The Gospel Today
Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples
and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out
and to cure every disease and every illness.
The names of the Twelve Apostles are these:
first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew;
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
Philip and Bartholomew,
Thomas and Matthew the tax collector;
James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus;
Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot
who betrayed Jesus.
Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus,
“Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town.
Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”
Reflection (Sem. Rolly Teng):
What do you remember when you hear today’s Gospel? Isn’t at the calling of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus? Most of the time, when this Gospel is being proclaimed, what we usually hear in the sharing, is the calling and discipleship of the apostles. It seems that this Gospel is only meant for those people who want to become priests or religious.
I believe that today’s Gospel is for all of us. It invites us to go back to our Lord who loved us first. We return to the Lord who is merciful and forgiving because He owns us, He knows us because we are His children. God loves us so much. But unfortunately when we committed sins we are being separated from Him. Most of the time, we choose to be far from Him. Actually, God never intended us to commit sins. As much as possible He wants us to be strong and not to fall into sin. But sometimes because of our hardheadedness we turn our backs on Him and commit sins.
In our Gospel today, Jesus said to His Apostles, “Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Jesus commissioned His apostles to look for those sheep that were lost because of hardheadedness. I think when the sheep is lost he is looking for something pleasurable for himself. He follows his own will not the voice of his shepherd.
I believe in these words of Jesus, we are the lost sheep. Most of the time, when we commit sins, we follow our own will, our own wants in life, and we look for something that gives us pleasure. Because of these things, we fail to hear and recognize the voice of the shepherd and that will be the time that we became lost.
Today’s Gospel invites us to focus our attention to the great Shepherd which is Jesus. Let us not allow sins to separate us from our God who loves us so much.