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Sunday, July 6, 2008

M a g a a n L a n g

14 Sunday of Ordinary Time

My dear friends, from this Gospel, we have two points for reflection. The first point is this. Sabi po ng ating Panginoon, “I give praise to you, Father, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to little ones.” Well actually, in this point, ang ating Panginoon po ay nagsusumbong sa kanyang Ama, sa God the Father. At ang kanyang isinusumbong po ay ’yung kanyang experience sa mga tao noong panahon na iyon. At ano po ba ’yung kanyang experience? Ito po. Yun pong mga matatalino at ’yung mga matataas ang pinag aralan na tinutukoy ni Hesus ay walang panahon para sa kanya. At ’yun namang mga mabababa ang pinag aralan at ordinary people ay sila yung nakinig sa mga pangaral ng ating Panginoon.

My dear friends, take note. Dito po, Christ is not condemning intelligence nor intellectual power, No! far from that, here, what Christ is condemning is INTELLECTUAL PRIDE, dahil ’yon and nandoon sa mga wise and the learned. “To listen is not a sign of stupidity, but a sign of humility.” Especially to listen to the Word of God. “The home of the Bible is not in the mind, but in the heart”.
The second point of our reflection, my dear friends, is this “sabi ng Panginoon, come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light”. Christ present an alternative with two important commandments LOVE GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, MIND and SOUL. And LOVE YOUR FELLOW PEOPLE AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF. These two commandments summarizes EVERYTHING that has been written in the law and EVERYTHING that has been taught by the prophets”. This second point of our Lord, actually, he was giving us the difference between RELIGIOUSITY and SPIRITUALITY. He is implying that here. What is the difference between religiosity and spirituality? Kung ikaw, brother or sister, you are obeying the laws of God and the laws of the Churh dahil sa pagmamahal mo sa Dios, higit sa lahat, higit sa anuman, at dahil sa pagmamahal mo sa iyong kapwa tao katulad ng pagmamahal mo sa iyong sarili, then that is spirituality. And spirituality is what Christ is promoting.

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