13 March 2019. Wednesday of the First Week in Lent
Reflection (Sem. John Paul S. Adia)
The one who will sleep under the earth and be a judge is more than Jonah. Definitely, this pertains to Jesus who will be laid in a tomb for three days before His resurrection. But is it important for God to be laid down in a tomb; for God to die on a cross? When we say God embraced the totality of our humanity, it does not pertain only to our life on earth, but also our death. Man in his finite state has an end and God’s salvation does not cover only life on earth, but even the life after death, or death itself, because God has power over all of these. Because of sin, our ultimate separation from God happens in our death. It is the time of our life when we cannot do anything nor repent anymore from our sins because we are entering the judgment of God. Jesus rule over these things, death and sin, but He still asks us the necessary act for our sins – repentance.
This season is a great opportunity for us to be reconciled with God. Sometimes, we are numbed by our sins that turned into vices or what we call bad habits. “I will not go to mass for God will hear me even outside the church. I will not reconcile anymore with my enemies, for sure, they do not want to do the same. I do not want to stop talking about others because I am just stating a fact.” These might be examples of the state of numbness from our sinful acts. But despite all of these, God always wants us to be united with Him. Our sins separate us from God. Jesus is greater than those sins we are ashamed of, or proud of, or even embarrassed with. He will remain to embrace us for He is greater than all of our sins. His mercy is beyond all of these. I, even though I am a seminarian, need that reconciliation constantly for I am weak. But He continues to remind me that His mercy remains, despite the times that seemingly, I am running away from it.
The Gospel Today
While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
“This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will condemn them,
because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here.”