Gospel Reflection Tuesday (21 June) – 12th week Ordinary Time – What do you value?
Fr Prodencio Bognay is with us for this week’s reflections and today reads from Matthew’s Gospel (7: 6, 12-14) in which Jesus says always treat others as you would like them to treat you.
Reflecting on this Gospel Fr Prodencio says, sometimes it happens that we can be enthusiastic about our discoveries and insights only to be greeted with unwelcoming and indifferent reactions. This awkward scenario just sounds like giving what we consider holy to the dogs or throwing what we consider as pearls to the pigs. Awkward and awful as it may sound, unfortunately, it happens sometimes.
One obvious reason why we sometimes come to this situation is when the discussion tends to be about who is the expert. This happens when insecurities creep into a conversation and each person is keen to claim he has a better idea.
When it comes to living our Christian values or when it comes to our personal journey as Christians, we are not called to become experts. Our calling is not to prove to anybody that we are better. We are only called to bear witness to our belief and so all we need is to have spiritual integrity.
If we commit ourselves to become just a living witness instead of becoming an expert of Christian faith, it might be easier for us to treat others the way we want others to treat us.
In closing Fr Prodencio says, it might be a least popular way of living and it might feel like traveling a narrow road, but if we understand the difference, if we become aware of the meaningful experience it brings, it might be a journey worth taking.