February 11, 2013

Memorial of our Lady of Lourdes

The Gospel Today

Mk 6: 53-56

Gospel Mk 6:53-56

After making the crossing to the other side of the sea,
Jesus and his disciples came to land at Gennesaret
and tied up there.
As they were leaving the boat, people immediately recognized him.
They scurried about the surrounding country
and began to bring in the sick on mats
to wherever they heard he was.
Whatever villages or towns or countryside he entered,
they laid the sick in the marketplaces
and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak;
and as many as touched it were healed.
Reflection (Sem. Homer John P. Rosales)

Do we recognize the Lord’s presence in our daily lives? The gospel shows that when Jesus arrived in Genessaret the people immediately recognized and approached Him. Perhaps they can sense that Jesus is a prophet and a healer – the Messiah, the Son of God.  For sure, they recognized that Jesus has power from God to heal and to make whole bodies, limbs, minds, and hearts that are beset with disease, affliction, and sin.  That’s why they believed that if they can only tap Him or even touch the fringe of his garment, they can be made well.  The Lord Jesus is ever ready to meet our needs.  All we need to do is to pray and approach Jesus with faith and confidence.

I believe that in this life, faith is an entirely free gift which God grants us through the power of the Holy Spirit. I believe and trust that God acts in my life through the grace and help of the Holy Spirit who moves my heart to be more faithful to God. The Holy Spirit opens my eyes and my mind and helps me to understand, accept, and believe in God’s word. We can grow in faith by listening to God’s word with trust and submission. Faith also grows through testing and perseverance. Lord Jesus wants to teach us how to pray with faith; for His will for our lives is to follow Him faithfully and serve Him generously.

Entering the seminary and leaving behind my comfort zones, career, family and friends, is a clear expression of  great faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. In spite of the uncertainty of the future in the seminary, I still decided to pursue my vocation and believe that Jesus will heal my heart, soul, brokenness, and sinfulness  through the seminary formation. I always pray to our Lord Jesus to strengthen my faith, especially in times of trials, longing, sadness, and torment, and that I may always recognize the presence of Jesus Christ all the time, and to fill me with His Holy Spirit, that I may walk confidently with faith in His way of love and peace.


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