Hitting The Mark

June 16, 2017
Friday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Matthew 5:27-32

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery.
But I say to you,
everyone who looks at a woman with lust
has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to sin,
tear it out and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one of your members
than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.
And if your right hand causes you to sin,
cut it off and throw it away.
It is better for you to lose one of your members
than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.

“It was also said,
Whoever divorces his wife must give her a bill of divorce.
But I say to you,
whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful)
causes her to commit adultery,
and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

REFLECTION (Sem. Alfredo O. Dimaano, Jr.)

Man is farthest from God when he is in the state of sin because it destroys his relationship with God.

In our course in Moral Theology, we are told that the Latin word for sin is “peccatum”, which when translated to English means “missing the mark”. Since our life’s aim or target is holiness, to commit sin means to miss the mark.
One then becomes like an archer who did not hit the bull’s eye. The Gospel tells us that we must avoid things that lead us to sin and cut off in our lives vices, habits, and behaviors that prevent us from attaining our goal. An archer, I believe, spends a tremendous amount of time to hit the mark. This means staying fit, focusing attention on the required regimen, constant practice, and discipline.

This is also true when it comes to academics. It requires patience, focus, interest on the subject matter, and a lot of sacrifices to pass a course. Generally, procrastination, lack of sleep, and not giving importance to the topic at hand might lead one to fail. If one spends more time for social media than his studies, then the disordered attachment must be put off. I was very much confident in my own abilities and trusted much in myself and believed that I would ace a quiz just recently. But it did not help. I did not only fail—I got the lowest score in the class. An attitude enslaved me resulting to not exerting effort nor depending on God but relying on myself alone is an indication of pride that would eventually lead me to sin.

Thus, it will surely help if we recognize our tendencies toward sin. This should give us insight in avoiding bad choices in the future and eventually make us hit the mark. And what is the reward of hitting the mark that is holiness? It is union with God. It is heaven.

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