03 September 2019. Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great
Reflection (Sem. Renz Marion C. Cunanan)
What is my purpose? What is my mission? What is God telling me to do?
These were the questions I asked myself when I reflected on the Gospel for today. In the Gospel, Jesus went to Capernaum, and in the synagogue, he saw a man possessed by an unclean demon. He commanded the demon to come out of the man and it left him. Through His words, He has established His authority. His kingship is bound by His identity – the Son of God. Everything, even the spirit, will bow before Him. His purpose: to reign in Heaven and on Earth.
When I was as an altar server, I remember that we were reminded of our purpose. Our purpose is to serve in the Liturgy and help the priest in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. As we serve, people see Christ in us, yet we were reminded that our mission doesn’t end there. When we go out without our soutane, people should also see Christ in us by our actions. As servers of God, we were also expected to serve and love the Church and the people.
The invitation of the Gospel to me is to be clear with my purpose and to live out this purpose with love. As I undergo formation in the seminary, my encounters with my brothers and sisters in the seminary and in the parish and hospital apostolates helped me in knowing my purpose in pursuing the vocation to priesthood. The Catholic Church is a people of love, and now I know that my purpose is to respond to God in love.
The Gospel Today
Luke 4: 31 – 37
Jesus went down to Capernaum, a town of Galilee.
He taught them on the sabbath,
and they were astonished at his teaching
because he spoke with authority.
In the synagogue there was a man with the spirit of an unclean demon,
and he cried out in a loud voice,
“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, “Be quiet! Come out of him!”
Then the demon threw the man down in front of them
and came out of him without doing him any harm.
They were all amazed and said to one another,
“What is there about his word?
For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits,
and they come out.”
And news of him spread everywhere in the surrounding region.