By Sem. Gerald M. Moscardon
We all have our own idea or concept of who God is to us. Before entering the seminary, I saw God as a punishing God, ready to punish whenever I make a mistake or commit sin. I “must” do good in order for God to reward me and I “must” avoid evil at all cost so as to avoid God’s punishment. I held on my old concept of God for the longest time and I believe I am not the only one who holds on to such ideas of God. I cannot blame them because, most of the time, we see God based on our experiences with our parents or people who love us. They are the images of God to us but due to their own weaknesses and vulnerabilities, they always fall short of revealing to us who God truly is. We have to forgive them for falling short, but more importantly, we have to thank them for revealing to us who God is the best way they could despite their limitations.
In the Gospel, Jesus said to his disciples that they are blessed for seeing and hearing Him whom the prophets and kings of old desired but were not able to see and hear. But for the disciples to truly see who Jesus was, they needed to drop their own ideas or concept of who God is; who the Messiah is in order for them to truly experience Jesus, the Son of God. It is the will of the Father to reveal Himself in and through His Son but only those who are childlike can truly see God. We need to be children again by being open to the Spirit and experience God once more who is love, mercy, justice, joy; who He really is. We need to look at Jesus, his words and deeds, for He is the revelation of the Father. Jesus showed God’s love through his mercy and compassion. He became one with the poor, the sinners, the marginalized and rejected in the society. He identified with men in their lowliness. We can find Him in the lowly. We need to drop our personal, lofty, broken ideas of God and truly see Him and hear him; meet the real Him in the lowly.
THE GOSPEL TODAY
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Turning to the disciples in private he said,
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”