The Gospel Today
Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul, Priest
Luke 9: 43 B-45
While they were all amazed at his every deed,
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Pay attention to what I am telling you.
The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.”
But they did not understand this saying;
its meaning was hidden from them
so that they should not understand it,
and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.
Reflection (Sem. Herwyn Bulaun):
Prior to this event, Jesus healed a boy possessed by a demon whom the apostles failed to heal. They saw how marvelous and magnificent the power of Jesus was. Yet, He cannot forever be with them; in fact, He called their attention intently before He told them about the future crucifixion that he will face. They failed to grasp and understand His words but did not ask question.
Nowadays, it is very important to be clarified and ask question whenever a person is in doubt. Only by asking questions that doubt will be answered and eliminated. Clarifying what is vague will make a person feel at peace and at ease with whatever things he is required.
Before entering the seminary, part of my work was to check and clarify the different provisions of the company’s contracts. I made sure that necessary provisions that will secure the rights of the company were present. Also, due to technicalities of the law, whenever there were things that were vague I would consult the lawyer to make clarifications. If the vague matter would compromise the company’s right and the other persons involved in the contract I will definitely recommend not to pursue the contract or agreement.
In our spiritual life sometimes we also encounter doubts cause by life’s trials or failed expectations. As a Christian, we have the responsibility to resolve the doubt. It may be through prayers or through the help of Spiritual Direction. What is important is that we have the courage to ask questions, question that will lead us to become better persons. However, asking the right question requires courage. Let us pray that God will strengthen us so that we can ask the right questions which will deepen our relationship with Him and the people around us.