October 3, 2017
Tuesday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled,
he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,
and he sent messengers ahead of him.
On the way they entered a Samaritan village
to prepare for his reception there,
but they would not welcome him
because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,
“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
to consume them?”
Jesus turned and rebuked them,
and they journeyed to another village.
Reflection (Sem. Eric Yabut)
To be deserving of a gift, we need to be patient in doing our best to prove that we are worthy of that gift. But sometimes, the more we want that gift, the more it is hard to achieve. Not all we want are easy to get. God is looking in the purity of our intention in getting that particular present from Him.
In our Gospel, it seemed that the apostles lost their patience to the Samaritans that is why it was very easy for them to ask the Lord to punish them. Instead Jesus rebuked the apostles in such thinking and asked them to show the mercy to the Samaritans.
Relating to our daily lives, God allows us to encounter people that are very hard to please. Not all people will laugh at our jokes; not all will listen to us and worse some would condemn us through the mistakes we commit. The more we keep silent, the more they will hound on us and sometimes, “bite” us.
Before, I am very reactive to those people that I do not like. I am impatient with those people that talks about me even though I am not doing anything wrong against them. Through the help of the formation, by discerning better approach to a particular concern, and by being mature in my prayers, I am now the kind of person that will choose to be patient rather than having an argument. I believe that this is the work of the Holy Spirit in my life as I continue to follow in His will. With this simple act of kindness to our brothers and sisters, I am thankful for that peace and it helped me purify my intentions as I continue to walk in the path of priesthood.
Brothers and sisters, rather than cursing someone, it is better to pray for that person and ask the Lord to use us as channels of His love. Truly, it is hard to follow God’s will in our life. Our obedience to Him is the “dying experience” as part of our sacrifice as we give ourselves to Christ. Love and humility are the answers to live as a deserving and true disciple of Christ; being a real Christian in mind and heart.