Some of us may have heard of the term "filial piety." Filial piety basically means to be good to one's parents; to take care of one's parents; to engage in good conduct not just towards parents but also outside the home so as to bring a good name to one's parents and ancestors; to perform the duties of one's job well so as to obtain the material means to support parents. When we observe filial piety, we would try to keep the peace, especially in our family and with our parents, siblings and other loved ones. We would try not to get into major arguments as far as possible, and sometimes we learn to give and take so as to avoid ill feelings, as we would not want our family to break up and drift apart. But sometimes, we are put into a difficult situation. If your parents, siblings or other family members demand that you to do something which would keep the family united and at peace, but would cause you to break God's commandment and commit sin, what would you choose? Would you listen to your family, or listen to God?
This is why Jesus in
today's Gospel tells us: "Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace
on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on a
household of five will be divided: three against two and two against
three; the father divided against the son, son against father, mother
against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against
daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law." It may seem
good to try and maintain family unity and happiness, but by doing so, we
could be doing something which would cause us to commit sin. It is
indeed a difficult choice, but it may be one we may need to make. May we choose what to do wisely, because what we choose would lead to certain consequences.