January 30, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 4:21-25

Jesus said to his disciples,
“Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket
or under a bed,
and not to be placed on a lampstand?
For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible;
nothing is secret except to come to light.
Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.”
He also told them, “Take care what you hear.
The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,
and still more will be given to you.
To the one who has, more will be given;
from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

Reflection (Sem. Rolly Teng):

     I want to focus my reflection on today’s Gospel on generosity. To begin with, what is generosity all about? According to Wikipedia, generosity is the habit of giving without expecting anything in return. It can involve offering time, assets, or talents to aid someone in need. Often equated with charity as a virtue, generosity is widely accepted in society as a desirable trait.

     I remember when I was involved in the youth ministry. I was very enthusiastic and energetic every time we held a youth gathering, I helped in preparations and in the event itself. We, the youth leaders, devoted ourselves purely in service, service in a sense that we gave much of our time, talents, and ideas even without pay. Later on, this voluntary work became a habit, until such time that we longed for the gathering and service for the young. Maybe that was also your experience, it might not be in the youth ministry, but more so, in your personal daily encounter with the people around you.

     We rendered our service without expecting in return. That was the very essence of generosity. When we give, we do not expect in return, just like God, who loved us so much. God was very generous to all of us. God gave His beloved Son Jesus to save us from our sinfulness. He sent not to condemn us but to save us. When Jesus washed the feet of the apostles before He suffered for our sins, Jesus showed us how we could serve unconditionally. Jesus took the form of a slave for us to have a concrete model of service and generosity.

     When we become generous to others we share the very goodness of God, His being and wisdom, because we are created in His image and likeness.

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