09 July 2019. Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. Renz Marion C. Cunanan)
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
To me, the Gospel for today is pointing out two important reminders, to continue believing in His infinite power and mercy, and to continue heeding the call to do His will.
On the first part of the Gospel reading, Jesus has driven out demons in a demoniac who could not speak. This part of the Gospel reading is inviting me to continue trusting and offering all of my sufferings to God. I remember, we have an image in Angeles City which we call Apung Mamacalulu (The Lord who bestows Mercy), an image of the dead Christ. As devotees come before Apung Mamacalulu, they offer their sufferings, their illnesses, and their problems. Some come to give thanks and praise God for blessings and victories over trails they have surpassed. To me, this is a proof of the trust of the people to the infinite mercy of Jesus.
In the second part of the Gospel, I believe the invitation for all of us is to be obedient to the will of the Father. I remember the constant reminder of Archbishop Florentino Lavarias of San Fernando, Pampanga, that we should always seek the will of the Father and not our own will. For us as priest in process, if I will pursue things that I want and not what God wants, then that will be the start of my selfish ambitions.
I take note of these two reminders from Jesus: to entrust to Him my sufferings and to obey where He leads me, for these will be guides as I continue heeding the call of the one who sent laborers to the harvest.
The Gospel Today
Matthew 9: 32 – 38
A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus,
and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke.
The crowds were amazed and said,
“Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
But the Pharisees said,
“He drives out demons by the prince of demons.”
Jesus went around to all the towns and villages,
teaching in their synagogues,
proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness.
At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them
because they were troubled and abandoned,
like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.”