Healing Inner Wounds

The Gospel Today
Tuesday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Matthew 23:23-26

Jesus said:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin,
and have neglected the weightier things of the law:
judgment and mercy and fidelity.
But these you should have done, without neglecting the others.
Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You cleanse the outside of cup and dish,
but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence.
Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup,
so that the outside also may be clean.”

REFLECTION (Sem. Randy D. Buquis)

The Gospel today focuses on the things that are most important. There are the things that the Blind Pharisee gives more attention to instead of what is most important. What matters most is the way we relate with other people, how mercifully we deal with them, and how faithful we are in our dealings. Today’s Gospel is a good reminder for us to do the things which are necessary.

The Gospel teaches us to give priority to the cleansing of our inner heart before we attend to any external purity. Renewing our own heart and spirit makes us obtain a newness of life.

I am so thankful that the seminary became an avenue for me to heal my inner wounds. I had an opportunity to look back and revisit those experiences that led me to be stuck in my wrong notions and perspectives in life. All of them were moved and shaken once again in my 30-day retreat experience but at the end of the retreat it enabled me to experience the ultimate freedom through accepting my own self as historically coming from God, going to God, and being with God. That experience brought me peace. One of our dialogue discernments during my 30-day retreat showed me the experience of being at peace with different concerns. Concerns that were rooted on my own ways and my own plans. Concerns that I usually could not contain because I focused on my own control in the different situations I was experiencing.

The challenge for me now is to always examine myself if I am living out the commitment I have made in my 30-day retreat experience. To always be reminded in times of struggles that I have a commitment that I can look back on to be my strength, guide, and source of courage.

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