The Gospel Today
Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter
When Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, he said to them:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master
nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.
If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it.
I am not speaking of all of you.
I know those whom I have chosen.
But so that the Scripture might be fulfilled,
The one who ate my food has raised his heel against me.
From now on I am telling you before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send
receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”
Reflection (Sem. Primitivo Eublera, Jr.):
Today is the feast day of St. Isidore the Farmer. In our popular devotion especially for Filipinos, he is commonly known as San Isidro Labrador or in English St. Isidore the Worker for his dedication as a good farmer.
Our Gospel for today speaks of the “lowliness” of a servant with regard to his relation with his master. Jesus told his disciples after washing their feet that no servant is greater than his master and likewise the messenger to the one who sent him. He is implying the authority of the one sending over the messenger who was sent. He further reminded His disciples of their authority to those whom they are sent. Those to whom they are sent believe the messenger then they believe Jesus and those who believe in Jesus believes in the one who sent Him who is the Father.
In the life of San Isidro Labrador, he often times, as the story of his life would tell that when he reported for his farmland in order to till the land, he was always late. His master was so surprise with this behavior so that at one time he decided a follow-up on where our saint was led to. He noticed that San Isidro before going for work would always pass by the Church in order to pray. So at one time the master pursued him in the Church, and having prayed longer there, the master proceeded to the farmland where San Isidro would supposedly work. He was just surprised to see him working already in the fields while at the same time still was praying in the Church. San Isidro had bilocated. Moreover, it has been said that there were more “angels” helping the saint till his field.
What is our lesson for this? San Isidro prioritized prayer but of course not abandoning his work. He followed what our Lord Jesus Christ told us to believe in Him and thereby believe in the Father. Thus he too was rewarded by the Father because he was faithful to Jesus the one who sent him who was sent by the Father.
St Isidro Labrador, pray for us!