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God is Sufficient

THE PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
November 16, 2020
Ang Hari ng Pag-ibig
November 22, 2020
PITIK-BULAG: God is Sufficient
 
The Sadducees do not believe in the resurrection and life after death. In our gospel today, they seized the opportunity to trap Jesus who believes in the resurrection. The Pharisees who are believers of resurrection are also keen to hear Jesus’ opinion regarding this hotly debated subject. But Jesus knows their hearts and bad intentions. Many of the religious leaders are hypocrites. They are not really searching for the truth. Thus, instead of answering directly their ill question, Jesus gives them an on the spot lesson regarding things that matters most in the next life.
 
In the next life, what counts most is not our relationship with one another, but OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. This what matters most in heaven. Yes, we may still have the knowledge of our past beautiful relationship with one another, especially with our families and friends, but in the next life, this is not our priority anymore. In heaven, what counts most is the unimaginable joy of being reunited with God, the Creator of all things. Our union with God is our everything. Everything begins with God, thus everything should end with Him too.
 
In this life, deepening our relationship with the Lord should be our main goal. Our relationship with one another is important, but these relationships should lead us to God. Any human relationship that hinders us to love God deeper becomes a temptation and an inordinate attachment, as Saint Ignatius of Loyola would say.
 
Tomorrow is the Feast of Christ the King. Jesus is inviting us to examine our relationship with Him. Is He really our King? For whom do you give your life? Is it for Jesus or for yourself or others alone? Who matters most in your life? What counts most in your life?
 
Human relationship is important. We cannot love God without loving others. We manifest our love to God by loving others. Through human relationships, we discover our identity as children of God and our capacity to love. In this life, we give great value to human relationships, especially with our families and friends. These relationships should bring us closer to God. But when our time comes to reunite ourselves to God in heaven, our treasured relationships become secondary. The memory of good relationships will stay with us, but our union with God will complete us. All our human longings will end. And God suffices.
 
– Pitik-Bulag
 
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November 21, 2020 – Saturday
Gospel Reading: Luke 20: 27-40

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