January 15, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Mk 1: 21-28

Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers,
and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
“What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

Reflection (Sem. Homer John Rosales)

Today’s Gospel, “The Cure of a Demoniac,” shows that God is always present in our lives to save us from evil spirits. It also tells us that our God is always good and loving. He notices every detail of our life and He has a plan for us. He is all-powerful and He is the one in control of our lives. He is our only Savior.

Perhaps God allowed the evil spirits to afflict human beings until the time of the final judgment to test our faithfulness in Him. All we have to do is to trust and to keep our promises to God. During spiritual dryness we must patiently rely on the promises of God not on our emotions. We must realize that he is taking us to a deeper level of spiritual maturity. It is very shallow if we are going to base our relationship with God through our emotions. And most of all we must trust in the words of God.

Sometimes we let ourselves to be like the unclean spirits because we fail believe in the everlasting love of God for us.  We always insist our own decisions and fail to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit. The Gospel says that when the demoniacs saw Jesus coming, they cried out. Saying “What do you want with us, you, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?

Now that I am in the second year of my seminary formation, deeper understanding and focus are demanded of me. I keep on praying to the Lord to grant me wisdom and humility to understand his plans for me. I also pray for the grace to be faithful, to be committed to God and to always abide on His commandments. I pray to Jesus to heal my spirit, so that in the end, “not my will, but Thy will be done.”

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