The Gospel Today
Saturday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time
The seventy-two disciples returned rejoicing and said to Jesus,
“Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.”
Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky.
Behold, I have given you the power
‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions
and upon the full force of the enemy
and nothing will harm you.
Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you,
but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
At that very moment he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said,
“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to the childlike.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father.
No one knows who the Son is except the Father,
and who the Father is except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”
Turning to the disciples in private he said,
“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
Reflection (Sem. Primitivo Eublera, Jr.):
In today’s Gospel Jesus reminds His disciples to rejoice not because of the good things they did but to rejoice in the hope to reach heaven.
It is indeed a general behavior that every time we accomplish something good to others, we become happy and have the tendency to brag ourselves. We have the inclination to really own it as ourselves. In the Gospel, even if the disciples of Jesus acknowledged that they casted out demons in Jesus’ name, they were corrected of their rejoicing because Jesus would want them to rejoice for “their names are written in heaven.” Therefore, every time we do good especially to our neighbors for the love of God, we must be happy for we have some “deposits” already in the “bank” of our after life.
The Gospel furthers with Jesus’ giving thanks to His Father for hiding the “privileges” to the “wise” and revealed them to the “babes”. The wise would mean the rich and famous and the babes would mean the innocent or those who are ordinary. These privileges of doing something for God’s greater glory is really given to those kinds of people, very simple ones in the eyes of the world but great in the kingdom of heaven like Jesus’ own disciples.
My question now: How are we in helping our neighbors? Are we doing this for God’s love or are we doing this for our own reason? Are we doing good things only for a “show” and with personal interest or are we really acting because we really love God?
Let us turn to Our Lady, true model of loving God, and ask her intercession to bring to Jesus our intentions so we can, one day, be also enlisted in that Kingdom of Heaven.