The Gospel Today
Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his Apostles:
“Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves;
so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.
But beware of men,
for they will hand you over to courts
and scourge you in their synagogues,
and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake
as a witness before them and the pagans.
When they hand you over,
do not worry about how you are to speak
or what you are to say.
You will be given at that moment what you are to say.
For it will not be you who speak
but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
Brother will hand over brother to death,
and the father his child;
children will rise up against parents and have them put to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name,
but whoever endures to the end will be saved.
When they persecute you in one town, flee to another.
Amen, I say to you, you will not finish the towns of Israel
before the Son of Man comes.”
Reflection (Sem. Randy Buquis):
The Gospel today is inviting us to trust Jesus even if he is not physically present but he is still with us through the Holy Spirit. As I reflect on the Gospel, I remember my experience in Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) exposure. I was assigned in one of the farthest municipalities of Compostela Valley wherein I was sent in different BEC areas. Most of these places are very far and lie in the boundary between Laak and Agusan province. It will take one and a half to two from the parish using a single motorcycle. Language is also one of my struggles in communicating with the people since Tagalog was my medium. Despite all these kind of struggles, I was able to be with the community, mingle, laugh and live with them. Trusting in the presence of God helped me to overcome those difficulties I experienced and to convey the message of the Gospel when I was assigned a sharer during mass. The Gospel today is inviting me to be committed in being fearless witness to Christ and to let the Holy Spirit guide me in all my anxiety.
I remember one passage saying that “we are created for a mission, and that mission has been prepared for us beforehand. It is waiting for us to fulfil it.” Everyday in our life there is a mission that is waiting for us. Are we willing to fulfill it while trusting in God? This is also the challenge for me beginning school year 2013-2014 in seminary formation. As third year in formation all experiences that I had made me to be more dependent on God, trusting Him and realizing that offering all difficulties to Him will also make all things possible.