Fruit of Faithfulness

31 October 2019. Thursday of the Thirtieth in Ordinary Time

Reflection (Sem. Gerald M. Moscardon)

During my clinical pastoral education a few years ago, I had an experience of rejection that I cannot forget. Visiting patients was not difficult to me because of my profession as a nurse. It was relatively easy to interact with patients because it was my responsibility and at the same time, the patients get vital health information from me. This time, I was visiting as a seminarian and not a nurse. I was offering my heart, not my head. When I entered, the patient was calm and attentive, but the companion was very surprised and seemingly a little upset. After introducing myself, the patient greeted back but the companion started asking about my presence in the room. I told them that I was there in behalf of the chaplain of the hospital and I was there to listen and have a conversation with them. The companion immediately told me that they were from another religion and she questioned me for not reading the patient’s file and checking on their religion. I explained to her that I was not there to impose what I believe but to listen, but she insisted that they did not need me. So, I said my goodbyes and left calmly.

            In the Gospel, Jesus was warned to leave Jerusalem because Herod wanted to kill Him. Jesus expressed that although many wanted Him dead or out of Jerusalem, He could not stop what He was meant to do – to follow the will of the Father. Sometimes, as a Christian, we do our best to offer ourselves for the service of God and others, but we get rejected because some are not willing to listen or accept our presence. Jesus’ response is a sign of hope for all of us who struggle to follow God’s will. When God makes a promise, He will be true and faithful until the end. Our response should be in fulfillment of His will even if sufferings go with it. There will be many rejections and trials along the way, but Jesus already showed us the fruit of faithfulness to the Father’s will. Let us continue to listen to His will and follow it until the end for, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

The Gospel Today

Luke 13: 31 – 35

Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said,
“Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.”
He replied, “Go and tell that fox,
‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow,
and on the third day I accomplish my purpose.
Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day,
for it is impossible that a prophet should die
outside of Jerusalem.’

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you,
how many times I yearned to gather your children together
as a hen gathers her brood under her wings,
but you were unwilling!
Behold, your house will be abandoned.
But I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say,
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

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