Changing to Become New for Christ

A few weeks ago, we decided to give up Alexa’s car which was used during her undergraduate years in driving to and from Katipunan, Quezon City. We were able to sell it easily because it had been maintained and serviced well. This car though is already somewhat old and have been already replaced by newer models. 

In the Gospel (Jn. 2:13-25), Jesus saw the temple area in Jerusalem became a marketplace, 

“…where there were people selling and buying oxen, sheep, and doves, as well as the money changers seated there, He made a whip out of cords and drove them all out of the temple area, with the sheep and oxen, and spilled the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.”

Such was His anger that He also gave a mouthful to those who sold doves. At this the Jews answered and said to him, 

What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his body.

When we were baptized, we became new creations. We became Christians, followers of Christ. The old one becomes new; you became a child of God by your profession of faith during Baptism.

In his homily today, Fr. Armand Robleza, SDB, said,

 “Baptism involves a commitment to God, to Jesus. When you commit to something, you set aside other things.” Sineseryoso ba natin ang ating commitment kay Jesus? (Are you taking your commitment to Jesus seriously?) At ano ang nakakasira sa commitment? (And what destroys your commitment?) When we compromise, when we say, Pwede na.  

Fr. Armand cautions,

“If you are not careful, living a comfortable life can be a poison to the spirit. It kills our commitment. May mga bagay-bagay na sa ating mananampalataya ay hindi bagay, hindi angkop. May mga style ng pagsasalita, pagkilos, hindi bagay, sa isang mananampalataya.” (There are things that don’t fit to our being people of faith. There are styles of speaking, doing, that aren’t matched with someone who is a faithful follower of Christ.)

Today, as we go deeper into Lent, let us take the time to reflect on our promises at Baptism: 

Are you taking your commitment to God seriously? 

Do your language and actions align with God’s teachings and commandments? (Please see First Reading, Ex. 20: 1-17)

Are you ready to immerse yourself into repentance during this Holy Season?

God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might have eternal life.” (Jn. 3:16)

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