January 28, 2018 Sunday
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Then they came to Capernaum,
and on the sabbath Jesus 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. Justin G. Gatus)
Many times when we receive different kinds of good news bearing miracles, we cannot simply hide our emotions and keep them to ourselves. Usually, we immediately share them to others in order for us to share the joy. This is not limited to just receiving good news but also by making it through a difficulty in life.
During our Christmas Party in the seminary last year, I received good news that my sister was pregnant for two months! It was an answered prayer in our family since we have been praying for it for a long time. As soon as I received the news, in amazement, I shared it to every person I met throughout that day. I felt that through that good news, lots of my brothers in the community experienced the joy and the happiness that our family had. And since that day, I was looking forward and inspired by this blessing that moved me to become more grateful in my life. I was also inspired to strive harder in my seminary formation despite the trials, difficulties, and challenges it requires.
In the Gospel, we are invited to always be enthusiastic for the miracles, blessings, and surprises from God through the different events in our daily lives. Through them, we will be inspired to share the generosity of God by sharing with others. It is a good practice that as we wake up in the morning, we pray and watch out for the surprises and events of the day where we may encounter God. And before going to bed, to recount all the blessings that we have received from God the whole day. This way, one will develop a grateful heart. And a grateful heart will turn into a generous heart by sharing to others the joy that he received. Let us always be aware in seeking God’s presences in our daily life experiences that we may share and give others opportunity to be blessed by the graces we have received from Him by our witnessing.