January 14, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time 

Matthew 1:21-28

Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers,
and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet! Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
“What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.

Reflection (Sem. Jonathan Cigaral):

             “Be silent and go forth from him.”  By word alone, Jesus orders the demon to depart from the man with an unclean spirit.  The Gospel is telling us about the supernatural healing character of Jesus that even without rituals and by just mere uttering of words, He is able to cure people even those which are possessed by demons.  A commentary on this particular verse says that “the power of His words reinforces the authority of His teachings.”  The reaction of the people who were able to witness the event were amazed and were astonished which are clear confirmation of a miracle brought about by the new teaching of Jesus Christ delivered by Him with much authority.

            Jesus heals – this I firmly believe.  Jesus is one great healer and nothing is impossible with Him only if you believe.  In my family, I have witnessed the manifestation of Jesus Christ’s healing power for so many occasions.  One of which is when my Nanay was diagnosed with diabetes with the complication of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB).  It was a very difficult condition since both diseases contradict each other in terms of diet and nutrition.  Her body deteriorated so fast because of the worsening infection in her body.  She was already bedridden.  Her body even rejected medications.  However, despite her debilitating situation, her faith in God never faded and it was so strong that she knew in herself that she would recover again.  True enough she was able to gain her strength and was able to walk again.  Her PTB was cured although her diabetes remained.  But with proper diet, medication, and prayers she continuously regained her health.  Today, my Nanay is an active Church worker in our parish.  She is both a lector and a mother butler.  God indeed heals.

            The message of the Gospel is very clear.  Believe the in healing power of Jesus Christ’s words then you shall be healed.

 

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