Before driving to Church, I was making adjustments in the car’s navigation system and then Alma and Alexa were joking why I’m doing it when I already know the way. You see, I was just trying to get familiar with the GPS aside from trying to input the Church as part of favorite destinations for future use.
It’s apt to think of our earthly journey as a spiritual GPS; we know where we came from, and where we’re headed to. Just like the car’s GPS, there’s a guide, and there’s a direction to go. There are even options for routes that avoids expressways, etc. or even high density of traffic. You can tap any of these, it’s your choice. Similarly, in our spiritual journey we need a guide and a teacher to show us the way.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus shows a forcefulness that is quite discomforting. Imagine tearing our eye and throwing it away. (Mt. 5: 29) If we look at what Jesus was saying in its totality, I think what He means is to “take responsibility for our actions”. Whenever we sin, we shouldn’t blame others and make justifications. We shouldn’t blame our enemies and tell them that they should be the first to say “sorry”. It is our duty and responsibility to tell them and to deal with it regardless of who is right or wrong.
Yes, it is very difficult to change especially that we can’t bring this by ourselves. Jesus warned that when He said,
‘I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of Heaven.’ (Mt. 5: 20)
We should select authentic change and acknowledge that we need the help of God to give us the strength and courage to persevere and not to falter. The most important thing is the intent to grow in the Lord and to bring Him into our relationships. Praying for forgiveness and seeking Jesus help should be sought after. Jesus is the only way, so there should be no better option in our spiritual GPS!
Once in a while, we will fail by nature of original sin but the Lord will be there, just the perfect navigator to get us back on our routes. If we allow Him, He will provide us the spiritual GPS we need in order to get us to our Eternal destination.
‘Lord, teach me the way of your laws; I shall observe them with care. Give me insight to observe your teaching, to keep it with all my heart.’ (Ps. 119: 33-34)