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When God Complains.

The Wounded Healer.
April 5, 2021
My Morning Pandesal.
April 5, 2021
PITIK-BULAG: When God Complains.
 
We are always in touch with our inner feelings. But sad to say, we are also not always in touch with God’s feelings. We see Jesus as loving, merciful, and kind in His words and actions. But sad to say, we rarely notice His frustrations or “tampo” to his disciples, to the Pharisees, and even unto us.
 
In our gospel today, Jesus openly expressed his great frustrations to his detractors and non-believers. Despite being too emotional today, His litany of “tampo” was very objective, focus, and instructive. He wanted us to learn something, and not just to scold us.
 
For today’s gospel, let’s open our hearts and attentively consider the “TAMPO” of Jesus. Pause and reflect. Consider the following litany of frustrations of Jesus. Allow his message to touch you. Let His words struck your inner core. Consider each complaint with an open heart. Feel his frustrations. At the same time, feel his genuine concerns to help you – for he loves you.
 
A. GOSPEL READING: John 5: 31-47
 
Read the gospel reading prayerfully. Imagine that this pericope is Jesus’ privileged speech to vent out his tampo to us. Listen to His complaints:
 
The Three Complaints of Jesus against us:
 
1. NOT LISTENING TO GOD: “You have never heard his voice, you have never seen his shape, and his Word finds no home in you because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent.” (v.37-38). GUILTY OR NOT? WHY?
 
2. REFUSAL TO COME TO GOD: “You pore over the scriptures, believing that in them you can find eternal life; it is these scriptures that testify to me, and yet you refuse to come to me to receive life!” (v. 39-40). GUILTY OR NOT? WHY?
 
3. YOU HAVE NO LOVE OF GOD. “I know you too well: you have no love of God in you. I have come in the name of my Father and you refuse to accept me” (v.42-43) GUILTY OR NOT? WHY?
 
B. SILENCE AND MEDITATION
 
What struck you most in our gospel reading. Why? Are you guilty of Jesus’ accusations? Why?
 
Have a ten-minute silence. Consider seriously the three complaints of Jesus against us. Can you feel his “tampo” to you? Pause for a while and ask His forgiveness. In response, what do you want to do? Have a dialogue with Jesus. Express your feelings. Then listen to Him.
 
C. PSALM 51 – Miserere Prayer
 
“Turn away your face from my sins blot out all my guilt.
A clean heart create for me, God, renew in me a steadfast spirit.” (v.11-12)
 
D. PRAYER
 
Dear God,
I am so sorry for having offended you.
I have sinned against heaven and you,
and have neglected your call to love.
Forgive my self-centeredness and pride,
and cleanse my heart from my faults.
Let me listen and obey your precepts
and make me holy, righteous, and true.
I ask this prayer, in the name of Jesus.
Amen.
 
E. CLOSING PRAYER
 
Close the prayer with one Hail Mary and Glory Be.
 
– Pitik-Bulag

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