The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Priest
Jesus 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. Eldrick Peña):
Today’s Gospel focuses on the special relationship between the Father and the Son. Jesus definitely knows the Father very well and He is always attuned into fulfilling everything the Father wills for Him. His obedience reached its pinnacle when He accepted to die on the cross, no matter how painful and humiliating the situation could be. He bore all the suffering because He knows that it is what the Father wanted to happen – that through Him, salvation could enter human history.
I have a great devotion to the Heavenly Father. I implore His help every time I would make crucial decisions in my life. I entrust my whole self to Him for guidance and protection. I always pray to Him for courage, that I may be able to always follow His will – “Not my will Lord, but yours….”
We are all called to develop a special relationship with the Father and Jesus is our model of perfect obedience to the Father’s will. We have to learn to seek the Father’s will in all things, and to serve Him in every people that we meet; all for His greater glory.
Today we also celebrate the memorial of St. Francis Xavier, universal patron of the missions. He is also an example of perfect obedience to God’s will. He labored as a missionary ad gentes to the Far East, preaching the Word of God to the unbelievers. Ultimately, he received the palm of martyrdom in the missions in 1552, at the age of 46.
We are invited, just like St. Francis Xavier, to become “missionaries”; sharers and bringers of God’s love to our neighbors especially the poor and the marginalized.