September 18, 2015

The Gospel Today

Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Luke 8:1-3

Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another,
preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God.
Accompanying him were the Twelve
and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities,
Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza,
Susanna, and many others
who provided for them out of their resources.

Reflection (Sem. Maximilian B. Estayo)

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It is impossible to take part in the work of evangelization without spending your own money.

Prior to my entrance to the seminary, I had a busy life in a charismatic community helping spread the devotion to the
Divine Mercy. I would be busy with my job at daytime and at dusk in most weekdays I would be in my group planning and
implementing the work of propagation.

Since we were not getting funding from anywhere, we had to rely on our own resources to keep our ministry going. And it was
a big help that I was earning a good salary and so contributed a portion of it for our community. The other members who
were gainfully employed also shared their part.

Thus, this is how the community since its founding has grown in membership and in the people it has evangelized with God’s
love and mercy.

In today’s Gospel, we see Jesus being accompanied by disciples, apart from the 12, in various capacities. They included
those Jesus has healed from demonic possession who as a sign of their gratitude had come along with Him to proclaim the
coming of the Lord’s kingdom. There were also those who provided material help.

I remember that in our charismatic group, we were always reminded to contribute one if not all our 3Ts: time, talent,
treasure. We always have something to give. As Paul told the Corinthians, we serve as apostles, prophets, teachers,
healers, among others (cf. 1 Cor. 12:27-31).

Now as a seminarian, I am not contributing financially to the ministry. But I am devoting all my time for priestly
formation so that someday I can serve God and the Church in a fuller capacity. And my commitment is to give my best, for in
doing so I am accompanying Jesus in His work of evangelization, even in this smaller capacity.

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