The Gospel Today
Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Matthew 8: 28-34
When Jesus came to the territory of the Gadarenes,
two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him.
They were so savage that no one could travel by that road.
They cried out, “What have you to do with us, Son of God?
Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?”
Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding.
The demons pleaded with him,
“If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine.”
And he said to them, “Go then!”
They came out and entered the swine,
and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea
where they drowned.
The swineherds ran away,
and when they came to the town they reported everything,
including what had happened to the demoniacs.
Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus,
and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.
Reflection (Sem.Julius de Gracia):
Jesus’s presence should lead us to freedom and order for if otherwise then it’s good to ask and examine ourselves; What are the things, people, places and persons that hinder me to see, feel and appreciate the freedom and order that God in Jesus gives?
Yes, freedom and order because Jesus is the only true source and haven for these things. This is an assurance that even the devil is not ashamed to admit by saying to Jesus, “Son of God, have you come to torment us before the time?” (Mt. 8:29). This is an admittance that no matter the evil forces seems to triumph in almost all facets of our human lives, there is a right time of ending and the penultimate truth is that Jesus will triumph.
With the assuring reality and truth we can say that whatever is our situation or predicament now let us trust and be hopeful that God will be and would be emerging triumphant in his own time and telling. Let us hope and trust in the very mercy, love and grace of Jesus.
This is a sure hope, freedom and order will come in our lives and in all human condition according to God’s divine order and design.
In our slavery to sin God’s mercy and forgiveness will Triumph.
In our pride and weakness, God’s fidelity and patience will Triumph.
In our sickness and despair God’s healing and restoration will Triumph.
There is nobody, nothing and nowhere wherein God will never Triumph, because He is the one who created it. God is the foundation and origin of all things, thus He and us believers and followers of Jesus, the Son of God will emerge triumphant in our day to day human existence.
Let us continue to reflect on the Word, live out its meaning so that we can bear witness to Christ in a faithful and fruitful way. Amen.