The Gospel Today
Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus,
and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke.
The crowds were amazed and said,
“Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
But the Pharisees said,
“He drives out demons by the prince of demons.”
Jesus went around to all the towns and villages,
teaching in their synagogues,
proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness.
At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them
because they were troubled and abandoned,
like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.”
Reflection (Sem. Jorge Santiago, Jr.):
Have you ever been accused of something that you did not do? Have you ever experienced doing good to others but end up becoming the antagonist? If yes, what did you do? How did you manage to uphold the truth? How did you manage to clear out your name?
I asked these question because I believe that most of us have their own experiences of being accused and of being misinterpreted. In our Gospel for today, Jesus is accused of being the prince of demons because He casts out demon in a mute man. His action is misinterpreted because of jealousy of the Pharisees. They see Jesus’ action as a threat for their power since He is becoming more famous than them and people are beginning to believe and follow Him. What did Jesus do? Nothing. He did not even dare to argue with the Pharisees or clear out His name from their accusations because Jesus knows exactly who He is, His very being and His mission on earth.
In our lives, we often see our selves like Jesus. There are times that our good intention in helping others is being used to accuse us of something malicious. We feel that we are being persecuted and our integrity is being tested. And so, we easily falter and become anxious on how we can clear out our names.
We are being invited today not to be discouraged or affected by the wrong accusations of others. Just like Jesus, we should know who we really are and our mission in life in order for us to make a strong stand and not to be easily shaken. We have to believe that what we are doing is good and it is for the good of God’s people. Even if we feel that we are being persecuted and our integrity is being tested, we have to remember that God is always with us and will never abandon us. He will uplift the truth and will raise up those who are lowly. Amen.