Carl Lora, Little Whispers

Seeing the Goodness

 

First Reading
Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13
Brothers and sisters:
I, a prisoner for the Lord,
urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
bearing with one another through love,
striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit
through the bond of peace:
one Body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
one God and Father of all,
who is over all and through all and in all.

But grace was given to each of us
according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

And he gave some as Apostles, others as prophets,
others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
for building up the Body of Christ,
until we all attain to the unity of faith
and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,
to the extent of the full stature of Christ.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5
R.(5)  Their message goes out through all the earth.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day,
and night to night imparts knowledge.
R.Their message goes out through all the earth.
Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
Through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.
R.Their message goes out through all the earth.

Gospel
Matthew 9:9-13
As Jesus passed by,
he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.
He said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners came
and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples,
“Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
He heard this and said,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
Go and learn the meaning of the words,
I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”


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“… Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.” (Matthew 9:12-13)

REFLECTION
My favorite mantra in life goes by these words, 
“Always choose to see the goodness in everything and in everyone.”  

I’ve learned this line back in high school when I joined a club called “Peer Facilitators Circle” which served as the student arm of my school’s guidance office. We reached out to the students by understanding their past, believing in their future, and accepting them just the way they are. 

Back then, it was quite difficult for me to see the goodness in others. I found it redundant to be called a “Peer Facilitator” when I easily gave into my preconceived notions on other people. It was much more difficult for me to focus even on the small amounts of goodness in someone who did something wrong to me. However, I challenged myself to see the beauty in others, regardless of their past, their mistakes, and their shortcomings. Even up to this day, I continue to challenge myself to live by my own mantra.

I believe that today’s Gospel gives us a perfect example of how Jesus chose to focus on the goodness of people, despite having sinned. He chose not to dwell on their mistakes, and in fact, He even stayed and dined with them. This only proves that His love for us is unconditional. He sees us through amidst our unworthiness. 

Jesus chose to understand our past, believe in our future, and accept us the way we are. Perhaps this is also a call for us to continue to see the goodness in other people, even if it’s a challenge for us to do so.

Reflection Song

O Come to the Altar by Elevation Worship

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