READINGS for 2007-06-17
MY CHRISTIAN DIOR
She dried his feet with her hair, kissed them, and poured perfume on them. – Luke 7:38
2 Samuel 12:7-10.13
P S A L M
Galatians 2:16, 19-21
G O S P E L
God’s special verse/thought for me today________________
Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________
READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Proverbs 21-24
My weekly time with God
THANK YOU LIST
Things to be grateful for from the past week
Things to ask God for in the coming week
Most important word God told me this week
UTANG-NA-LOOBFor Filipinos, the most painful comment anyone can give about anyone is “Wala siyang utang-na-loob”. Utang-na-loob has no direct and perfect translation in English. The closest translation perhaps is “debt of gratitude.” Thus, a person who is said to be walang utang-na-loob is a person who has no sense of gratitude. And for Filipinos, that sense is really a deep sense. You may call a Filipino anything, but never tell him, “Wala kang utang-naloob!” Doing so can spark a big and violent fight.
The woman who suddenly came in while Jesus was dining with the Pharisee and waited at His feet expressed her utang-na-loob to Jesus. The sins from which Jesus forgave her must have been great, for her sense of gratitude was deep.
This sense of gratitude, the Pharisee did not have. For all we know, the Pharisee perhaps even thought that it was Jesus who owed him much because he invited Him into his house and dined with him. But the truth is Jesus was, is, and will never be indebted to anyone. On the contrary, we are all indebted to Him. Jesus is God.
Everything is grace. We cannot boast of anything, for all have fallen short of the grace of God. But God’s response to our sins is merciful love. No matter how many and how grave our sins are, God readily forgives us when we beg for His mercy.
Our utang-na-loob to God is infinite because God, to whom we are indebted, is infinite. We cannot fully repay Him for His goodness to us. Only God can repay God. Jesus alone, who is truly God and man, who is the Son of God and the Son of man, can pay our debt to God. And He already did on the cross.
We can only rejoice with Jesus as He freely dispenses His mercy on sinners. If we cannot rejoice with Him because He forgives sinners, then we must have forgotten our indebtedness to Him. Wala tayong utang na loob. Fr. Bobby T.
REFLECTION QUESTION: What return can I make to the Lord for His goodness to me?
Thank You, Jesus. I cannot thank You enough, my Lord. But let my life be an offering of thanksgiving to You. As You always forgive me each time I sin and return to You with sincere contrition for my sins, may I forgive those who wrong me and ask for my mercy. Utang ko po sa Inyo ang lahat, Panginoon. Amen.
St. Gregory Barbarigo, bishop confessor, pray for us.
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