April 6, 2013

The Gospel for Today

Saturday in the Octave of Easter

Mk. 16: 9-15

When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week,
he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,
out of whom he had driven seven demons.
She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping.
When they heard that he was alive
and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

After this he appeared in another form
to two of them walking along on their way to the country.
They returned and told the others;
but they did not believe them either.

But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them
and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart
because they had not believed those
who saw him after he had been raised.
He said to them, “Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

Reflection (Sem. Homer Rosales)

The Gospel showed us how Jesus’ death scattered his disciples and shattered their hopes and dreams.  They once believed and hoped that Jesus was the one to redeem Israel.  They saw the cross as defeat and could not comprehend the empty tomb until the Lord appeared to them and gave them understanding.  Jesus rebuked the disciples for their slowness of heart to believe what the scriptures had said concerning the Messiah.  They did not believe instantly the other disciples told them that Jesus has risen.

Sometimes it’s hard for us to recognize the presence of God in our life. We are always fond of all the beautiful things that happened in our lives. We enjoy to the fullest all the blessings that we received, but do we even remember to thank God for His goodness? And when we experience trials, sufferings, and hardships in life we always attribute them as God’s punishments for us. But whenever we are put to test we never forget to call on God. Thus, we should be thankful for all the good things that are happening in our lives because these will make us more faithful to God and will give us strength to overcome whatever endeavors in life.

Every so often our eyes are obstructed because of our emotions. Like the two disciples they did not recognize Jesus until the breaking of the bread.  Most of the time we fail to recognize Jesus when He speaks to our hearts and minds. The Risen Lord is ever ready to speak his word to us and to give us understanding of His ways. We just need to listen attentively to the Word of God and allow his word to change and transform us.

With the life that I experienced in the seminary, there were so many things that I am thankful for, but the most important thing was my deeper and intimate relationship with God. With all the trials, sufferings, hardships, and happiness that I’ve been through, I am certain that Jesus is always with me. I am assured that an intimate relationship with Jesus will open our eyes and will let us recognize His presence all the times and understand His words and ways.

 

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