July 8, 2013

The Gospel Today

Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Mt. 9:18-26

While Jesus was speaking, an official came forward,
knelt down before him, and said,
“My daughter has just died.
But come, lay your hand on her, and she will live.”
Jesus rose and followed him, and so did his disciples.
A woman suffering hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him
and touched the tassel on his cloak.
She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.”
Jesus turned around and saw her, and said,
“Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.”
And from that hour the woman was cured.

When Jesus arrived at the official’s house
and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion,
he said, “Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping.”
And they ridiculed him.
When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand,
and the little girl arose.
And news of this spread throughout all that land.

Reflection (Sem. Marlon Landicho):

Faith and Humility.  These are the two teachings that came to my mind when I read the Gospel today.  The strong faith of the woman who believed in Christ.  Her faith led her to be healed.  Imagine, just by touching the tassel of Jesus’ cloak, she  believed that she will be healed. . . . what a strong faith.  She never even wished to be touched by Jesus.  Her strong conviction led her to have a deeper faith in God through Jesus.   On the other hand, the official knew that Jesus would save his daughter.  Because of this faith, he humbly knelt before Him.  He knew his status in society yet he bowed down before Jesus and in humility, he begged Jesus to help him.

These are just some of the miracles that Jesus made to show us how much He loves us.  His outpouring love is spread through out the land not for Him to become famous but for Him to express this great love.

In our daily living, we are always taunted by different experiences that lead us to be blinded and strayed away from God.  It is only by faith in Him that we can surpass the challenges that come along our way.   It is in our humility that we can obtain the grace we need as we go through life.  Having faith in God and having the humility to accept that we can only be complete if we are anchored in God.  Our weaknesses and vulnerabilities are the avenues for God’s loving mercy and kindness to flow in us in order for us to be instrument, a living witness to His enormous love.

Incidentally, today, we are celebrating the Alumni Homecoming of the seminary.  This is a chance for us seminarians to see how our alumni have lived their faith and how they exemplified humility in their ministries.

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