The Gospel Today
Saturday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a sabbath,
his disciples were picking the heads of grain,
rubbing them in their hands, and eating them.
Some Pharisees said,
“Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Have you not read what David did
when he and those who were with him were hungry?
How he went into the house of God, took the bread of offering,
which only the priests could lawfully eat,
ate of it, and shared it with his companions?”
Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”
Reflection (Sem. John Paul Adia):
How much do I love the Eucharist? How much do I love spending my time with Jesus? These are my points for reflection as I read the Gospel. Outside the seminary, I am a pianist and vocal mentor of a choir group in our place. We are serving the parish during Sunday Masses and even on special occasions like weddings and burials. My conviction for my service is very evident that I am not even staying at home or to the extent that I am working at night and playing piano in the morning. There is this self-satisfaction but am I present spiritually on that celebration? The answer is no. I am after the joys of being with my choir-mates whom I treated like my barkada (companions). I use to think that the dedication I am giving is enough for me to say that I love the Eucharist, that I love Jesus Christ. In reality, I am blinded by my boastfulness like the Pharisees. The determination to be present on most of the Masses is part of taking care of my image – saintly, prayerful, and talented. I do not understand most of the readings and not even encouraging my co-members to participate whole-heartedly with the Mass – the fact that it is just an hour celebration. The feeling of exhaustion is present but I never spend time to rest with Jesus. I even accept communions even though I know that not being attentive is a form of sin.
Now that I am in the priestly formation, I am invited to love more the Eucharist, listen more to God through the readings and develop my personal prayer time with Him. I admit that I am still struggling with regard to my attention and sleepiness especially during meditations but working out with God is part of my life. I am use to it and all I need is to deepen my appreciation since I am already exposed to such relationship – being with God in the Eucharist. This is my way of keeping the word that struck me – the Son of Man is lord of Sabbath.