September 12, 2014

The Gospel Today

Friday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

Luke 6: 39-42

Jesus told his disciples a parable:
“Can a blind person guide a blind person?
Will not both fall into a pit?
No disciple is superior to the teacher;
but when fully trained,
every disciple will be like his teacher.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?
How can you say to your brother,
‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’
when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye?
You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.”

Reflection (Sem. Francis James Mendiola):

Know more about Jesus and you will find yourself to be a better person all around. We normally find the fault in people, not only people but also in things, grammar, and even gestures. It is in our nature. I think this is what today’s Gospel is pointing at.

But then, let us take a look again and ask ourselves, so the Gospel tells us we’re all pessimistic by nature and only have bigger and bigger wood that blocks our eyes? I used to think this way, for a long time and it made me a critical person, and because of this my relationships suffered. We lose hope in relationships and endeavors at the first sight of failure. One day when I was writing a talk about Rejection for a Youth Recollection, I realized that we did not have this great gift of scrutiny just to scrutinize but to understand how we could be of help and how we could cheer each other on even with the repetitive and heavy burdens we bring in our lives.

The Gospel teaches us to be like Jesus. The Jesus who stayed with his disciples, trusted them, and guided them to prepare them for the great mission ahead. The mission to love, to be with and to help others in their need, joys, pains and milestones. The Gospel is screaming out: look at me and how I have loved you, so you may know how to. It’s saying that to accept everyone, splinter and all. Hang on to hope, spread the love and know Jesus more!

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