April 19, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Holy Saturday 

Matthew 28:1-10

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning,
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.
And behold, there was a great earthquake;
for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven,
approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
His appearance was like lightning
and his clothing was white as snow.
The guards were shaken with fear of him
and became like dead men.
Then the angel said to the women in reply,
“Do not be afraid!
I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.
He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.
Come and see the place where he lay.
Then go quickly and tell his disciples,
‘He has been raised from the dead,
and he is going before you to Galilee;
there you will see him.’
Behold, I have told you.”
Then they went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed,
and ran to announce this to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.
Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
and there they will see me.”

Reflection (Sem. Tommy Gawain Lira):

     Today is Holy Saturday. I would like to invite you to observe the importance of silence. While Jesus after his death, now in the realm of the dead, we relish this day with stillness anticipation on His Resurrection.

     All of us have experience a time where we go to silence. A time perhaps we devote ourselves in a deeper relationship with God. An invitation to make peace and live the calmness of our Creator where one can find refuge and rest.

     Not all people appreciate silence. In this world where technology is advancing though actual communication is lessen and relationship is at stake but silence is not there. True silence is in the quietness of the heart. A heart that listens to the God that speaks. It is in the stillness of our soul that we listen more to God and talk less. Unlike in our everyday routine, we go to work, we go to school, we do our chores and respective responsibilities but the time we spend for silence most often neglected and not appreciated. We are too busy with the things of this world what we believe we’ll enjoy for eternity. But in the end perhaps one may feel guilty because we spend so much time and energy on these things that we tend to forget the real purpose of our existence.

     An eagle can catch the right wind current and it will soar. The eagle just puts his wings out and rests in what God has given and the winds will carry him. If we are always working and working, fixing everything in life and trying to straighten up what other people talk about us, our health or finances or family relationships then no matter how much flaps we do we will never go far. Gradually in the end we become frustrated and tired because we did not learn to live above our circumstances. Brothers and sisters life doesn’t have to be that way. God has given us his peace and told us to cast our cares to Him. He has given us the ability to rise above any struggles and worries in life. It is only in silence that we will be able to hear what God is telling us to do. And it is not a difficult thing. Because when we choose to spend a time with the Lord through silence, we teach ourselves to rely more on God knowing that He is in complete control and He will see to it that we can stretch our wings and rise higher to the level where God wants us to live.

     There is always a season for everything, a time to keep silence and a time to speak. However, it is in our being silent that we can listen more to God who speaks in the stillness of our heart.

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