The Gospel made me remember some of my experiences before entering the seminary. There were times when insignificant things easily make me very angry. One example of this is when someone does something that does not fit my ideals. With those who humiliated me, I tend to ignore people who have humiliated me in the past as if they do not exist at all. Worse, I have a hard time forgiving those who have hurt me. Once a friend hurts me, I feel like our friendship becomes a cracked glass that can never be mended to be like it once was.
In time, I joined a church group and began my serious journey to the faith. I desired to follow, love and serve our Lord. And little by little, as I began learning about Him through our formation, I was able to reflect and understand that this kind of attitude of mine was my fault. Was I really doing what Christ taught us to do? Yes, I go to church every Sunday, pray every day, and give alms to the poor. But what about the times when I get angry, humiliated, or hurt? I realized that it is not enough to just praise the Lord, but I need to follow His commands.
Today’s Gospel teaches us the right disposition of a true follower of Christ. I understand that anyone can be a Christian by name, but only those who truly know Him and desire to correspond to His love would be a Christian in the truest sense of the word. As we continue to follow Christ, the call for us is not just to know Him, but to live His commands.
By: Sem. Eric Yabut
Jesus said to his disciples:
“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit,
nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.
For every tree is known by its own fruit.
For people do not pick figs from thornbushes,
nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,
but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil;
for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command?
I will show you what someone is like who comes to me,
listens to my words, and acts on them.
That one is like a man building a house,
who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock;
when the flood came, the river burst against that house
but could not shake it because it had been well built.
But the one who listens and does not act
is like a person who built a house on the ground
without a foundation.
When the river burst against it,
it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.”