WEDNESDAY: Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Remember, we are Vulnerable Too
Self-awareness, self-scrutiny, critical thinking, moral consciousness and adaptation to positive criticisms are as vital as our daily balanced meals and doses of vitamins for our integrated growth process as citizens on earth and as Christians. A few weeks ago, my front gate was paved with hog plums. Rake in hand; I decided to clear the pathway. Hardly had I moved the rake twice; my chest tightened; the sky turned dark; my knees weakened. God! I cried. What am I doing? I should have known better. Slowly, I dragged myself back to bed. What did I learn? Never rely on your apparent strength. A person who is not aware of his/her physical state and moral strength will repeatedly place himself/herself at risk.
It is easier to be critical, judgmental and discriminatory towards others and be less cognizant of our own depravity. Arrogance, of course, is the primary culprit, which obscures our faculties and leave us with a dim and partial knowledge of ourselves making us believe we are loftier than our brothers and sisters. Christ Jesus and St. Paul, according to today’s Liturgy of the Word challenge us to garner our self-awareness, self-scrutiny, think critically of ourselves, develop a high moral consciousness and learn to accept positive criticism since collectively these exercises will help us live and behave impartially toward those who we presume are weaker than ourselves. Why?
The phrase “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” must never depart from our minds. If we ponder on these the words of Christ, we will eventually realise that we are all sinners in need of God’s mercy. In other words, the same judgment we pronounce over others will be our judgment, later (Matt.7:2). According to the St. Lucian proverb “Menm baton ki bat chen nwè a kay bat chen blan an.” Put differently, what you sow is what you reap (Gal.6:7; Lk.8:4-18).
Christ is today challenging the duplicity of the Pharisees and the lawyers who are blind to their flaws. They make themselves vulnerable. Those men lived and behave as if they were oblivious of dissolution, death and the judgment of God (Sir.28:1-9). History has not changed. Many of us still assume the posture of the Pharisees and lawyers of yesteryear. We are oblivious of our own end and our obligation to give an account of our stewardship in time to come. My friends let us wake up and be aware that time is moving quickly. We are here today and gone tomorrow. Let us amend our ways. Stop abusing God’s abundant goodness, patience and tolerance, as Paul requires us to do.
Lord, open my eyes that I may see my own faults and repent of them before I can judge my neighbour.