The Gospel Today
Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
“Stop judging and you will not be judged.
Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Give and gifts will be given to you;
a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing,
will be poured into your lap.
For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you.”
Reflection (Sem. Daniel Voltaire Hui):
The Gospel for tomorrow speaks of the theme of the golden rule which is, “do to others what you would want others to do unto you”. This may be very simple if we are going to look at it as it is and logically it says that it is only fair enough. But this is not how we should take and look at it as Christians. We take God’s commandments as our habits and look at it as our way of loving God. We can only see the value and meaning of the commandment of God when it is being lived out in reality.
In my life here in the seminary, it also goes the same way. That whatever I do for my vocation will also return to me; nothing was sown good grew bad. The kind of relationship I establish with my brother seminarians must be out of truth and goodness, so that it would also be reciprocated with how they relate with me. I remember when I was still in my first year there were some seminarians who easily get triggered by me. I was just wondering what did I do that irritated them. After undergoing some programs such as the Reparenting the Child Within (RCW), Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), counseling and Spiritual Direction I understood myself better. I have seen my actions and became aware of my tendencies which affected the way I relate with others. So from that end, I got to know how to deal and relate with people. The realization that those programs gave me led me not only to respond to other people correctly and appropriately but more so be able to follow God’s commandment by heart by living it out and making them as a part of myself. Like in judging, to give judgment is not for me to do but to give the benefit of the doubt. If I am not certain about what I would say to others and do not know what really happened in a given matter, I am not but to give benefit of the doubt. To be merciful is also an act of love. I do not deny the fact that it is not easy to do, but like what Jesus had said; “be merciful as your Father is merciful”. To obey such is ideal, but to put to heart what forgiveness is I think is the most loving. Everyone wants to be forgiven and like what we regularly do every month, we go to the sacrament of confession to receive forgiveness from God. So if His forgiveness is not out of His love, I guess it would not be genuine. For it is the heart that communicates the love, and the communication that happen in the sacrament of confession is the forgiveness that God gives. It is His response to our coming back and acknowledgement of our sins. This is not far from what we should do as humans in our relationship with others. We respond with acts of love as we also communicate in love.
Doing such commandments do not require much analogy but consistency. It is ideal to obey what our Lord teaches us but it is genuine if we have put them in our hearts. For whatever we put in our hearts, our body would reacts. God has so much love for us because that is His nature. If God can love that much then who are we not to?