June 30, 2018
Saturday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
When Jesus entered Capernaum,
a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying,
“Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.”
He said to him, “I will come and cure him.”
The centurion said in reply,
“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;
only say the word and my servant will be healed.
For I too am a man subject to authority,
with soldiers subject to me.
And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes;
and to another, ‘Come here,’ and he comes;
and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him,
“Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.
I say to you, many will come from the east and the west,
and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven,
but the children of the Kingdom
will be driven out into the outer darkness,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
And Jesus said to the centurion,
“You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you.”
And at that very hour his servant was healed.
Jesus entered the house of Peter,
and saw his mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.
He touched her hand, the fever left her,
and she rose and waited on him.
When it was evening, they brought him many
who were possessed by demons,
and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured all the sick,
to fulfill what had been said by Isaiah the prophet:
He took away our infirmities and bore our diseases.
Reflection (Sem. Justin G. Gatus)
During the Live-In Vocation Discernment Seminar, I was confronted by one of my longstanding tendencies in my seminary formation. It happened just before lunch time of the third day of our discernment seminar. I was the one spearheading the said program when suddenly, I felt my head and my nape throbbing in pain. During lunch time, the first thing that I did was to ask one of our brothers to check my blood pressure. And I was right—my blood pressure rose up. I was asked to take a rest for a while. I followed the instruction and I tried to get some sleep. While I was resting, my mind was still anxious of so many things such as the last part of the discernment seminar and my sudden illness. I then prayed to God to grant me courage to accept things that I cannot control anymore and to grant me peace of mind. After that prayer, I was able to take a nap which brought down my blood pressure and relieved me from head and nape pain.
The Gospel today teaches us to surrender all of our sickness and infirmities to Jesus. Healing begins when we let go and let God. It also teaches us to have faith in Him whenever things get out of hand. The faith of the centurion amazed Jesus. And through that unexpected faith, He granted the wish of the centurion. Likewise, in my experience, it was only when I started to admit my illness and faithfully submitted my will to His will, that I was able to have peace of mind. It is when I started to let go of my control issues and strengthened my faith in him that I was able to sleep and recover from that illness.
When things go beyond our control, all we need to do is to strengthen our faith in Him, to surrender to His will, and continue to obey and follow Him. We only have to believe in Jesus’ healing power embedded from our daily experiences of His love and mercy towards us. Whatever we have, it is grace from Him. Whatever we lack, it is His grace that will fill us.