January 24, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Mark 3:13-19

Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted
and they came to him.
He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles,
that they might be with him
and he might send them forth to preach
and to have authority to drive out demons:
He appointed the Twelve:
Simon, whom he named Peter;
James, son of Zebedee,
and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges,
that is, sons of thunder;
Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew,
Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus;
Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean,
and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him.

Reflection (Sem. Julius de Gracia):

“What UNITES us is GREATER than what DIVIDES us”

     Blessed John Paul – II used to say “…let us talk about what is common to us and not about our difference’s.” (emphasis mine)It is in this spirit of ecumenism that the holy Catholic Church extends and opens her windows and doors to dialogue and relationships with other faiths for unity. Yes we may differ in doctrines and faith but what is common to us is our being believers of God and followers of Jesus Christ and we are human persons. It is in this paradigm that we see concretely that what unites us is greater than what divides us.

     Our gospel today speaks of the same, the Apostles were persons called by Jesus with a different personality, values, beliefs and practices. There is a risk on the part of Jesus to choose various men with differences. But the thing remarkable here is this; “no matter what these men backgrounds are, once they were called – and they accepted the call of Jesus, they became more like their master who is Jesus Christ. Truly it is true that what unites us is greater than what divides us.

     In our own families, friendships and relationships it holds true that yes we know there are so many difference’s that caused division and disunity but in the end we realize that what is more greater and is of importance is the great value of being one family, the uniqueness of each friendships and the memories of each relationships we now enjoy. What truly defines and unites us more closely to each one is the once in a while tastes of disunity and division thus we value more each family and friendly relationships.

     Whatever and wherever we are whatever we have done or the sin that we have committed against God that caused division and broke our relationship with God, let us never despair for great is the love of God to each one of us, and He is ready to forgive us to bring us forth again into the fold of unity to his love and blessing. Brothers and sisters let us continue to be inspired by the truth and reality that “what unites us is greater than what divides us.” Amen.

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