Individual Reflection: 25th Sunday

Reading 2

Beloved:

Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist,
there is disorder and every foul practice.
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure,
then peaceable, gentle, compliant,
full of mercy and good fruits,
without inconstancy or insincerity.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace
for those who cultivate peace.

Where do the wars
and where do the conflicts among you come from?
Is it not from your passions
that make war within your members?
You covet but do not possess.
You kill and envy but you cannot obtain;
you fight and wage war.
You do not possess because you do not ask.
You ask but do not receive,
because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

This reading for has the deepest message out of all the other readings because it presents itself to be the truth that explains the division in our being as humans. It explains what drives us apart and questions us, why we, as humans, so much similar to each other in body and soul, actually envy and fight each other. But it also tells us how much we can achieve when we work together to create the fruit of righteousness that is sown in peace. While we want so much things in the world, this reading tells us how it is not what kind of things we want, good or bad that decide whether we receive them or not, but the intention that originates from within ourselves. Yet, as bad and as good as we can be, this reading tells us how powerful we are, as human beings to change the ourselves, and to change the entire world of war into peace.

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