January 19, 2016

The Gospel Today

Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Mark 2:23-28

As Jesus was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath,
his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain.
At this the Pharisees said to him,
“Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”
He said to them,
“Have you never read what David did
when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry?
How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest
and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat,
and shared it with his companions?”
Then he said to them,
“The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.
That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

Reflection (Sem. Eric Yabut)

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As I reflected on today’s Gospel, a question bursted in my mind, “How to make oneself available to someone even in time of rest?”

As a lay missionary prior to seminary life, I made myself available to others, especially to the ministry that I belonged. There was a lot of demand in being a leader in that lay community. After tiring work hours at the office, my refreshment was to gather young and not-so-young single professionals to a prayer meeting in our parish. I was able to hear some stories regarding family problems, relationship problems, work concerns, and some issues that a young adult usually encounters. There were also stories about achievements. There were times that I arrived home very late from those prayer assemblies.

I remember an instance when a brother called me at 1 o’clock in the morning. He was scolded by his dad and he was very angry and wanted to commit suicide. After a conversation over the phone, we decided to meet and talk about his concern. As we continued our conversation, I gave him some advice about humility and obedience, and he decided to go home and talk with his father. The following day, he sent me a text message that they had reconciled.

The Gospel reminds me to choose between myself and my “yes” in the ministry. It reminds me of the works of Jesus during the time of rest or even on the Sabbath. Jesus has come here to renew the face of the earth. It is an invitation to all of us to be an “Alter Christus” and to be available to everyone.

 

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