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Audience: 6;30am mass SBCA Church
Genesis 4:1-15,25; Mark 8:11-13
(Fr Aelred Nilo, OSB)

Katolikong Pinoy said, “NILIKHA NG PANGINOON ANG AMPALAYA UPANG BUMUHAY NG TAO. HINDI UPANG BUMUHAY NG NAKARAAN.”

 

Bakit nga ba nagiging BITTER ANG isang TAO? Alam niyo kung bakit? Kasi hindi pa rin nila makalimutan ang nakaraan, ‘yong panahong nasaktan sila. Heto pa! Dahil hanggang ngayon, hindi parin nila tanggap ang katotohanan na iniwan lang sila. (Sweetsey EmbHie Property)

“BITTERNESS” ito daw ang taglay ng MGA TAONG MAY HINANAKIT SA KANILANG NAKARAAN. Sabi nila kung hindi mo kayang mag move on, “bitter” ang tawag sa 'yo. SILA YONG MGA TAONG WALA SA KANILANG BOKABULARYO ANG MGA KATAGANG “TO FORGIVE” AND “TO FORGET”. (by jaycee_jhay)

In the first letter of Saint John he warned us in these words, “DO NOT BE LIKE CAIN, WHO WAS FROM THE EVIL ONE AND MURDERED HIS BROTHER. And why did he murder him? Because what he was doing was evil and his brother's actions were righteous.” (1 John 3:12)

In today’s reading from Genesis we heard of the story of Cain and Abel. We see that they both offered sacrifices. But even though they both offered something to God, their hearts were different. CAIN’S HEART WAS WICKED AND EVIL. GOD WARNED CAIN THAT SIN WOULD BE “AT HIS DOOR” OR THAT SIN HAD A DESIRE FOR HIM.

So the LORD said to Cain: “WHY ARE YOU SO RESENTFUL [BITTER] AND CRESTFALLEN. If you do well, you can hold up your head; but if not, sin is a demon lurking at the door: his urge is toward you, YET YOU CAN BE HIS MASTER.” (Gen 4:6-7)

Jesus taught the same thing when he said, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. For FROM WITHIN, OUT OF THE HEART OF MEN, PROCEED THE EVIL THOUGHTS, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these things proceed from within and defile the man” (Mark 7:20-23; refer also last week Wednesday Homily).

SIN STEMS FROM WITHIN. That was Cain’s problem. We read that when the brothers brought their respective offerings, the Lord had regard for Abel’s sacrifice, but not for Cain’s (4:2-4). Some commentators argue that THE TYPE OF SACRIFICE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD’S ACCEPTANCE OF ABEL AND REJECTION OF CAIN. Rather, they say, IT WAS THE HEART CONDITION OF EACH MAN. Abel’s heart was right before god, whereas Cain’s was not. (Commentary by Steve J. Cole)

Brothers and sisters, IN OUR HEARTS WE ALL FEEL ENVY FROM TIME TO TIME, NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE BELIEVE WE ARE ABOVE IT.

A series of psychological studies have shown that envy can actually be divided into two different emotions in humans. A Dutch researcher, inspired by the fact that there are actually different words for envy in the language, sought to define what the differences might be, and found two different strands: MALICIOUS ENVY AND BENIGN ENVY.

Participants were given a "schadenfreude test". SCHADENFREUDE (SHädənˌfroidə) in German literally means 'harm-joy', signify a pleasure derived from the misfortune of others. The partakers of the test were asked to imagine that the subject of their envy had suffered a setback.

It turns out that MALICIOUS ENVY is focused more on the person who's achieved the envious thing, and IS ASSOCIATED WITH RESENTMENT, ANNOYANCE, ACTIVELY WISHING THAT THEY COULD BE DEPRIVED OF THE WISHED-FOR THING, and, yes, a healthy dose of schadenfreude because they were bitter.

BENIGN ENVY, on the other hand, is more general: PEOPLE WHO FELT THIS GENERALLY THOUGHT THAT THE PERSON THEY ENVIED DESERVED THE ACHIEVEMENT, didn't feel ill will towards them, and targeted their envy more generally towards the envied object itself, not the person who got it. It's an interesting distinction that's apparently recognized in Brazilian, Russian, and Dutch, among other languages.

Tagalog Quotes said, “ANG TAONG INGGIT, SA PANLALAIT KUMAKAPIT.”

This why the LORD warned Cain: “SIN [ENVY] IS A DEMON LURKING AT THE DOOR: his urge is toward you, yet YOU CAN BE HIS MASTER.” (Gen 4:6-7)

In today’s gospel the Pharisees, stirred by bitterness, asked Jesus for some heavenly signs. They did not want just any sign, but simply one showing Jesus as the Messiah they wanted. In short, when the Jews in Jesus' time, or today's Christians, ask — one way or another — for a sign, what we are actually asking for, is for God to act according to our own way, that which we think is better, and which also stands by our way of thinking.

But God has his own ways which, more often than not, we find it difficult to understand. However GOD, who allows us to find him when we are truly looking for him, IF WE BEG HIM TO ENLIGHTEN US, HE WILL GIVE US TO UNDERSTAND WHICH ARE HIS WAYS AND HOW WE CAN, TODAY, DISTINGUISH HIS SIGNS.

Brothers and sisters, our readings today reminds of our need to PRAY THAT OUR HEARTS ARE PURE TOWARD GOD and when we serve him, we do it because of the sincere love, honor, and respect we have for Him — not like Cain. This is why in “THE LORD'S PRAYER” WE SAY “YOUR WILL BE DONE”.

Take note of this words of wisdom: “ENVY OR BITTERNESS. BLOWING OUT THE OTHER PERSON’S CANDLE WILL NOT MAKE YOURS SHINE BRIGTHER.”

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