The Gospel Today
Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to the crowds,
“When you see a cloud rising in the west
you say immediately that it is going to rain–and so it does;
and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south
you say that it is going to be hot–and so it is.
You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky;
why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
“Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?
If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate,
make an effort to settle the matter on the way;
otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge,
and the judge hand you over to the constable,
and the constable throw you into prison.
I say to you, you will not be released
until you have paid the last penny.”
Reflection (Sem. Ernie Sican):
What is a sign? A sign is something that points to the reality beyond itself. It is something that indicates or expresses the existence of something else not immediately apparent. The sign is not the signified.
Last September 20, 2013, Mexican villagers recount horror of huge mudslide after days of rain brought by the storm. They said that the earth had already rumbled for days before the mudslide, but most residents stayed put. Only those living on the banks of the river decided to leave due to heavy rains. Those who refused to leave were buried when the mountain collapsed and swept away homes and villages. A sign was given to them but they refused to accept it and to make the necessary action, thus something devastating happened.
Today’s Gospel reminds us not just to know but to heed the signs of the times. Jesus for Himself is not only the sign but also the signified. He is the sign and the object of the sign itself. He is the messenger as well as the message. Jesus, the Incarnate Word, is the Son of God who became man. What the Father wants us to know, Jesus already showed it to us. His whole life is His message for us. He is the summit of God’s revelation and nothing new will be revealed after Him. Do not expect for someone else because Jesus has already given us all. We need to believe in Him and follow His precepts.
So why are there confusions, misunderstandings, misinterpretations of what Jesus has revealed? The problem is not with what is revealed but with ourselves. In our exercise of freedom, we want to be independent from God, we want to direct our lives unhampered, we want to be our own masters. We set aside God and barred Him from meddling in our affairs. God is being constricted and restricted and little by little is being taken out of man’s daily affairs.
But we know that we are not God, we are finite beings. We have limitations. Even man’s best mind cannot comprehend and contain the mystery of God. Sometimes because want to act like God, what properly belongs to God, we take ourselves, thus problems occur. An example would be the human cloning, an issue with a deep moral consequences but man would like to pursue in the name of science.
At the end of it all, we need to acknowledge that we have limitations and that we need God to support us. After all without God we will all perish from the face of the earth.