27 September 2016
Tuesday, 26th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Vincent de Paul, Priest
Jb 3:1 -3, 11–17, 20–23 / Lk 9:51 – 56
St. Vincent de Paul (1581 – 1660), a French priest, together with St. Louise de Marillac (1591 – 1660), founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity. He also founded the Congregation of the Missions (Vincentians).
From the Gospel Reading: Lk 9: 51- 56
As the time drew near when Jesus would be taken up to heaven, he made up his mind to go to Jerusalem. He sent ahead of him some messengers, who entered a Samaritan village to prepare a lodging for him. But the people would not receive him, because he was on his way to Jerusalem. Seeing this, James and John, his disciples, said, "Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to reduce them to ashes?" Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they went on to another village.
Sometimes, we are so convinced of a cause that our passion makes us contradict the very cause we are convinced of. We can be so convinced of responsible freedom that we will condemn anyone who disagrees with it. We can be so committed to peace that we will go to war for it.
Christ's message is one of love, mercy and compassion. The disciples would have heard this message from Jesus himself so often and must have believed in it, so that they have given up everything to follow him. Yet, upon rejection by a Samaritan village, they felt so incensed that their impulse was to reduce the village to ashes. This was a veritable contradiction to the message they preached. Jesus rebuked them and merely turned to another village.
I know of a manager who was so convinced of a democratic workplace where everyone should work as a team. Everyone should be heard and everyone should work together in harmony. Respect the dignity of others. Listen to everyone's opinion. To make sure this democratic teamwork succeeds, he drew up how each ones should work and what each one should do. He was the only one who understood the concept and he made the rules.
The employees reacted: "This is the most autocratic approach to democracy." "I support this initiative but I have no freedom." "I do not feel like a part of the team, I only follow."
With all the good intentions, his passion resulted in behaviours completely contradicting what he preached.
How many times have we let our passions violate the very principle we are espousing? Where can we revise our lives so that Christ's message of love and mercy can be reflected by our actions? Does my everyday behavior lead others to the way of Christ?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Charito B. Nañagas
For the eternal repose of the soul of Mark Atienza.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
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