January 31, 2013

The Gospel Today

Memorial of St. John Bosco, Priest

Mk 4: 21-25

Jesus said to his disciples,
“Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket
or under a bed,
and not to be placed on a lampstand?
For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible;
nothing is secret except to come to light.
Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.”
He also told them, “Take care what you hear.
The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,
and still more will be given to you.
To the one who has, more will be given;
from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

Reflection (Sem. Marlon S. Landicho)

To whom much is given much is expected.  This is one of the many sayings I heard from a lot of people and I believe it is true.  I can attest to this because I have been blessed with so many things and I have shared them as well especially to those who are in need.    Our Gospel today exerts that the person who has more will be given more. When I read the Gospel passage, at first, there was a feeling of doubt within me because I felt that it was unfair.  Imagine for those who has more in life will be given more, but God is true to His word.  I looked at it in the level of my expectations and not on how God sees it.

In my experience,  this will hold true if I remain in God and in Him alone.  If I allow myself to be God’s instrument of allowing His blessing to flow through me and to share this blessing to others.  Many times in the past that I have been part of this great work of God in sharing the blessings.  If I had my own way, I could have kept them all for myself but it was through God’s love that He gave me so much and it is through His love that I am sharing them with others.   I am just a steward of the many gifts that God is giving and it is my obligation to share what I have to others.

I learned from these experiences that I have to outgrow my selfish motives for me to better understand how God works in my life.  Looking back, all of them taught me about the goodness of God.  I became a witness to this love of His.  Through them, I learned to appreciate more even the small blessings that comes my way.  A priest told us in one of the retreats that I attended, “God do not create grand miracles any more these days.  He now create small miracles but many.”

Have you received you own blessing today?  Ask God to grant them.  Who knows, it is just there waiting to be noticed.

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