September 19, 2014

The Gospel Today

Friday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Luke 8: 1-3

Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another,
preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God.
Accompanying him were the Twelve
and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities,
Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza,
Susanna, and many others
who provided for them out of their resources.

Reflection (Sem. Ramil Sario):

The Gospel is about the parable of the seed. For me it is the word of God. I need to listen to it  in an honest and good heart, and with patience.  For God’s word nourishes my soul and gives me the will to move on.

As I reflected on this Gospel, I recalled the time before I enter the seminary. There is a type of hearer who is a believer but because he has so many worries in life that he will no longer apply God’s word. This is a person who is preoccupied by worldly things that he finds himself busy to pray or communicate with God. This is the exact type of person that I am. I only care about was my work and to earn money. Most of the time, I was the person who has many things to take care of. Examples are to improve my work performance or seek for a promotion. That is why most of the time I forgot to discern what is truly important, which was God’s word. I was too busy and too preoccupied for praying and communicating with God. I worked hard that I was too tired to even think of anything else but my career. I must open my eyes and see God’s goodness, open my ears to hear what God is telling me. Listen attentively and feel His loving presence every time His word is being said during the Liturgy of the Word during the mass so we can proclaim the greatness of the Lord and His love as we touch others through if we would do good works.

I believe there is really no viable alternative to the Way of Jesus, even when things happen which are difficult to understand or accept. The Way of Jesus is not just adherence to our religion. It is to see that the way He proposes is the way for every human being to live. I believe to assimilate Jesus into one’s life is not just to become a good Christian but a perfect human being on the model of Jesus, who is Himself God in human flesh. So I pray to God, our Father, to help me to see our world with the eyes of Jesus and to help others to do the same.

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