September 20, 2013

The Gospel Today

Memorial of Saints Andrew Kim Tae-gon , Priest, and Paul Chong Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs

Luke 8:1-3

Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another,
preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God.
Accompanying him were the Twelve
and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities,
Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza,
Susanna, and many others
who provided for them out of their resources.

Reflection (Sem. Ivan Joseph Feniquito):

            In today’s Gospel, Jesus is accompanied not only by the twelve apostles but also by some women. These women also witnessed the death and burial of Jesus. According to the commentary, two of them Magdalene and Joanna, will also be the first to receive the news of Jesus’ resurrection.

            Women have insights and dignity to men. There are several women who are inspirations in their following of our Lord Jesus Christ. One of these is St. Therese of the Child Jesus whose memorial we celebrate every 1st day of October. She was a Carmelite nun and was born in France. In her childhood life, she exemplified the trait of a follower of Christ. She was pious and at an early age of 15, she entered the Carmelite convent. She embodied what she called the “little way,” a devotion to God which is both childlike and profound. She pursued holiness through the conscientious act of small actions and humble tasks.

            A simple and humble task we can do, if it is wholeheartedly done, will be very pleasing to God. We are invited to have a humble and child-like heart in following Christ. We, men and women alike, are called to deny ourselves, carry the cross, and follow Him.

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