God Within Us

06 September 2019. Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Reflection (Sem. Jobert Martin S. Gatmaitan)

Last July 25, 2019, we watched the famous movie “The Lion King.” The story revolves around Simba, the prince who ran away from home after his father King Mufasa, died. I cannot forget one of the scenes there with Simba and Rafiki, the baboon. Rafiki went to Simba and asked him, “Do you want to see your father?” Immediately, Simba followed Rafiki and they stopped on a river. Then, Rafiki told Simba to look into the water and he went and saw his reflection. The conversation follows like this, “Do you see your father? Look closer. Do you see him now? He is in you.” This struck me and the first thing that comes into my mind is, “God is within me”; “God is within us.”

            The Gospel for today is like the scene in that movie. As a priest-in-process, because of my own busyness; because I am so focused on the things I should do; because I am so focused on myself, I often forget who I am – God’s beloved. I often fail to see Christ in me and I often fail to see Christ in others. I often fail to see Christ Himself. In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees asked Jesus why were they not fasting as the disciples of John did. The Pharisees, like Simba in the story, failed to see Christ Himself because they were too busy with their own selfish desires. I admit I am guilty of this too. There were many times when I focused on myself rather than on Jesus. Because of this, I was not able to see Christ in others and in everything that I do. It is the invitation of the Gospel to stop for a while and look into the water and ask, “Do you see your Father?” By looking closer and by a deeper love, we will be able to see Christ within us. Through this, we can now look into others and see Christ in them. And by this we can now see Christ Himself in our daily lives. This is who we are. Let us unleash the Jesus within us.

The Gospel Today

Luke 5: 33 – 39

The scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus,
“The disciples of John the Baptist fast often and offer prayers,
and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same;
but yours eat and drink.”
Jesus answered them, “Can you make the wedding guests fast
while the bridegroom is with them?
But the days will come, and when the bridegroom is taken away from them,
then they will fast in those days.”
And he also told them a parable.
“No one tears a piece from a new cloak to patch an old one.
Otherwise, he will tear the new
and the piece from it will not match the old cloak.
Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins.
Otherwise, the new wine will burst the skins,
and it will be spilled, and the skins will be ruined.
Rather, new wine must be poured into fresh wineskins.
And no one who has been drinking old wine desires new,
for he says, ‘The old is good.'”

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