October 31, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time 

Luke 13:31-35

Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said,
“Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you.”
He replied, “Go and tell that fox,
‘Behold, I cast out demons and I perform healings today and tomorrow,
and on the third day I accomplish my purpose.
Yet I must continue on my way today, tomorrow, and the following day,
for it is impossible that a prophet should die
outside of Jerusalem.’

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you,
how many times I yearned to gather your children together
as a hen gathers her brood under her wings,
but you were unwilling!
Behold, your house will be abandoned.
But I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say,
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

Reflection (Sem. Marlon Landicho):

            In the Gospel today, Jesus continues to live out His mission; His mission to let everyone know how much God loves His people.  Yet they failed to see this in Jesus’ life and work.  They were pre-occupied with their own doings and the perceptions that they failed to believe in His teachings and miracles.    Isn’t it ironic that the Pharisees warned Jesus about Herod’s plan to kill Him?  Duplicity prevailed over the Pharisees.

            Jesus saw this duplicity in the Pharisees.  Despite of what He knew, His focused was still in the mission that He has to do.  And in this event, the people again failed to see the love of God.

            We often say that we love God and we are following His will but most of the time we are showing the reverse.  We say that we love God yet we failed to help the person who is in need.  We fail to extend our hand to people who approach us and ask for our time to be with them.  We fail to extend a simple greeting to the people around us who greet us with a smile.  We love God and yet we are too busy doing our own chores that we ignore our love ones who waits for our return at the end of the day.

             It is in our lowest moment that we ask God to be with us and it is in this lowest moment that we feel that God is distant from us but the truth is, He is always there even at our lowest moment.  God’s love will always be there for us no matter how busy we are.   No matter how we ignore Him, He will always be there.

 How often do we feel God’s love in our lives?  Or maybe it is better to ask how often do we ignore God’s love?  It is never to late to respond to God.   He is always there, waiting for us.   God never ceases to love us and always wants what is best for us.  Let us continue to ask God’s grace that we may see clearly and feel His presence in the daily events of our lives.

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