5th Sunday of Lent. Pls Read God’s Silent Message: JN 12:20-33
Are there people in your life that have hurt you and you have not yet forgiven?
Yong mga taong kinakasamaan mo ng loob kasi ang sabi mo nasaktan ka nila …
Yong mga taong sabi mo nakasakit sayo kaya nagalit ka sa kanila …
Pero ang tanong Friend … nalaman kaya nila na sumama loob mo sa kanila?
Nalaman kaya nila kung bakit at kung ano ang iyong ikinagalit?
And kung nalaman man nila, napag-usapan nyo po kaya ng tama where to draw the line of reconciliation?
Hanggang kailan ka po kaya magagalit? Hanggang kailan hindi magagawang magpapatawad?
Just some of the questions we could reflect on. Sometimes it’s not really all about them – but about nobody than US!
Minsan kasi, kailangan din nating masaktan para maisip natin kung kailan din natin hindi sinasadyang makapanakit. Stories always have two sides of the coin. Supposedly, when we commit, we admit; when we omit, we submit! – but in reality, when one commits mistake & omits to ask for forgiveness, we normally judge & condemn – sacrificing the relationship to death.
Pero alam mo friend, what makes us uneasy to forgive is the fact that the real enemy that Jesus came to overcome was Satan who tempts the human race to create their own destiny through sinful pride and disobedience. In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless the grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies,
it remains alone. But if it dies, it will bear much fruit.” – John 12.24
Only when the seed is destroyed by burying it in the ground, can it rise to new life and bear fruit. What it means is that, sometimes we have to die to our self-satisfaction of justifying why we’re mad.
If Jesus took our sins upon himself and nailed them to the cross to set us free from destruction, why can we not give up our pride and futility?
Friend, ayaw ni God na laging mabigat ang pakiramdam mo dahil galit ka sa pagkukulang ng iba!
God has been striving to bring us into an inseparable bond of love & unity with Him. Only if we would be one with God would we be able to “free others from our unforgiveness” – then it would eventually free us to extend more love and bear much fruit of encouraging relationships! #sunset
***published in The Feast San Lorenzo Bulletin. Issue #15. 18 March 2018. UNLEASHED Series, Talk 3: Freeing Others.
***you can also read this in: https://trendingprof47.wordpress.com/2018/03/18/if-jesus-can-why-cant-we/