The Gospel Today
Wednesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus summoned his Twelve disciples
and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out
and to cure every disease and every illness.
The names of the Twelve Apostles are these:
first, Simon called Peter, and his brother Andrew;
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John;
Philip and Bartholomew,
Thomas and Matthew the tax collector;
James, the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddeus;
Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot
who betrayed Jesus.
Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus,
“Do not go into pagan territory or enter a Samaritan town.
Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’”
Reflection (Sem. Randy Buquis):
In today’s Gospel, God is inviting us to be a disciples of faith to others. It is also a reminder for me to live like apostles did, since it is our batch name (apostoles). We choose that name not only because we were originally twelve who entered and followed God’s calling but for me it also implies mission. That is why I ask myself if I am living out what an apostle means in relation to our batch name.
The Gospel consists of the instruction to Jesus’ disciples on how they are to conduct their missionary work and their response on carrying it. As I research, the word “disciple” means that ( in Latin – discipulus, from discere, to learn) is a follower, someone who learns from a teacher and assimilates that teaching into his own life. If we can see the meaning of the word disciples, for me it applies not only exclusively for those who are in religious life or for those who are already active in the Church but anyone of us can be a disciple in different ways.
I remember my apostolate experiences, wherein I consider them as modern day discipleship. It’s started from my apostolate of presence, living with the family in rural areas, through their dedication of service for the Church; in the hospital where some nurses give their sincere care and some with spiritual motivations; from the Bilibid wherein inmates experience their conversion in serving the Church becoming the inspiration of other inmates and in parish apostolate wherein I met one single lady who has offered his whole life in building a community.
From the experiences I had, it is good to ask myself of how I can be a true disciple to other brothers? How am I living the true meaning of being disciple to others?