Do I see the good in others?
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time C
Sir 27:4-7; 1 Cor 15:54-58; Lk 6:39-45
It is a common human happening that people project their own weaknesses onto others so as to fight them. The question of Jesus: “Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?” calls us to think about the way we deal with our weaknesses. One’s own weaknesses can make one see only weakness in others. We are invited to fight and clear our sight so as to correct others. Antoine de Saint Exupéry once said: “The essential things in life are seen not with the eyes, but with the heart” (The little prince). The attitude of the heart we have towards a person will certainly determine our evaluation of him or her. Do I see well enough to recognize that the other is God’s good creature in spite of his or her weaknesses? It is good to correct our brothers and sisters but this should be done by having eyes that see goodness in the other person.
Rooted to resist temptations
1st Sunday of Lent
Dt 26:4-10; Rom 10:8-13; Lk 4:1-13
After receiving the certainty that He is “the beloved son of God” (Lk 3,21-22), Jesus was led to the desert to be tempted by the devil. Contrarily, Jesus never succumbs to any temptation. We ought to be aware that the devil will always try to present things that are not good as apparently good and necessary. Pope Francis admonishes us “never to urge or discuss with the devil” because when it applies its tricks, it will always win over a human being who is not rooted in the word that comes from God’s mouth. Moments of temptation are very exciting but their results are not long-lasting. Let us join Jesus in the desert and spend the forty days with Him so that He may teach us how to resist temptations.
A taste of what lies ahead
2nd Sunday of Lent
Gen 15:5-12.17-18; Phil 3:17-4,1; Lk 9:28b-36
The experience of transfiguration on the mountain is, for Jesus, a moment of encouragement for what He was going to face in Jerusalem: passion and death. His glory of the resurrection is manifested in his transfiguration. He lets three of his disciples be witnesses of his true identity. What he heard before his ministry: “You are my beloved Son” (Lk 3,23) is repeated here.
The Father will be with him in his passion and death and will glorify him in the resurrection. Peter wanted to stay on the mountain because it was a beautiful experience but Jesus wanted them to draw strength out of this experience in order to bear the bitter experience of the cross.
During Lent, we also have a chance of being transformed so as to be like Jesus whose clothes became as white as snow. Transfiguration is possible in the celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation.
Psalm 51 elaborates what happens when our sins are forgiven: “Wash me, and then I shall be whiter than snow”! One more chance, please! 3rd Sunday of Lent
Ex 3:1-8a.13-15; 1 Cor 10:1-6.10-12; Lk 13:1-9
The word of God illustrates human fragility and the need for repentance. Our life is like a plant that God has planted. He expects fruits but He is patient enough to wait for the right time. We have the choice either to repent and live or refuse and perish. We should produce fruits of repentance: more sharing, more caring, more loving, more trusting. These can be achieved through our Lenten observance in prayer, fasting and works of charity. Let us have the courage to ask for one more chance so that we may put the desired change into practice.
I want to return home
4th Sunday of Lent
Jos 5:9a.10-12; 2 Cor 5:17-21; Lk 15:1-3.11-32
If Jesus had told us only the parable of looking for and finding what was lost by God, we would have a gist of who God is for us and who we are for Him. We notice that God is prodigious in dealing with us his prodigal children. He allows us the freedom to go away from home. This is done in search of fulfilment and yet we end up to strangers in foreign territories. The saying: “East or West, home is the best” must have come true for the prodigal son.
The desire for home set him on the way back to life. God restores the dignity of those who have lost it away from home. Whenever God finds the lost, there is a feast. May the time of Lent be the chance for us to return home! Let us be the reason for the feast, because of the amazing grace that welcomes the lost!
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