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Values caught or taught?

Background Music: Panalangin
    Written by: Mark Anthony Cuevas
    Voiced by: Jimi Wasabe

July 26, Wednesday of 16th Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial of Saints Joachim and Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Daily Readings: First reading: Exodus 16:1–5,915; Gospel: Matthew 13:16–17

Whenever I encounter a new person, their attitude is the first characteristic I remember. I must be honest and admit that I am prone to making snap judgments about people based on their origins. In this type of circumstance, our parents are typically responsible for our actions, dispositions, or character.

As we observe the feasts of Saints Joachim and Anne, it is worthwhile to reflect on the issue of values. Is our worth acquired or taught? This topic must generate a lot of debate. Based on my personal experience, I do believe that our parents have instilled in us the values that we possess.

The first reading emphasizes the significance of generations and the manner in which our family honored our Lord. I would say that the Family and its values have been transmitted down through the generations.

In light of today's feast, it is fitting to give thanks to the Lord for the gift of family and a call to keep its values, practice them, and nourish them so that they can be passed on to future generations.

As it is written in today's Gospel, we are accountable for our actions and to future generations: "But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.”


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