Through the Looking Eyes

January 18, 2017
Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Mark 3:1-6

Jesus entered the synagogue.
There was a man there who had a withered hand.
They watched Jesus closely
to see if he would cure him on the sabbath
so that they might accuse him.
He said to the man with the withered hand,
“Come up here before us.”
Then he said to the Pharisees,
“Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil,
to save life rather than to destroy it?”
But they remained silent.
Looking around at them with anger
and grieved at their hardness of heart,
Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.”
He stretched it out and his hand was restored.
The Pharisees went out and immediately took counsel
with the Herodians against him to put him to death.

REFLECTION (Sem. Peter Collin C. Crisostomo)

The Gospel for today invites us to be watchful. Imitate how the Pharisees watched Jesus, they watched all his works and deeds, and wherever he went, they too,followed. Do not imitate how they talked about Him because as they become keen in watching over him, they reach to the point of envying His ways of teaching and preaching.

On the other hand, Jesus looks at them with anger and deep sadness. Do we ever wonder why Jesus got angry? As we all know, Anger is one of the Capital Sins. But is it really bad to get angry. For me it is not bad to be angry but it should be shown in the proper place, because once you lose control of it, it will affect not only the person who receives it but also yourself.

I am invited to reflect on myself in today’s Gospel, I shared before to my counsellor that sometimes I am incapable of managing my own anger. I easily explode every time I am triggered by certain circumstances. She said to me that, she is glad that I am aware of it. I need to pay more attention to it and be watchful for the stimuli around that might trigger my anger. If something tends to trigger it, better take actions that might divert my attention not to deal with that stimuli.

Being watchful of one’s trait is a good practice here in the seminary. You become aware of the things that you need to work on in your life. You become aware that you are still human, still capable of committing mistakes. In one of our classes in Foundations of Spirituality, I read about the different styles and types of anger.I am thankful that I learned them, for I became more knowledgeable about them, that I may help myself in dealing with it.

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