I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

My Gospel Reflections for Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 13: Matthew 5:20-22, 27-28, 33-34, 37

My Reflections:
Everything starts in our hearts and minds, good intentions and bad intentions it all takes root in our hearts and minds. For example successful people start their journey towards success by implanting the seeds of their successful journey into their hearts and minds.

In the same vein sinful people starts their rough journey towards sinfulness   by thinking about their unlawful acts. They think about it and they let it take root in their hearts after which they start to do something that is immoral or even criminal.

In this Sunday’s gospel Jesus warns us not to kill and He further strengthens it deeper by saying that whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment. People do not usually kill instantly they plan it, they let it take root in their hearts and minds and then they carry it out.

Anger per see is not bad because Jesus in His public ministry got angry too but for a good reason just to name a few: when He cursed the barren fig tree (Mark 11:12-14) and when He cleared the temple for the reason that they turned it into a place of immoral commerce and they turned it also into a lair of thieves (Mark 11:15-17).

 But when we get angry for the wrong reason that’s when things will get ugly that may lead us to do something that is unlawful.

For example when our egos are touched we immediately harbor ill feelings because we have very high regard of ourselves.  (Where is your humility?) This usually happen to people with authority or with those who have very high regard of themselves. They think that they’re already above everyone else that they don’t want to be criticized anymore and once they’re criticized or someone contradicts them they get angry and it may lead to something dangerous.

Jesus warns us also about committing adultery! Nowadays it’s so easy for men and women to be unfaithful to their spouses we need not look at statistics anymore just look around and we’ll see that many unfaithful men and women are always looking out for their next victim. Jesus tells us that it initially begins by looking at a woman with lustful intentions. It indeed starts within ourselves in our minds and hearts then it begins to morph, then we sin by having that immoral relationship.

There are many willing victims of this immoral liaison and their usual excuse is they’re not anymore happy with their married life or they were just tempted. If this is your reason think again and take into consideration the future of your children and try remembering the sacred vows of your marriage so that you’ll be enlightened. If there's temptation lurking around avoid or ignore it and once you  do that person it will simply fade away for he/she know that you can't be tempted.  

All of us, we all face temptations in our married life but we can all safely avoid these temptations if we will be willing enough to avoid it. But the problem is this; some of us or even majority of us are prepared victims of adulterous relationship for what reason? Perhaps it is brought about by the modernity of life and our very low moral values.

We will all pay the price if we will commit criminal and immoral acts, we may not realize it here on our earthly journey but once we are off this world then that will be our real day of reckoning.

So why don’t we listen to the admonition of Jesus in the gospel? Once we do I’m sure that it will be the start of a good life with Jesus.


Anonymous said...

I like your reflection alot. I can relate to the part about getting angry. There should be a good reason to get mad first, before hurting anyone for that matter. Thanks!

Marino J. Dasmarinas said...

You're welcome and God bless you!