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Seeking What Matters Most

Holiness is Within
October 13, 2020
Living a Double Life
October 15, 2020
PITIK-BULAG: Seeking What Matters Most
 
In today’s gospel, the Lord continues to openly scold the Pharisees for their inability to see the meaning of true worship. He reminds the religious leader that our greatest obligation to God is to LOVE HIM AND OTHERS, the essentials of life. Everything they do, including their faithful paying of tithes, their detailed following of the religious rituals, and their regular gathering at the synagogue are worth their efforts, provided that these things should bring them CLOSER TO THE REAL ESSENCE OF TRUE WORSHIP, that is LOVING GOD AND OTHERS. Sad to say, they are deeply stuck in their EXTERNAL WORSHIP as they work hard to get the people’s admiration, and convince themselves of their “holiness.”
 
The Pharisees miss the mark. They are climbing the wrong wall. They are walking the wrong path. They are like blind leading other blinds. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus reminds them that they have overlooked JUSTICE AND LOVE. They love the seats of honor in the synagogues and people’s admiration in the public places. Everything revolves around themselves and God at the sides.
 
But let’s stop for a while. Let’s evaluate our relationship with the Lord. Check your priority in spiritual matters. What is your deepest desire when praying or doing something good for others? Are justice and love your main intentions? Are you praying hard to be more generous, loving, and forgiving to others? When we do charity, is it really to glorify God or to glorify ourselves?
 
True worship disturbs us. The more we deepen our union with the Lord in prayer, the more we become aware of His calling to think more of others and less of ourselves. Real worship purifies our hearts from our selfish motivation. As John the Baptist would say, “He must increase, I must decrease.” (John 3:30).
 
In summary, true worship would lead us to the following:
 
1. Increasing desire to uphold justice and love.
2. Purification of our inner motivation.
3. Moving away from self-glorification and seeking God’s glory.
4. Awareness of our nothingness in front of God.
5. Seeking heavenly things and less of earthly things.
 
Where is your prayer life leading you? As you grow old, are you becoming true to yourself as a person for others? Or are you building higher walls with your self-righteousness and lack of sensitivity to the needs of others?
 
Seek the Lord in your heart. He is inside us. He loves us without any condition. We don’t need the approval of others to be loved by God. His love is more than enough to make you happy and contented in our lives.
 
– Fr. Willy M. Samson, SJ
 
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October 14, 2020 – Wednesday
Gospel Reading: Luke 11: 42-46

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