we feel a new determination to use all our willpower and strength to overcome them.

     Self-control is not easy. Resistance to temptation is also not easy. The Gospel is reminding me to keep myself rested physically and mentally as I can so I can find it easier to resist whatever habit or temptations that I am struggling from.

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