The Gospel Today
Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus,
“Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.”
Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.
Behold, I have given you the power
‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions
and upon the full force of the enemy
and nothing will harm you.
Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,
but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Turning to the disciples in private he said,
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
Reflection (Sem. Randy D. Buquis)
The Gospel today narrates the conclusion of the mission-sending of the seventy-two disciples. They came back to Jesus with exciting success stories of their teaching and other experiences in the mission. In the end, Jesus reminded them that all the power came from Him. He was trying to emphasize that to be disciples or ministers of the Lord, there should be a connection with Him.
The dictionary defines “disciple” (in Latin – discipulus from discere, “to learn”) as a follower, someone who learns from a teacher and assimilates that teaching into his own life. The meaning applies not only to those who are in religious life or who are already active in the Church, but to anyone.
I asked myself how I can be a disciple of Jesus. Based on my experiences and learnings from my different apostolate exposures in my seminary formation, I was able to see that it was by allowing the Lord to do with me and through me what He wanted to do and not for what I can do that I have been His disciple. My spiritual director would always remind me to follow not my own way of life but that of Jesus. Sometimes, I have a tendency to listen only to myself and focus and rely on my own capacities.
The Gospel today is inviting me to allow the Lord to minister to me in order for me to be a good disciple. Lastly, the Gospel is challenging me to ask myself, “What are those resistances that hinder me to be a good disciple to my family and to my community?”