Gospel Reflection

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (SEPTEMBER 20)

Ez 18:25-28 Ps 125:4-9 Phil 2:1-11 or 2:1-5 Mt 21:28-32

Many times the divine way of proceeding may appear to us as unjust, and this is because, in reality, we are the ones that are unjust. There is a Spanish refrain that says “the thief believes that everybody is of his same condition.” This happens when we blame others for something that has happened, and many times we even blame God for the evil in the world because, even though He is infinitely good, He permits human suffering. This pseudo-liberating attitude of blaming another is a constant found in inauthentic behavior; it is a sign of bad faith. To blame another in order to excuse myself, that is, to enslave another in order to free myself, brings as a consequence that very same thing that I am projecting: slavery, egoism, injustice. It is when we separate ourselves from justice or sanctity that our “I,” dead to the spiritual life because of injustice rooted in a false materialism, believes that the others do negative, bad, and unjust things. To cure ourselves of this wretchedness, we should do as the Apostle instructs to make his joy complete “by your unanimity, possessing the one love, united in spirit and ideals,” imitating the sentiments of Christ who, being of divine condition did not deem equality with God something to be grasped at. Rather he emptied himself and took the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men. He was known to be of human estate and it was thus that he humbled himself, obediently accepting even death, death on a cross. Our spiritual behavior should be, then, this: instead of humbling others, we should humble ourselves; instead of despotically ordering others, we should lovingly obey because, as Christ says, “he who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

 

VIGÉSIMO QUINTO DOMINGO DEL TIEMPO ORDINARIO (20 DE SEPTIEMBRE)

Ez 18:25-28 Sal 125:4-9 Fil 2:1-11 ó 2:1-5 Mt 21:28-32

Muchas veces nos puede parecer injusto el proceder divino con los seres humanos y es porque, en realidad, los que somos injustos somos nosotros. Dice un refrán castellano “cree el ladrón que todos son de su condición” Esto sucede cuando proyectamos la culpa de algo a alguien, e, incluso, muchas veces echamos la culpa del mal del mundo a Dios porque siendo infinitamente bueno permite que haya sufrimiento en el ser humano. Esta actitud seudoliberadora de echar la culpa de algo al otro es una constante de la inautenticidad, de la mala fe, del comportamiento humano. Echar la culpa al otro para disculparme yo, esto es, esclavizar al otro para liberarme yo, trae como consecuencia en mí mismo aquello mismo que estoy proyectando: la esclavitud, el egoísmo, la injusticia. Cuando nos apartamos de la justicia o santidad es cuando nuestro yo, muerto a la vida espiritual por la injusticia de una seudovida material, cree que lo negativo, lo malo, lo injusto es lo que hacen los otros. Para curarnos de estas mezquindades, hagamos lo que nos dice el Apóstol: “Manteneos unánimes y concordes con un mismo amor y un mismo sentir” imitando los sentimientos de Cristo que, siendo de condición divina no hizo alarde de ello, sino que, despojándose de su rango, tomó la condición humana y se hizo siervo de los hombres, rebajándose, obedeciendo hasta la muerte y muerte de cruz. Nuestro comportamiento espiritual debe ser, por tanto, este: más que humillar a los demás, será humillarme a mí mismo, más que mandar despóticamente, será obedecer amorosamente porque, como nos dice Cristo, “quien se ensalza será humillado, y quien se humilla será ensalzado”.

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