21 August 2007. Tuesday of the 20th Week in Ordinary Time Judges 6, 11-24; Matthew 19, 23-30
Jesus tells us in the Gospel the truth that ‘it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the
But the disciples were pessimistic when they asked, “Who then can be saved?” You see, in the olden days, there is a commonly held notion that those who are rich have with them God’s favor. Riches are seen as God’s blessings. And when Jesus presented the hyperbole, the disciples were surprised: if the rich have difficulty --- and God’s favor was with them --- would there be hope for anyone else.” But, Jesus was optimistic. He said, “With God, yes!”
In our life, we do have this notion that those who are rich have been favored by God. In fact, when we have gained some financial standing, we feel that God has poured His blessings on us. We thank him profusely with thanksgiving masses. We also can extend it to talented and intelligent people. They are often our objects of envy. In UP, we become envious of those who get high marks, but hardly studied. We become envious of popular and talented students whom people admire and want to be their friend. We envy the basketball players of Ateneo,
But Jesus says, “With God, it is possible.” The first reading is taken from the book of Judges. Gideon is one of them. These judges are not like our judges today who settle disputes. The Judges in the Bible are warriors --- both men and women --- who were empowered by the Spirit to bring military deliverance to
Let’s look at two Filipino ‘losers’. Aria Clemente did not make it to the Little Big Superstar competition in ABS-CBN. She was in fact eliminated. Mr. Reymond Sajor was #10 in the 1st Season of Philippine Idol in ABC 5. But last 3 August 2007, they have bested entries from 40 countries in the 11th World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in
*Mr. Reymond Sajor performing in one of the events of the Jesuit Music Ministry.