12 October 2016
Wednesday, 28th Week in Ordinary Tme
Bl. John Beyzym, Priest
[Zamboanga City: Nuestra Senora del Pilar]
Gal 5:18 – 25 / Lk 11: 42 - 46
Bl. John Beyzym (1850 – 1912), from Poland, was a Jesuit missionary priest in Madagascar.
Our lady of the Pilar (Nuestra Senora del Pilar) celebrates the appearances of our Lady in Zaragoza in Spain at the beginning of Christianity (c AD 40). Nuestra Senora del Pilar is the Patroness of Spain and of Zamboanag City.
Gospel Reading: Lk 11:42 – 46
Jesus said, "A curse is on you, Pharisees; for the Temple you give a tenth of all, including mint and rue and the other herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. This ought to be practiced, without neglecting the other. A curse is on you, Pharisees, for you love the best seats in the synagogues and to be greeted in the marketplace. A curse is on you for you are like tombstones of the dead which can hardly be seen; people don't notice them and make themselves unclean by stepping on them." Then a teacher of the Law spoke up and said, "Master, when you speak like this, you insult us, too." And Jesus answered, "A curse is on you also, teachers of the Law. For you prepare unbearable burdens and load them on the people, while you yourselves don't move a finger to help them."
Jesus spoke with so much emotion in today's Gospel reading. Woe connotes elements of sadness and anger. Jesus laments that people who should know better behave in such unloving manner. At the same time he is angry exactly for the same reason.
In Sacred Space, the author says that "Jesus is attacking a certain mentality which can all too easily be among us Christians and if we are honest, sometimes in ourselves. It is the scrupulous observance of even the tiniest regulations, not because it is wrong but because they by-pass the love of God which is what really matters."
God's commandment is rooted on love of God and love of neighbor. In essence it is life giving. Often it becomes a measure by which people regard each other. Following it to the letter does not guarantee one's goodness in the eyes of God. Such mindset ignores the fact that salvation comes from God's grace and mercy.
We also have to face the reality that as human beings we are all sinners. Accepting our sinful nature is the first step to conversion. For only when we see our sinful state will we be able to appreciate God's goodness towards us. Then and only then can we be thankful for this grace. Our response to His immense love will be our gratuitousness in the form of our love toward our neighbor.
The question now is, do we accept that we are sinners?
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Uy Kim & Felisa L. Uy
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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