The Gospel Today
Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus told his disciples a parable.
“Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
When their buds burst open,
you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near;
in the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that the Kingdom of God is near.
Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.”
Reflection (Sem. Eric Yabut)
As I reflected on the Gospel for today, I thought of my family and I took some time to glance at our pictures together. Those were taken in 2011 during our New Year celebration. The pictures of my cousins and nephews in particular caught my attention because they were still so young then, but now they are all grown up.
Time runs so fast. I need to act and look for a sign on how I can dwell in God’s kingdom. I need to do something like changing my bad habits. I need to look for signs that may lead me near the kingdom of God. How?
Many of us don’t know how to get nearer to God. Some think that going to Church and praying regularly are the essence of our faith in God. Those are only steps. Yes, you can pray and can communicate with Him, but do you know His will for you? To follow God and to know Him more are the real essence of going near to Him. Following God needs sacrifices for us to know that we are obedient to Him. Forgetting all we possess as part of obedience in following God is one of the great manifestations that we are near God’s kingdom.
Knowing God requires us to know the true love that God shares with us, for us to reach others who need the same love. God loved us so much that is why He gave Jesus, His only begotten Son, to redeem us.
Love is the answer in finding the real meaning of sacrifices. Love is the real essence of knowing God more. We follow God not because we are just obedient, but more importantly because we love Him.