The Gospel Today
Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr
Jesus said to his disciples:
“I tell you,
everyone who acknowledges me before others
the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God.
But whoever denies me before others
will be denied before the angels of God.
“Everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven,
but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will not be forgiven.
When they take you before synagogues and before rulers and authorities,
do not worry about how or what your defense will be
or about what you are to say.
For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”
Reflection (Sem. Jasper S. Bautista)
Today’s Gospel made me ponder to be more firm and hopeful and adhere to my faith. I remembered those times when I denied my faith, thus denied God. I was so prayerful when I was a child. I always prayed before leaving home and before and after eating. I also made the sign of the cross when I rode the jeepney for God’s protection and did the same when passing by a church.
In my teenage life though, I felt ashamed doing these things as my socialization with other peers began. I was so worried people might see me and may laugh at or scorn me. “It is not cool for ladies and some other teens to see”, I said. And so I intentionally did not act upon them even if I felt like I wanted to pray and say my thanksgiving and supplication to God. I was more afraid on what people might say to me.
Years later, I landed a job and had a new set of friends who were really urbanized and loved to party and I began to deny my faith even more just to be with them.
I was grateful that God never gave up on me. Some experiences in life taught me lessons and I slowly lived my faith again and never disowned it. I realized how important God is in my life and how I am always blessed despite my hard-headedness and my denial of God. I will never deny Him again.
“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man also will acknowledge him before the angels of God.” (Luke 8:8)