June 14, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Saturday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 5:33-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
You have heard that it was said to your ancestors,
Do not take a false oath
but make good to the Lord all that you vow.
But I say to you, do not swear at all;
not by heaven, for it is God’s throne;
nor by the earth, for it is his footstool;
nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
Do not swear by your head,
for you cannot make a single hair white or black.
Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’
Anything more is from the Evil One.”

Reflection (Sem. Ivan Joseph Feniquito):

     Stop, look and listen! These three words are included in the common sign in the pedestrian, and also in the crossing of the train railroads.

     Stop. The world is pre-occupied with a lot of things. The Gospel for today is inviting us to stop. May we stop from our daily activities in life and events. Let us have a moment of silence and solitude.

     Look. Look for a sacred place for us to stay. This can be a place of worship such as church, chapel and oratory. It can be also our private room or wherever we are, focus and look at the bottom of our heart. Look and try to open our eyes and heart to see our personal encounter with God.

     Listen. There were times that most of our prayer period or sessions are like a monologue. We do all the talking. There is what we called Silent prayer in which in our prayer life we invite God to speak in the silence of our hearts. We take a moment of silence then open our eyes and heart for the message of God.

     As we stop from our daily routine and work, and look for a sacred place, and have a good disposition, prepare our heart and as we ready to welcome the message of God. In the silence of our hearts we commune to God. Listen very well.

     The challenge now is to wholeheartedly open our hearts to God, through a faithful listening; we can have a proper disposition. Anything that will come out in prayer, everything we say or do comes from God. Prayer can lead us to the path of holiness, and our oaths will be genuine because it is rooted with God.

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