Deliberation, Elimination!

August 3, 2017
Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Matthew 13:47-53

Jesus said to the disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

“Do you understand all these things?”
They answered, “Yes.”
And he replied,
“Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom
both the new and the old.”
When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.

REFLECTION (Sem. Peter Collin C. Crisostomo)

Today’s Gospel gives us an analogy of the world and likewise of the Church. It is not a place where only the elite or perfect souls live, but a mixed bag. This parable is the continuation of the parable of the weeds that talks about the Day of Judgment. Just as what he did of the wheat and weeds, he did as with the fish. The good will be separated from the bad kind of fish.

I am reminded of my experience when I was still working in a school. Every year before the school ends, we gather and evaluate our students. I am reminded of this because the deliberation process is somewhat the same.

The school is analogous to the big net where all sorts of fish are present. At the end of the year, in evaluating the performance of each student, we carefully scrutinize and picked among them who will remain or who would go.

I remember, it was my first time to attend last March 2012. At first I was thrilled, but after the final deliberation, it was an exhausting exercise. I was also somewhat moved into tears for some of my students who were kicked out of the school because of the many untoward actions they have done.

Like what the Gospel is telling us, the good fish will be kept and the bad ones will be thrown away; and maybe that happened to my non-performing students. Even though they were given second chances, still they did not perform well. So it is a reminder to all of us to be on guard and always do well the best way we can for us to attain true and lasting happiness.

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