September 2, 2015

The Gospel Today

Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Luke 4:38-44

After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon.
Simon’s mother-in-law was afflicted with a severe fever,
and they interceded with him about her.
He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.
She got up immediately and waited on them.

At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him.
He laid his hands on each of them and cured them.
And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.”
But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak
because they knew that he was the Christ.

At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place.
The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him,
they tried to prevent him from leaving them.
But he said to them, “To the other towns also
I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God,
because for this purpose I have been sent.”
And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.

Reflection (Sem. Herwyn T. Bulaun)
9.2In today’s Gospel, Jesus again gives an extraordinary focus on His purpose and mission here on earth. It is clear that He came to announce the good news of the Kingdom of God not only to a few but to all. We can surmise from the Gospel that Jesus enjoys the acceptance and honor of the people of Capernaum. I suppose many people wanted to host Jesus because they experienced His miracles and goodness. However, despite their warm welcome, He left the place and went to the different towns to bring the good news.

One of my most memorable summer apostolate exposures is the Basic Ecclesial Community or BEC in Tagum City. I was assigned to a parish located in a mountainous area. The place was very simple and the people were so hospitable even though they just faced a typhoon that destroyed most of their coconut trees. As I was sent by the parish priest from one BEC area to another, I began to love and enjoy the people and the place.

Every BEC that I had visited was indeed a grace-filled experience. I felt the presence of Christ in the people who welcomed me in their homes even if they did not have any idea of who I was. More so, I saw in their eyes the joy of having been visited by a person who responded and strives to follow the call of Christ to the priesthood. The encounter was enriching. Nonetheless, I needed to leave the place because our exposure was only for short period of time. During the last Mass that I attended, the people and I broke down in tears and I could not even talk properly.

We may not always have the pleasure of time. The important thing, I believe, is that one creates an impact on the person that he or she encounters. I think this is the challenge of the Gospel: even in the short stint that we have with other people, our encounter with them should lead towards a meaningful encounter with Jesus.

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