Last Christmas season, while the large part of the country was celebrating the day of
Christmas, some parts of our country was hit by the typhoon “Ursula.” There were many who were left homeless and had no food to eat. There were even some who were left with no one because their family members died in the typhoon. The Catholic Church invites the faithful to remember also the victims of the typhoon.
Like the Pharisees in the Gospel today, sometimes it is very hard to see the poverty of
others because we are so focused on so many things. There are a lot of times when I am so focused on myself and the things that I need to accomplish. As what my co-seminarian shared to me last Christmas gathering in Imus, “We cannot see the poverty of others because we do not see our own poverty.” This is the invitation of the Gospel for me today to be like the disciples of Jesus who bent down to pick up the heads of grain. That is a humbling experience and an invitation to look within me and see my own poverty. This will lead me to a deeper realization of love and that is Jesus. As a priest-in-process, may I always find Him in my everyday life through events and through others who are experiencing their own poverty. Poverty of self is emptying my own-self to see clearly the needs of others.
By. Sem. Jobert Martin S. Gatmaitan
THE GOSPEL TODAY
As Jesus was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath,
his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain.
At this the Pharisees said to him,
“Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”
He said to them,
“Have you never read what David did
when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry?
How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest
and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat,
and shared it with his companions?”
Then he said to them,
“The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.
That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”