November 15, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Friday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time 

Luke 17:26-37

Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be in the days of the Son of Man;
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage up to the day
that Noah entered the ark,
and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot:
they were eating, drinking, buying,
selling, planting, building;
on the day when Lot left Sodom,
fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.
So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
On that day, someone who is on the housetop
and whose belongings are in the house
must not go down to get them,
and likewise one in the field
must not return to what was left behind.
Remember the wife of Lot.
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it,
but whoever loses it will save it.
I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed;
one will be taken, the other left.
And there will be two women grinding meal together;
one will be taken, the other left.”
They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?”
He said to them, “Where the body is,
there also the vultures will gather.”

Reflection (Sem. John Paul Adia):

            As I am reading the Gospel for this day, I am thinking if I am worthy enough to be called a Catholic Christian. Do I live my life according God’s will? This brought me to a realization of what can I give up for Him. When I become old and nearly dying, will I reach that point trusting only in the Divine Providence? As for now I can almost easily have anything that I greatly need in my studies in the seminary. The support I am receiving is overwhelming that is why I am trying to keep my life style as simple as I can.

        How do I entrust myself to God? I remember when I first traveled alone to Quiapo Church from Paco. It was the scariest experience that I had been in Manila. I was even traumatized after that experience. As I was commuting on a jeepney, I encountered a man who was a looking like thief. When I was about to go down the jeepney, I suddenly dragged his very old and fragile cellular phone. He followed to me and asked for a payment for that phone. It was a set-up I thought. But I was so scared because the man was so big and I fear that there might be other people around waiting for his signal. He accompanied me to nowhere. To cut the story short, he took the only amount that I had that time – two hundred pesos. All that was left was few coins enough for me to go back to Paco. After that incident, I pursued attending Mass at Quiapo and went back to our hotel. It reminded me that life has really no assurance. The thief can grab everything that I have but he opted just to take 200 pesos from me. That time, I appreciated God more because He was the only one that I was thinking. I was praying for His guidance and He never failed to show it. This was the reason why I still pursued attending the Mass at Quiapo Church. Let His will be done.

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