July 13, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Saturday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Mt. 10:24-33

Jesus said to his Apostles:
“No disciple is above his teacher,
no slave above his master.
It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher,
for the slave that he become like his master.
If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul,
how much more those of his household!

“Therefore do not be afraid of them.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
both soul and body in Gehenna.
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

Reflection (Sem. Ivan Joseph Feniquito):

Genuine love of God takes courage, a courage which is full of love as well the determination to be a good disciple.  The question is, how can we say that we are courageous enough to become Disciples of Christ?

Every baptized Catholics are called to holiness. A holiness that is full of faith and love from God. Answering to the call of God needs a deep discernment. A prayerful decision comes with a lot of conviction. That is why each one of us must have an intimate relationship with God through prayer.

I remember before entering the seminary, an acquaintance of mine told me not to pursue seminary life. He gave a lot of explanations, stories, and issues of the Church in order to discourage me. However I felt the power of the Holy Spirit. The strength of God poured upon me. The patience, understanding, courage and the guidance of the Holy Spirit strengthened my faith in God and to respond to His call.

There will be times that temptations, trials, persecutions, discouragements and evil thoughts may be experienced. The challenge for us in this Gospel is simple, to have faith in God especially in times of doubt and darkness. Persecutions may arise even if we are serving the Church, but, the calling for us is not to be afraid. Seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and have an intimate relationship with God through a meaningful prayer life.

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