The WORD in Other Words by Fr Victor Yparraguirre SVD (Taiwan)
Thursday 17th Week in Ordinary Time
Ex 40:16-21, 34-38, Mt 13:47-53
When one undertakes a serious retreat, they take the opportunity to reflect upon themselves. It is a time of introspection, using the Holy Scriptures as a guide. In this process, one may observe both the positive and negative qualities that define their character.
This exercise challenges one to make a bold decision to separate those which are contrary to the gospel from those which are in accord. And deciding is not always easy. It can be agonizing. But choosing the gospel values can be liberating.
Although these moments are fleeting, they are sufficient to anchor oneself when faced with new realities. Sometimes, previous experiences would be adequate when dealing with new challenges. It can also be the new insights generated by these decisions and choices for the gospel values that recurring issues are better dealt with.
Let us, therefore, pray that we make the best of every retreat or recollection to take stock of the old and new insights we may be gifted with during these spiritual exercises.