Thursday, November 7, 2013

Tumingin muna sa salamin bago tignan ang iba



 

For today, please see below the First Reading, the Responsorial  Psalm, and the Gospel.

 

First Reading:
Rom 14:7-12

None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself.
For if we live, we live for the Lord,
and if we die, we die for the Lord;
so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
For this is why Christ died and came to life,
that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
Why then do you judge your brother or sister?
Or you, why do you look down on your brother or sister?
For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God;
for it is written:

      As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bend before me,
and every tongue shall give praise to God.


So then each of us shall give an account of himself to God.

 

Psalm:

I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living.

 

Gospel:

Lk 15:1-10

The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus,
but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying,
This man welcomes sinners and eats with them."
So Jesus addressed this parable to them.
“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them
would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert
and go after the lost one until he finds it?
And when he does find it,
he sets it on his shoulders with great joy
and, upon his arrival home,
he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’
I tell you, in just the same way
there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents
than over ninety-nine righteous people
who have no need of repentance.

“Or what woman having ten coins and losing one
would not light a lamp and sweep the house,
searching carefully until she finds it?
And when she does find it,
she calls together her friends and neighbors
and says to them,
‘Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost.’
In just the same way, I tell you,
there will be rejoicing among the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.”

 

Source: ibreviary.org

 

The Reading, Psalm, and the Gospel are interconnected.  The first reading tells me that I am not my own self and I only live for God alone.  It goes with two of my favorite prayers, "I will continue oh my God to do all my actions for the love of You" and "Jesus, I love You.  This is for You.  Everything I do, I offer to You."  And since I must do things worthy of offering to God and I do not own my life, I should not easily look down on others.  I must not judge them based on my own perception of their flaws.  I am not perfect myself therefore, what right do I have to look down on other people?


I can look at people but not look down on them.  The responsorial psalm tells me to learn to see goodness in people.  There was this article that can be found at http://www.prodigalmagazine.com/she-yelled-and-called-me-names/ and http://www.susanbasham.com/2012/03/12/whos-on-first/.  It was really a great timing because I just finished reading it and I can somehow relate it for today's readings.  What struck me was the writer's prayer about seeing people as God sees them.  Now, I am praying to learn to see people as such.  I know this will be challenging for me because I tend to dominate and have this superiority complex.  But I know through prayer, God will guide me through.


The Gospel tells me that God loves me no matter how worst I can be as long as I will repent and to  always remember to turn to God.  I must never judge others how sinful their doings are because I myself do my share of sins.  God loves me in my worst state and He is the only one who can lift me up.  God forgives, and so should I.

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