Fr Prodencio Bognay today reads from the Gospel of Matthew (7: 6, 12-14) in which Jesus says ‘always treat others as you would like them to treat you’.
Fr Prodencio says when it comes to our spirituality or our personal spiritual journey, becoming self-centered is a necessity but it does not mean we have to be selfish.
To be self-centered means to take full responsibility in understanding our own spiritual journey. It means understanding how we are personally experiencing God and developing a personal intimate relationship with our God. This is not the same as being selfish, which is all about owning God exclusively.
When Jesus said, “Do not give dogs what is Holy; and do not throw your pearls in front of pigs,” he’s not saying we don’t have to share our wonderful God-experiences or our God-moments with others. This is rather an invitation for us to take full responsibility over knowing when to talk about what we believe to be Holy, whom to converse with about it, how to talk about it and so on.
Sometimes, it happens that just because we find something so valuable that we believe other people should have it as well.
Fr Prodencio says we might as well take time to reflect today on how we can become more and more fully responsible over our own spiritual journey.